My oldest daughter is officially a teenager now, which I can’t believe. I don’t feel like I am old enough to have a teenager (although I definitely am).
It’s just crazy how time flies by. You hear it so often. They will be a teenager before you know it! Better soak it in Mama. “Enjoy those littles while you can,” and the sayings go on.
Lately, my oldest and I have been butting heads about her clothes. She is wanting a certain brand of shoes, backpack or style of clothes when she has a closet full of clothes even some with tags on them. While I want her to take ownership in creating her own style (as I tell so many of you), I want her to dress for her and not like everyone else. Ha! Try to tell that to a teenager!
I know that it’s easier for me to say that now, but I remember as a middle schooler just wanting to blend in…to dress like the popular girls. To have the cool jeans and on brand shoes. Back then, it was the Guess jeans and Coca-cola tees. Birkenstocks were also popular (which they are now too). Seems like so much that was popular when I was a kid is coming back. Funny how that works.
So as my big girl continues to grow and mature, my hope is that she will understand the importance of truly embracing who she is …to be her own kind of beautiful and not how she thinks others should see her.
I pray that through these awkward teenage years (and some of these interesting trends they have going right now), that she will see that truly having “style” is about owning yourself and being just that.
As a wardrobe consultant, I experience so many adults trying to dress like someone they are not. Whether that’s for their lifestyle or body type. Creating your own style is a work in progress, but you also have to remember to do you.
What does your life call you to do right now?
Maybe you are a stay at home mom right now, so you just need a few classic pieces to look and feel pulled together – even on those days that you might be dragging because you have been up all night catching up on laundry or cleaning so we don’t wake up to a messy kitchen. Perhaps you are in a different season and you are going from being a stay at home to now spreading your wings to a new career and you need business attire?
Whatever the case maybe, I hope you embrace it. Don’t let others influence how you should dress, but do make sure you respect yourself enough to get up (even if it’s a zoom meeting these days), and dress well to conquer the day.
I promise you, it will make all the difference in your attitude and how you interact with those around you despite it being virtually or six feet away.