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READERS REACT: WHAT IS AGE APPROPRIATE CLOTHING FOR A TEEN?

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In this post about Jazz and this post about Keke Palmer, readers reacted to the way that these young teenagers dress. Here are some of the comments that were made:

Comments made about Jazz:

Zariah: “She looks older then me and I’m 28,and have a 9 yr old who LOOKS like a 9 yr old btw.she looks way too grown for 13 yrs old. These kids need to know it’s not bad to look and act your age.”

Mixtry Mama:“Folks on here are sooo conservative! She isn’t even showing any skin. The outfits are cute. If she wasn’t posing and just standing there with a big smile, like a 4-year old (which she’s not) most people wouldn’t even have a problem with it.”

Comments  made about Keke Palmer:

Nikki:  “Her hair is nice, but I am sorry girls who are 15 years old should not be wearing so much make-up and should not be wearing outfits like this. I am sorry but it is unacceptable,cover up it doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity or not little girls are looking at you. I would never let my daughter walk out of the house like this. To each their own but I find this outfit and the caked on make-up unacceptable for a teenage girl.”

Caratime: ” i think she is a very pretty girl, and i see nothing wrong with her outfit or make-up. this is a special occasion, so she is dressed accordingly. her make-up is fairly natural in hue, and – though i am personally not a fan of black dresses on children/young girls – she is covered up enough.”

Facts/Opinions:

BCK  visited  a few online stores that are frequented by teenagers. Some of the stores were: Forever21, JcPenney, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Delia’s, Target, Walmart, to name a few. After browsing these online shops for a couple of hours, a few things were clear:

1. There aren’t much  variety for girls 7-16 looking for clothing for dressy occasions.
2. Most teenagers tend to shop in the “Junior’s” section as opposed to the “Girl’s” section.
3. Junior’s clothing seem to be a bit more on the sexy, mature side.
4. The “dress” from Walmart was the dressiest clothing in the online store.
5. Junior’s clothing is more fashionable and trendy.
6. Girl’s clothing is a bit on the childish side.

So readers, after reading a few of the comments, facts, and opinions, what are your thoughts on the way that these teenagers dress? Do you feel that in a way, they are victims of  fashion in 2009?

WHAT IS AGE APPROPRIATE CLOTHING FOR A TEEN?

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  1. And another thing their are in my opinion so many options available for clothing what ever happened to it being bad to wear nice jeans cool tee shirt a funky hat, and a cool pair of flats or a knee low dress with a jacket sunglasses and leggings. And about the coment her one of the comments her parent made it is so amazing that she is a honor student and I respect how hard you have worked to make her academically strong, but in my opinion you cannot let a child dress acording to what makes he or she happy. I mean you would’nt plan to see a 7 year old with a job and a house,because that is not her age group, I remember when I was that age I wanted to look like Beyonce that would have made me very happy. But my mom wouldnt let me dress that way not because she didnt want me happy, but because that was not my place in age.(P.S these are just personal oppinions, and comments, be in mind that I do not think I am anyone’s mother or gaurdian so please don’t be offended dissagree but don’t be offended. I do have a heart.

  2. See now this is how this pre-teen should look. I mean reading the previous article about her made me once again realize how unknowldgeable parents are about how their kids dress. It makes no sence to see a 13 year old looking like a 15 0r 16 year old fly girl. And what is even worse is that I am sure and adult saw her before a shot was snapted, and knew that this would be put out, and still wanted people to see their child looking that way Jazzmine is a beautiful girl, but who would now looking at how she was dreased. i know you cant judge a book by the cover but appearence means alot. dont get me wrong Im not blaming the child, but the adults in her life and in the lives of others who just cant seem to let kids be kids.

  3. This topic is forever timely and worth discussing.

    This is great source material and I love the blog.

    So, I did my own little research about age appropriate clothing for teens.

    Wanna see my results?

