Encouraging Kids to Develop their Own Style

May 30, 2018 24 By EngineerMommy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minnetonka Moccasins. All opinions are mine alone.

Sometimes it feels like I gave birth to my daughters just yesterday, but the truth is that they are not babies anymore. While I long for those days of the past where I could hold them and cuddle them from morning until night, I love this phase of their childhood too. They are maturing and developing their own personalities (hello miss sassy!) They are also developing their own sense of style and I’m totally encouraging them to embrace fashion, while still sticking to comfortable, age-appropriate pieces.

In order to teach my girls some of the basics of fashion, I try to serve as a role model for them. I teach them that patterns generally go well with solids and that black / white go well with anything. I teach them that there are rules in fashion, but sometimes it’s okay to break those rules to express oneself. I teach them that boots are for winter and sandals are for summer. Speaking of sandals, the girls recently got the Minnetonka Emery Sandals in pink (also available in brown and turquoise) and they absolutely love them. My little fashionistas love to get dressed in the morning and pick out the perfect accessories to go with each outfit! 🙂
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See the slip-ons I’m wearing in the picture above? They’re also from Minnetonka Moccasion – they’re the Rose Gold Kate Moccasins and are available in silver, black and white. These leather flats feature a comfy, padded insole and a neutral color perfect for spicing up any spring/summer outfit. Can we just take a moment and appreciate the rose gold color?! I have a handful of rose gold accessories already (phone case, desk decor, earrings,..) and now my shoes will fit right in!

By the way, my girls each have very different personalities and they don’t agree on everything, but they both love their Emery sandals. The pink color, the soft feel and the back fringe all make these sandals a total hit! Since we received these sandals, the girls have been wearing them nonstop (thankfully it has been warm) – and I can see why they keep choosing these sandals over the other options in their closet. They are comfortable and versatile – they really go well with a pair of shorts for a day at the park or with a dress for a special event. Plus, the zippered heel makes it a breeze to slip these on & off – perfect for kids that want to run outside to play at the drop of a hat!
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From an early age, I have been allowing my daughters to select their own outfit in the morning as long as it is weather-appropriate. I think offering options is key to encouraging them to develop their own sense of style.
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One thing I have never sacrificed when it comes to fashion (or beauty) is comfort. For myself and for my family, I require comfort to be a top priority. All our new shoes from Minnetonka are very comfortable – we can literally walk all day in them. Just last week, we went to the zoo and spent hours on our feet and even the younger one didn’t complain. Speaking of which, I cannot believe these girls are getting so big now. My baby younger daughter is going into Kindergarten next year. Where has the time gone? It makes me proud that she is growing up to be a big girl, but it also makes me miss those days when she was a baby. At least I have one consolation… she still loves to be held by me or my husband! 🙂
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By the way, the hubby is wearing the Moosehide Weekender Moccasins and reports that they are the most comfortable shoe he has worn in quite some time! Total WIN over here!

We have been really enjoying our shoes from Minnetonka Moccasin. If you’re in the market for some new footwear, Minnetonka offers a wide variety of high-quality boots, sandals, moccasins, slippers and more for the entire family. In fact, Minnetonka has been providing the footwear for families since 1946. Originating as a shoe that was perfect for exploring natural wonders & road side attractions, their footwear is now a timeless choice for everyday life. To keep up-to-date with the latest news & offers from Minnetonka, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Check out Minnetonka shoes for your own family. How do you encourage your kids to develop their own sense of style?







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