3 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Fashion

Want your kids to dress well? It’s important to teach them how to select the right clothes for them in the right styles and meeting the clothes budget. Here’s how.

Tip #1: Color matters:  It’s no secret that some people wear certain colors better than others — and that’s true for kids too. So, be color aware. "Step one is to find the child’s best colors. These are not necessarily his or her favorite colors but the ones that are most attractive on them," says image consultant Barbara DesChamps, author of It’s In The Bag: The Complete Guide to Lightweight Travel and It’s In The Bag: Your Custom Business and Travel Wardrobe. DesChamps suggests going to a fabric store and seeing what colors really work with your child’s skin tone. "Once you know the best colors, you can shop with fabric swatches or paint chips and know that what you buy will go with other items already in the closet. This saves time and money and avoids mis-matches," she says.

Tip #2: Find out what they like, within your parameters: You want to encourage your child to find their own style … but you want it to be within reason. So, how do you accomplish that? DesChamps suggests putting together a section of photos (from catalogues, magazines, etc) of varied styles that you approve of and getting a feel for what your child gravitates to. "When they have representative samples, they can show them to the child and elicit feedback. Do this with only one child at a time so they get personal time and are not bothered by negative comments from siblings," she says.

Tip #3: Teach them value – Kids have no idea how much things including clothing cost. It’s your responsibility to teach them how to create a great wardrobe on a budget. "Most kids I think, are apt to lean towards the ‘name brands’ that everyone else is wearing, even if they cost five times more than an unbranded T-shirt or sweatshirt," says Wendy Young of Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids.

What can you do? Stress the importance of saving on the staples — like t-shirts, sweats, socks and more — and splurging on just a few statement pieces. "For older kids, giving them a budget for clothing and if the kid wants to spend more than is budgeted (for name brands, etc.), the child will have to pay the extra amount," says Young.

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