Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Clothe That Kid: Part 4 - The Tween Zone

Somewhere between a child and a teen, you’ve now entered the “tween” zone! Almost as scary as the Twilight Zone (there I go dating myself again) are the years from age 10 to 12. Your child will morph into someone you may not recognize. They will start to emulate their favorite sports, movie or musical personality. They will just “have to have” the newest and trendiest clothes. They may want to experiment with a new hairstyle or develop a new slang term daily. Just hold onto your seat and enjoy the ride. This (contrary to what you may hear) is a wonderfully adventurous time for you and your child.

Your son or grandson now wants to wear tees with guitars, peace signs or sports instead of trucks, dinosaurs and planets. He may feel more “grown up” in Varsity Fleece Pants or Mesh Pants than cords or cargo pants. He may want to wear “what the other guys are wearing”. He is going to hit a major growth spurt, so let him wear what he wants. He’ll outgrow it before he wears it out! Buy elastic waist pants and shirts with athletic fits. Buy larger so you won’t be looking for long pants he’s outgrown when there’s nothing but shorts in the stores.

Your daughter or granddaughter wants to look “grown up”. She may come to you with fashion magazines and say “I want that!” She definitely wants to wear what all the girls are wearing! You can find outfits that both of you will agree upon. Brands such as Polo, Puma, Plum Pudding and Flowers by Zoe have that “fashion forward” look, however she will still look her age. For girls, this is a harder age to try to fit. Some girls will “shoot up” and thin out where others will not. Some may develop a “bust” which may make fitting tops difficult. Luckily, this season seems to feature the flowing style of the 70’s. This is great for all sizes. Fabric that is cotton/spandex blend will give extra stretch. My sizing advice would be to order a size larger than their age, remembering there are no 9, 11, or 13 in girls sizing until they hit the teen size range.

The best piece of advice I can give is just to relax and enjoy every moment of every stage of their childhood. Just remember, you’ll get to do it all over again when you become a grandparent!!

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