One of the toughest things I find (to date) with my tween daughter Bella is finding age-appropriate fashion. She’s too young for the teen gear, and thankfully she’s not in a huge hurry to grow up and start flashing the extra skin that the teen style seems to favour!
However, she’s also past the cutesy dresses and prints I used to find for her from work-at-home-mums on Instagram and Etsy.
She’s at an awkward in-between phase.
I remember sitting outside the cinemas with her recently and a tween birthday party turned up. The girls were all dressed beautifully. And by that, I don’t mean they were dressed up, but they were certainly in age-appropriate styles. One girl had skinny jeans and a black quilted bomber jacket with flats. Another girl had some silver leggings with a long-sleeve tee and a cute scarf. None of them looked as if they were trying to look older than their age – I’d love to give their parents a virtual high-five! That is winning at parenting tweens in my books.
At eleven years old, my Bella is nearly as tall as me, and has a keen sense of what she likes. She helped me choose the pieces below and although there were things that she flagged as not being ‘her style’ she conceded that they would be perfect for an eight or nine year old.
I know that some of these pieces are at the higher end of the budget, but if you buy one or two key pieces, they can easily be mixed and matched with basics from Target, Big W and Kmart. I also find that when I invest a little more in jeans and jackets from stores like Country Road or Seed, they will last more than a single season.
We haven’t forgotten about the little men, because I know quite a few who take a lot of care in their own personal style. I’ll cover the boys fashion next month.
What is your tween’s style and do you know of any labels nailing the tween age group you can share?