How to help a child find its style?

How to help a child find its style?

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” These are the words of Rachel Zoe, a designer and stylist, who perfectly defines what the style is. The signals sent by our image is the oldest and most universal language of the world. Our image illustrates and describes us, especially the first impression. How to help our child to discover its style then?

The mechanism of the first impression and tagging people we see for the first time is deeply rooted in our nature. That is how our mind functions – we automatically label a newly met person. By doing so, our mind selects and organizes information. To avoid harmful and untrue opinions in its future, we should help our child to discover and define its style.

 

Do not impose!

Remember to link your child’s style with its character and personality. Our opinions or taste should not be imposed. Always have it in mind that it is difficult for a child to distinguish between the critique of its clothing and its character. Make your child aware but enhance their self-confidence and let them decide finally! If you notice that your child is not comfortable in some outfits, do not offer them again. Our role is to be helpful but also an observant and an understanding advisor.

 

 Plan your child’s wardrobe wisely.

Make a review of your child’s wardrobe by starting to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which clothes my child most often like to wear?
  • Which clothes are made from good quality and natural materials?
  • Which pieces have timeless cut?
  • Which clothes my child likes wearing and which of them have not been used for months or even years?
  • Which clothes my child has never been wearing?

First you should shed all worn clothes. Remove those that are too small as well as the ones your child simply doesn’t like. Choose the things that fit in many combinations. According to the slow fashion notion, it is better to have few good-quality clothes than lots of poor-quality made from ‘petroleum derivative’ fabrics. Keep only high-quality items with timeless cuts and made from natural fibers. Even if your child outgrows such clothes, it will still be good to wear by the younger kids in the family, or it can be donated to a charity.

 

Fabric science for the youngest.

Next step is to create a shopping list with the elements of the wardrobe you want the child to be equipped with. The list should contain clothes that complement particular sets or fill some closet shortages. While shopping try to be open to your child’s suggestions – listen to it and get to know what does it like.

– Our task is to help and advise a child on how to choose the right clothes and how to match them. The most important criterion is the material from which clothes are made. It is also worth teaching the children to read the labels. We should make children aware of the importance of buying natural fibre clothes in the same way as we teach them to eat vegetables and fruits. Shopping can be a really interesting lesson on natural fibres. We can tell our child about the fabric names, origin and characteristic – advises Gosia Plutecka, the owner and designer of Amelie et Sophie.

 

 

We have to remember that the style cannot be learned. It grows with us since early childhood. Helping our child in creating its style by choosing the clothes/materials and matching different elements with particular outfits may be good fun.

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