Editor’s note: please welcome today’s guest blogger Kim Abbate from Life With Tweens. With a tween of her own, she will contribute a regular post on age-appropriate styles to help those of us with kids in that awkward stage.
Tweens are defined as kids aged 8-12. They’re no longer young children and not quite teens. Unfortunately, the styles we see on the racks in some shops leave a lot to be desired.
Whenever I’m shopping with my 11 year old daughter, I cringe at the short shorts and crop tops with a few cursory tassles to hide things that tweens should not be flaunting. Yes, I’m old fashioned, but I’m also realistic. Who amongst us would really like to see our 8-12 year old children in clothes that most nightclubs would cringe at?
After a lot of research, I’ve discovered a few stores that cater not only for the tween girl, but also our tween boys too. The fellas should not be forgotten in all of this!
The thing my tween girl loves is the sense that she’s wearing pieces that are not made for ‘little kids’ but we both agree that short, tight clothing is a no go. This post is going to focus on a casual street style and find some clothes that both you AND your tween will be happy with.
This girl’s outfit was chosen in conjunction with the tween under my own roof.
When it comes to the boys, it was a little easier. I once again had input from two tween boys who gave me their grunt of approval.
This is the time when particular brands become important to your child and a wardrobe can become costly! With a bit of mix and match expertise, you can buy them a few key pieces (in the same way we pad out our own wardrobes) then add in the staples like jeans and tees from more affordable labels.
Here are the retailers I’ve found who understand the tween stage:
Tween style is such a difficult in-between phase. Many labels don’t recognise it as a ‘thing’ but ask any parent and they will tell you it’s the time that their boys and girls get a real sense of their own style. They no longer wear whatever mum and dad buy for them; these tweens now have a fierce sense of what they like and more importantly what they feel comfortable wearing. That’s really what it’s all about, right?
Have you discovered any tween brands you can add to the list?
Kim Abbate is a working single mum who blogs at CreatingKim. Her blog focuses on topics that most busy mums can relate to around work, fun, family and health. She also blogs at Life With Tweens which focuses on everything related to that awkward stage between being a child and being a teen. She has a passion for empowering women and drinking coffee. Or wine. Generally wine.