  4. I am 16 and I feel that there is nothing wrong with the way in which she dresses and even though i am not to big on the whole make-up ordeal I find nothing wrong with it. I feel as though if her parents find nothing wrong with the way in which she is dressed then I believe you should keep you opinions to your self and worry about your own children and the way they dress because half of you that commented children probaly drees just like this or worse. =/

  5. i wish ppl would stop hating jazz is dressed age appropriate she isnt showing any skin so whats the problem?as far is keke she is a respectable young lady she doesnt show to much skin and as far as makeup shes an actor hello they all wear makeup regardless of age get a clue. they are not wearing naked club wear or dresses with the backout or micro minis so chill out and dress your kids the way you want to and stop worring about other ppls kids who arent doing anything wrong.

  6. I don’t like clothes that are too revealing or clearly designed to be sexy. A 15-year-old should be sexy. Attractive not sexual.

    I like the outfits. I think Keke Palmer’s outfit and makeup is meant for special occasion and therefore appropriate. The animal print is fine for an older teen.

    If you’d like to see inappropriate you should have seen the body hugging, club and prom get-ups girls wore to my 13-year-old’s eight grade graduation. My daughter wore a white summer dress with the same cut as the polka dot.

    Q Jazz looks like a teen to me. Any adult woman wearing the outfit is the one who needs a conversation.

    Tell me why mothers buy their 10-year-olds padded or push-up bras. Now, that I just don’t understand. I don’t understand, elementary girls wearing heels clearly made for adults.

  7. Okay so everyone says she dress grown. Okay name on adult that would were Jazzy’s clothes. They are absolutely cute.(I am a teenager too, 15). The makeup isn’t serious, just looks like lip gloss and someone edited her pictures. I could edit one of my pictures myself and make it look like I have on makeup. This is the way teenagers dress nowadays, with creativity and different accessories. I can honestly say I’ve seen QT Jazz for a while know about 3 years and I never seen her dress grown. All her outfits are put together nicely with very cute accessories and not too tight or too revealing. Maybe it’s the poses throwing everyone off, but then again its not her making up the poses it’s the photographer!

  8. I Understand that you young lady’s want to look cute or fly, however there are limtations to everything you do, both of these young ladies are absolutely beautiful, and one more thing I here people talking about that this is the 21st century & people have been dressing there kids like this sice the beginning of time as long as there parents know what they are doint they will be just fine…

  9. I dont see a problem with Jazz outfit.Her shirt is short sleeve,no showing too much.Sure its unbuttoned but not too much.She has on short shorts,but she has stocking AND long socks.Its her way of expressingher passion for fashion.Everyone doesnt want to wear long dresses down to their ankles and long sleeve shirts.You cant blame her,thats how they make clothes,and its not her fault.She’s covered completely besides her arms.I mean goodness give this child a break!

  10. Ok…so here’s my opinion… I don’t see anything wrong with what they are wearing… there clothes are fashionable & trendy… they aren’t exposing anything contraversial… plus, what else could they possibly wear when every stores is pretty much selling the same type of clothing… as far as the make- up thing goes, most girls start wearing/ experimenting with make- up once they enter high school, which KeKe is does & is of high school age… to me Keke is always classy, so I don’t see what the problem is…

  11. I am a firm believer in fashion as a critical tool in allowing pre-teens and young adults alike to explore their budding personalities – but while under the careful monitoring and close supervision of parents. These days it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the latest trends of who’s who and who wore what where and how, and I think while the media may play a significant role in influencing young children in how they should poise themselves, what they should wear, what behaviors they ought to emulate if they wish to stand apart from the crowd, it is up to the parents to be more diligent in supervising what their children do and do not wear. I myself am not a parent but I have a 16-year-old cousin who is quick to pluck up clothing that is neither age appropriate nor anything that I myself would wear – and I’m almost 24. The dilemma here, especially in her case, is that not all young girls are built the same. At 16, she has the body of a twenty-something year old woman. Just by her size (she’s tall, curvy, you get the idea), she is limited in what she is and is not able to buy from the junior’s section, and yet she is not quite mature enough for so many of the adult fashions that seem so popular today. Where do we strike a healthy median here?
    Forgot to mention great post. Looking forward to seeing the next post!

