Parents need not have modeling dreams for their children to care about guiding their children about fashion. Each child will develop his or her own fashion sense, sooner or later. Parents can lead them towards that by providing sensible guidance towards that development. This guidance of course will have to be tempered by respect for a child’s individuality.
Provide the Basics
Children start out in life with zero knowledge about fashion, dress codes, or fashion trends. Most of their young dependent lives, they will be wearing what their parents choose for them. Although it is not expected that children will agree with these choices when they start demonstrating their own preferences, the choice of parents more or less provides a basis for the expected standards of dressing. This is especially so in relation to culture, religion, and occasion.
Children may not appreciate at once the importance of why they are expected to dress in a certain manner for particular occasions or venues. Young boys would usually opt for comfort while young girls may exercise their creative choices more often than not. As parents allow children to have a free reign most of the time with the way they dress, the observance of certain standards with regards to appropriateness, modesty, and fashion basics will have to come from parents.
Be Aware of Current Trends
Every parent seeks to have their children present themselves looking their best in public. It is impossible to do this without even having the smallest idea of what the current fashion trend is. There is absolutely no need to try making our children the poster models of fashion perfection. It is mainly about letting them fit in with the other children as they go about their daily activities. It is one thing to be noticed for one’s fashion individuality and another for being dressed so out of place that it negatively affects the child.
Explore Fashion Styles with Children
Children’s preferences tend to come out not only during shopping. Parents are sure to get some clues with the way their children react to the clothes worn by other children. Color and style preferences will become more evident in time and parents will have to explore fashion styles with their children to come up with a happy compromise if there is need for one. Most children find their way as they try to discover what fits them and the personality which they wish to show.
Originally posted on December 27, 2013 @ 3:18 am