Confident Teenage Style - Tips And Advice For Girls
Confident Teenage Style - Tips And Advice For GirlsIntroductionOne of the most important aspects of being a teenage girl is the feeling that she fits in, dresses well,looks right and is part of her peer group. For lots of girls this can be a tricky time if they lackconfidence and dont yet feel comfortable in their own skin, as so many teenage girls dont. Instead offocusing on themselves and where to make improvements girls look to the people around them forinspiration, acceptance and direction in how to dress.Most high street fashion, particularly teenage fashion, is designed for ultra slim, waif like bodies. Thiscan be great for the girl who is a size 6. She can happily copy her friends style and pull it off. But notevery girl who is slender and willowy will feel confident with their body- some just want curves. Andthe girl whose shape and build is rather more curvy, doesnt suit mini skirts, leggings worn withcropped tops or harem pants- but they dont know what else to wear.The following guide will help your daughter make the right style decisions so that she fits in, feelsconfident and stays on trend. This is about inspiring confidence in your teenager to help her discoverher own sense of style by knowing which cuts, styles and colours suit her. From there shell knowwhich trends to pick out and which to avoid.Wardrobe Basics For A Confident TeenagerEvery celebrity or style icon has a wardrobe of clothes that work for them and them alone. But itswhats in this wardrobe that really counts. The only way to begin is with the basics.These cores pieces should be simple garments that are easy to layer and accessorize. This makesthem ideal for dressing up and down to suit the occasion. And they will be easy to mix and match soavoid statement pieces until you the have the basics sorted.An example of a basic wardrobe:Dressy jeans for going outCasual jeans for everydayVest(s) for layeringPlain tee shirt(s)Long sleeved shirtJacket for summer or coat for winterDressLeggings or slim trousersCardiganCasual trainersFlats (pumps, man shoes or low heeled smarter shoes)
Sandals or flip flops for summer or boots for winterTwo or three neutral colours and one or two accent colours that all work well together will help makethese basics work well together, mix and match and be added to along the way.From here some additions can be made:Tailored trousers for either day or night2-3 tee shirts with prints or slogansDenim jacketSkirt or shortsBeltsScarvesJewellery, headbands, hatsDressing For Her Body ShapeWhen someone looks good in their clothes its because they enjoy wearing them and appearcomfortable, relaxed and confident. Its very important for teenage girls to feel comfortable in and tolike their clothes so she needs to wear clothes that fit well and are the right cut for her body shape.The way to do this is to create a balanced silhouette.First you ascertain her shape. There are one of two ways to do this: if your daughter is happy enoughwith her overall size, get her to look in the mirror either in her underwear or something very slim fittingthat shows her shape and proportions. If she is extremely unhappy with her body it might beadvisable to do this by being more discreet.Have a look at her shoulders, bust, waist and hips.Hourglass Shoulders in line with hips, curved bust, defined waistPear Hips wider than shoulders, small bust, defined waistInverted Triangle Shoulders wider than hips, small bust, no waistApple Shoulders in line with hips, full bust, full tummy, no waistLean Column Shoulders in line with hips, small bust, no waistIn order to create a balanced silhouette you should follow these simple principles:Create interest and add detail to smaller shoulders to balance wider hipsCreate interest and add detail to smaller hips to balance broader shouldersDont add bulk and layers to larger areasDont wear oversized clothes to hide problem areasAnd heres how to do it:
Hourglass Choose shaped and fitted lines that follow her bodys lineFollow her bodys line - choose clothes that define her waist, enhance her bust and highlight her hipsand bottomThis is the classic feminine shape and is the most flexible when it comes to wearing different stylesand shapes in clothingAvoid:Any styles and shapes that hide your body shape. They will add extra volume to your waistInverted Triangle On her bottom half she should wear clothes that make her hips look broaderKeep details or anything that adds volume to her lower half eg hip belts, hip pockets or full skirtsKeep her top half clean and unclutteredAvoid:Necklines that broaden her top top e.g. Wide necks, halter necks, big collarsStyles that extend or accentuate shoulders e.g. Puff sleeves, shoulder padsPatterns on top, scarves around her neck or shouldersNarrowing hemlines e.g. Pencil skirts or skinny jeansLean Column Create the illusion of curves around the hips, bust and of a waistUse layering to shorten her long top halfCreate fullness around her extremities e.g. Bubble hems, sleeves, turn up legs, scarves at thenecklineWear high or low waisted styles - broad shoulders; unfitted jackets, which slope to the waist; highlightyour hips and bottom using pockets and pleatsAvoid:Figure-hugging garmentsLong straight fitted lines in. Dresses, trousers and sleevesTops or dresses with square necklinesShapeless jackets; loose or droopy styles that hang from the shouldersDropped waistlinesBulky, heavy texturesDouble breasted jacketsApple Follow her bodyline - avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail around shouldersKeep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft so you avoid unnecessary bulk aroundthe bosom, waist and tummyKeep details above the bust line and below the hip line - for everything in between keep it plain andsimpleThe shoulders need attention so you should balance them from the front and side viewsKeep your silhouette fitted under bust and as well below your arms and along your waistSplits at waist works wonder
