HOW DO I STOP MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER DRESSING SO SEXILY?
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.’