One of the best ways people learn is by observation. Most of the things children do are what they observe their parents or other members of their families do. The best clothing rule parents can establish for their teens is the example they set by their own clothing styles and designs. Kids observe how their parents dress when going to work, to the mall, walking around the neighborhood or attending any celebration. Your children do take note and will one way or the other replicate your dressing styles. The impression you make on your kids and the pride they have in seeing the way you dress will most likely make them to follow your footsteps. If you take the lead to establish a reputable and good dressing “culture” in your family it will be very difficult for your kids to deviate from that good culture. If your teens buy clothes you consider in appropriate, use that as an opportunity to teach them by telling them why certain clothing styles are inappropriate and why they should not imitate every clothing style they see celebrities wear. Remind them that besides, the basic function of clothing which is to shield our bodies from the elements, another function of clothing is to enhance our beauty and dignity.
Rather than establishing clothing rules for your teens, you may consider giving them guidelines to help them make appropriate choice of their clothing styles and designs. Some of the guidelines could be; any clothing style or design that do not enhance a person’s dignity is inappropriate (such as clothes that are overly transparent, dresses or skirts that are too short or too tight, and dresses, tops or blouses that have very low cleavage). If your kids are well informed about what clothing styles and designs are inappropriate and also supported by good clothing culture in the family they will be well “armed” to resist pressure from their peers. Rather than succumbing to peer-pressure, they will be good clothing fashion models for their peers.
It is important to note that appropriate clothing styles do not have to be boring or archaic. For clothes to appeal to teens they have to be stylish and at the same time elegant, so you should encourage your teens to search for brick and mortar clothing stores or on-line clothing stores that carry stylish and elegant teens’ clothing.