Clothing Conundrum

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Registered: 03-17-2009
Clothing Conundrum
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 7:58am

Amy has recently become more and more opinionated about her clothing - of course this is happening at the same time she is no longer outgrowing ANYthing!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 9:05am
Jordyn goes through this every once in a while. We agree to supplement things, she can go out and get a few new camis, one or two new sweaters/cardigans any maybe a new pair of shoes or boots and then we take a look at everything she has and put together new outfits adding in the new pieces, so you aren't buying an entire new wardrobe, but you get a bit of a fresh look to it with minimal new pieces, that and some new jewelry/scarves, accessories that will spruce things up a bit.
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:35pm

Our rule has always been "put it on your Christmas or birthday list." We have four kids and we try to stick to a budget. I rarely, rarely buy them new clothes except if they

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:45pm

Her body may not be growing but she is getting older and it's natural that her style is going to evolve. I think we should all be allowed a little re-invention now and then. DD went from being very tomboyish at 12 to wanting a more feminine style at 13. In her case, she did have a massive growth spurt and so did get a whole new wardrobe out of neccessity but I would have put some money aside for that even if she'd not needed the new clothing (I was just thrilled to see her in a dress lol.) She turns 15 in a few weeks and while she still seems to be growing, can still wear much of what she got at 13. However, her style is shifting again to a more vintage look (which I admit, looks fantastic on her , more grown-up, professional and very classy.) She has a job and so can buy her own items but I still surprise her with a trip to a store when a great sale is going on. I also make sure that holidays and birthdays involve a little money for clothes shopping. We find having a small clothing budget but spreading our spending so she gets new things more often works really well.

I'm not suggesting you break the bank or allow her to be a slave to fashion trends but if she's 14 and still in the clothing she wore ar 12, I'd consider letting her change her style. Thrift shops are great places for teen girls to shop... especially in thrift shops located in wealthier areas. Does she have an allowance or have any opportunities to raise money and buy her own items?

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 5:39pm

Kayleigh is a few years older, but she knew that there was a set budget for new clothes before school starts and before summer.

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Registered: 03-17-2009
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:22pm
Thanks! What is odd to me is her style has changed alot less than she thinks it has. I think it is as much being more about wanting brand names for everything as changing the basic way she prefers to see herself.
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Registered: 03-17-2009
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:23pm
Thanks for encouraging me to not feel guilty about not agreeing to her wants and buying it all at once.
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Registered: 03-17-2009
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:24pm
She does get a small allowance but not enough to do what she wants. I think a few items at a time is ideal and going to some second hand shops will be fun too! We have only really ever done that once and she found a few great things when we did.
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Registered: 03-17-2009
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 8:25pm
Thanks Mindy! You always know just what I need to hear.
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Registered: 01-06-2006
Wed, 01-18-2012 - 8:35am
Plato's Closet is a GREAT place to find gently used brand name clothes. Our local store is very clean, well organized, and has a great selection at very reasonable prices.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-18-2012 - 8:55am
I second Plato's Closet. jordyn finds tons of stuff there at very good prices.
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