Teenage can be a turbulent time. The transition from being a child to becoming an adult is extremely confusing. It is also the time when teenagers are trying to find their identity and define themselves. For most parents and those who stay with teenagers, this becomes the moment when teenagers start making many demands on their fashion choices. Some of them might be ridiculous in the eyes of adults, but in the world of teenagers, these fashion choices are valid. If you are around a teenager and you find yourself cringing whenever they step out with their fashion choice, some of the tips that can help with the transition are:
Listen to Their Choices
You may not understand why your teenager wants to layer all blacks in shirts and trousers. It might not make sense why they want to complete the look with black lipstick and black eyeshadow, but sometimes the fight is not worth it at all. As long as the fashion sense is not indecent or inappropriate, you can let them have their way for a better relationship because the good news is that it is just a phase (hopefully) and they will soon hop into another fashion choice.
Teenagers are always trying to stretch limits and see how much they can get away with. As much as it is okay not to interfere with their fashion choices, you should let them know from the onset that there are things that they cannot get away with. For instance, you can draw a line on heavy makeup or attire that overly expose their bodies. You can also demand that they let you know before making any major changes like cutting off hair, picking up a new hairstyle, or spending beyond a certain amount of money on fashion items. You can also let them know how much money you are not going to spend on fashion until they are grown.
Grab Teachable Moments
Develop an interest in the teenager’s fashion choices. Accompany them for shopping if they allow you. If the opportunity presents, ask them why they are leaning towards choosing a particular piece of cloth. If you notice that they are trying to hide their body or imitate certain friends, you can use the opportunity to let them know that they are enough. they may not act as though they have listened at the time, but someday, you will realise that you did a good thing to mention it to them.
For teenagers, the more you try to resist their fashion choice and impose what you think is good for them, the higher their chances are of rebelling. As long as nobody is getting hurt in the process, let them be.