With adolescence comes an age of excitement and discovery—of style. Surprisingly enough, personal style in children has become more accessible with the existence of social media to see what other children are wearing. The rise of online stores also makes it easier for parents to flip through appropriate styles for their growing offspring. Even at school comes an opportunity to show a child’s self-expression.
The Young Ones Of Style
Between the ages of 7 to 16, young children and teenagers sway through different directions of fashion. Depending on how aware and conscious they are of what they are wearing, outfits are often times the mood of the moment. Of course, things change rapidly.
Observing the ongoing trends of the season, there is an undercurrent theme of sporting a trendier look for both children and adults of certain age ranges. While the style is flexible, it focuses more on neutral themes while going for personalized accessories. The line between comfortable and trendy has been blurred. The blank canvas of a daily outfit is minimalist while pairing it with pieces of casual clothing and what comes out of it is a mesh of styles from near-distant eras.
Dressing Your Teenager
Functional and stylish are keywords in describing the young teen style. With the exception of formal occasions, this practical concept brought to clothing style suits the life regime of being confident, upbeat and expressive. Sometimes, it becomes a matter of if you should dress your teenager since inevitably, they will wear what they want.
While they may not be in a gap year, getting a job or at university, guidelines from parents are still noteworthy. Clothing is a way of how people see a child and it is always great if they can come across as amiable, comfortable and respectful while having a cool, unique sense of style. There’s already a lot of pressure going around—let not something as individualistic as personal style give them uneasiness. Fashion is a way to explore so as parents, it is best for you to express what you would prefer not them wearing for prior notice. If, as a parent, you try to compromise what your child is wearing, think about it as a way of slowly giving them control of how they can dress. Unconsciously, dressing up is handing her a piece of her freedom. Have some simple rules on dressing appropriate and let their instinct be the guide.
One way to find a teenager’s look is how s/he dress with their peers. Dressing similarly is a way of fitting in and being part of a larger group. On the other end of the spectrum, being a fashion rebel and wearing something completely different makes for a trendsetter.
Designer Clothes or…
There’s a time where your child insists on getting designer clothes. As a parent, the best solution would be to save for that special occasion. A good compromise is to invest in a few choice designer pieces that can be worn on a few occasions. Using accessories it is possible to avoid being seen as wearing the same garment on multiple occasions.
Quick Do’s and Dont’s
- Do check the waistline. While girls tend to show it off through low rise jeans and crop tops, it is important that the jeans or pants modestly cling to the waist. Sometimes being too carefree makes you less concerned about what other people see. Even an unintentional peak of the undergarment is a no-no!
- Do be appropriate. Manners matter, even in clothing. Your child can wait until the weekend to wear shorts, sandals, and flip-flops. In school (if there are no uniforms), it is still best to keep them cover up and make sure that it is tailored to suit the body.
- Don’t dress for selfies. In the few occasions where parents need to step in, it is when dressing becomes a chore for young people who would like to look presentable for selfies. Selfies are a different matter as it takes several takes to get the best shot. By this time, your child has wasted hours of their day dressing for other people. Take some time to tell your child that social media approval is not the reason for having to dress properly.
Don’t forget your staples. In what appears to be jeans, knee-length skirts with thick ankle boots, high-quality designer dress, and layering as common trends, style patterns have become bold. Neutral colour staples such as white, black, brown, pastel colours can be used as accents for accessories or as the main colour for a shirt or bottom.
- Do browse for what you think is best. The lookbook has been a go-to portfolio for fashion inspirations in young adults. Influencers, hobbyists and fashion enthusiasts blog on YouTube and on their own websites so there is easy access to the most recent styles. And while competition in fashion is not encouraged, still knowing what the trends are will make your child still feel as though belongs.
- Do look for clothing sales. Sales are the absolute best bargain because you can get treasure finds for a reasonable price. It always best to attend sales at the end of the season to thoroughly inspect the goods and to be able to choose well. Designer shops such as David Charles London regularly has discounted prices as high as 70 per cent off for the prettiest dresses. These special offers are both for dresses and accessories that are mostly designer-inspired. Prized pieces include ornamented headbands, cream, gold, ivory and jewelled
Teen Formal Wear
There are dresses for girls suitable for all occasions. A school environment and home setting, dressing up for a special occasion does not need to be a junior version of an adult dress. A little imagination is all it takes. Going with colour is a sensible tip in dressing formally. While weddings, church services, and christening give a good excusing of having a muted wardrobe, with semi-formal occasions, mixing and matching is a way to go. Think of the possibilities. Green, pink, silver and black homecoming dresses have an understated elegance that sets will your teen from the pack.
David Charles London
Our dresses are made from the best material with a special collection dedicated to white dresses for girls that fit for all kinds of occasions. With two categories of tailor-made dresses for the ages of 2 to 12 and 6 to 16, this speciality shop has dedicated itself to luxury children’s clothes for 40 years – having dressed members of the royal family and international child stars. Their designer dresses have reached the finest stores of London, New York, Shanghai and are now expanding in the Middle East and Russia.
The store has categories for your young ones in standard and tasteful colours that is just enough to make them shine through the crowd! Browsing through our catalogue and website, there are a variety of delectable choices—some simple, others more extravagant but all pristine.