A couple of years ago, when my daughter and I were headed to the mall, I noticed a new thrift store along the way. I was excited because I love to shop at thrift stores. I always find interesting items to add to my wardrobe.
As I perused the racks, my daughter stood beside me with her arms folded and a scowl on her face.
“Can we leave?” she asked as a glanced over at her.
“No, we can’t leave,” I said. “We just got here. Why don’t you look for something for yourself?”
“How am I supposed to find anything in here?” She complained. “‘Nothing is organized.”
“The hunt is the fun part,” I said as I held up a vintage leather jacket (you can see it in this post). “If you’re lucky, you’ll discover a few unique pieces that no one else has. You’ll stand out.”
She folded her arms again, sighed, and looked away.
“I don’t want to stand out,” she said finally. “I want to dress like everybody else.”
She was about to enter middle school and desperately wanted to fit in. She was content with looking to her peers for her style cues.
My daughter is in 8th grade now and is more self-confident and willing to define her own style.
Her favorite store to shop at is Kohl’s for three reasons: (1) It’s close to our house (she doesn’t really like to go very far to shop); (2) Her grandmother and aunt give her gift Kohl’s cards all the time (at any given moment she has at least $50 in gift cards); She says that Kohl’s has clothes that fit her style.
When I asked her to describe her style, she shrugged her shoulders and said, “I dunno. I guess it’s a combination of Lisa Bonet from the Cosby Show and Ariana Grande.
This year, I offered to take her back to school shopping. I was immediately rebuffed.
“I’m going shopping with, Mommy,” she said.
“But I run a fashion website,” I said. “I can help you select some awesome outfits.”
“Your site is for men,” she said. “It doesn’t count.”
I relented and gave her yet another gift card to go shopping (I guess clothes shopping is still no place for dads).
My daughter is an efficient shopper. She starts by visiting the website and selecting all of the items she likes. Next she copies the photos of her selected pieces and pastes them into a Powerpoint presentation. Soon, she has a complete Lookbook of her favorite outfits. At the store, all she has to do is pull the items from the rack and try them on.
When my daughter returned from her shopping trip, she was eager to show me her new outfits. She even asked me to help her style a couple of outfits that she was unsure about. I guess it was my consolation prize for not being invited on the shopping trip. But if it allows me to spend time with my daughter, I’ll take it.
Join the conversation: What back-to-school fashion trends have your children wanted?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Kohl’s. All opinions are my own.