As a proponent of allowing kids to express their personal style, I have a strong appreciation for kid-friendly accessories. While it may be more challenging for a kid to hone in on apparel that speaks to them, accessories are less intimidating. Most kids will form a quick opinion about products like Shwings (pictured), HICKIES, spirit hoods and arm warmers.
Will your daughter want to add three sets of Shwings to her shoes, or would she prefer a simple crochet headband
? Will your son start a new trend by wearing HICKIES
elastic laces in the school colors? Will your preschooler laugh at the sight of himself in a knit beard
, or want to stick to the less conspicuous beanie? Would your tween prefer to eschew mass produced products and distinguish her look by cleverly styling everyday items? Will a change of accessories change your kid's behavior or mood?
As you pull together stocking stuffers
this season, consider adding a few fashion accessories to the mix. If you're not sure what your child will be drawn to, gamble a little and see what sticks.
Kids often gain confidence and security as they further define their personal style, and their fashion choices can also reveal insights to their personalities and interests.