No More Coin Slots: FLDS Comes Out With a Line for Kids

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Dressed for every occasion: FLDS women

I probably get asked this question more than any other one. “Harry,” a friend will say, “I’d like to dress my kids in FLDS clothing, but the group is so cut off from the outside world, I don’t know where to begin looking. What should I do?”

My answer? Go to their web site. Because of overwhelming demand for their modest, Western prairie settler-styled ankle-length dresses and rugged boys work shirts—due to the visibility created in the April raid by Texas authorities on the Yearning for Zion Ranch—the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is now selling a kids line, online.

Kids love ‘em!Watch out, Sean Jean. Where “urban-themed” designers are offering flash ‘n dash, FLDS Dress, right, harkens back to a simpler age with timeless appeal.

“We’re used to our clothing not being popular,” said Maggie Jessop, 44, an FLDS member who helps coordinate the sewing efforts. “(But) we’ve had many, many people say that they would like to have their children be more modest and have expressed interest in our modest lifestyle.”

“There were a lot of people that asked, ‘Where can I purchase those clothes?’ ” said Cynthia Martinez, spokeswoman for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which represents 48 of the mothers.

Paul Murphy, spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, finds the FLDS women’s fashion offerings quite smart.

“It’s very clever,” he said. “With all the issues that are going on, most of the media attention has been about the way they dress and the way they wear their hair.

“I give them credit for going where the interest is.”

Sassy!Offerings include boys shirts in blue, tan, gray, green, and white (sizes 2-18; $24-$44); a cuddly baby bress with bloomers (6 mos.-24 mos., $48-$53); or the ever-popular girls teen jacket dress (sizes 8A-18B, $73-81), right. Both girls outfits are available in pink, peach, yellow, green, aqua, blue, lavender, and lilac, and all of the above clothes come in machine-washable poly-cotton blends. Smashing. Now your kids can really stand out from the crowd.


1 comment so far ↓

#1 sirensongs on 07.06.08 at 8:57 am

hilarious…i especially like the puff-sleeves and dropped waistline.

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