Talking to Parents About Clothing Styles

A teen girl wearing a crop top.
One place the generational gap is very evident is in clothing choices. Talking to your parents about wearing certain types of clothing can be intimidating. Your age and the clothing item will no doubt be part of the conversation. This page offers some tips about talking to your parents about clothing styles.

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June 2, 2016

I really like the crop top style, and I've been working out so I can finally have abs so I can wear a crop top, and now I do have them. My mom said it was fine with her, but my dad would have a literal heart attack. Which he would. I'm 14 and my dad still makes my bed time 8:00, and I'm not allowed to have a phone till grade ten. I'm not even allowed to swear at all cause of him. Not even crud. I don't wear short shorts, mainly cause I don't like them, but I'm also not allowed that.

I love my dad very much, but I don't think he'll understand that I'm not doing this for attention or boys or anything like that, I'm just proud of myself for achieving something and being happy with myself. I'd feel comfortable in it. And I'm not a bad kid, so he doesn't have any reason to distrust me or my actions. So would anybody know how to ask permission?


June 3, 20161 found this helpful
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Congratulations to you on achieving a fitness goal! Showing it off, however, is about more than simply being proud. People who look at you won't necessarily understand you worked hard to get where you are. They'll see a pretty girl displaying her midriff.


You dad might be thinking that wearing a crop top and showing that much skin is kind of like advertising. Please consider what people who look at you will be thinking, especially boys. You think your dad is strict and maybe old fashioned? Perhaps he is, but you're also his little girl and he wants to protect you. He know what boys will think and probably say when they look at you wearing a crop top. What boys think about almost constantly is sex. And crop tops with nice abs are sexy. Boys your age are jerks and some of their comments might not be very nice.

So ... before you try to figure out a way to get your dad's permission, maybe give it another think?

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June 3, 20160 found this helpful
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Your dad seems a bit too strict in certain areas. He is not going to let go of his little girl until he has to. Some dads are like that. But, if he said no to the crop top, I would have to agree with him.


You seem to be model daughter any parent would be proud of. Do keep that image. Crop tops say a lot more than you might want to be saying to the world.

If you were sporting your abs while in a bathing suit at the beach or lakeside, I would say 'Nice, the girl's got moxie', but real classy chicks (you know, the ones with good taste and self confidence) don't use crop tops as part of their street wear.

Ask dad when you're sixteen, if it's still important to you, then.

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August 4, 20170 found this helpful
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Kids now days are growing up fast and are very smart. And, the world does have some bad elements out there. He's just trying to keep you safe and respectable. I think your dad does sound a bit strict but I hope you also try to see this from his viewpoint.


If you are going to bed each night at 8p. and doing the things he asked of you perhaps you could use this point as a good argument. If he still won't let you I would remember that you need to go by his rules until you move into a place of your own.

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June 20, 2016

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