Spring is nearly here! Even though it may be 10 degrees below zero today, spring is nearly here.
The robins will soon return, the tulips will soon emerge, and clothing will soon cover less. Spring is wonderful, and at the same time can cause mothers everywhere to question their daughters’ judgment. Does that scooped neck top scoop too much? Do those shorts climb up the bum? Wouldn’t that skirt be just as fashionable if it were two inches longer? Are those jeans too tight?
While this seasonal change can be stressful, it can also be a time for girls to stretch their personal confidence and individual style. They can do this without stretching their clothes too far. A few tips to make the transition a breeze:
Love the layers. Layers don’t have to mean turtlenecks or heavy sweaters. Layers for spring include multiple camisoles in more than one color. Find different cuts based on body curves to cover cleavage while still looking healthy and fit.
Go with 3-inch inseams. A 3-inch inseam is a reasonable standard for shorts. Measure the inside of the leg, and insist the inseam (from crotch seam to hem) is at least three inches in length. Anything less rides up the bum.
Add leggings. Leggings give versatility to a favorite shift. If a shift or top has become too short due to growth, add leggings for interest and modesty. Plus, leggings cover a portion of the upper leg that doesn’t always need to be seen, particularly as protected skin emerges from the long winter months.
Add a sweater or bolero. Summer styles in early spring can seem shocking. We just aren’t in the habit of seeing all that skin. Yes, we get comfortable with it as temperatures rise, so in the short-term, add a sweater or jacket to balance the look.
Add a scarf. Scarves continue to add interest and creativity to any outfit. When wrapped loosely around the neck, they fall across the front, covering cleavage that isn’t covered by a cami. Have fun! Go with color. Scarves even start great conversations.
As always, have a conversation with your daughter about what is suitable and what isn’t. Refrain from judging her style – you simply won’t agree on what is attractive and what is not! You can, however, agree on what parts of the body should be covered and with how much fabric. Spring is just around the corner, and girls can dress tastefully and love their new spring looks.