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If you're anything like me, you like to be involved in all aspects of my child's life. Yes, I'm that mom! I like to be in control of every detail but it turns out this may not always be the best approach! When it comes to children's fashion and their personalized fashion sense, taking a back seat is important to help build their own sense of style. Allowing your child the freedom to make their own styling choices will go a long way in building confidence that will allow them the freedom of expression to personalize their outfits and be who they truly want as they grow.
Here are three simple steps to encourage your child to develop a natural fashion sense:
1. Let them choose their outfit.
Allowing your child to put together their own outfit is a great confidence-building strategy. I know more often than not we find ourselves in a rush to get them ready but try and avoid always putting their outfit together for them. Doing this occasionally will go a long way. It will strengthen their decision-making skills and creativity; allowing them to have confidence in their ability to look good and pick what's right for them.
The simple act of choosing their own outfit can allow a child to feel so much more in control of their life.
“This will work wonders at boosting their confidence, and developing their personal sense of style!”
2. Present them with a variety...
It is important to give your child options to choose from. This includes exposing them to a variety of trending kids fashion pieces, color palettes, styles, patterns, trends and more. Shuffle things around and add more variety so they can develop their preferences, pick out the trends and clothes they are most comfortable in, and “experiment with kids styles and colors they are usually hesitant to try out.”
This works out very well when you don't know what to pick yourself. Lay out a few options for them on their bed and simply ask 'what would you like to wear' or 'do you like any of these?' 'point to what you like' and support them through their choice.
Sifting through a variety of outfits to choose the one they want will make them feel empowered and boost their little self-esteem.
3. Compliment their choice!
Children are always eager for validation, particularly from their parents. Don't forget to compliment them on their choices as this will help bring out your kids style. And let's be honest there's nothing more rewarding than seeing that look of pride on their little faces! So when their choice of outfit garners your approval, they are likely to be more eager to be presentable and put together outfits that are functional and attractive.
“Creativity takes courage.”
It is always inspired and cemented by applause and approval, and your compliments will help your child be more confident in their styling choices as they transition from babies to teenagers and beyond.
Give these a try and let us know in the comments how your child's fashion journey is shaping up!