I received a request from a mother of teen and tween-aged daughters on a previous blog. She wanted some ideas on how to help her daughters dress and develop a style of their own.
Today’s fashion world is packed full of super-tiny bikinis for 3-year-olds and more than enough clingy, figure-hugging spandex for girls in high school. So how can a tween or teenage girl dress appropriately and still have a fashion forward style that shows off her personality?
Here are some of the more popular styles and trends right now. While they are young and hip, they are also age appropriate styles that mom and dad can get behind.
The “Boho” style takes it’s cues from the late 1960′s and early 70′s in which loose, flowy, and comfortable clothing ruled. But the cornerstones to this relaxed style are the accessories. Add oversized sunglasses, headbands, and plenty of layered necklaces, scarves and bracelets to simple staples. The bag should be oversized with patchwork or fringe details. And finally, flat leather sandals will round out the Boho Chic look.
You don’t have to attend a Prep school to pull off the preppy “uniformed” look. The basics include feminine colors like pink and apple green, accessories with bows, and well-tailored silhouettes. Another way to achieve the “Preppy” look is to add loafers, a pleated skirt, or a polo-style shirt to your ensemble. And don’t forget a crewneck or cardigan sweater to top off your daytime look.
Is your daughter a little less “Legally Blonde” and a little more “Realty Bites?” Achieving that look is super easy with today’s trends. Skinny jeans and moto-inspired boots, jackets and jewelry are everywhere. Keep the color palette dark and the accessories “rock ‘n roll.”
Lastly, here’s a style that may take a bit of practice for some or maybe not. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the “rules” are because these days, there are none. The coolest thing she can do right now is to juxtapose fabrics and styles into a unique outfit that really says something personal about who she is. It also shows people she’s willing to take risks, and to wear all her favorite things at the same time.
Even more importantly, restraint is her friend. She should look like something great she pulled from her closet, not like the closet itself!
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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