Wardrobes for Kids

Clothes Matching Games for Kids

What Doesn't Belong

This game can be played at home or in a school setting with one child or with a group of kids. Prepare for playing this game by gathering clothes items and accessories for various seasons and occasions. To play the game, place out a set of clothing including one item that does not fit the theme, then ask the kids what doesn't belong and why. For example, present kids with a bathing suit, flip flops, sunglasses and a rain coat, and have them choose which item doesn't belong and explain their reasoning.

Muffy's Wardrobe

Muffy's Wardrobe, based on the character from the Arthur book and TV series, is an online game that allows kids to practice matching clothes to certain outings and activities. With options including ballet, fishing, basketball, snowboarding and the beach, this game asks kids to dress Muffy in the correct top, bottom and shoes from the selection. Kids are also asked to pick the correct accessory for the activity such as a winter hat for snowboarding and a tiara for ballet. After kids choose their outfit and submit it, Muffy's voice lets them know how many of the four items they have chosen correctly.

Fashion Star

This is an online game that gives kids a chance to practice choosing matching outfits in an open setting. Kids can choose clothing and accessories for a variety of models by dragging and dropping items onto the corresponding area. After each outfit is submitted, it is scored by the judges who highlight good selections and make suggestions on how the outfit could have been improved. There is also a 'free dress' game option where kids can explore their creativity.

Dress Up Junior

Dress Up Junior is a web-based game that can help kids with visual discrimination skills such as shape matching. The game features four models who are all dressed in white. Kids have the task of choosing the correct pieces of clothing for each woman based on the shape. By dragging and dropping the items, kids can dress the women correctly. This game also features an on-screen timer, so kids can enjoy challenging themselves to beat their previous times.

What Kind of Jeans Should a Teen Boy Wear?

Wash

The wash -- or color -- of jeans can make a big difference in your teen's overall appearance. The wash refers to the amount of dye in the jeans, which gives them their signature blue color. Dark-wash jeans will ultimately "go" with more of your teen's existing wardrobe, so it's a good place to start. Lighter-wash jeans are still acceptable, as are colored jeans, which have become more available in recent years. If your teen is wary of trying colored denim, start with more neutral colors -- a pair of brown or army green jeans might be less intimidating than a pair of red jeans for your fashion-conscious teen.

Style

Your teen's preferred jean style is a personal preference that might be related to anything from his body issues to his peer group and even the music he enjoys. Boys' jeans can be skinny, straight, boot cut, loose or carpenter, offering your teen plenty of choices. Your best bet is to have him try on several styles. Head to a store that specializes in denim and grab a pair of each style to see which one your teen favors.

Features

Some jeans feature patterns and distressing to give them a more custom look, or to make them seem more worn than they really are. While features can add personality to jeans, ensure that any patterns, distressing or labels are in accordance with your teen's school dress codes. Some school prohibit excess distressing or loud brand labels, so check with school rules before you go shopping. After all, the best jeans for teen boys are the ones he can regularly wear.

Alternatives

Denim isn't the only option when it comes to casual pants for teen boys. Your teen has plenty of choices, and while a couple of pairs of jeans can start a wardrobe, adding other types of casual pants can give him more creativity in how he dresses. Look for colored or patterned twill, including camouflage-patterned cargo pants, or khakis if your teen wants something other than jeans. If school dress code allows, shorts can also serve as an alternative, giving your teen plenty of options in expressing himself through his clothes.

How to Build a Teen Boy's Wardrobe

Talk to you teen about the undergarments that he prefers. He might feel awkward talking about his underwear, but he'll probably feel even more embarrassed heading to the store to shop for boxers on his own. Encourage him to try a few different styles and let you know which he prefers so you can grab them the next time you're at the store.

Build a wardrobe based on the basics. All teen boys should have foundational basics like jeans, shorts, T-shirts and sweaters that won't go out of style from season to season. Look for classic cuts -- straight-leg jeans instead of trendier baggy styles -- and clothes that can be used as the basis for an outfit, rather than the focal point.

