Tips for Dressing Your Teen This Christmas
There’s no getting around it – teenagers have their own taste in clothes and often resist any interference from their parents when it comes to how they dress. However, for Christmas parties and for attending church, you may want to use some parental authority to ensure they’re dressed appropriately.
Often it’s good to remember why teenagers rebel when it comes to dressing; they want clothes that are attractive to their peers and that don’t make them seem frumpy or old-fashioned, or worse yet, child-like. Sometimes too their tastes are just different from those of their parents!
With those thoughts in mind, consider some ways you can compromise when it comes to dressing for Christmas. The boys may not want to wear a suit as this may seem too serious; nice slacks and a cotton shirt with a dressy vest may be a better option. For the girls, allow them to choose a dress that fits well and that covers the legs and cleavage, but that doesn’t have a full, “baby girl” style of skirt.
Christmas sweaters don’t need to be silly or outlandish either. Both boys and girls can choose ones in solid colors that are without all those ornate decorations that may seem too kitschy. Remember that you don’t need to be wearing red or green to be ready for Christmas; allow them to wear black or their favorite color if they wish!
In the spirit of compromise, tell your teen that he or she may not wear jeans to the family party but they can choose their own shirt or sweater, within reason. Meeting your teen halfway like this will ensure he or she is dressed appropriately but is still comfortable in what they’re wearing.