Sometimes, you spend hours shopping for a back-to-school wardrobe—only to find that your daughter despises everything she tried on. It feels as if all that time spent scouring through racks of clothes and balancing hangers between your arms was a waste. Next thing you know, you’re right back where you started.But this time, you’re in another store. We’ve all been there, and it can be an extremely frustrating experience.
Usually, the problem with these kinds of shopping sprees is going into the store without knowing what you or your daughter wants to wear. It’s a good idea to sit down and make a list of clothes that are not only trendy but also flatter your daughter. Afterall, clothes should make the wearer feel confident. Find common ground to make these shopping sprees more fruitful, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and agony.
Here are nine closet staples to keep your daughter looking fashionably fresh:
When it comes to looking put together, layering is key. Besides, air conditioning can get cold regardless of the season. Not only would a neutral-colored cardigan offer temperature control, but it would also elevate any standard outfit to the next level.
Dress up a casual tank top with a flowy cardigan or make a button down look more comfortable with this extra layer. The outfit combinations are endless with this one article of clothing. You’re also sure to find a great variety of options while shopping—regardless of your daughter’s age.
These dressy shoes are available as flats, heels, and every style in between. Although you don’t have to aim for the infamous Valentino heels, t-bar shoes add the perfect finishing touch to any formal or preppy outfit. For young girls, pair these shoes with opaque tights and casual dress for a cute first-day-of-school ensemble.
For teens and older girls, these can also be dressed down with pants and a simple top. Or dressed up as heels for a semi-formal or special occasion. Regardless, your daughter will be getting compliments wherever these shoes take her.
A chiffon camisole goes under cardigans, blazers and other jackets effortlessly. The material is also flattering since it doesn’t cling like a cotton camisole. Buy several camisoles in solid colors and mix and match the layering to create multiple different outfits that exude the same classy style. To increase color compatibility, choose neutral colors such as grey, black, navy blue, tan, and other earthy shades.
Basic White Tee
This classic white tee goes with everything and anything. A breathable material like cotton will do fine for this piece of clothing. Keeping the same t-shirt and switching out the bottoms can make a number of cute combinations. Play around with different textures, patterns, and lengths for the bottoms to change things up and add variety to your daughter’s wardrobe.
Blue jeans are available in a variety of cuts and fits. Whether it’s bootcut, straight leg, or skinny fit, you know which look your daughter feels the best in. Focus on that fit, and then determine whether she prefers low-rise, mid-rise or high-rise jeans. Darker washes tend to go with more colors and blouses than lighter washes, but there’s nothing wrong with getting both for separate occasions.
A pair of well-fitted trousers can be dressed down or up depending on the occasion. A level up from denim, these pants are often very flattering for a variety of figures. The most important aspect to pay attention to when shopping for dress pants is the fit.
The sizing needs to be perfect in order for them to look neat, and sometimes this might be impossible to find off the rack. If so, then that’s okay. Simply pick the best fitting pair of pants and take it to a decent tailor so that they can do the rest.
Not every day is a day worth dressing up for. Whether your daughter believes in working out or is simply fine with athleisure, get her a pair of athletic leggings for her chill days. Pick from a variety of patterns or stick with a classic, solid pair of black leggings. Of course, this decision will ultimately depend on her personality— she’ll want a pair that gives her both comfort and fashion all in one. Often, the thicker the material, the more flattering and less revealing the leggings will be.
A pair of sporty sneakers is a necessity in any casual wardrobe. In fact, most girls tend to wear their Adidas or Nikes out to run errands rather than for jogging in the park due to the popularity of athleisure in the fashion world.
Keep your daughter looking trendy with a colorful pair of these sneakers. Beyond the fashion benefits, she’ll also appreciate the comfort that comes with each step she takes.
A Sheath Dress
This loose fit of a sheath dress flatters figures of all sizes and shapes. A dress like this can be worn in all environments, whether it’s professional, party, casual, or formal. They’re also very easy to accessorize depending on how dressed up or down the outfit needs to be. You can also pick from a variety of prints and colors depending on your daughter’s preferences.
Remember: Fashion is Fun
Now that you have these ideas, be sure to be on the lookout for these articles of clothing the next time you two go on a shopping spree together. Remember that shopping sprees are supposed to be fun and another way for you to bond with your daughter.
It’s a chance to learn more about what she likes, what she thinks about herself, and how she plans to express that to the world. If there’s ever a disagreement, focus on the middle ground. If there’s something that she thinks is flattering on her but you know better, let her experiment with the style herself before denouncing it.
Make that next visit to the mall productive and help your daughter build a wardrobe that celebrates the wonderful young lady that she has become or will grow into one day. With these necessary closet staples, she will have all the basics of a fashionable wardrobe that can be mixed and matched to create awesome outfits.
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