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Poll: The Preteens vs. Parents Fashion Poll

By February 18, 2008

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It's time for spring and summer shopping! Will she choose a bikini this year? Will she reach for shorty-shorts that will make her dad blush? For parents of preteens, this can be a scary thought. Some preteens are in complete agreement with their parents when it comes to choosing their clothes. Others preteens, however, begin to show their independence by choosing clothing that makes Mom and Dad cringe.

When it comes to fashion, do you and your preteen agree?
If shopping with your preteen or young teen is more of a battle than a bonding experience, read Shopping for Preteen Clothes: What to Do When You Can't Agree for some simple tips that can make shopping with your independent-minded kids a bit easier.


September 7, 2008 at 5:17 am
(1) Cecilia says:

I’m twelve and in year seven this year and I think that you should leave the judgement to your kid. I know that sound silly, but hear me out.
If you’re worried that your kid will look like a ‘tart’ (my mum’s language) then tell her to wear a slightly longer skirt or less reavealing top, but most girls won’t choose clothes that are innapropiate.

9 out of 10 girls are more worried about not being a ‘tart’ than fitting in. if you are seriously worried about how your kid is dressing, you may want to intervene. but otherwise, trust your kid and let them develop their own taste and style without you choosing awful clothes for them (you may think thier fine, but one in a million mums have any knowlage of current pre-teen fashion)

March 20, 2009 at 6:58 pm
(2) Sydney says:

cecila totally agree im 12 too well you are probably 13 now but i still totally agree w/ you

August 12, 2009 at 12:19 am
(3) Dalia says:

Kids and parents should come to an agreement. I completely agree with you Cecilia, and you make good points. But for those kids that have more fussier parents (i.e. MINE), coming to a compromise can do you wonders.

I love short shorts. But I’m not allowed to wear them outside the house. In fact, my dad is extremely traditional, and winces everytime he sees that I have them on. So my parents and I have decided that we choose fashionable and appropriate clothing.

If parents would understand your situation and compromise, everything would be a lot easier.

December 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm
(4) Emily says:

My parents could care less what I wear.they just don’t like buying stuff from brand names cause it cost so much(bench-DC-America apparel ect) but I never wear them outta the house anyway cause I look fat in them anyway that’s my opionon. But yeh if preteens and adults would compramise it would be eaisier.btw don’t u hate like 9-10 year old who wear brand stuff thinking there so cool like whatever .

January 16, 2010 at 10:44 am
(5) teen says:

yeah, i wouldn’t worry about that
im 13 and i dont weat revealing clothes at all
my mom wants me to wear a little more fancy girly stuff but thats not me
i like to dress up
but in moderation
i like looking nice
but not to revealed
this usually isnt a problem
if you let your kid wear pretty much what they want
as long as its apprpriate
they wont start wearinging ..
inappropriate clothes
thats from a teens perspective

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