Teen Talk: Fashion, Hygiene and the “Discussion”

by Migdalia Rivera

I was recently invited to a Back to School Bash for Tweens. Although I couldn’t go, I sent someone who would be able to give us the no frills inside scoop, Joyee.

Joyee is a teen with New York Style. She can spot the trends before they’ve hit the fashion magazines. Even better, she’s learned how to score most on a budget, making her the perfect go to for  holiday shopping ideas, girl trends, and Teen Talk™!

Although school is already in session, these items can be purchased anytime…because what tween doesn’t love an unexpected gift!

Read on for Joyee’s recap…


Hudson Studio Lounge Area

Recently, Stardoll and Unilever held a back to school bash for parents and their tweens. The event showed the latest fashion and style for the upcoming season. Luckily, I had the chance to attend!

The tween bash was held at Hudson Studio and the place was fantastic. They even had the latest magazines of Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and Allure out on display for the parents and daughters to browse through.

There was so much going on; I didn’t know where to go until I saw a display of clothing and shoes. I knew that was where I had to start.

Extracting ideas from a variety of runway shows, the eclectic mix of clothing was age appropriate and suitable for school, without sacrificing style.  The display gave parents, and their daughters, an idea of  this school year’s upcoming trends, including tips on how to use stripes, denim, scarves, prints, and pattern. Although I am not a tween, I found a few items that I would wear proudly. Below is one of my faves.


Not only did the event present upcoming trends, they also gave a crash course on the importance of good hygiene, noting Dove’s new Rebalance collection are an excellent way to maintain good hygiene. I have to agree. I loved the line, particularly the plum and sakura blossom scented products. I find that using these products gives a young girl, or any girl for that matter, an incentive to take care of themselves. The scented products help young girls feel feminine and grown-up in a way that is age appropriate.  It doesn’t require much effort and can easily be incorporated into a daily school routine. Something that I know parents will applaud because it will get us out of the bathroom faster!

This event was a great way to help tweens and parents prepare for back to school. I spoke to a few parents and their children before leaving. They all agreed that the discussions started at the event, paved the way for further discussions about their tweens growing bodies. I know those discussions can be hard to broach when you get that look from your daughter but as someone who’s been there, I can tell you we DO want to talk about it so keep trying. We listen more than you realize.

You can download a variety Dove toolkits to get you started in your discussions by clicking here.


As a parent, have you talked to your Tween about hygiene?

How did you broach it?

Latina On a Mission will soon debut a Teen section where parents will get the opportunity to ask real teens questions. If you have any questions you would like to be considered, please feel free to leave them in a comment, noting whether you would like a male or female perspective. Our featured teens will answer the questions in LOAM’s bi-monthly “Teen Talk: Ask a Teen” post.

If you would rather submit the question anonymously, send an email to MsLatina@latinaonamission.com.  

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katy October 4, 2011 at 4:07 am

Maintaining proper Hygiene is necessary. No matter where I go, my santizer and scent accompanies me everywhere….

2 Patricia October 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hygiene is important…I don’t think I would wait until I had a tween to stress the importance. I have already started with my little tots. We wash our hands before meal, after we use the potty, brush teeth, ect… You would hope thses good hadbits stick with them.

3 Patricia Carrasco October 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Hygiene habits are very important, as children we teach our children by example is paramount.

4 Wendy T October 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This could be a great solution to a problem that has been eating at me for quite some time. I’d love a teenage boy’s perspective.

How would you best like to hear the talk about sex, birth control and disease if it had to be delivered by your mother? Hearing it from your dad is not an option, so what would make you most comfortable coming from your mom?


I was so glad to hear Joyee say teens listen more than we think, because the times I”ve tried, I don’t think he’s heard me at all.

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