Shoes, socks, pants, shirts, shorts, UNDERWEAR! Getting our daughter dressed everyday was a NIGHTMARE. Every piece of clothing was too itchy, too tight, too scratchy, too bumpy. . . you get the idea. Tears and tantrums were just a part of our lives now, over and over again, each and every morning. While we never sought out a diagnosis, we believe that Piper, like so many other children, has some version of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). At the time though, we were focused on finding solutions, not a diagnosis, so we set out on a long journey to figure her out.
We solved a few challenges by buying larger, looser clothing sizes and styles, boys basketball shorts became a favorite, and shoes that didn't require socks ROCK (and I will forever thank the two companies NATIVES and CROCS). But there literally was not a single pair of underwear that she could and would tolerate. As any mother would do, I went out and bought every darned pair of underwear from every feasible store I could find. None would do. Not briefs, not boy shorts, not one a size too big, not one a size too small, not even bicycle shorts. They had too many seams, were too tight, too rough, too itchy; everything was wrong.
And then one day Piper had an idea.
To. Wear. A. Dress.
WTF?! When we told her that she had to wear something (anything) under the dress, she quickly stomped upstairs and changed. The next day Piper (4 1/2 years old at the time) came down in a dress, AGAIN! Once more we explained that she needed to wear something underneath. In desperation, Piper grabbed a pair of her brother's boxer shorts and put them on under her dress.
We all laughed...and then paused. It worked. Hooray! Problem solved! I thought, now I just have to find some girl boxer shorts that fit better and are cute! Well, it couldn't be done. I was shocked to discover that these DO NOT EXIST! The boy boxer shorts are all too long and peek out under dresses and skirts, all have that super functional but not for girls front fly opening, and all were plaid!!! So,that day, My Pipers was born. We started talking to other families and found out that other girls were having similar issues. We are excited, thrilled, and relieved to bring My Pipers into this world. My Pipers is a world where equality, sensitivity, and individuality matter. A world where boxer shorts are sold to everyone (not just to boys, not just to girls, but to ALL children), and are cute!
My Pipers.....underwear, overwear, sleepwear, playwear, loungewear, beachwear, EVERYWHERE!!!
My Pipers are perfect for doing what little people do best...PLAY! They are awesome under dresses and skirts at school (especially those school uniform ones), and even your Karate Gi uniform and even soccer shorts! They are fun and comfy over bathing suits, leotards and tights. They are ideal for sleeping, for lounging, for the park, for the beach. . . you name it! They are not intended to fit under tight leggings or pants, or tight shorts.
My Pipers color choices, fabrics, and the graphics printed on them were hand drawn, designed, and chosen by our own children for other children in the spirit of fun, freedom, and fairness. Not just for girls, so boys, enter our world! My Pipers are made from certified organic cotton!
We strive to give back to organizations that support children: in their individuality, in their need to learn, in their need to create, in their rights and for their freedom.