Target Says: Encourage Your Kids' Sense of Style - Like the Celebs! (Photos)Shana Aborn
Kids love dressing up at Halloween – but they also love discovering their own preferences in clothes all year long. Think about the worn T-shirt your son pulls on the minute it comes out of the dryer, or the tutu your daughter insists on wearing over her winter coat.
Clothes are a great way for children to express their individuality and feel good about themselves. Lots of celebrities’ kids are known for their personal style, from Suri Cruise to Gwen Stefani‘s sons, Kingston and Zuma Rossdale.
So it’s important to pick your battles carefully when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. Maybe it’s not the best idea for your child to wear a party dress to school or shorts in January, but offering options and suggesting compromises (no to the shorts; yes to a T-shirt underneath a warm waffle-weave long-sleeved shirt) can go a long way.
Fortunately, Target offers tons of great items that both you and your kids will love – and you don’t have to have a movie star’s bank account to fill their closet with fun styles that will make it easy to get ready in the morning!
Check out our gallery of famous children known for their unique looks – and our suggestions on how to help your own kids develop theirs!
Remember: Their style may not be yours 1 of 10Take your kids shopping with you and make suggestions, but don't try to force your preferences onto them. Angelina Jolie doesn't mind that daughter Shiloh prefers a boyish look while sis Zahara goes for the frills.
Buy mix-and-match separates 2 of 10Giving kids a variety of tops and bottoms allows them to switch around according to their mood. Here, Alyson Hannigan selects a few leggings for her older daughter, Satyana.
Remember boys like to express themselves, too 3 of 10When you think of kids and style, you probably envision little girls dressing up. But it's important to encourage boys to shop and discover their own individual tastes. Heidi Klum says all four of her children love to pick their own outfits - especially her son Henry.
Keep the weather in mind 4 of 10While you shouldn't raise a fuss when your child wants to mix stripes and plaids, it's perfectly within your rights to insist he or she dress for the weather. Fortunately, "Teen Mom" Chelsea Houska's daughter, Aubree, knows how to dress for a chilly fall day - and putting a tiara over a warm hat is a great compromise!
Photo: via Twitter.
It’s okay to be fancy once in a while 5 of 10Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson occasionally wears sparkly heels even when she's not competing in beauty pageants. While you might not want your child wearing a fancy outfit to school or on the playground, you might suggest choosing one fancy accessory instead - like a tie or a glittery headband.
Let them choose their own hairstyle 6 of 10So your son likes his hair long and free, like Hank Baskett Jr.? So your daughter wants to put a purple streak in her hair? Don't sweat it. Hair is one of the easiest ways for children to express themselves, and it can always be changed if they get tired of their old look.
Try a dress-alike day once in a while… 7 of 10Like Gwen Stefani and Zuma, you can show the world you're a team by wearing matching clothes.
…but don’t make it a habit 8 of 10It's tempting to dress siblings in identical outfits, but doing it all the time can inhibit their sense of individuality. Even Sarah Jessica Parker knows that twins Marion and Tabitha look best when their outfits are slightly different.
Perk up old standards 9 of 10Do your kids wear school uniforms, like Suri Cruise? Help them choose accessories and outerwear that help make an ordinary outfit extraordinary - like this fabulous pink coat.
Take lots of pictures! 10 of 10When your child puts together a great ensemble, you'll want to capture the moment - like Tori Spelling did with her daughter Stella. Praising their choices gives them confidence, too.
Photo: via Twitter.
[All photos from Pacific Coast News except where noted]
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