We love what Bryce Dallas Howard has to say about keeping her daughter’s style gender-neutral

Remember when Bryce Dallas Howard wore high heels while running away from dinosaurs in Jurassic World? She managed to not get eaten while simultaneously looking like a strong, feminine badass in the process. When it comes to her daughter’s style, however, Howard kept things gender-neutral, and we’re loving the reasons why.

She and husband Seth Gabel wanted their daughter to lead them in whatever style direction she chose.

“My [original] approach was that she was gonna wear primarily hand-me-downs from her brother, Howard told People of five-year-old Beatrice Jean. “And that’s what I did. She was bald for a very long time, and so gender [was] a little unclear. But that was fine, and there was no problem. I really wanted to wait for her to lead me in a certain direction.

And that’s precisely what happened.

“She’s just into all this princess stuff,” Howard added. “And layers of costumes and anything that she feels looks glamorous.”

As Beatrice developed her own likes and dislikes, Howard and Gabel realized they needed to start giving her more wardrobe options to work with.

“I was talking to my husband the other day and I was like, ‘I feel like we should be giving her access a little bit more, so we’re not just like, making her tie together bits of her brother’s old pajamas to make a gown,’" she said. “Like, ‘Okay, okay, you like that stuff, we’ll get it for you,' but I think instilling an understanding as to what is appropriate in terms of weather, in terms of your surroundings, all of that. I think that’s a good thing to pass on so that a person understands how to be adaptable. She’s just [dressing] the way she wants to dress.

And that’s exactly how it should be!

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