A strong sense of style doesn’t come instinctually – at least not always. It’s a skill that needs to be acquired, and it’s never too early to start with your kids. A strong sense of style will help them stand out from the rest of the pack, develop their own sense of identity, and increase their confidence. But there are a few pieces of advice you can follow to more effectively develop your child’s fashion sense.
Do Your Research
Social media platforms like Pinterest and YouTube are one of the most valuable resources for adult fashion, and that’s true of kids as well. You can also keep your newsfeed dialed in for articles and news from the latest kids fashion magazines.
The research process doesn’t just let you see what’s hot. It also helps you see all the possibilities and help tailor a sense of style that best suits your child’s personality.
Don’t Neglect Practical Needs
If your preschooler doesn’t feel comfortable in that cool new jacket you got them, chances are that it won’t even make it to the playground. Never lose track of the fact that clothing is ultimately there to make your kid’s life easier, so you shouldn’t forget pragmatism for the sake of a cool look.
Try on the clothes beforehand if you have the chance, and take the time to determine what sort of clothing makes your kid squirm. Comfort brings confidence, and confidence is the heart of style.
Also consider how easy maintenance will be. Clothes that you can just toss in the wash are going to become a more regular part of your kid’s outfit routine solely because they’re easier to care for. Take into the account the weather, the climate, and any other situational issues that might make certain clothing choices impractical in the long run.
Be Thoughtful With Accessories
Simple outfits are a practical choice for a preschooler, but they can be lent a dramatic sense of dynamism with just a little bit of accessorization. This is an easy way for your preschooler to express their own sense of identity, but don’t overdo it.
Hats, scarves, bags, bracelets, and sunglasses are all promising options, but putting on too much is a quick way to lose that sense of style, and likely lose half the accessories you sent your kid to school with.
Prepare for the Future
Clothing can be expensive, and preschoolers grow up quick. Unless you want to be buying an entirely new fashion wardrobe every season, consider investing in a size too big. That way they can grow into their clothes, and you won’t have to pull out the credit card every time they hit a growth spurt.
Investing in fashion for the future can also be good for your kindergartener’s mental health. Forcing them into the habit of regularly swapping in new kids clothes might not instill in them a sense of good fashion. It could just instill in them a compulsive disorder.
Teach Them the Fundamentals
While it can be rewarding to have the most stylish preschooler in class, the ultimate goal should be to instill in them their own sense of fashion. Don’t be afraid to let them experiment as they begin to pick out their own clothes, but also be sure that they understand why certain fashion standards are the way they are.
Showing your kid how fashion changes in different environments, teaching them the basics of a color wheel, and encouraging good hygiene and a respect for clothing will help prepare them for the adult world, and it will also provide them with skills that can extend well beyond deciding what they’re going to wear for the day.