So, your teenage daughter loves designer dresses. You love her and want to give her what makes her happy. However, you know that branded clothes can cost a lot. What’s a slightly-indulgent and loving parent to do? Do you clothe your teen in trendy dresses but go bankrupt in the process? Or do you ignore her wishes and suffer to see her miserable in less-than-stellar, mass-produced clothing?
Luckily, there are ways to give your teen what she wants without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to guide you.
Look for websites that can help your teen find out about current fashion trends. While it’s not advisable to dress solely according to what’s hot, it would help your teen a lot to know what’s trendy, since at her age peer opinion goes a long way in making her feel good about herself. Avoid using cost alone as a guide in what designer dresses to buy her, since expensive doesn’t always equate with stylish; many designers make some of their most interesting designs available through private labels associated with lower-cost stores, such as Target.
Buy used clothing online. There are many stores selling pre-loved designer dresses, and a lot of them still look brand new, yet they’re available at a fraction of the cost of a new dress. Search the Internet to both widen your search’s scope and save time in canvassing for that perfect dress for your teen. You can find a variety of styles, colors, and prices in several online stores specializing in branded clothing.
Check out factory outlets for great buys. Most designer clothing brands have wholesalers who have opened their doors not only to dealers and retailers, but even to individual buyers as well. Clothes are usually sold at factory outlets at a big discount throughout the year.
Make sure your teenaged child understands the value of money. This is the best way to make sure that your teen’s love for designer dresses doesn’t bankrupt the family. One way to do this is to set a specific amount for her clothes as your contribution. Make sure she understands that if the money’s not enough for her to buy the clothes she want, she can work to cover her share of the additional cost, or get by with less expensive clothes.
Buying designer dresses for your teen need not be a harrowing experience. In fact, it can be fun, and even be a learning experience for her!