Avoid:Wearing belts whether big or smallSleeves which finish next to her bustAny details, fuss and volume near bust, tummy or hip area e.g. nO lapels, double breasted coats orjackets, high-waisted trousers or waistbandsSkirts above knee lengthClothing that finishes at her fullest points e.g. Cropped tops or jacketsExcessive fabric in the mid sectionGathered or tiered skirts, gathered trousers around the waistPear Balance her top half with her hips with clothes that make her shoulders look broader and bustbiggerJackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of her hips and bottomLayering on her top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwardsVolume, clutter, pattern, colour should be worn on top, so hips and thighs will seem narrowerFitted styles around her waist and accentuation of her waistline is great e.g. Empire line, wrapsMake her shoulders look broader with shoulder pads, puff sleeves or cap sleeve teeAvoid:Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in the leg line, turn-up trousers, wide or flared legsDetails, patterns, pockets or belts on thigh or hip areaStraight or pencil skirtsBags that sit on her hipsMini skirts or any other hemline that finishes on her hips, thighs or any other full areaSloping or narrow shoulder linesGetting The Right FitThe most important aspect of choosing clothes once you know her body shape is the fit. This doesntjust mean whether a size is too big or small. Its about knowing how something should sit on the bodyand frame it in a flattering and comfortable way.Here are the key aspects that can mean the difference between something fitting well and fitting badlyWhen clothes are too small or tight they will dig into the body, sit incorrectly, pucker, make her feeluncomfortable and look wrongWhen clothes are too big they will add inches to her silhouette. They wont hide problem areas, theywill make her look generally larger than she isJackets Armholes should not be too tight. A size bigger for outerwear is often needed especially if itsa winter coat and will be worn with several layers underneathSleeve length The sleeve hem should sit where the thumb joins the hand. Its surprising what a hugedifference it makes when sleeves are too long.Trouser/ jean length Trousers and jeans are cut too long these days so its well worth paying 15 for analteration if it means something being just right afterwards. A tip- make sure you wash jeans first as
the shrinkage in denim can be quite highWaistbands on jeans, trousers and skirts shouldnt gape when sitting down. A belt should not beneeded to hold up trousers, jeans or a skirt, except as an accessory. If a belt is needed the waistbandis too big.Bottoms and hips on fitted styles shouldnt have masses of excess fabric over them. The fabric shouldrest gently on the hips and bottom allowing for a small amount of movement, even in skinny jeans.Anything more than this will look wrong.Colour And PrintGetting your teenager to wear the right colours for her is another way to boost her confidence.Dressing well means looking as put together as possible. As well as choosing garments that workwell together its important to get a colour palette that compliments both her and the rest of herwardrobe.To see if a colour suits your daughter, hold it up to her face, in as natural or bright light as possibleand see if it lifts her skin and makes her glow. When a colour works, the whites of the eyes willappear brighter. When it doesnt, dark shadows appear under the eyes and the skin appears sallow.Its worth comparing similar shades one after the other, as despite looking very similar, shades can bevery different.Colour guidelines:A good wardrobe should be based around two or three neutrals and a few accent colours.Neutrals could be grey, navy, brown, khaki, beige, cream, white and of course black. Black is can bedraining on many people though it is often a favourite. Try and introduce other neutrals into thepaletteAccents can be any brights, pastels or neons. They can take the form of print such as floral or stripes;slogans or images on tee shirts. Colour can also be added in vests, scarves, jewellery, belts, bags,shoes and hairpieces.Wearing colours together: three colours generally look good in an outfit. Any more can look messy.For example blue jeans, pale grey vest, dark grey cardigan, red scarf, mid grey bag.Print guidelines:Small prints e.g. Small florals, polka dots, thin stripes look best on petite bodies and smaller girlsLarge prints e.g. Bold florals, big abstract prints, large geometric patterns look best on taller girlsPick prints with her accent coloursTall girls look best in smaller areas of print- wearing print head to toe can look too muchSmaller girls can pull of wearing both large and small areas of printPutting It All TogetherWhen it comes to clothes, at the top of nearly every teenage girls list is her desire to dress like herfriends. But if the cuts, styles and colours favoured by her peer group are wrong for her body shape,causing her lack of confidence to sky-rocket, what do you do?
