I think that some adults need to dress like adults. Unfortunately stores are offering very little in regards to clothing wihich is age appropriate. I believe it's our duty as parents to guide your child in the best direction possible, and hopefully they will come out the adult side knowing the difference between a bikini in a shopping mall vs a bikini on the beach.
I do also believe that we as parents should be alert. Marketers are targeting our young teens with inappropriate outfits. Children/teens should be allowed to dress age appropriate. After all, childhood is a very short phase of their lives. What they do now will set the stage for the rest of it.
Why? would any teenager want to dress like a Adult.
Clothing should be for the age group, or that person will stand out as very odd.
15 to 17 year olds have really cool stuff.
18 to say 21 or 22 same.
It is how that person 'acts' that will show if they are more adult than teenager.
I guess wearing (if a girl) more plain colours and not so short skirts will give that look.
I have seen young girls dress in a mature way, and they were just very young...and they looked weird?
Age is not the key, it is as I said how that person acts, and maybe just plain
If you look at the picture I have enclosed the middle girl of Obama, is wearing a dress that is way too old for her.... she looks really odd.
No one wants to look odd.
If by adult, you mean suits or elegant and sophisticated clothing, then a child/teen can wear them at any age they want to. They should not be forced to wear such clothes - unless maybe for a funeral/wedding/etc - but if they want to, I see no problem with it. If by adult, you mean sexy, then they should be 17/18.
Is it a matter of age or rather one of appropriateness? what is considered adult clothing? given the plethora of age defying clothing it is not so easy to attach an age to when children should put away adult clothing. yes, at some point the skinny jeans and mid- drift blouse have to be done away with but isnt it all a matter of style, appropriateness and the wearer?