  12. I am a firm believer in fashion as a critical tool in allowing pre-teens and young adults alike to explore their budding personalities – but while under the careful monitoring and close supervision of parents. These days it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the latest trends of who’s who and who wore what where and how, and I think while the media may play a significant role in influencing young children in how they should poise themselves, what they should wear, what behaviors they ought to emulate if they wish to stand apart from the crowd, it is up to the parents to be more diligent in supervising what their children do and do not wear. I myself am not a parent but I have a 16-year-old cousin who is quick to pluck up clothing that is neither age appropriate nor anything that I myself would wear – and I’m almost 24. The dilemma here, especially in her case, is that not all young girls are built the same. At 16, she has the body of a twenty-something year old woman. Just by her size (she’s tall, curvy, you get the idea), she is limited in what she is and is not able to buy from the junior’s section, and yet she is not quite mature enough for so many of the adult fashions that seem so popular today. Where do we strike a healthy median here?

  13. Im 14 years old my parents let me have freedom of dressing how i want to but as long as its not sooooooooooo revealing.! But i live in NewYorkk so you nvr know how the weather is gonna be lol.! But i wear strapless shirts,halter tops,short shorts…. I go shoppin like almost every day and i come home with like 10 bags a day cuz im very spoiled and my family has alot of money.! I dont thinkk theres anything wrong with the way she dresses she not naked.!

  14. Luvieboo, thanks for pointing out what i did not say. I said teenager to pre-adult. I believe what Jazz has on is what we all wore when we were kids. If you think about it, when we were younger we all wore short shorts that cam above the knee. Look at your baby, kids, and pre teen pictures and you will all see that your parents dressed you in daisy dukes. Please dont get it twisted when I say these things, but I am a firm believer in the things that I say are true. I find it disturbing when people forget where they came from. Remember that as you become an adult, short shorts are never cute to wear and are sometimes harder to find because like I stated before are only to be worn for athletic purposes. I know my mom was the only person that did that but I remember wearing spandex shorts.

    SosweetSoSour thank you for pointing out that men will look no matter how you dress. men have different fantasies that no one will be able to prevent. Some men fantasize about school girl outfits and I know that we cant stop our children from going to school. Point being is a man is a man and will only mature as he is taught right from wrong.

  15. SERi0USLY. THiS iS N0T THE 50′S PEOPLE: FASHi0N HAS CHANGED & THERE REALLY iSN’T AL0T 0F VARiETY F0R TEENS. YEAH, i CAN UNDERSTAND THE WH0LE SiTUATi0N ABOUT THE “QT” GiRL. i MEAN THE SH0RTS ARE A LiTTLE short BUT L00K H0W TALL SHE iS! THEY W0ULD BE AL0T L0NGER 0N ME BECAUSE i’M SH0RT! BUT Y0U CAN’T EXPECT A CHiLD T0 DRESS LiKE A CHiLD F0R THE REST 0F THEiR LiVES. SHE iS A TEENAGER & iS MATURiNG, PLUS iF Y0U PiCK 0UT A CHiLDS CL0THES F0REVER, THEY ARE G0NNA EVENTUALLY WANT T0 DRESS LiKE THAT WHEN Y0U’RE N0T AR0UND 0R DRESS “skanky” WHEN THEY GR0W UP CAUSE THEiR M0MMY W0ULDN’T LET THEM HAVE THEiR 0WN STYLE.

    & MEN WiLL L00K AT Y0UNG GiRLS REGARDLESS. i MEAN THEiR A “female” & THEY D0N’T L00K THE SAME WAY THEY DiD iN THE 90′S & 80′S. THEY’RE BUiLT UP M0RE, S0 EVEN iF YOU DRESS THEM iN KNEE HiGH SH0RTS AND CAUSAL SHiRTS & A MAN iS STiLL G0NNA L00K AT THEM THE SAME WAY HE’LL L00K AT A GR0WN W0MAN WH0SE DRESSED THE SAME WAY. S0 PARENTS JUST HAVE T0 GUiDE THEiR CHiLDREN & H0PE THAT THEY HAVE RAiSED THEiR KIDS T0 KN0W WHAT AND WHAT N0T T0 WEAR! simple!

  16. Lacresha she is only 13 yrs old, not hardly old enuff to be making decisions on her own. Also the way some young girls dress today brings them unwanted attention from older boys or adult men. It’s not just the way she is dressed, the way she is posing gives off a sexy mature look. I don’t care what clothes they make for children and adults, parents need to supervise what their kids are wearing. These days all people think about is money,money,money.

