The tween clothing war begins

FASHION DILEMMA: Finding suitable clothes for young girls can be a challenge for parents.
FASHION DILEMMA: Finding suitable clothes for young girls can be a challenge for parents. THINKSTOCK

WE'VE had a few clothing wars in our home lately.

My daughter seems to have shot up in the past year and has outgrown many of her summer clothes.

This week she had "nothing" to wear.

Of course we were in the middle of getting ready to go out and already late, when Miss "Pre Tween" decided she had nothing to wear.

Her timing was impeccable.

I quickly picked out some clothes from her closet and walked away.

Unsatisfied with the outfit I had picked out, she began the biggest temper tantrum I'd had the pleasure of witnessing in a long time.

"I hate that outfit! It doesn't match. I have nothing to wear! . . . Nothing!"

Well this was a first. So far I had managed to escape the "I have nothing to wear" attitude, but last weekend it decided to rear its head big time.

My sweet little girl had somehow been replaced by what sounded like a hormonal teenager. It was actually quite hilarious.

I explained that if she was not dressed by the time I was ready to leave, she would be going in her pyjamas.

Then ignoring her ongoing rant, I continued getting ready, astounded by what I was hearing from my eight year old.

Eventually she managed to calm herself down and got in the car wearing the outfit of all outfits.

No, not the one I had picked out for her, but one that that was miss-matched and ridiculously too small.

It was teamed with pink, glittery eye shadow and the oldest pair of shoes she owns.

Her room was given a good clean up just last week, but it seems I did a terrible job when it came to her wardrobe.

While she still had "some" clothes to wear, it was time I bought her some new ones that fitted a little better.

A few days later we were off to the shop to make the most of the New Year's sales and to revamp the wardrobe she had outgrown.

Shopping was not as fun as I had expected.

What is it with clothing for young girls these days?

As soon as they hit size 7-8, they're no longer given the opportunity to buy pretty or girly outfits.

Clothing options go from "pretty little girl" attire to "trashy teenager" in an instant.

This season has department stores filled with racks of tacky florescent colours, ugly patterns and short shorts as far as the eye can see.

On what planet should a seven year old even be wearing short shorts I ask you?

When I was a child my mum used to make my clothes.

Even better, she used to make my sister and I matching outfits.

Being six years older than my sister, this just didn't work for me, but even mum's homemade, matching couture seemed a better option to what I could find in the stores!

After three hours of searching through racks of ugly clothing, all we came home with was a pair of $4 thongs and a headache from all the bright colours.

And she still has "nothing" to wear!

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