Moms of tween girls, listen up! We’re dishing top tween fashion tips you need to know here!
Raising a tween girl is far from easy.
As she enters the years before she becomes a teen, she is becoming more independent. She’s going through hormone changes and changes with her body that can make her moody. Her peers are going through similar changes, which makes them more competitive-and meaner.
All of these pressures combined can leave your tween feeling pressured to make changes to her clothes to fit in.
For mom’s of tween daughters, this can be scary. Navigating the world of tween fashion means riding the line between letting your daughter express herself and wear the latest trends, and keeping her in fashions that are age-appropriate.
Keep reading to learn 6 essential tips for helping your tween shop for and choose to clothe.
Shop Stores You Can Both Agree On
One of the biggest headaches for moms of tween daughter looking to shop for new clothes is agreeing on what styles are appropriate.
Moms are usually eager to keep their daughters in clothing that is age-appropriate and tasteful, especially if she plans to wear the clothing to school.
But girls in their teen years are often becoming more attentive to the way they look and how their peers are dressing. With most hip tween styles influenced heavily by teenage clothing, these styles are often more mature, which may not appeal to Mom’s style choices for her daughter.
It doesn’t help that many retailers know that tweens want more mature fashions, and peddle them.
Avoiding retail stores known for stocking skimpy or non-age-appropriate styles altogether will help prevent an argument. Plenty of brands offer trendy, yet appropriate clothing that you and your daughter will be likely to agree on if those other styles aren’t present.
Stock Up on Classic Staples
One great way to help your daughter curate a style that you can both agree on is to help her choose classic staples and show her how easy they are to style.
Classic, plain jeans, black leggings, jean jackets, and simple tees are always on trend. Mom’s will love that these styles last longer without going out of style, while your daughter won’t be left feeling like she’s wearing something out-of-date.
Plus, these classic staples are easy and inexpensive to accessorize for a fresh, trendy touch. Scarves, jewelry, or even colored cardigans are all fun for dressing up these pieces.
Set a Good Example
While her peers are a big influence on how she wants to dress, and it can sometimes feel as though your daughter is “too cool” to pay attention to her mom, know that she is watching. The way you dress and how you talk about your own body has a huge effect on how she views herself.
If you’re wearing skimpy fashions or talking about how much you hate your body, your daughter will hear and see this. When you’re telling her those older trends aren’t appropriate, she’ll feel confused or even angry to see you wearing them.
When you’re telling her that’s she’s beautiful in her own skin, but she hears you talking poorly about yourself, she’ll be unlikely to trust you.
Starting when your daughter is even younger than her tween years, be conscious not only of how you are dressing but also in how you talk about your body.
If you’re trying to lose weight, focus on teaching her the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, and how good regular exercise can make you feel. Don’t obsess over weighing yourself on a scale or trying out fad diets.
Show Your Daughter the Importance of Comfort
If you’re struggling to steer your daughter away from those older trends that you know she’s not quite ready for, focus on showing her the importance of dressing for comfort.
Many trendy teen fashions are far from comfortable. They feature rough fabrics covered in itchy glitter or annoying attachments. They’re too tight and too short, leaving the wearer tugging and pulling constantly to keep them in place.
Showing your daughter just how much better she feels in comfortable clothing is a great way to help her say no to those trendier pieces.
Help Her Dress for Her Body Type
Going along with teaching your daughter to choose items that are comfortable, help her learn how to dress in a way that complements her body.
More than 50 percent of girls in the U.S. under the age of 17 are unhappy with their bodies. By the time they reach 18, that number has risen to 18 percent.
Helping your daughter dress in a way that complements her body can help combat this. Dressing for your body type, regardless of what that type is, can help any woman look and feel her best. Instilling this early on can help you get ahead and maybe even keep your tween from developing that negative image of herself.
Another way you can help your tween feel more comfortable in her body is to embrace healthy period habits when she does reach puberty. Many moms are tempted to keep quiet on the subject because they feel that they’ll embarrass their daughter.
Showing her that it’s something that can be talked about without worry or embarrassment will help make her feel better about her changing body.
We were all teens once. We all felt the pressures of tween fashions, the envy we had for those friends who got to wear teenage clothing, or the feelings of discontent with our own bodies.
You should set boundaries for what your daughter can and can’t wear. But it’s also important to consider how she is feeling, and be understanding of those feelings.
It is possible to find ways to compromise. You don’t have to give in to skimpy clothing or other options that aren’t age-appropriate. However, there are usually plenty of trendy pieces that can be made age appropriate.
For instance, bomber jackers are an of-the-moment fashion right now that can easily be styled for a tween. Other trendy options that today’s tweens and moms could agree on are oversized cardigans, graphic tees (with appropriate phrases or pictures), and sporty fashions, like athletic jackets and leggings.
If you want to shop these trends without exposing your daughter to styles that may not be appropriate, consider trying a kids clothes subscription service. You’ll get age-appropriate styles, while your daughter will get fun, trendy pieces she’ll love. Plus, you’ll both love the excitement of unboxing the items with every delivery!
Mastering Tween Fashion Tips for Moms
Tween fashion, like women’s fashion, isn’t cheap. Keeping your tween-and yourself-in fashionable styles or even classic staples can get very expensive.
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