Written by April Reinhardt (last updated July 8, 2020)
I realize that I sound like my parents when I say that teenagers today dress very differently than when I was a teen, but it is a factual statement. And although we did wear short skirts and dresses in the 60s and 70s, we did not dress as provocatively as teens do today. Lately, however, there has been a trend towards more modest dress, advocated by fashion TV shows and school districts. Most schools have implemented dress codes, and even some non-parochial schools have opted to mandate a school uniform, with strict guidelines so that all students may feel that they're on the same footing same, despite economic conditions or ethnic background.
The next time you're in the checkout lane of the grocery store, or the magazine section of a pharmacy, department store, or bookstore, take a look at the covers of teen magazines. You'll see young women and young men (referred to in my generation as girls and boys) wearing the same type of clothing worn by Hollywood actors. Who can afford that wardrobe? As a parent, would you want to see your teen daughter dressed in a slinky slip-type dress showing ample cleavage? Here are some teen fashion guidelines that may help you navigate the turbulent teen waters as far as choosing age-appropriate—yet fashionable—clothing:
Visit second-hand or discount stores if you must by the latest fashion. Clothes go in and out of style, and you might find a cute skirt from the 60s that is in style today. Never buy anything that you know that you won't wear. It doesn't do any good to buy a twill jacket if you know that it will simply hang in the closet.
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