Dear American Girl,
I’m moving to a new school this year and I’m worried. I like to wear cozy and comfortable clothes—that’s just who I am. What if people make fun of how I dress?
Here's your advice:
Wear the clothes that you love. You and your new friends should celebrate who you are.
-Sterling, age 10, England
I’m sure there will be girls who dress the same way as you do at your new school. Go up to one of them and say, “Cool shoes!” or something like that. Even if you don’t have the same clothes as other people, you’re bound to have plenty of other things in common with your new classmates.
-Elle, age 10, Texas
Imagine if everyone dressed and looked the same—how boring! Dress the way you want to.
-Aylin, age 10, Texas
Stick with friends who don’t try to change who you are.
-Abbey, age 10, California
I dress differently from others at my school because I wear a headscarf for my religion. I was scared that others would make fun of me, too. If people at school stare at me, I smile at them. This usually works—maybe it will work for you.
-An American Girl fan
If you change your clothes and pretend to be someone you’re not no one will know the real you. Be friends with those who accept you.
-Lauren, age 13, California
Be who you are, and don’t let anyone else tell you how to dress. Wear comfortable clothes if you like them. If other people don’t like them, who cares? All that matters is that you do.
-Charis, age 11, West Virginia
No one should make fun of you for being who you are. If someone does, just say, “This is who I am. I have my own style.”
-Abby, age 10, Kentucky
Don’t worry about what anyone might say. Just focus on being the best that you can be.
-Lainey, age 10, California
Cozy and comfortable doesn’t have to mean unstylish. Jeans are cool and they’re so comfortable.
-Annabel, age 9, Illinois
Try to think of changing schools as an opportunity to make new friends while being you. If you’re upfront about your style and who you are, you’re sure to make good friends.
-Haily, age 12, California
Never try to be someone you’re not to fit in. Chance are, people will admire you for being yourself. If anyone starts to bully you, tell someone you trust.
-Emma, age 10, Washington
If someone makes fun of you, it might be because that person is having a bad day. Try to remember this. It might not have to do with you or your clothes at all.
-Delores, age 14, Indiana
Everyone has her own unique style. However, some people choose to follow trends because their friends do. Be confident and let your inner beauty shine.
-Jemima, age 11, California