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					Dealing with Your Teenager and the Latest Fashion Trends

Are you the parent of a teenager? If you are, you likely already know that many teens
want to look their best, at least fashion wise. For that reason, many teens keep up on the
latest fashion tends and use them. While this is okay in some aspects, it can result in your
teenager wearing baggy pants showing their boxers or revealing shirts that show off too
much cleavage. While these do seem to be popular fashion trends, do you really want
your child displaying them? If not, you may be wondering what you should do.

When it comes to your teenager and fashion trends that you may not necessarily approve
of, your first thought may be to lay down the law. As a parent, this is your right to do,
but did you know that you may actually end up causing more damage? Do you
remember what it was like being a teenager? If you were like most teenagers, there was a
good chance that the last thing you wanted was to be told how to dress by your parents
and the same is likely so for your own teen. That is why you may want to think about
taking a different approach.

One of the many instances where you should speak to your child about their fashions is if
it may end up causing them some harm. As previously mentioned, many of the latest
fashion trends for women and for girls are low cut shirts and low rise pants. This often
ends up leaving a good portion of the body exposed. In today’s society, you always need
to be on the lookout for sexual predators. While your teenager may not necessarily be
interested in someone, someone may actually end up getting that type feeling from them.
This could put your teenager in a weird and possibly dangerous situation. If that is the
case, you may want to take the time to explain that, as it may sink in better than if you
were just to say “change your clothes; you can’t wear that.”

It is also important that both you and your teenager remember that fashion trends
regularly change. It is not uncommon for a fashion trend to only last a few months. If
you are not happy with the current fashion trends, but your teenagers are, you may want
to encourage them to explore other options. There are a number of fashion magazines and
online fashion websites that have a large number of fashion trends and information on
those trends. Not all fashion trends require the wearing of “skimpy,” clothing. For that
reason, you may want to explore other options. If your teenager is a girl, it could actually
turn into a neat mother daughter bonding experience between the two of you.

Something else that you may not necessarily think about, but should, is if your child goes
to high school. Many high schools have dress codes and these dress codes often prohibit
the wearing of revealing clothing. While not all schools actively enforce their dress
codes, many out there do. Like with being told not wear certain clothes by their parents,
many teenagers may feel angered being told by school officials. For that reason, you
may want to take action before anything serious happens that could seriously jeopardize
your child and their school records. It is not uncommon to hear of instances where
children are suspended from school due to not following the school’s dress code.
In short, teenagers and fashion are something that just seems to click together. While it is
important for your teenager to fit in with others and be popular at school, they do not
necessarily have to be wearing the “hottest,” clothes or fashion accessories to do so.
They may not necessarily understand it at the time, but as a parent it is your job to help
them and keep them safe.

				
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