Tuesday, August 28, 2007

What's the trend now?

I was chatting with my next-door neighbour this afternoon. She's older than I and has 3 grown-up children. She's a sweet lady, often sharing her lovely homecooked food with us. Today, she lent me her latest women's magazines to pass my time. The magazines are more suitable for younger women, I wondered aloud why she bought them.

She replied that she read them to keep up with the ever changing fashion trends of her children. Oh, right. The clothes they wear, the music they listen to and the activities they enjoy doing are so different from our era time.

Her two daughters, who are working after their graduation, are always shopping. She doesn't like the clothes or fashion accessories that they bought, but she kept mum about her displeasure. ish.

She feels that either there is too little fabric to amply cover the body, or the dressing style looks weird. A knee-length dress over tight 3/4 pants. yikes. Then there is the wide choice of hair colourings to match the look. And the tattoos and piercings in the most unmentionable places.

My neighbour maybe a traditional Asian lady but she is able to accept the latest trend. She doesn't criticise her children's dressing or likes, no matter how weird it seems. Therefore, her relationship with her children is one that's close and loving.

Should all Moms (and Dads) be well-informed on the latest trends of the young?

I would say,"Yes."



36 comments:

  1. Your fashion post reminded me of those 3/4 length yellow jeans those ah bengs are wearing in the past. Looks as though Singapore is struck with heavy flood! Haha... thankfully nobody is wearing those anymore.

    I guess the youngsters nowadays are somewhat confused between looking sexy and looking sleazy.

    I think no harm for parents to read a little on latest fashion. Afterall, the owners of these boutiques ain't young people to begin with.

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  2. i say yes too! well, doesn't apply all the time but yeah, we'd love our parents to understand! :D

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  3. Ed,
    I don't remember seeing those yellow jeans wor.

    I really can't understand the youngsters' tastes these days. I have students who wore jeans that sweep the floors wherever they go. And also students who wear their jeans at their hips, showing the colours of their underwear.

    And they don't dress for the occasion too. I have wealthy students turning up at coffee houses of 5-star hotels in dirty flip flops and crumpled clothes. They are being disrespectful to the host.

    I read up on the latest fashion until got hooked. kekeke...

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  4. ehon,
    oh.... I know some parents can be quite conservative.

    As a parent, I would like my son to listen to my advice and be presentable. A matter of 'face'. But as the world evolves, and technology becomes more advanced, it hard for us parents to ignore the changing trends.

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  5. haha... dunno how to answer... nxt time if or when I hv my own kids, I get back to you hehe...

    but then again, i think we should always update ourselves with the latest trend in everything! gee, did i sound kiasu?? khikhikhi...

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  6. A well-informed mother. I suppose she is one of those who seeks to understand her children.

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  7. Ohh no.. that is not my trend.. too IN for me ! haha.. or I am too "old" for that ??

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  8. My angel,
    You very the hip and cool lah not kiasu! hehe...

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  9. oceanskies,
    Oh yes. She's a wonderful mother and wife. She takes very good care of her family. No maid. She does everything herself.

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  10. yeah, like my mum nagged me non-stop when i had two piercings on one ear and punk spiky hairstyle (i cut the top myself! haha!)

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  11. keeyit,
    aiyooo... you are so young, at least much younger than I.

    Too trendy fashion might not be your cup of tea. :)

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  12. sweetpea,
    whoa! I can't imagine you with a spiky punk hairstyle!!! Some more you cut it yourself. kekeke....

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  13. Wah...so 前卫 ah!

    Keeping up with trends are ok but just don't be blinded by it.

    I remember the only thing my mum complained abt my wardrobe when I was younger was " how come all black?" :O

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  14. tigerfish,
    Oh yes, I like wearing black coloured clothes too when I was single. No need to match colours mah.

    As I grow older, I like brighter colours. kekeke.....

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  15. When I saw the pictures, I thought it was Halloween already. haha! I'm sticking to t-shirts and shorts for summer, so I guess I'm not too trendy hor?

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  16. You better stay on top. Other wise you can get so surprised you might have a heart attack.

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  17. Yer neighbour is a very wise woman... I hope when Chloe is older.. I will not nag at her too much.. and force my opinion on her. Well.. just as long as she doesn't goes half naked on the internet/webpage.. like Ms Selfish.. hahahha!!

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  18. I know of a 50 something that buys those magazines so that she knows what to wear!!! Wish she would dress her age.

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  19. what a great post and an interesting question!

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  20. east meets west kitchen,
    hahaha... Halloween's coming soon. hmmmm... reminds me to prepare my costume.

    In Singapore, many are comfortable in their T-shirts and shorts, but the younger girls are covering much less....

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  21. simple american,
    Oh yes. Already I'm having minor heart attacks every time I see my female wards wearing outrageous outfits.

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  22. mamabok,
    hahaha... yup. It wouldn't be nice for this Aunty to see her half-naked photos huh!

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  23. stay-at-home mum,
    aiyooo... must know one's limit lah. 50 something better not dressed like 20 year-olds!

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  24. Not just the parents. I felt everyone should be informed of the latest trends. Pst pst... I just bought myself a fashion mag yesterday to keep myself updated too :P

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  25. etcetera-mommy,
    Even grandmas and grandpas? kekeke...They will have heart attacks.

    So which magazine did you get? hehe...

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  26. Definitely! That way, can build a closer relationship with kids, and parents can accept things with open mind.

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  27. I cannot understand the dress over skinny jeans fashion - but it would suit pregnant women too, I'd admit :)

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  28. Doreen,
    I heart you! Yup, it really does take away the tension from the relationship. I hear so many complaints from my elderly relatives on their teenage grandkids. Generation gaps - that's something I cannot afford to have. I'm hip grandma mah!

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  29. giddy tiger,
    Oh yes, it makes them look like pregnant ladies but the tight fitting pants is not good for pregnant Moms.

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  30. Well informed yes, acceptance yes, but not necessary agree with it. Parents still have their right to make their stand in their own point of view. If it's done in the right reasonable way of course :-)

    I think it's a balancing between old and new times for something to work in the between, which probably is the best.

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  31. that is advantage of having daughters!
    they look younger and fashionalbe.
    my friend is sharing same clothes with her lovely daughter.
    so envy :)

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  33. I hope I would not nag my daughter too much. And hope that I would not have a heart attack when I see her style.

    And yes, I would buy some treny magazine like your neighbour. I think she is wise to do that.

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  34. Do agree that we have to keep up to the trend of the children's fashion.

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  35. it's not possible to ask our children to dress the way we used to dress. but morality and core principles should be intact. comfort is also number one, not whatever everybody else is wearing!

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