What does a child see when he looks at children’s fashion? A lot of things, actually. For one thing, most children are not exposed to the many different styles and designs that adults are, so they do not really have a frame of reference to draw from when they’re making their decisions about what they want to wear. This is why fashion often seems vague and hazy to them – they don’t understand that it’s really just an extension of what they already know and care about. The end result is that many kids end up dressed in clothes that are basically indistinguishable from T-shirts they see on their friends every day.
As kids grow older, however, the picture changes quite a bit. First of all, their interests start to veer away from the familiar styles that they see all the time. Instead, kids will be exposed to more complicated designs that they might not have ever considered before. Secondly, they will begin to realize that there’s more than one way to dress – so kids will soon come to realize that they can’t wear all the trends that they love.
One reason that trends might appeal to younger children is that they relate them to the things that they observe adults do. To a child, it can be fun to see adults go out of their way to be original, especially if that ‘being original’ means wearing clothes that are really funny or interesting. But the line between original and eccentric can get a little blurred when kids are involved. After all, who wants to be the only kid who’s wearing a tie with dirty socks? When children see adults dressed in ways that they consider to be ridiculous, it can trigger a sense of wanting to be that kind of person. So when you’re choosing what kinds of children’s clothing you select for your kids, try to consider the fact that what you see is what they’ll see.
There are also some definite things about children’s clothing that aren’t going to be touched. Size for instance. All children are small in some way or another, and no two children are going to have the exact same size of body type. There’s a good chance that the child you choose would prefer a style that is more akin to their own size. You could use this as a starting point when choosing clothes. Try to avoid trendy styles that will make your child look too small.
Also keep in mind that not all children enjoy the same kinds of fashions. Some children are just outright terrified of certain types of fashion, so you’ll need to choose styles that don’t frighten them. You don’t want to spend hours ironing the buttons on their shirts after they’re out of the dress, do you?
The key to making your child happy with their choices in children’s clothing is to choose styles that they’ll enjoy and find themselves having fun wearing. Avoid trendy fashions that might not be a good fit for your child, and avoid clothes that are too small for their frame. You can make your child happy by allowing them to express themselves through their wardrobe choices. Choose something that will flatter their body type and allow them to get the results that they want.