Ask Teena: Fear of the Fashion Police

Lauren Galley, HFM’s “Teen Take” columnist, offers advice on how to navigate the sometimes murky waters of the tween and teen years.

Dear Teena:

I need advice ASAP! I just started at a new school and it seems like everyone has name brand clothing like Abercrombie and Hollister, and I don’t have anything like that. I don’t want to be judged. –”Fashion Victim”

Dear “Fashion Victim”:

“Okay, first of all, do NOT panic!! You are not alone in this situation, even though it may seem that way right now. And the best part is, you will get through this.

The first week of school is always the hardest. Finding your classes and getting used to a new routine can be difficult enough, but somehow girls make it tougher on themselves by judging each other based on how we look and what we wear. To be honest with you, I was not a huge brand fanatic. I wore what felt good on me and what was comfortable. It takes confidence to wear YOUR style and not be swayed by the trends. It’s not really about what you’re wearing, it’s how you carry yourself and how you react to other’s negativity. Pretty soon you will see that your friends will accept you no matter the brand of clothing you wear… and if they don’t, well, they are not true friends.

I know this may seem far away but the closer you get to graduation and head to college, the less people will judge you for the tag in the back of your shirt!

The initial few days may have been weird and awkward, but don’t worry about it. Every other kid in your grade is in the same place. Just unwind, and most importantly, BE YOURSELF. Good luck! It will be fun.

–XOXO Teena

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