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Too skimpy? Parents and teens on what's allowed

The next time you are tempted to chide your teen for his choice of outfit, remember a measured approach laced with humour will help to get your point across better

Published on Jul 13, 2014 7:00 PM

Much to her parents' chagrin, polytechnic student Tracy Goh favours cropped tops and form-fitting pants, just like how the cool kids in school dress.

And because she is tall, many off-the-rack dresses end mid-thigh on her 1.72m frame, which is "not so bad", says the 17-year-old.

But her mother, account manager Winnie Tan, disagrees. "When we went shopping and she tried on those dresses, they were far too short on her, unless she wears tights underneath. I refused to buy the dresses," says Ms Tan, 51.

A pastel dress that fell a little above the knee, which Tracy spotted on a recent family trip to Bangkok, was given the go-ahead.

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