How long has it been common for young girls to dress much older than they are?

Kyle - posted on 04/14/2015 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Ok so today I took my cousin to a science expo for kids and I saw all of these girls who looked to be in elementry school and they were dressing like teenagers they probably did when I was young too and I just can't remember but can someone tell me when did this become common like how many years ago and when did it become common for parents to allow thier kids to dress like teens? Thank you for all your help

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Mommabird - posted on 04/16/2015

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But speaking of the mini skirt era...I remember we wore leggings under our mini skirts . Maybe that was the style..maybe that was our parents way of letting us wear the mini skirts? Whichever...both my hubby and I have never let our daughter wear short skirts without something under it. Even the spandex shorts under it is allowed. But our reasoning behind the modesty in clothing is because we all know what boys think when they see a girl in mini skirts or short shorts and we don't want her attracting that kind of boy! Lol. That reminds me of another issue I don't understand....why people let their daughters wear makeup at a young age. What happened to teaching them theyre beautiful without it?! Only time we've ever let our daughter wear any kind of makeup it was lip gloss and blush...for pictures. She's fair skinned with freckles and sandy blonde hair...it added a little color to her face so her blue eyes stood out: )

Chana - posted on 04/16/2015

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Excellent point Mommabird! I know I don't wear anything I wouldn't let my girls wear as they get older but you are absolutely right. It would be very hypocritical for us, as mothers, to say you can't wear this but I can. I know my husband will be the overprotective type when the girls get older too so I guess I have that to look forward to! I guess as long as I/we buy the clothes we have a say in what goes on their body.

Mommabird - posted on 04/16/2015

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We have the same problem with clothes and our soon to be 11 yr old daughter. She is the 'follower' type even though I try quite often to teach her independence and uniqueness. I still have to check her choices in outfits on a daily basis because Bless her Heart she has no taste of style yet. Lol. But Im the one who buys her clothes so she has no choice but to wear appropriate clothing. Plus her dad is a bit overprotective and strict when it comes to clothes and boys. Also if we don't let her wear certain types of clothes...I don't wear it either. Some moms don't get the concept of role modeling. They wear the same types of clothing they tell the kids not to wear...even though its because its for adults not kids...it still sets an example when You wear it.

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2015

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I loved that mini-skirt! However, they were not flattering! I saw a photo of myself and was shocked how dumpy I looked! I guess many trends have been looked back at as serious fashion failures.

Chana - posted on 04/15/2015

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I remember the mini skirts but I never wanted one because I have always hated my thighs and have been hiding them for as long as I can remember. I did have a skirt that came just above my knees and was slit to my woohoo, as my mother always put it, and I loved that skirt.

Ev - posted on 04/14/2015

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I put it on lay away and when I got it out I had my mom with me and she was so mad but I had spent my own money on it. I had another shorter skirt I liked to wear.

Jodi - posted on 04/14/2015

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LOL, mine were very mini, barely covering my butt - I was an older teen, but they did make them for much younger children.

Ev - posted on 04/14/2015

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I wanted to have one of those mini skirts of the 1980's. I was 18 and bought one that ended up being only a little bit above my knee...not very mini.

Jodi - posted on 04/14/2015

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Does anyone remember the mini skirts in the 1980s? Not so suitable for young children.....but this dressing older and inappropriately is not a new thing.

Ev - posted on 04/14/2015

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I did not go with the trendy stuff. It was too much and my daughter hated it. By the time she got to middle school/junior high; she was into camo prints.

Raye - posted on 04/14/2015

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I can say that I would sometimes dress older when I was a kid. I would wear one thing when I left the house and then change at school or in my friends car so I could wear miniskirts and stuff like that. I think it's been around a while. But I agree with Chana, a lot of the clothing companies have gone to styles that are not so age appropriate, and it becomes harder to find modest clothes or fight with kids who want to fit in with all their friends. You just have to really look for the stuff that's trendy but still appropriate, or teach them that they don't have to follow the trends.

Chana - posted on 04/14/2015

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I agree with Evelyn that a lot of it is that parents aren't teaching modesty and to dress your age. That being said as the mother of a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old who are both very tall for their age it can be hard to find appropriate clothes. My oldest needs a size 6 so it is no longer toddler and a lot of the clothing companies seem to have gone from toddler to teenager and skipped the kids in between. It is very difficult to find clothes that are age appropriate and still fit her. We have had to do mostly leggings and t-shirts which is not a big deal. The problem comes when looking for dressier items because a lot of it is way to old for little ones.

Ev - posted on 04/14/2015

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I am not sure how it is a common thing or how long it has been like this but I never allowed my daughter to dress older than her age because it as not acceptable. That said, a lot of it is that parents are not teaching their kids modesty nor that how they dress is not right for their age.

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