Add items that bring personality into your teen's wardrobe. This is where he can really let his identity shine through -- by choosing T-shirts that feature his favorite bands or wearing jackets with a noted sports team. Or, if he prefers a more straight-laced wardrobe, adding clothes that are more tailored, such as three-button types and button-up shirts, can help him define his style.

Help your teen shop for footwear that matches his needs throughout the day. Comfy sneakers or canvas shoes work for walking to and from class, but he might need specialty athletic shoes for physical education or sports, along with a pair of dress shoes for special occasions. Your teen might also want accessories such as a sports hat, funky belt or other equipment to round out his wardrobe and to wear in his free time outside of school.

Allow your teen to experiment with his look within reason and your expectations. Fashion is one of the ways your teen tells the world about himself and explores his identity, according to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Don't be surprised if his style seems to change based on the friends he spends time with, the music he listens to or his after-school activities. With a solid wardrobe already in place, your teen can add and tweak to create a style that's all his own.

Activities for Teaching Teens How to Dress

Books and Magazines

Teen magazines are filled with suggestions of how to put clothing together for maximum attractiveness. Advertisements will feature all the up-and-coming trends. Encourage your teen to review these articles and ads for fresh ideas. Suggest that she cut out fashions that appeal to her and adhere them to a poster board to remind her of the look she is attempting to achieve. Steer your teen away from cheap and tawdry styles, but keep an open mind when she is attempting to express her individuality through styles which may not fit in with your own tastes and recommendations.

Modeling Classes

A modeling class may assist a teen in discovering styles that work well on her figure type. It will give her confidence and pride -- sometimes, just the way a teen carries herself will make a difference in how her own clothing fits on her. In these classes, she will have an opportunity to learn how to add makeup and hairstyles that will accentuate her wardrobe and give her even more self-confidence and fashion sense.

Style Shows

Attending teen style shows will assist teens in discovering new and different methods of dressing and adding appropriate accessories. Innovative ways of mixing and matching wardrobe pieces, matching shoes to the many different outfits and getting updates on new and unique trends are all benefits of attending style shows. Often, discounts are available to attendees of these fashion events. Stores may also enlist the help of local teens to help model their new clothing lines.

Shopping Trips

The simple act of shopping with friends or family members can be an adventure into the fashion world. For a fresh outlook, ask your co-shoppers to choose clothing for you that they feel would match your style and fit your budget. You may be pleasantly surprised by the new and exciting ensembles they will create just for you. Sales people can be extremely accommodating also but are limited as to their effectiveness as they do not know your personality and tastes in clothing.

Accessories

Sometimes, just the addition of jewelry, scarves, bags and belts to an existing wardrobe will make a teen's appearance pop. It is also a fantastic method of individualizing a personal look -- for example, a teen's trademark may be the hats she adds to her everyday ensembles or the brightly colored scarves she wears with matching tops and dresses.

How to Donate Gently Used Children's Shoes

Discuss the donation with your children to help them understand the process -- and to teach them the value of helping others. Encourage and help your children check through old shoes to find ones that no longer fit but are in good condition and suitable for another child to wear. Put all the shoes suitable for donation in one place.

Clean the shoes as much as possible prior to donating them. Remove all dirt and grime from the outer soles of the shoes. Buff the upper portions of the shoes with a cleaning cloth, if necessary. Replace the shoelaces if the current laces appear worn.

Secure the shoes together in pairs to ensure they do not become separated. Tie shoelaces together in a bow or use a heavy-duty rubberband to secure each pair of shoes together tightly.

Place the shoes in a box or a bag to transport them to the charity. Visit the organization and deliver the shoes to the donation center.

