Using Accessories to Compromise with Your KidsDevan McGuinness
I have two girls and a boy and when it comes to fashion, my girls definitely have their own sense of style.
Raru has what I would describe as a boho-style that borders on hippie. It’s fun to see too because it’s just so her — there is no parental influence with it; she knows what she likes.
Bean has more of the typical preschooler style and loves to wear anything that requires heels, lipstick and the frillier the dress the better.
For the most part I am totally happy with my kids wearing what ever they choose, but sometimes their idea outfit chose may not be quite appropriate for the event — especially during the holidays. Since my girls love to accessorize, there are times where I can convince them to switch up their outfit using accessories.
Click through for 3 ways you can use accessories to compromise with your kids who chose their own outfit:
1) Switch the Sparkle: There are times where perhaps there is such a thing as too much sparkle. That can be the case when you’re going to a big-deal family holiday event, holiday pictures or a community event. Bean would for sure be the kid who chooses the dress with the most glitter, sequins and frills and while that is definitely her style, sometimes it’s best to compromise. Since she loves glitter and sparkle, the worst thing I could do is to take it all away, so instead we just switch it out. Take the sparkle on the dress down a notch for a solid color and use the glitter and sparkle in the headband, earrings and shoes. This keeps her happy and well and she won’t make everyone blind with her sparkle.
2) As Much as You Want: Since both girls love accessories anyway, one great way to compromise with them on their outfit is to let them choose all and any accessories to go with it. If they let me choose the outfit (which in this case I would go with something subdued and mellow), they are allowed to pick out which ever accessory they would like to go with it. The good thing about this is it keeps the wardrobe more versatile for any event and stocking up on the (cheaper) accessories to play things up will do wonders for your budget and your child’s sense of style.
3) Color Match: There are times where my girls love to wear every color in the rainbow. While it’s totally adorable and okay for school outfits, holiday outfits tend to need a bit more reason behind them. Another way I compromise with my kids is giving them a guideline for their outfit and this can be done with the clothes and the accessories. Choose a color (like red for the holiday party) and let them chose from their closet anything to wear that’s red, keeping in mind the accessories should be the same color.
Compromising your kid’s outfit choice with accessories is a fun way for them to express their fashion while staying style-appropriate for the event. Doing this you can also save so much money on your kids wardrobe by picking versatile outfits that work together and supplementing with accessories!
Photo credit: adapted from iStockphoto
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