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10 Things Not to Steal From Your Tween's Closet


Low-rise jeans and exposed bra straps might work on a tween but they do look awkward on an adult.
Low-rise jeans and exposed bra straps might work on a tween but they do look awkward on an adult.
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As our children age, our personal battles against frumpy fashion reach a fevered pitch. We all know we shouldn't wear those high-waisted mom jeans, but when designers trend toward the juvenile, we're left searching for a middle ground.

That's why it's tempting to wear the same styles as our tweens. After all, tween fashions are en vogue and easily accessible in stores (or as close as your tween's closet). Unfortunately, stealing ideas from your tween's repertoire is a slippery slope. Tweens don't want to be mimicked by their moms. At this age, they're working hard to develop individual identities. Looking like your tween won't impress her; it will probably freak her out -- and could push her to more extreme fashion sensibilities (read: black lipstick) as she seeks to further separate her look from yours.

If you simply must borrow a look or two from your tween's closet, go right ahead. Just don't steal any of the items that made our top 10 -- unless you're more interested in dressing like a Kardashian than talking to your tween. Because once she gets a good look at your tween-based style, she may never utter another word in your direction again.


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