Spoiled Style or Self-Expression?

Kids are hiring stylists for back to school looks. Do you think school uniforms are better than allowing kids to express themselves through clothing?

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Kids have really stepped up their fashion game. According to the NY Post, kids ranging from preschool to high school are now hiring stylists for their back-to-school shopping. With $200-per-hour fees and picking out $2,000 worth of clothing, personal stylists are typically not an option for most. So, how should schools regulate what might be considered too much? Should schools enforce more uniforms or allow their students to dress freely?

Personal stylists have always been around, although we usually only hear about them working with celebrities. But why is there such a high demand for personal stylists for kids? And why are their parents willing to pay for it? It looks like a lot of kids (and parents) argue that stylists are necessary for kids to express themselves, to avoid confrontations with each other and to create good first impressions.

Stylists can ease the process of discovering one’s own style. Flynn, a fourth-grader from Philadelphia, told the Post that he feels “underdressed in jeans and a polo shirt.” Unlike most 10-year-olds, his style centers around stores such as Madison Avenue Brooks Brothers. Flynn’s mother hired Manhattan-stylist Mona Sharaf for $200 an hour to revamp her son’s wardrobe from “old” to “classic.” After a day of shopping and $2,000 worth of clothing, her son is dapperly dressed and ready to start school.

To avoid the tension of different fashion opinions, parents and children both appreciate having a stylist. Ella, a 12-year-old from New York’s Upper West Side, doesn’t like shopping with her mother because of their different tastes. Ella states, “I don’t always like what she picks out. She doesn’t get my style.” A stylist not only provides a much needed third opinion, but also assures the parents that while they might not understand these new fashion trends, their kids will be dressed to impress.

“Dressing to impress” is another reason why parents hire stylists for their children. Amanda Sanders, a New York Image Consultant, says that she was hired to help dress and prep a 3-year-old for preschool interviews. The mother of the client told Sanders that, “The school interview process in Manhattan is incredibly competitive- it’s not insane to work with a stylist.” With Sanders’ charge of $350 an hour for a minimum of three hours, this process shows how far parents will go to ensure their students get into a good school.

Obviously, having a personal stylist provides a lot of perks. But what about those kids who are unable to afford their own stylist (i.e. most of the population)? Should schools use uniforms to regulate what their students can wear?

While a lot of students argue that uniforms suppress self-expression, uniforms can provide an equal platform at school where students can focus on learning rather than on their clothes. Students who cannot afford expensive brand names or a personal shopper to manage their wardrobe might have a different time at school.

Fashion shows a clear discrepancy in wealth at school and having a personal stylist only creates a bigger divide. Kids should be able to express themselves- but is school the right place for it? Read this story more in depth on the NY Post here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you think school uniforms are better than allowing kids to express themselves through clothing?

78% Yes, uniforms are fair for all
22% No, kids should express themselves
76% Yes, uniforms are fair for all
24% No, kids should express themselves
81% Yes, uniforms are fair for all
19% No, kids should express themselves

Yes, uniforms are fair for all

No, kids should express themselves

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