Northwest NEWS

May 28, 2001


The fashion conflict between parents and kids won't last forever

Fashion is a theme that to teens is like a daily drama. Have you checked the prices on a T-shirt in your youth's favorite store? Fashion of dress causes stress and in a sense decides who you are. Have you ever got into battles with your teen daughter about her skirt being too short, her top being too tight, and her hip huggers being too snug? Better yet, have you ever tried to get your son to pull up his pants and then wonder how he keeps them up because they are so baggy? Don't worry, you're not the only one. It's an extremely grueling event trying to get your teen to change what they are wearing out with their friends on a Saturday night. God forbid you pick out their clothes; you only buy them. The average teen spends $2,500 - $3,000 a year on clothing, thanks to mommy and daddy's credit.
   Well, I have good news for everyone. Now that we are in the years of the new millennium, anything in fashion goes. The "I have to have this" or "everyone has it" excuse won't work anymore, because people are deciding to be original and themselves. If you haven't noticed, look closer. Does the fabric of your daughter's dress kind of look like the fabric of your old favorite bell-bottoms? The truth is, fashion will always be recycled. So, for all the parents going through those tough times: Remember, fashion changes quickly, recycles and the drama won't last forever. Good luck parents.
   Katie Cunningham