It can be good for a child to feel they have some form of self-expression and to feel they have a sense of freedom. I let Tilly choose her own clothes all the time, I only step in if her choice is totally inappropriate for the weather, I feel it shows her expressionism and lets her be who she wants to be. Granted, they may not know about colour matching, pattern clashes and they may want to wear a skirt and jeans at the same time, but that doesn’t really matter. As long as the children are safe, choosing their outfits themselves isn’t hurting anyone
If they can communicate their own feelings towards clothes they are generally old enough to make their own outfit decisions. Letting a child choose their own clothes can build confidence. It will let them explore their own tastes and begin to see what type of person they want to be and creative freedom is important to their development.
A recent study in the US summarises that not allowing children to be creative at a young age can impact them in later life - as adults they may struggle to take chances and risks. This is why it’s so important for self-expression no matter what the age. As we all know, a vital part of growing up is having to listen to adults as they guide you through the start of your life. But, another vital part of growing up is developing imagination and creative thinking skills. Letting them express their clothing style can be a safe way for a child to think creatively and problem solve.