Fashion Files of a Tween Girl

The tween years are all about transition and change. And if your tween daughter is like mine, getting dressed for school is getting harder and harder. My tween has always had a strong fashion sense and opinion. She has worn things to school that I know not many people could pull off. In past years, I kid you not, I have had other mothers come up to me at school and ask if I let my daughter dress herself, and I always respond, “Absolutely!” I want her to develop her own style and personality. But I can also tell that every year she gets closer to the teen years, her fashion sense is changing and sadly getting a little less brave. Many mornings she goes through 3-4 outfits before it is just right in her eyes. A few years back she could pull off rainbow striped tights under a jean skirt paired with a white fake fur vest and tank top without hesitation. She still has more fashion courage than others, but name brands are starting to take affect, and she is more conscious of her fashion choices and I have heard many times “that just doesn’t match, Mom!”

I would love to hear how some of you are navigating the tween years in terms of fashion. I am starting the “Fashion Files” of a tween from my tween’s perspective. The biggest fashion tip my tween lives by is “accessorizing is the key”. One of her favorite fashion accessories is the hat. She has a whole collection of different style hats, and we had to use a separate organizer in her closet for them.

Here is a small perspective of the past few tween years. I would love to feature some of your own fashion files from other tween girls. Send me an email at if you want to be featured in future “Fashion Files of Tween Girl”. What’s your tween’s favorite accessory? Comment below and let us know.

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  2 comments for “Fashion Files of a Tween Girl

  1. Laura B.
    September 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    oh I can so relate to this! Almost every day we butt heads about clothing! My 9 year old has gotten into belts now. Thanks for this!

    • September 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Belts are cool. Another favorite accessory is my daughter’s suspenders. = )
      Glad you can relate to the getting dressed drama that sometimes occurs.

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