Is 4-Year-Old North West Wearing a Corset-Like Dress Sending the Wrong Message?

North West is only 4 years old, but she’s already developed a unique sense of style.

“Who would let their child wear a corset?” (Photo: Instagram/noriwestsource)
“Who would let their child wear a corset?” (Photo: Instagram/noriwestsource)

On Monday, the reality star spawn was spotted with her mother, Kim Kardashian, wearing a silk orange slip dress with a floral-printed white corset layered on top of it. She accessorized with a black baseball hat and customized Yeezy graffiti sneakers.

Kim hyped up the kicks on Snapchat and said they’ll be available on, the children’s clothing line started by Kim and husband Kanye West, beginning next week.

But as cute as her shoes were, critics couldn’t help but focus on North’s corset. While the piece is something that Kim and her sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian helped make trendy, many on social media found it to be unsuitable for a child, despite it being worn loose and not as cinched as the adults in North’s life typically wear them.

Making a statement #northwest

A post shared by North West Official ™ (@_north.west_) on Jul 10, 2017 at 3:51pm PDT

“Why did someone dress that child up in a corset? She’s like 6 [Editor’s note: she’s 4] and Kim is already trying to squish her tiny organs with that stupid thing these Instagram girls wear,” wrote one Instagram user on a North West fan account.

“Let’s talk about this toddler in a corset,” another user commented. “Why would anyone think dressing a small child like that is OK?” questioned someone else.

Another suggested: “Too sick for a 4yo kid to wear corsets, it sends out the wrong message. Get her wearing a Minnie Mouse T shirt!!”

“This has taken their Kardashian obsession with waist corsets to the extreme,” wrote one angry critic. “I’d be horrified if my four-year-old beauty wanted one because North is a toddler’s icon! Ban this now and ban sensual bikinis with fake push-up bras and save children!”

Someone else added, “Of course she looks cute, she’s a kid exploring her fashion. But this is still grown folk dress-up to me. There are a lot of kids who wear cute fashion without being too ADULT.”

But many also noted that the outfit isn’t poor form. Some pointed out the fact that North, like many children, appears to be mimicking her mother, yet in a more age-appropriate manner. North even stepped out in an outfit that nearly matched Kim‘s just the next day.

North out in NYC today #northwest #kimkardashianwest

A post shared by NORTH WEST (@noriwestsource) on Jul 12, 2017 at 6:26am PDT

One commenter even hinted that North might have chosen the look for herself (although parents always play some part, especially when it comes to purchasing the item in the first place). “Sometimes kids pick their own thing to wear,” one fan responded to the criticism.

Kim added her voice to the debate, setting those judging her straight. “I would never put my daughter in a corset!I t’s a dress I bought that is a cotton fabric that laces up & looks like a corset! Just decoration,” she tweeted.

When North’s fashion decisions were questioned previously, Kim fired back then as well. After tweeting that Kim and Kanye make all of North’s clothes “so she picks the fabric at fabric stores,” someone responded, “These are the kind of things why people hate you @KimKardashian.” Kim hit back tweeting, “Bc she has a passion 4 fashion &we’ve given her the tools 2 explore that? Spending time w dad @work isn’t bad either.”

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