It’s that time of the year when your teenager wants to go cloth shopping for their back-to-school needs. However, they are insisting that they don’t need your help and can go out on their own. This moment is a big one, and you must be prepared for it. The following five concepts are things that you need to teach your teens before they go shopping.
1. Teach Them About Finding Deals
Whether you are giving your teen money or they are using their own, their eyes are going to be bigger than their wallet. That’s because the coolness of their clothes is likely to be more concerning than their cost. Educate them on how much they can save when buying clothes for even 10 percent off.
2. Always Take Stock of What They Own
Teach your teenager how to look through the clothes that they already own and how to take stock of what they truly need. Get them to focus on items that might not seem cool, such as underwear or socks, before they move on to more stylish items. In this way, they can maintain a high-quality wardrobe that looks great and which isn’t filled with holes.
3. Educate Them on Proper Dress Codes
Some teenagers want to push back on authority and will try to dress provocatively. Try to steer them away from this by telling them about what will happen if they violate the school’s dress code. Tell them that it is okay if they want to dress a little wilder when outside of school (such as when they are at home) but stress the importance of following dress codes. In this way, you can teach them how to dress appropriately when it matters and let them work through their provocation phase.
4. Avoiding Overbuying
While shopping smart lets your teen buy a larger number of clothes for less money, they can also overdo it. Tell them that they don’t need to buy more than one week’s worth of clothes when shopping. This advice will naturally limit what they buy and keep them from buying more clothes than they know what to do with and which they possibly can’t wear.
5. Coordinating Their Wardrobe
Your teen likely has a style that they like to rock, but some might have a poor ability to coordinate. As a result, it is smart to talk to them about creating a style by choosing the best colors to use for their clothes. A coordinated wardrobe will not only look better but will make them more respected in their school.
As you can see, teaching your teen how to shop smartly isn’t an impossibility. It is true that they may end up ignoring your advice and doing their own thing. That’s always the risk when trying to teach teenagers anything. However, they are also smarter than you might expect and are willing to take good advice if it helps them look better and save money when shopping.