Many young girls model themselves on older siblings or other significant females and for this reason, they are more attracted to styles of clothing that suit older females. However the female form is different in childhood as in adulthood and adult clothing styles are often unsuitable for young girls. For example, dresses designed for an hourglass figure will not suit a child’s figure as they do not begin to develop curves until mid to late teenage-hood.
Therefore, although young girls may gravitate towards such designs, not only will they be unsuitable because they are more revealing, they will also be unsuitable because they will not fit. Such dresses would cause the material to bunch in unsightly places and so, a great way of detracting young girls form such styles is to show them that the clothes will not look good on them until they are older.
The most important consideration when choosing girls clothing for a daughter or niece is to ensure that they feel comfortable in the apparel. To do this, clothing needs to be fashionable young people feel a great need to conform and suit their body shape. If you are buying clothes as a present, ask the child what style they prefer and choose an item in a style they like that but that is age-appropriate.
Depending on the age of the child, different shops will be better than others are. There are some very fashionable shops for young girls and teenagers, whose designers understand precisely the need for a balance within the girls clothing market, between fashion and suitability; understanding that some fashionable trends may not be appropriate for girls below a certain age.
Some of the latest fashions such as the skinny jean trend, are borderline acceptable. Skinny jeans are appropriate for young girls but only when worn in specific ways. Ensure that if your child is wearing skinny jeans, they are not absolutely skin tight as you may find with many adult pairs. Rather, jeans should be slightly looser, with a gap between the material and the skin of around 4mm. Additionally, young girls must wear oversized or long and floating shirts, tunics or jumpers – never allow young girls to wear tight jeans and tight tops, this is a big no-no regardless of your age. With fashion, there should always be a reverse balance between tops and trousers.