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Teen styling tips

Updated on March 24, 2014

Teen style and creating your own identity

Welcome to the awkward age of having the in between sizing and situations of identity crisis as you have no idea yet, who you are wanting to be.

You are too old for certain clothes and too young for others so where do you fit in and how do you establish style or your own unique dress code?

Being a teenager is not easy but it is the best years of your life and keeping your style fresh and flaunting your youth is a great suggestion because when you blink again, you will be too old, too fat or too broke to dress the way you feel!

Establishing a style of your own means that you need to know who you are and avoid peer pressure when it comes to wearing the latest trends, as it might not be the best option for you.

If your friends are in to Gothic makeup and dark clothing but you like the beach and surfer wear, then creating your own style and standing up to your own identity is something that you should do so that you can feel comfortable and look great at the same time.

It is very important to find yourself and a style that is comfortable for you. Peers and friends have all found their own way to dress and style themselves which might not be the look or feel for you. Don't be pressured into styling yourself according to others.

Find your own style and express yourself in your own way by feeling comfortable with who you are in order to create a fashion trend unique to you.

Teen fashion is about finding your own unique style. Source: visuall website
Teen fashion is about finding your own unique style. Source: visuall website

How to create your own style as a teen

To figure out who you want to be and what you would like to wear, you will need to take a look at the fashion trends that you are attracted to.

Are you a surfer or beach fanatic? Do you like Gothic style? Do you want to stand out or blend in?

If you are wanting to stand out with the latest trends you need to know that maintaining the trends and staying up to date is an expensive task.

Blending in is also okay because you can choose the styles that you like and that is acceptable to everyone at the time.

Should you enjoy fashion trends from years ago; then make it your own. We can't go back in time and wear something out of an eighties movie if the 80's are no longer in fashion but you can incorporate that style into today's fashion.

Creating your own style can be a simple task if you look at what clothing you like to wear.

Have a look at colours, fabrics and styles that you feel comfortable in and that will help you find the way to your own style.

Being unique is not something that every teenager can accomplish but you can add or subtract to the fashion trends that all your friends are wearing in order to make it your own and establish a style trend for yourself.

Have a look at what clothing you most enjoy wearing; are you a jeans and t.shirt person or do you like to wear dresses and girlie outfits?

Are accessories your main concern and do you like heels or flats, slops or runners?

Once you have decided what sort of clothing you most enjoy wearing, then you will be able to establish what styles and trends you would like to follow or create.

You can add something to an outfit and make it unique to you by adding a design, beads or whatever you feel you would like to have to be unique.

Never listen to what others have to say about your dress sense and follow your own heart and style because at the end of the day you need to feel comfortable and if you feel comfortable you will be confident.

Don't select hip hop outfits if you are into surf wear
Don't select hip hop outfits if you are into surf wear

Teen trends to avoid

Avoiding certain trends is a must when it comes to being a teenager as this could make you stand out in the wrong way.

You want to feel good and look great without having people ridicule your dress sense, so avoid fashion blunders by cleverly planning your outfits.

In other words avoid being something that you are not!

Wearing heels can be fun but it can often be worn wrong, making you look cheap or out of date.

Take a look at what heels are in fashion, if they suit you and what to wear it with first before you decide to wear stilletto's with shorts!

Don't mix too many styles together as this could make you appear to have no identity at all.

Mixing colours and fabrics that you like are great to do to give you a unique style of your own but you need to know what colours match and what styles to put together.

Avoid mixing "beach wear" with Gothic" as it won't blend well together.

"Rock" styles can be trendy and safe if that is the style you are looking for.

Search for the style that represents you the best and follow on with that by adding accessories and shoes to match.

Avoid dressing too old for your age as you will end up looking silly rather than cool.

Avoid over dressing for an occasion - if you are going to a beach party then stay away from heels and uncomfortable clothing.

Dressing for the occasion does not mean that you need to wear something to flaunt your body all the time and if you have a nice body and you are comfortable in your own skin, then anything you wear will look good, you will feel confident and you will stand out in the crowd anyway.

Makeup that is overdone can look "clownish" on a teenager, so keep it light, fresh and young.

Avoid dark colours and do not paste on the makeup.

Less is more always remember that!

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How to style yourself as a teenager

Looking at fashion magazines and catalogues that are a season or two ahead of you, will give you an idea of what the trends will be for your season.

Take ideas from there and add to or take away things that you do not like.

The trick is to find something that emphasises your assets as well as leaving you to feel comfortable and confident.

Don't try to be something that you are not and do not dress older than you are as this is a big mistake that many teens make. Yo are trying to fit in with adults but at the same time you have youth, so use it to your advantage and take advantage of the fact that you can wear your hair in a side pony, mini's shorts and cartoon t.shirts because when you get older there is no way that you can get away with it then.

Find a style that suits your nature and don't follow trends that your friends are into if it doesn't suit you.

Peer pressure can suck and there is nothing worse than having to follow a trend that you are not into and feel awkward wearing. Be comfortable, be confident and try a few styles before you find one that makes you feel happy.

Being happy is important and looking good is part of that process so keep your eye out on what is new on the scene but mix and match them to fit your mood and make it unique to you.

Have fun with fashion and explore all styles of hair, makeup, shoes, accessories and clothing before you select the ones that you would like to wear.

Dress up and dress down but do it in your own way and you will eventually find a style that you will be happy with.

Find a style that suits your personality
Find a style that suits your personality
Teen fashion can be fun!
Teen fashion can be fun!

Teen styling tips

There are so many tips and styles to follow but choosing your own fashion and style to suit you is important. Keep your own identity and try to explore as many options as possible before you find a style that you feel comfortable wearing.

Don't follow trends that you will not enjoy wearing and keep your options open when it comes to following fashion.

Have fun and enjoy being a teenager as it is the best years of your life, even though you don't feel that way now, trust me it is and if there is fashion to be worn, you can get away with anything as a teen.


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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for reading!

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      Ayumi mimiko 3 years ago

      cool information, thanks for sharing

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      yes wouldnt it be nice to be able to wear teen fashion again.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Teens have their own styles and so interesting about your ideas. The fashion stays with most teens. A time where so much has changed and coping with such styles can be difficult with the older generation.