Spring Style For Teen Girls
I spent the day with three girlfriends recently that all have teenage daughters roughly the same age as mine. One of the many topics of conversation was how we were each navigating teen fashion. We all had similar stories about perfectly good items that were no longer being worn, or disagreements we had over hem lengths, bathing suit styles and weather appropriate attire. Do any of these topics sound familiar? Today, I’m sharing the styles my daughter and I both agreed were cute spring options for teen girls after we spent time exploring her favorite shops and browsing online together.
For sizing reference my daughter is 5’3 and ¾ of an inch tall (she checks almost daily to see if she has surpassed my height of 5’4). She weighs around 105 pounds and typically wears a girl’s size 14, a women’s extra small, size 0 or 23/24.
Paper Bag Shorts That Can Be Worn Now & Later
Pairing the paper bag denim shorts with this fitted, cropped, ribbed top in a blue floral print and high top sneakers is a great casual outfit for spring. Although the top is cropped, the high-waisted shorts don’t allow any skin to show across the midriff. This top is one size fits all, but is similar in size to an extra small or small.
This cropped plaid halter top in green will will look adorable with the denim shorts once summer hits. The slim fit draws attention to the denim tie and paper bag waist detail. The halter is available in 3 other color combinations and runs true to size. My daughter is wearing an extra small. She felt more comfortable wearing this lacy bralette underneath the halter top instead of a strapless bra. These flip-flops have held up remarkable well since purchasing them at the beginning of last summer. They will continue to be a summer staple for both the pool and around town.
Cropped “Mom” Jeans For Warmer Weather
Mom jeans seem to be at the top of every teen girls’ must-have list. I’m a little surprised this style had made such a comeback, but I am not going to argue. I would much rather my daughter pair her cropped tees with this high rise pant style over the low rise styles that were popular awhile back. These high-rise slim straight jeans in a light wash have a raw edge hem that hits at the ankle. These jeans are a size 24.
I like a cropped jean for the spring and summer months. These jeans look equally cute cuffed or left alone. These Birkenstocks are my daughter’s current sandal of choice, but she also likes to pair these pants with her high top sneakers on school days.
My daughter spotted this silver chain belt while browsing online and could envision accessorizing her favorite bottoms with it. Witnessing my teen have such strong opinions about her personal style can be equally fun and frustrating. I get a kick out of seeing her go crazy for some of the “new” styles were just as big when I was her age. Other trends drive me crazy because they make no sense. Why would you wear a t-shirt over your sweatshirt when it is going to be so much harder to take a layer off on a spring afternoon? I try to let her express her individual style and only really dig my heels in when it’s a matter of age appropriateness. No, she will not be wearing cheeky bottoms to the pool this summer, but if she insists on wearing a hoodie on an 80 degree day, I’m happy to let her learn a lesson the hard way.
Denim Cut-Offs That Don’t Show Too Much Skin
These black mid-rise denim shorts were definitely a compromise. I appreciate the fact that they aren’t skin tight and have a mid-rise, but wish they had a couple of inches added to the length. My daughter was so smitten with the black wash and frayed edges that she was willing to purchase them entirely with her own money.
The ruffle edgings on this fitted, cotton, crew neck top gives it a little something special and brightens up what would be an all black outfit. This shade of blue matches the sky on a pretty spring day and prevents my fair-skinned daughter from looking washed out.
My daughter’s most often worn accessory is probably this silver stars charm necklace. It would make a great tween/teen gift to due its affordability and versatility.
She added a hint of edginess to an otherwise basic outfit with this black studded skinny belt. It is an extra small.
A Spring Dress Both a Mother & Daughter Can Love
My daughter and I started hunting for a special occasion outfit months ago that would be appropriate for several upcoming dressy occasions. It was a frustrating (to say the least) experience. She was drawn towards dresses more suited for 20 year olds and wanted nothing to do with the colorful prints that I would point out. I had just about given up hope of ever finding something we could both agree on when I stumbled across this floral linen tie-shoulder midi dress.
I loved the bright floral print and sweet shoulder ties, my daughter was drawn to the button front. It is available in 5 different colors. Be aware this dress runs small in the bodice. The button closure at the chest area can gape slightly even though there is a stretchy smocked panel in the back. My daughter sized up to a small. My daughter paired the dress with these ankle strap sandals. She was excited to purchase her first pair of dressy heels and I approved of the 2 ½ inch block heels and neutral color. I can see these sandals getting quite a bit of use in the year to come because they will compliment so many different outfits.
I spotted a similar, less expensive dress here. It has quite a few of the same features including a button front, smocked back and midi length. It is available in 3 different colors and has a cute tie around the waist.
Fashion can be such a fantastic way to bond with your teen daughter, but it can also be such a source of frustration. I appreciate my conversations with other moms of young teenage daughters so much! I enjoy learning how they are navigating this new stage of their relationship, what guidelines they are creating and where they are shopping. Although every family’s approach will be different, knowing we are having similar experiences is comforting. Happy Spring Shopping Friends!