Tween fashion

Tweens are taking over the universe.

I remember those awful, late elementary/junior high years like it was yesterday’s acne scar – an unfortunate, yet necessary step into becoming a young “woman.”

Is there anything glamorous about braces, zits and hairy legs? (Well, for some, unless your mom was sympathetic enough to agree that when you wore tights to church it looked more like you were wearing those furry Ugg boots with all that downy hair poking it’s way through, much to my horror and embarrassment, and suggested getting you a razor to shave your legs/top layer of skin. Wow, that brings back traumatic memories!)

Anyway, not only do these hormone-enraged youngsters make up more than 80 percent of all reality show votes, it turns out they’ve also caught the eye of several high-profile stars, who may be able to help better bridge the gap between “too Disney” and “too diva.”

Jessica Simpson and younger sister Ashley have recently announced their collaboration to start a new tween clothing line.

According to People online, “the new products, available in stores in fall, will be geared to the fashion-forward tween and will feature sportswear, denim and activewear styled after Simpson’s ‘girly, playful attitude.’ “

Jessica said one of the reason’s she wanted to bring Ashley on board was because she “brings a savvy rocker edge that defines today’s tweens.”

I’m sorry; I didn’t know today’s tweens had any other definition other than “awkward.”

In fact, I think I shopped at Gap Kids until I was 15. I was what some might call a “late bloomer” – too underdeveloped for “adult” clothes and too cool for “kids,” clothes, I wished I had more of a selection to choose from when I was a size triple zero.

(But hey, those chicken legs and buck teeth served their purpose, much to my father’s secret delight; there was not a boy comin’ knockin’ until 11 … 11th grade, that is.)

Would you buy stylish, expensive clothes for your tweens? Do you think it sends the wrong message to young, impressionable minds that you need to have a “look” established early on in life? Or do you think choosing fun clothes is perfectly acceptable for your girls, because for heaven’s sake, they could use a little self-esteem boost?

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