My DD is 18 now. From the start, she picked it and I decided if it was weather appropriate. When she started picking out what she wanted at the store (I was to the point it just seemed like the clothes kids wore were ridiculous looking) I basically told her "Don't ask me if I like it because chances are I won't. (She thought that was funny.) Just don't buy anything that you hang out of because I won't let you wear it out of the house." It worked for us.
My SD, on the other hand, lived the first 4 years of her life wearing stained yard sale clothes and hand me downs that didn't fit her (including used underwear that other children had gone to the bathroom in - disgusting) because dad isn't into "fashion" at all and BM could care less about her. We try to teach her what is weather appropriate and I try to teach her what looks ok together. But at the age of 8 we still struggle with this because BM still buys her nasty stuff.
at 7:19 PM on Jun. 3, 2009