Fashion can be many things; it depends on who thinks about it. For many teenagers it is very important, it marks their lives and becomes an obsession. For others, it is just something that they don’t pay much attention to. Exactly the same as with the rest of the people: some follow the fashion with much interest and even devotion and others do not even know what it takes.
From this different way of looking at fashion, the enormous divergence that causes some to see this form of expression as culture and others do not give it the slightest importance. But regardless of what everyone thinks about it, fashion does have a strong presence in families where there are teenagers, or at least in many of them. This importance is given because it often becomes one of the main sources of conflicts between parents and children.
Phrases like “this way you can’t go out”, “I don’t care if others wear it, you won’t wear it” or thoughts like that children have a horrible taste, that they don’t know how to combine colors or that it seems that what they want is to cause Bad impression are more than usual among parents of teenagers.
And if the way to go dressed or dressed causes problems, the same goes for spending. The obsession with certain brands, the extreme desire to wear the same things that others wear or the lack of any critical thinking when some teenagers have to choose the clothes they are going to buy can also be a source of problems.
In order not to suffer these problems, it is important that the parents of teenagers are aware of something: whether they want it or not, fashion is part of the life of a large part of adolescents. And not only that, in most cases, fashion is a very effective form of communication and development and also a way to show your rebellion. In addition, conflicts for this cause, although constant and heavy, are not usually very important because they do not seriously affect the personal development of the boy or the girl. Avoiding or reducing these conflicts is possible. For this, it is quite reasonable to start by understanding what are the advantages of fashion.
- Strengthen identity. As a form of expression and when teenagers have the possibility to choose how they want to go dressed and hairstyles, fashion helps them define their identity. And this is an important issue because adolescence is the moment when that personality characteristic begins to be transcendental.
- It helps them to belong to a group. Adolescence is also the time when boys and girls seek socialization outside the family. At that time it is very important for them to belong to a group. And fashion helps them show that they are part of one or other youth groups or movements.
- Explore your creativity. Also in adolescence when abstract thinking begins to matter in their minds, exploring their own creativity is important for teenagers. Fashion is one more formula to do it.
- Self-knowledge. With a changing body due to puberty, fashion allows young people to know their body better, to know what feels good or bad, what goes with them, both from the point of view of their physique as from his character.
It gives us information about them. Many teenagers follow famous people when dressing or combing their hair: singers, actors or actresses, models or simply celebrities. Others follow the fashions of some of the urban subculture groups. In any case, that is giving parents information about our children, about what or whom they admire and what their interests are.