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What's your kids sense of style?

6:28 PMMelanie M.

Social Moms and JcPenney’s has partnered up for Back to School and a fun blogging program empowering kids to express and embrace their own sense of style.

Before having kids I was always what I would consider "shopper". Since having kids things have changed. Aside from becoming budget friendly and shopping sensibly, sometimes buying for two KIDS can be just as bad as buying for myself. I had always wondered how I got my sense of style. Thinking back, I think I read a lot of teen magazines and really didn’t have a say in my clothes until I was a teen. I usually spent my Summer vacation figuring out what style I wanted to have throughout the school season. My Aunt would take me shopping as well as my Grandma and my Mom. I normally spent my Summer vacation away from where I went to school so I had come back with a different style. It wasn’t always what was in style at the time, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t always want to be exactly like everyone else. I enjoyed the unique style I had and was flattered when someone else thought it was cool. =) It’s a bit different in raising kids these days. I always thought I’d be able to have all the say in dressing my kids until later, at least a teen. But these days my boys are too smart for their own good.

I have two boys, ages 3 and 5yrs of age. My 5 year old has always been interested in picking out his own clothes and getting himself dressed since he could walk. Now that he is 5, going to school and seeing what his friends and others wear, he's definitely becoming his own while developing his own sense of style. If I could some it up, I would say he would like to dress like Justin Bieber all the time. But I don't allow it. Not that anything is wrong with Justin Bieber's "swag" or style, I just don't think a 5 year old should dress like the teens and tweens out there. He is a big fan of JB and admires him. He also is an aspiring ROCKSTAR and loves to wear anything that has a guitar or set of drums on it. Believe me when I say we have dozens and dozens of Rockstar apparel. I admit I've bought him a few purple shirts, a purple had with his own initials and some skinny jeans. He likes to accessorize with either a matching hat or a dog tag that he has with a guitar on it. (Go Figure!?) I do allow him to choose some of the outfits when we're out shopping for clothes....with my approval. Though he doesn't choose clothes by brand names, he does notice his friends who always wear name brand clothing. Then his age appropriate, boyish style sense comes out and wants to wear all Marvel Superhero character clothing. Shorts, polo shirts, jeans and t-shirts are typical boy apparel. He's definitely growing up, becoming his own person, as he even asked to get his ears pierced, since learning one of his friends got his done at 5! Oh boy..I'll have to think about that!!

My younger one is still young, but there is no way I can pick his clothes for him. He wants what his big brother is wearing, or what his older cousin is wearing. He loves hats and beanies. He loves choosing his own outfits when we’re shopping. He likes to wear shorts more so than his big brother. But he too likes the Rockstar apparel, plaid print, easy and comfortable lounge clothing. He hates jackets, sweatshirts or anything that bundles him up. On the other hand, this is the same son that use to love wearing yellow rainboots with shorts all days of the year.

Overall, I don't mind the style my kids are growing up expressing. Aside from myself and my Husband they have many different people to look up to in style. I think they take the most from their friends, their cousins (who are all mostly boys as well) and TV. Because I'm still the one who pays, I do have a say in the purchases. For the most part I think it's cute they can take their ideas and I have not finished Back to School shopping for my 5 year old. We've picked up thing here and there but I know where I need to go when it's time. We hit a few sales last week and while we were on a trip, but I'm not done. As they see their friends, other kids, styles in the stores/mall and styles or commercials on tv I know they will soon be asking for the same thing. Most importantly I want them to be themselves and express their unique style however they feel they need.

Do you have a say in your child's sense of style? Do they have a special kind of style? I'd love to hear how your child chose his/her own sense of style!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and jcpenney blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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1 comments

  1. My five year old boy does not care at all what he wears! It's awful. He will pick out a pair of black basketball shorts with a navy blue top! {he has his dad's style appaerently}
    My three year old daughter on the other hand has it all under control. She knows exactly what she wants to wear, and matches all the way down to her underwear.
    I love to wear clothes that make me feel like me. My duaghter's style is cute and sassy- mostly skirts and dresses (like her mama). My 5 year old- well, let's just say if we don't go anywhere of any importance it's fair game.

    Can't wait to see how my 1 year old turns out to be like!

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