    • luvvieboo>>>Excellent comment! When I was a teenager, my mother bought my clothes, therefore she did have a say so as to what I wore. I grew up in the 70s when hot pants and minis were popular, but guess what? My mama wasn’t having it. Parents are supposed to guide their children. Just because they are teens and they have the bodies of grown women doesn’t mean they have the maturity or state of mind to make sound decisions. That’s what parents are for. Unfortunately many of them fall short.

      It doesn’t matter if men look or not, a girl should not be drawing unwanted attention to herself. A grown man should not be looking at a child anyway, and just because they do doesn’t mean it’s not right. The last time I checked, one is of age at 18.

    • Luvvieboo…Men that take advantage of women look for women with low self esteem. Independent women are more intimidating. Jasmine is an honor student and she loves school as much as she loves being an entertainer and clothes. She has been on set from the age of 3. We allow her to do this as long as she is happy. No one is gong to take that from her. She love people so much we have to stay close to her. She mentors to students and parents. No adult should be wearing what she has on nor a little girl she is a teenager.

  17. I have to shop in the boy section sometimes because Jasmine can not ware girls clothing. They are to small. She is a size 1 or 3 jr. I also make her clothes or just make changes to the things I buy. It is not easy but we do try as parents to keep up with the trends and keep them age appropriate/happy. I do thank everyone for the comments good or bad.

    We do love you guys

  18. @ Fine-n_mellow:

    What is considered grown folk? If im not mistaken, women from the century wore dress’s and so did their girls. Pants were not worn on girls, this changed over time. Having on short shorts were made for kids to run and play in. Adults should not be wearing short shorts unless they worn them for athletic reasons. One thing you will never change about a man, he will look and want even if you were dressed in a snow suit. It is up to the mans taste and wants. We can never change a mans mind on what he wants.

  19. I believe that the way these girls dress are the turn of the century. Although we would like to dwell on the past but its all about whats hot. For instance, there are lots of name brand fashions that are out here making clothes for adults and for children. The adult clothes are similar to the children clothes because most parents that dress their children usually dress’s them in a fashion that is similar to their fashion. I have a name brand outfit that also come’s in a childs outfit but the pants are more loss fitting for my daughter. What we have to learn is that, dressing is like maturing. When they are newborn to toddler, we dress them up in bows and polka-dots, when they are girls to pre teen we dress them in stripes and bright colors, when the are teenagers to pre-adults then the options are not really up to us. This is a time in their lives were they will be able to make decision of their own. I feel that by guiding them to make the right decision they will have a better grasp on things. Growing up I had the choose of wearing what I wanted during my teenage years. With the help of my mother, I was able to make good choice’s that reflected my attitude, how I carried myself, and my up bringing. We can not fault these girls for wanting to dress the way they dress. This is no longer the 70′s.

  20. Teenagers these days dress too sexy for their age. I shop frequently for my daughter who is a tween, who already has curves. The shorts and skirts are way too short. I tend to stick to Bermuda shorts or capris for her. I pair the short skirts with a cute pair of leggings.Your older longer than your younger so I want her to enjoy her childhood and not grow up too fast. I witness the grown men that look at these young teenagers dressed too mature for their age, its a shame. Kids should dress their age. Leave the grown look for the grown woman.

    • I never seen a grown woman dress like that…I dont see anything wrong with the outfits either of them have on…if their parents are Okay with it then Im sure they thought it was age appropriate…They can’t dress like kids forever they are growing up

    • The way that I see it is that it is not teens in general that dress too sexy – to me it only applies to females.

      In our society being a woman is so much about sex appeal and when you are in the public eye that makes it more difficult. Look at all of these Disney stars, both male and female. When the males go from the child to teen phase for the most part it’s generally smooth, but when a female goes from a child to a teen phase there is always discussion. And that discussion is usually about how grown she is, how grown she’s dressing, etc. With males, most of their cloths look the same regardless of their age, but once a female’s body begins to develop or she becomes a particular age,the cloths go from childlike to adult over-night.

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