Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is Teen Fashion Too Provocative:


Editor-in-Chief: Sonya LaRae

Senior Editor: Leah Leslie

Photographs Provided by: V-Magazine, Google and Lapazimageing Fashion Forward

Article by: Sonya LaRae-Certified Image Consultant and Life Coach

Hello Fabulous LaPazions, its funny that so many people are asking the same questions and I’ve been taking notice of the fashion trends with our young fashionistas’ and it definitely seems like the industry is over sexing our young peoples fashions and the influences and visuals that are being presented are a little over-the-top as well. Prime example has been the Victoria Secret ads that have been pulled in several locations that are aimed at our young tween/teen daughters. We know that the power of suggestion is very powerful and this major media outlets are developing ads that are catching our young ones up and as parents many are caught off guard.

Recently, I was visiting with a client and her 15 yr. old daughter walked in and I swear she looked every bit of 18. From her ombre hair, full-face of makeup, tight T-shirt and short shorts. I was a little speechless and really didn’t know what to say at first. Her mom turns to me and says I just don’t know how to make her look her age? (Side Note: Photo isn’t of 15 yr. old its just showing you what Ombre hair looks like)OmbreHELLO NEWSFLASH!! YOU ARE THE PARENT AND THEY CAN ONLY PURCHASE AND LOOK HOW YOU ALLOW!! Sorry I don’t mean to yell but; this is a subject that I find to be sore. I look back at myself when I was young and how I want to express my style and I definitely had a style of its own. My mother allowed me to express myself but; she also laid clear boundaries and what would be and would not be expectable and trust me she didn’t budge when it came to those boundaries'. I mean in all honesty I know that more and more ads are being directed at our young people because their purchasing power is very grand and the more they meaning media can influence your child the more money they will make.

This made me start looking at some of the young starlets that your young daughters are looking at and are they pushing the envelope and unfortunately their parents aren’t controlling nor setting the proper boundaries for them. 1st up are the younger Kardashian-Jenner siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner:Kendall and Kylie JennerKendall and Kylie Jenner2Kylie Jenner After EarthWe know that these two are aspiring models but, in the past few months we’ve seen inappropriate Twitter pictures and just recently at the New York premier of After Earth. We saw Kylie Jenner who is only 15; wearing a very racy black midriff top and very short asymmetrical skirt, full-face of makeup and black nail polish looking more than 15 for her “Boyfriends” Jaden Smith’s movie premier. Personally, I don’t see where these two young people have good role models nor parents that set clear boundaries for them so in turn you have a 15 year old looking older than her years.

The next offender has to be the one and only Miley Cyrus. This young lady went from Hannah Montana, to the daring, twerking, pole dancing on stage young pop star like overnight. Another case of parents not doing their parental duties to the full-They allowed at the time 15 year old Miley, to move into a private section of the home where she had a live in boyfriend and who knows what else went on in that home. You see from our lead photo that she just recently did a photo shoot for V-Magazine which; is known for pushing all kinds of boundaries:miley_cyrus_nakedmiley_cyrus_v_magazinemiley_cyrus9These are the images that our young ladies are look at and emulating but; what can you do to help rope your young stylista in? As a Certified Life Coach, I know many times when young people start to dress or act more provocative; at times they are trying to fit in with their peers or, it can also be that they have a poor self image of themselves. Its very important not to start yelling or trashing your tween or teens misguided style because; only thing you will do is close the door of communication with them. I’m going to give you a few tips to help your overly provocative tween/teen pass this particular stage and wardrobe infraction.

Step1: Sit down with your tween/teen and hear why they feel it is appropriate for them to dress in this manner. You must be ready to hear what they have to say and don’t cut them off once they say something that doesn’t fit into the way you feel, think or prefer for them to dress.

Step2: Tell them you maybe willing to compromise a little if you all can sit and look through a few magazines and maybe taper the look that it is more age appropriate and more modest. If your teen/tween seems reluctant let them know you’re willing to have them express their particular style but; there are and will be limits.

Stepe3: Ask them have they seen what individuals say and think about woman that dress overly provocative (Note: let them see its not just stated about their particular age bracket when ladies dress provocatively).

Step4: Let your tween/teen know that it is more important to be respected than to be popular. Popularity for the wrong thing only will give a wrong impression regarding who and what she stands for.

Step5: Build a strong bond with your tween/teens friends parents and join together to help keep them on the right path. If your teen’s/tween’s friends parents are telling their young Stylista the same things and not allowing certain styles to become the new hot look; you’ll see the success you’ll have in roping in your young stylista’s style.

In today’s market it is very hard to keep our young people young and they want to express their independence more and more as they grow in age and ideas. Encourage that independence but, don’t be afraid to pull the strings when needed. I hope this has helped you in the great style dilemma and knowing more about style and trends will help you spearhead some of the aggravation.

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