Friday, December 08, 2006

Real life Freaky Friday?

Here's an interesting article about how parents are dressing like teens/tweens and more teens/tweens are dressing like adults?

See what they have to say and if you agree...

Middle school kids dressed for school like sexy twentysomethings at a club, and their parents dressed the same: the historical clothing divide between young & old is now so narrow - and cosmetic youthing procedures so prevalent – you’ll soon need a map to differentiate between the two groups. "There's an emerging trend of [younger] Millennials dressing like their Gen-X parents," generation expert Neil Howe recently told WWD about today’s 8-12 year old tweens. "If you have younger people dressing like people who are older, and older people who are dressing younger, you remove the need for peer separation [from others], particularly in the worlds of fashion, values and culture."

From advertising in schools, to indulgent parents allowing their tweens more freedoms & showering them with on-childish products & experiences, to the growing influence of older brothers & sisters amongst this family-centric generation, the disintegrating boundaries between age-groups has even made it to prime time. "We also see this on TV shows — that's very new. Even on something as racy and popular as ‘The O.C.' you have kids' and adults' stories interwoven, compared with ‘90210' or ‘Melrose Place,' where teens' and adults' worlds were very separate," says Howe. "Kids are more comfortable with adults mingled in with all aspects of their worlds."

Read the rest of the article here.

What do you think this says about us as parents?
What does this say about our kids?


At Friday, 08 December, 2006, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Interesting article. Fortunately, I have a couple years to go. But I could see it happening. I like to be trendy and not dress like I'm 50 -- since I have a LONG way to go to reach that distinguished age.

At Saturday, 09 December, 2006, Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

I have the hardest time trying to find "non-sexy" clothes for Leslie, who is 14. I like her feeling like she's in style, but we both agree that too-short shorts and "belly shirts" (as we call them) are not what God wants for her ...

Of course, I love checking out clothes in the Juniors section too. Still, I don't want to dress like a hottie.

At Sunday, 10 December, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "jr's" section has finally pushed me over. I love the t's with the sarcastic sayings on them, but I cannot nor want to wear the 'sexy' items.

It's sad that they make thongs for kids as young as 10. Yes, Sarah could wear one!!! But NO she will not. I'm glad that jeans and long tee's are her preferences. I hope it remains that for a long time.


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