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Age-appropriate clothing trends for teens

Sherri Kuhn is a freelance writer, blogger and social media junkie. With a son in college and a daughter in high school, she always has something to write about. Sherri blogs from the heart — with an occasional side of sarcasm and humor...

Keep her on-style, not on display

Teens love to be on top of the latest fashion trends — parents want their teens to dress appropriately. How can you encourage your teen to be trendy but appropriate? We found ways she can rock the trends that won't rock the boat at home.
Teen girl wearing leather jacket

Anything goes in the fashion world. The fall runway shows were filled with new trends and current twists on old favorites. While your teen may be ready to launch her own fall fashion show, you may have a few suggestions. Here are a few of the hottest new trends your teen may want to snag — and ways to keep you both happy.

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faux-leather vestLeather or not

One of this season's hottest trends is leather. Everything from skinny jeans to dresses and skirts are now available in leather, making it practically mainstream. Leather clothing is not only expensive and difficult to care for, but it exudes a certain sexiness that may not be appropriate for teens. Tight leather skinny jeans may not be appropriate for math class, but how can she incorporate the look of leather and still follow the trend?

Bring the look of leather into her wardrobe with a faux-leather vest she can layer with her skinny jeans or favorite floral dress. Leather riding boots are a good choice, because they wear well and are easy to care for. A leather belt is an inexpensive and trendy addition to a favorite sweater dress.

sheer cardiganSheerly not appropriate

Sheer blouses are right on trend this year, paired with everything from floral skinny jeans to bright pink minis. What looks somewhat stunning on a runway model doesn't translate well to the teenager's wardrobe — ask any high school principal. A sheer scarf is an easy addition to any outfit and a great way to rock the trend. Or try a sheer cardigan over a simple tee or tank, bringing the look of the sheer fabric into her wardrobe without the peepshow. Another way to have fun with this trend is the hi-low skirt, with the longer layer made of sheer fabric. She gets the look she wants without the unwanted looks you don't.

Watch out for the teen fashion faux pas >>

Chambray work shirtsBustier busting out?

Like something out of the Old West, the bustier has left the bordello and hit the mall. These trendy tops are available in fabrics ranging from denim to leather, and every pattern imaginable. Is your teen busting to wear one, but you don't want her busting out? A perfect balance for fall is to pair a bustier top in a plaid or floral print with a cardigan, belted at the waist. Cardigans are hot right now, and by belting it at the waist she can create a completely different look with the bustier layered underneath. Chambray work shirts are on trend and make a great layer to add on top of a bustier top. Leave the front buttons open, or belt it for a different look.

Teens love to look trendy. Check out these trendy ideas and everyone will be happy with her choices.

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