Pink was once a boys color...
My son likes to wear skirts..kilt
All boys here so cant speak to the pink from experience, I know from many years of lifeguarding back in the day, that the swimteam/athletic style bathing suits make it so much easier for girls to play and swim without always tugging and pulling on their suits . I just cringe when I see the tiny little strappy suits in the store, ugh, that is no way for a girl to have fun in the water! (especially while boys get to be so comfy in trunks). At least now the rash guard shirts are popular....and when you can find motif free ones, they are pretty unisex.
But I do enjoy that little kids get to enjoy dressing with quite a bit of creative licence without inhibition and worry about "matching" like grownups often do. When else can you wear some polka dots, stripes, all sorts of colors together, rain boots, a viking hat, perhaps all at once on a sunny day and it looks just fine! In that way I like (some!) of the little kid clothes motifs for that reason, simple things like a little duck or boat. On the other hand, I really dont care for words on clothing...instead of "reading" a kid's (or adult's) body language and expression, listening to the hello, instead you find your self reading a shirt! "heavy duty job site...cute as a cupcake"??....I try really hard to be careful when I talk to kiddos not to talk about their clothes ("pretty dress, cool shirt", etc) , boy has that been a tough one to work on as I realized I used to do it so much! Instead I try now to compliment talents or behaviors. Yikes, I have gotten off topic!
It drives me crazy that clothing companies assume every little girl wants to be a princess, even if she's too young to get the concept! I was born in 1970, during the heyday of the gender-free clothing era, and I find this return to 1950s gender-role stereotypes nauseating. We have a 14.5 month-old daughter, Luthien, and have gone from shopping 50-50 in the girls' and boys' sections to purchasing exclusively clothing marketed to boys. I like the bright colors and bold patterns that are supposedly "for boys," especially cute monsters and science-fiction themes. Perhaps someday I'll have to contend with a princess phase, but for now, we're enjoying the chance to dress Luthien in clothes that allow her full freedom of movement and that have cool patterns. Many of Luthien's clothes are from children's thrift shops, where we've found some organic options, but a lot of the nifty, organic, fashion-forward, gender-neutral clothing is out of our price range, especially as she outgrows them so quickly.
Here she is in her giant robot shirt!
We shop equally in boys and girls sections, but mostly I try to find unisex clothing. I have a 19 mo daughter, but if we have a son next, you can bet he will be wearing some 'girls' clothing. I try to just stick to simple, soft, and comfortable clothing in lots of colors. I get a lot of stuff on Ebay and Consignment/Thrift stores, as I find the choices in most stores very limited and very gendered. Not to mention, I have issue with paying full price for brand new clothing that will only fit for a limited amount of time when there is such an abundance of gently used clothing to be found.