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5 Ways Fashion Can Change Your Child’s Mood for Better or Worse! 


Updated: Mar 27


Ever put on a piece of clothing and said, “This just isn’t me?” Normally, you take it off and put on something that makes you feel more like yourself. But what about our kids? In most cases, we buy their clothes out for them and if they’re young enough, pick out what they’ll wear, too.

But what if we’re picking out clothes we want them to like, rather than what makes them feel like their best selves as they play and go out into the world?

The way we dress is a way of telling the world about ourselves, without actually saying anything. For children who are discovering and forming their own identity, this is incredibly important. So, let’s explore 5 of the ways in which the clothing a child wears can affect their mood:

Choosing Their Own Clothes Develops a Sense of Self

We, as adults, are prone to reading articles about how to make the most of our body shape, or that one color is “in” and another is out. Of course, this isn’t a problem – who doesn’t want to look their best? The problem comes when you put similar expectations on your kids.

Even young children pick up on societal expectations of beauty standards, although theirs might look more like having long shiny hair or wearing jeans and cargo pants instead of fitted colored pants.

It’s important you don’t try to pressure your child to dress a certain way, even if you think the combination they choose themselves is strange or isn’t like anything you wore as a child. Instead, use fashion to encourage your child’s self-expression. Praising them for having their own sense of style, even if it’s not what you would choose, will help mold your child into a free-thinking and open-minded person.

Children who choose their own clothes that feel represent the way they want to be seen or feel, helps them feel happier, braver, and more at ease.

Fashion Can Build Confidence

By the age of 3 years old, most children can handle the basics of getting dressed. It’s common for children to want to dress themselves from this age because it makes them feel confident and competent. It is often advised that parents allow their children to dress themselves, especially on days when there’s no rush to get out of the house. Not only will this create trust between the adult and child, but it will also allow the child to feel a little more independent. It’s a win-win! This is especially important at the weekends, or on days they don’t have to go to school where there may be rules, guidelines, or social pressure that alters the way they choose to dress. Choosing their own clothes empowers them and allows them to dress in the way that makes them feel most confident.

Colors Influence Their Mood

Each individual color has an associated mood or emotion, especially when it comes to clothing. For example, blue represents calmness, loyalty and wisdom, and is a dark color without the darkness of black, while red denotes passion, energy, and excitement.

The colors we wear can often be very telling about the way we are really feeling on the inside. Studies have shown that adults who choose to wear baggy clothes in dark and somber colors are more likely to feel depressed than those who choose bright colors. It stands to reason that if we dress our children in these same dark colors, there’s a chance that they’ll feel low in energy, too.

In fact, one study done at a university hospital in Iran showed that children exposed to white nursing uniforms showed higher anxiety levels compared with children exposed to colored nursing clothing.

When your child wears bright and fun colors, they’re more likely to feel happy and outgoing themselves.

Increases Creativity, Fun, and Even Problem-Solving

If you’re the kind of person who would rather wear the same thing every day (like Mark Zuckerberg or Barak Obama) most of the time, you may not think that your child is interested in fashion, either. But the fact is that for most kids, fashion is fun! It represents the ideas that most attracts them (whether that’s hip hop clothing or wearing clothes with dinosaurs printed on them) and allows them to be creative in how they match different items.

Getting dressed and putting together outfits requires your child to solve basic problems and sometimes think out of the box. Choosing an outfit requires your child to figure out which clothes match the weather outside and whether they want colors to match or contrast.

Your child also has to combine different pieces, puzzling together one outfit from many different types of clothing. When they successfully put together an outfit that is appropriate or even just fun, they will feel good about themselves, which will undoubtedly result in a happy child!

Comfortable Clothes Often Equals Joy and Enthusiasm

Children seem to grow up so fast, don’t they? While some children and young teens will want to wear clothing that looks uncomfortable so they look and feel the way they want, most kids are happiest when they’re comfortable. As an adult, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the value of simply feeling comfortable in your clothes or shoes. Children tend to be a lot more active than adults, playing outside, climbing trees and dancing around. This is part of the joy of childhood and will require clothes that are the right fit and design, so they feel free to do so.

Comfortable fashion allows children to move freely.

The way children feel emotionally is certainly affected by the clothing they wear. Whether a child is 3 years old and wants to feel independent or 10 years old and just finding their own style, it’s always important to encourage individuality and expression. Fashion is such a wonderful way to express oneself, and we all know that children can often have a lot to say, so let them wear clothes that make them feel themselves. Fashion is all about highlighting what you love about yourself and what you’re passionate about, and there’s no reason that this should only apply to adults!




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