Lately, my little (not-so-little-anymore) girl and I have had some difficult trips. It's hard to be a super-tall 11 year-old with more style than your mom, and a list of Rules for Appropriate Dress a mile long! People always say, "God bless you!" or something like that because I have 4 boys. Well, let me tell you, boys are so much easier in many ways! Really, all you have to do is accept the fact that they're noisy, energetic, and dangerous, and you're good to go! Girls, on the other hand, come with a whole different set of challenges.
Back to the shopping...
I don't know who the designers think they're dressing, (21 year olds?) or who their audience is (pedophiles?), but the clothes are all super! Super---
She generally won't look at the big, fluffy Easter dresses, but I did find a very nice, simple one in her size to try on. I also had her try on a couple of Adult Smalls out of desperation, one of which was actually very cute when we turned it around backwards (because it was too low-cut). It didn't help that there was practically nothing in her size, but the (lack of) length on the ones she did try was ridiculous.
Happily, the fluffy Easter dress was a perfect fit, with just enough style, and not too babyish to be rejected!
Please tell me your shopping tips for your tweens and teens! Do you have a list of Rules for Appropriate Dress? What stores do you prefer?
In case you're wondering...
- wide straps on tanks to hide bra straps
- no bare shoulders at Mass
- skirts must be no shorter than an inch or two above the knees for Mass
- same length for "playclothes" but she has to wear bike shorts under them.
I don't think my rules are terribly strict, but they do make shopping a challenge! Then again, any kind of standards makes shopping a challenge these days.