Request a receipt for the shoes if you intend to claim the tax-deductible value of the shoes on your income tax return. The Salvation Army estimates the value of children’s shoes between $2.50 and $8.75, depending on the condition of the shoes. Goodwill Industries estimates the value of children’s shoes between $2.00 and $6.00, depending on the shoe condition. Charity employees can assist with valuation, if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • New shoelaces (optional)
  • Heavy-duty rubberband (optional)

Tip

Some charities accept shoe donations by mail also. If you decide to mail the shoes you're donating, package them according to the charity’s instructions to ensure that your shoes will reach their intended destination.

How to Dress Conservatively for Teenagers

Pick up tank tops so your teen can keep up with modern styles by layering her clothing. Low-cut shirts reveal cleavage and see-through shirts reveal even more. Throw on a tank top underneath a daring shirt to make it instantly appropriate for your teen's conservative style.

Reduce your teen's chest exposure with silk, knitted or jersey knit fashion scarves. These look stylish and sophisticated, draw the eyes upward and keep your teen's chest modestly covered.

Pair a knee-length skirt with a pair of calf- or knee-high boots. The combination covers up the legs while keeping your teenager feeling fresh, fashionable and ready to strike a pose.

Wear a cardigan or bolero with a strapless or spaghetti-strapped dress or shirt.

Pick up a swimming dress and skip the skimpy bikini in the summer. The dress isn't just a swim cover-up; it can be worn in the water and covers the entire torso to the upper thigh.

Give yourself and your teen plenty of time to shop around when you're buying clothes. It might take a little bit of window shopping to find outfits that are both conservative and fashionable.

Have your teenager try on clothing at the store before she brings it home. Sizing is not an exact science and there is no such thing as a universal sizing chart. A size small shirt from one brand might fit comfortably while it hugs every curve from another. Try on everything to ensure the clothing fits comfortably without revealing every curve and dimple.

Sew in a little lace or a ruffle to cover a low neckline or take down the hem of a too-short skirt. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can help your teen transform "must-have" items into conservative apparel.

Things You Will Need

  • Tank tops
  • Silk, knitted or jersey knit scarves
  • Knee-length skirt
  • High boots
  • Cardigan or bolero
  • Swimming dress

Tip

Add some pizzazz to any outfit with bright and beautiful accessories. If your teen doesn't feel that her conservative outfits have much flair, a colorful, oversize pendant necklace or a chunky bracelet chain will brighten them up, and hair accessories covered in sparkling imitation gemstones will help her stand out from the crowd.

What Can Children Wear to a Rock and Roll Dance?

Clothes

Common clothing at a 1950s-era dance for a girl would be a Poodle skirt and a short-sleeved blouse with a Peter Pan collar and a cardigan and a white T-shirt and cuffed jeans for a boy. An edgier, later era, rock-and-roll dancer would wear animal print tights or dark jeans for a girl, and "pleather" pants or dark jeans for a boy, with an over-sized white button-up shirt.

Shoes

Girl 1950s-era bobby-soxers love their saddle shoes or plain white canvas shoes with turned down ankle socks, while gentlemen prefer black shoes or penny loafers. Dancers of both genders can also rock out in post-1960s gear as they edge toward the 1970s and 1980s. Flat, black boots, lace-up work boots or platform boots. If your dance will be on a slick surface, add a non-slip grip pad to the bottom of footwear to prevent accidents.

Hair

For a bobby-soxer look, a girl might have a ponytail and tie a small scarf around it, while a guy will wear his hair slicked back in a ducktail – 50s greaser style. You can achieve a more contemporary look for girls and boys with long, loose hair or hair that’s teased and affixed with hair spray that corresponds to the bright polyester clothing of the era. If you have short or hard-to-style hair, you can buy a costume wig.

Accessories

A 1950s-era bobby-soxer would be likely be found with a white handkerchief in a pocket and her male counterpart sporting a folded-up cover of "Billboard" magazine in his back pocket and a 45 record clutched between his hands. Later-era performance-conscious rock stars use a plush boa constrictor, sunglasses, an inflatable guitar, temporary "I heart Mom" tattoos and fake leather wrist cuffs.