Did you notice how kids, even as young as toddlers, can already express their sense of style? When my friend’s daughter was three, her mom couldn´t make her wear dresses. She hated dresses but loved pants and shorts. Whenever her mom forced her to wear a dress, there´s a big fight followed by a huge tantrum. Although she grew up to learn to wear dresses, she´s nothing girly. She has that cute boyish but still sexy appeal. She´s now almost five years old.
A few moms understood that they can encourage their child´s sense of style by including them in planning for their outfit. Look at Heather in the photo above, she´s checking out every dress her mom laid on the bed, choosing what to wear to church.
It´s a good idea to allow your child to choose what outfit to wear. It´s not only helping the child develop a strong sense of style, it´s also a good training in decision making. Once the child picks the dress or the shirt that she wants to wear, help her come up with the right accessories or the perfect separates to team. This is where the child needs your help. Afterall, they expected can´t make everything right at this age.
Enjoy a great bonding time with your daughter (or son, although girls are more into fashion earlier than boys) by spending some time to play dress up, arrange her closet, and plan for outfits. Like Rhea, Heather´s mom, she lay all the dresses on the best, all the shoes on the floor beside the dress, and then the girl goes through all her clothes, examining them properly.
The right age for a child to do this activity is relative to your own child´s level of interest towards dressing. You will have to personally decide for this. Some kids are fashion adept very early, while others are late bloomers.
How do you encourage your child´s sense of style? Do you play dress up with your daughter?