HOW DO I STOP MY TEENAGE DAUGH­TER DRESS­ING SO SEXILY?

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - STYLE, LOVE, LIFE, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR -

I hear this from mothers all the time and it’s an is­sue that needs to han­dled with the ut­most diplo­macy – and calm. Teenage girls tend to want to be ‘cool’ and fit in with their peers while also stand­ing out and, of course, par­ents are the least cool peo­ple on the planet. I have spir­ited con­ver­sa­tions with my daugh­ter Lyla, 14 [pic­tured with Trinny, be­low], but we get there in the end – usu­ally when I re­mem­ber that she needs to have a say in her clothes.

Teenage egos can be crushed by a wrong word from a well-mean­ing par­ent, so don’t tell her you don’t like an out­fit. Try say­ing, ‘I think you could change…’ and sug­gest a tweak to her look. Talk to your daugh­ter about her wardrobe: does she have an al­lowance or a clothes bud­get? Get to know the shops and brands that teens love, for in­stance Be­yond Retro, Ur­ban Out­fit­ters and Free Peo­ple, that sell on-trend cloth­ing but aren’t ‘sexy’ brands.

If you don’t feel con­fi­dent talk­ing fash­ion with your daugh­ter, find a friend who she ad­mires and get the pal to seed cer­tain thoughts; for in­stance, how good crop tops look with a long skirt rather than denim hot­pants! Ul­ti­mately you will need to let your daugh­ter make her own mis­takes. As Lyla tells me: ‘What’s in style for you is not nec­es­sar­ily in style for me.’

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