Saturday, February 21, 2015

Clothes Men Hate from Harem Pants, Skinny Jeans to Knee Socks: Lucky FABB West


One 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 lack confidence and don’t yet feel comfortable in their own skin, as so many teenage girls don’t. Instead of focusing on themselves and where to make improvements girls look to the people around them for inspiration, acceptance and direction in how to dress.

Most high street fashion, particularly teenage fashion, is designed for ultra slim, waif like bodies. This can be great for the girl who is a size 6. She can happily copy her friends’ style and pull it off. But not every girl who is slender and willowy will feel confident with their body- some just want curves. And the girl whose shape and build is rather more curvy, doesn’t suit mini skirts, leggings worn with cropped tops or harem pants- but they don’t know what else to wear.

The following guide will help your daughter make the right style decisions so that she fits in, feels confident and stays on trend. This is about inspiring confidence in your teenager to help her discover her own sense of style by knowing which cuts, styles and colours suit her. From there she’ll know which trends to pick out and which to avoid.

Wardrobe Basics For A Confident Teenager

Every celebrity or style icon has a wardrobe of clothes that work for them and them alone. But it’s what’s 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 makes them ideal for dressing up and down to suit the occasion. And they will be easy to mix and match so avoid statement pieces until you the have the basics sorted.

An example of a basic wardrobe:

Two or three neutral colours and one or two accent colours that all work well together will help make these basics work well together, mix and match and be added to along the way.

From here some additions can be made:

Dressing For Her Body Shape

When someone looks good in their clothes it’s because they enjoy wearing them and appear comfortable, relaxed and confident. It’s very important for teenage girls to feel comfortable in and to like 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 enough with her overall size, get her to look in the mirror either in her underwear or something very slim fitting that shows her shape and proportions. If she is extremely unhappy with her body it might be advisable 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 waist

Pear Hips wider than shoulders, small bust, defined waist

Inverted Triangle Shoulders wider than hips, small bust, no waist

Apple Shoulders in line with hips, full bust, full tummy, no waist

Lean Column Shoulders in line with hips, small bust, no waist

In order to create a balanced silhouette you should follow these simple principles:

And here’s how to do it:

Hourglass Choose shaped and fitted lines that follow her body’s line


Inverted Triangle On her bottom half she should wear clothes that make her hips look broader


Lean Column Create the illusion of curves around the hips, bust and of a waist

Apple Follow her bodyline – avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail around shoulders


Pear Balance her top half with her hips with clothes that make her shoulders look broader and bust bigger


Getting The Right Fit

The most important aspect of choosing clothes once you know her body shape is the fit. This doesn’t just mean whether a size is too big or small. It’s about knowing how something should sit on the body and frame it in a flattering and comfortable way.

Here are the key aspects that can mean the difference between something fitting well and fitting badly

Colour And Print

Getting 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 work well together it’s important to get a colour palette that compliments both her and the rest of her wardrobe.

To see if a colour suits your daughter, hold it up to her face, in as natural or bright light as possible and see if it lifts her skin and makes her glow. When a colour works, the whites of the eyes will appear brighter. When it doesn’t, dark shadows appear under the eyes and the skin appears sallow. It’s worth comparing similar shades one after the other, as despite looking very similar, shades can be very different.

Colour guidelines:

Print guidelines:

Putting It All Together

When it comes to clothes, at the top of nearly every teenage girl’s list is her desire to dress like her friends. 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, you’ll know what sorts of items to avoid. But don’t focus on what not to wear, concentrate instead on what it’s great for her to wear. Once you have her basics, turn the exercise around to something fun. A bit of styling. Get her involved. Make her feel as though she’s doing the choosing.

Accessories are a fantastic, cost effective way for her to keep in with her peer group and to experiment with the latest trends without being in too much danger of dressing head to toe in pieces totally unsuited to her shape.

Layering is really a fancy word for putting outfits together. Any garment worn under or over another is layering. The key to layering well (once you’re aware of the right styles and colours to wear) is to be careful with the weight of each fabric. Basically, start with the lightest weight closest to skin such as a camisole and build from there. The more layers, the lighter weight they should be so avoid teaming a very chunky knit cardigan over more than one layer. Be careful with rounder, larger body shapes and make sure the under layers are closer fitting rather than flowing and drapey otherwise it will add inches. Experiment with longer camisoles or tops peeking out at the hems of outer layers. This is where flashes of colour and print can come into their own. Mixing fabric textures such as sheen with matt, woolly with shiny and leather with wool all add lovely touches to basic garments.

Shopping If there’s any way that she can be encouraged to shop with you rather with her friends, this is 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 it’s right for us. Without the distraction of her peer group, she might just find things she loves rather than the things she thinks she should love.


One of the beauties of the high street is the huge range of price points available. Whatever your budget, there will be something for you but you do not need to spend a lot of money on a teenage girl’s wardrobe. In fact is perhaps wise not to.

Brands are a different issue and her desire for a particular label may depend on her peer group. If she is set on premium high street or designer labels there are many places to source items for cheaper than the shop price such as ebay and Brand Alley



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