If there’s one thing that having girls has taught me, it’s that many traits seem to be inborn (please brace yourself for a couple of sweeping generalizations that may only apply to my very specific little universe).

For one, girls like to talk. A lot. In fact, they like to talk so much that you can tell where they are just by listening for a second. Silence? My child is either:

  1. asleep (which is very rare)
  2. not home
  3. up to no good (like the time she decided to play hairdresser with her cousin)

My husband most likely uses this same trick to verify my whereabouts.

Next, girls like pretty things. We like sparkle and ruffles, bows and beads (this is generally where the princess obsession comes in).

Many girls grow into women that still like these things. So much so, in fact, that it’s often damn near impossible to tell the difference between big girl pieces and children’s wear.

1 J. Crew :: 2 Old Navy :: 3 Gap :: 4 J. Crew :: 5 Steve Madden :: 6 J. Crew

My daughter and I would both do a little happy dance at the idea of owning any of the pieces shown above.

Three are women’s pieces and three are children’s. Can you tell the difference?

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.