Everyone wants to look good, and this is especially true for most tweens. They seem to need to fit in and to be up-to-date on their wardrobes. That can give them a sense of belonging and security. The girls seem more preoccupied with this than the boys, but don’t underestimate the peer pressure that boys can give each other.
Many stores cater to pre-teens, including Nordstrom (shopnordstrom.com/tweens) and www.amazon.com. An article in Elle Magazine ( www.elle.com) shows the current trends specifically for tweens. Nostalgically, old trends are back, from chain wallets to overalls.
- Butterflies are seen in accessories like tiny hair clips or bags.
- Overalls can be worn with heels, a turtleneck, and cropped jacket.
- Elastic tattoo chokers.
- Special backpacks, not just Eastpack and Jansport, but now dove grey, no frills Eastpak Padded Pak’R Backpack, amazon.com.
- Wallets that chain to jeans.
- Plain white sneakers with a platform, like kids wore 20 years ago.
- Laces that pop with color. Blue Glitter Shoelaces, $1, www.aliexpress.com,
- Bucket Hat. www.urbanoutfitters.com.
- Oversize jacket.
- Hell or Highwater Pants. The flooded pant is back in kick flares, culottes, and cropped jeans.
- Quirky Hair Accesssories. Elastic fur pom hair tie, $12, www.topshop.com.
www.girlstweenfashion.wordpress.com gives another peek at pre-teen trends.
- Berry Jane Activewear has a collection for tweens, including fun print leggings, it is expanding to tops, swimwear, and comfy bottoms.
- Llum, the Catalina word for light, is a whimsical line of prints and color.
- Nail trends are towards elaborate nail art.
We don’t want to leave the boys out. www.mom.me/style has an article about boys’ fashion. They say it is more long-term and less trendy. They can wear those skinny jeans for longer than girls. Classics are always good for boys, and a few sweaters and jeans are basic. You can update their wardrobe with different colors or brands of sneakers. Don’t forget that lots of boys like outdoor sports, and this spring athletic pants, windbreakers, and puffy jackets are “in.” Bold colors are big this year. Customize sneakers, whether Vans or any other. It’s important to know your child and stay in his comfort zone. If a style doesn’t suit him, choose another. Some things from dad’s wardrobe, find some neat sunglasses, and go long on shorts. Old trends from the 80’s are also a possibility, such as Jams and Z. Slim suits are popular, and they can wear them dressy or casual.
Accessories are not only for girls. Backpacks with technological functions or cases for iPads or phones are a good bet. Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a great place to look for current looks. Whether your tween is a boy or girl, remember to keep in mind how they feel. Buy things they like and feel comfortable wearingl.