When you have a better idea of the shapes that suit her, youll know what sorts of items to avoid. Butdont focus on what not to wear, concentrate instead on what its great for her to wear. Once you haveher basics, turn the exercise around to something fun. A bit of styling. Get her involved. Make her feelas though shes doing the choosing.Accessories are a fantastic, cost effective way for her to keep in with her peer group and toexperiment with the latest trends without being in too much danger of dressing head to toe in piecestotally unsuited to her shape.Jewellery Every girl loves some sort of jewellery. Some go for necklaces, pendants and chains, somelove bracelets and bangles, some adore rings others go for earringsScarvesHats flat caps, trilbies, berets, wide brimmed hats, beaniesHair wear headbands, bows, ribbons and clipsBagsBeltsLayering is really a fancy word for putting outfits together. Any garment worn under or over another islayering. The key to layering well (once youre aware of the right styles and colours to wear) is to becareful with the weight of each fabric. Basically, start with the lightest weight closest to skin such as acamisole and build from there. The more layers, the lighter weight they should be so avoid teaming avery chunky knit cardigan over more than one layer. Be careful with rounder, larger body shapes andmake sure the under layers are closer fitting rather than flowing and drapey otherwise it will addinches. Experiment with longer camisoles or tops peeking out at the hems of outer layers. This iswhere flashes of colour and print can come into their own. Mixing fabric textures such as sheen withmatt, woolly with shiny and leather with wool all add lovely touches to basic garments.Shopping If theres any way that she can be encouraged to shop with you rather with her friends, thisis ideal though perhaps tough to impose.Research If you can encourage your daughter to research looks, ideas and styles she likes herself.When left to our own devices we are often instinctively drawn to what we like because its right for us.Without the distraction of her peer group, she might just find things she loves rather than the thingsshe thinks she should love.BudgetOne of the beauties of the high street is the huge range of price points available. Whatever yourbudget, there will be something for you but you do not need to spend a lot of money on a teenagegirls wardrobe. In fact is perhaps wise not to.A young girls body shape, size and height can all change dramatically. While something fits her inMay, she may have outgrown it by August.The majority of young girls care little for the details, fabric and workmanship thats gone into agarment in the same way adults. Its likely that she wont look after her clothes in a way that prolongs
their lifespan.Teenagers dont mind about quality in the same way adults do so cheaper fabrics will probably not bean issue for her.Brands are a different issue and her desire for a particular label may depend on her peer group. If sheis set on premium high street or designer labels there are many places to source items for cheaperthan the shop price such as ebay and Brand AlleyShops For Your BudgetUltra BudgetPrimarkBudgetH&MNew Look (up to size 24)Forever 21MatalanAverageDororothy Perkins (up to to size 22)UniqloMiss SelfridgeClaires AccessoriesMore ExpensiveUrban OutfittersAsosTopshopAmerican ApparelBrand AlleyeBayI offer loads of personal style advice, body shape tips or fashion help as well as affordable personalshopping and personal styling experiences for real people.web fashion