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Seriously - you are worrying about your DD choosing Hannah Montana and that not being trendy enough? - whether she's 7 or 15, I think you are taking fashion a little too seriously and sounding either overly anxious and possibly a bit too controlling. It's only clothes, it's not a provocative bra or the like, it really doesn't matter what she wears as long as she likes it and it keeps her covered.
DD recently turned 8 and declared herself too old for Mini Boden. She likes Next so we go there and compromise. I really don't like T-shirts with peoples faces on the front nor do I like slogans. So we avoid those. DD wears lots of denim - dresses, skirts, jeans. She has stripy tops, retro snoopy T-shirts, chunky cardigans and a great duffle coat. She likes a bit of animal print too and we found a nice dress in Next to wear when we go away at xmas. I think it's important she starts to have her own say and make her own choices about clothes.
aww she's only 7 - make the most of the fact that at the moment her idea of "trendy" is easy on your pocket! I now have three style-Nazis who if I bought everything they wanted would cost me thousands of pounds. If only a Hannah Montana T-shirt was still their idea of high fashion. <wistful sigh>
DD also loves her skinny combats (Benetton, one navy and one gold-beige pair) with black suede ankle boots and a furry gilet over the photo t-shirt. Honestly, it's not a bad look on little girls - they can run around very freely.
DW never buys branded clothes for DD and tends to buy her 'younger' looking clothes from H&M with the occasional bits from John Lewis', TK Maxx, M&S and occasionally Primark (although much of their 6+ stuff is quite naff). DD still manages to put stuff together in such a way that she does not look unlike Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver . It's not as if DW dresses trashy either .
But we can already see that she's more of a follower than a leader in things fashion related. Thus far DS (nearly) 12 isn't really interested in labels (don't think he's bothered about Hollister, Jack Wills etc..) at all but can already see that DD wants to conform in terms of clothes, gadgets and gizmos...
Thanks for the replies, I think now you've not been judgey about the branding in general, I've realised that my main fear was that she would choose the wrong styles (which sounds terrible i know) but noone has flung their hands up in horror at Hannah Montana being sooo 2008 etc. I love shorts and tights on them btw!
I have a dd,7 who luckily so far isn't interested in branded clothing although I fear that may change when she starts juniors next year. She's definitely moving on from the 'girly' pastel colours and seeking out more grown up styles but I guess that's to be expected. She's also more aware of what others are wearing and also conscious of the boys noticing what she wears (apparently they laugh at anything too babyish and the shorts/tights combo) on non uniform days. When it gets to the point that she wants branded clothing over a cheaper version then I will probably ask for a contribution from her pocket money (not much as she only gets £1.50 a week but it's the principle!). As you say I'd send her with your mum and let her do her worse. It'll only be weekends and 2 weeks over Xmas that you have to suffer seeing the hm tshirt
I'm fussy with the dc clothes too and the boys have always been ok until teenagers about what I brought but dd1 who is 6 1/2 is much fussier. On the whole she wears what I choose but she does have a moshi monster t shirt and a couple of hello kitty ones. It doesn't hurt for occasional use.
...which apparently means tops with Hannah Montana on them? Two issues really, I think tops with photos on are a bit ridiculous and I suppose I am a little worried she may have got the wrong end of the stick (we don't have a telly) IYSWIM?
She is 7, does anyone have a savvy DD who has it sussed? Anyone avoiding branded clothing successfully? I keep pointing out that HM, Jessie J aren't wearing tops with pictures of other people on them, or is it fine, like a band tee, and I am snobby?