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Tween & Teen Style

Tips for Creating an Age-Appropriate Wardrobe

For more than 15 years, fashion-forward residents of Peoria (and beyond) shopped Daniela Jay Boutique. Owner Mariter Torres offered her customers wardrobe tips and hosted fashion shows. 

After helping dress people of all ages, shapes and sizes over the years, Torres closed her shop and now offers fashion consulting, personal styling and fashion show production. You can see more of her styling on Instagram at @danielajayfashion.

As the mother of a teenage daughter and pre-teen son, she finds particular joy in helping her younger customers find their personal styles. 

“Fashion is always evolving,” says Torres. “Everyone wants to be up-to-date with the latest trends while staying true to one’s self-expression and being comfortable.”

Torres suggests teens create a lookbook to track their favorite outfits for different occasions. Using this list of basic fashion essentials, every tween and teen can build a fashionable yet age-appropriate wardrobe. 

  • Layer with crop tops, tanks and tees
  • Pair jeans with a nice blouse and jacket for special occasions
  • Layer a fitted denim jacket with dresses or choose an oversized jacket for a more casual outfit
  • Add tights or netted stocking underneath skirts and shorts 
  • Elevate a casual outfit to a sharp, classic look with a stylish blazer
  • A pair of boots—from simple ankle boots to eccentric platforms and combat boots—adds flare to any outfit
  • Comfy and stylish sneakers are an effortless addition to any outfit
  • Leggings are comfortable and easy to dress up or down
  • Choose a trendy bag that’s fashionable and practical 
  • Go bold with accessories, using sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets and earrings to make a statement
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  • Photo courtesy Rebellion Studioz @rebellionstudioz
  • Photo courtesy Rebellion Studioz @rebellionstudioz
  • Photo courtesy Rebellion Studioz @rebellionstudioz
  • Photo courtesy Apatrou Photography @apatrou_photography
  • Photo courtesy Rebellion Studioz @rebellionstudioz
  • Photo courtesy Apatrou Photography @apatrou_photography
  • Photo courtesy Apatrou Photography @apatrou_photography