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You think your child has style? Think again

Published: Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:08 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:08 p.m. MDT

Parents already spend a whopping amount of money on clothing for their children, but the stakes just got higher with #fashionkids, a photo collection of the Internet's most stylish kids.

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Don’t be surprised if you see some of these kids strut down the runway soon.

One of the latest trends to hit Instagram this week is #fashionkids, which features young children looking like trendy fashionistas dressed up in well-to-do clothing.

The Intagram hashtag compiles photos of these highly fashionable children from throughout the world. Users can send in their own photos to the Fashion Kids account (@fashionkids), or just tag their picture with the #fashionkids hashtag.

But, these fashionable youngsters aren’t alone — though that probably wouldn’t sit well with Tova Ross of The New York Times who values a child's individuality over conformity to designer fashions — and are a part of a growing trend of well-dressed children.

According to the New York Post, parents have recently been spending a lot of money on their kids and “kiddie culture." Some are spending well into the $1,000 range for their kids’ outfits, even though the youngsters are near age 4 or 5, the Post reported.

“Analysts predict the annual global market for high-end children’s wear will rise from $21.8 billion in 2012 to $29.6 billion in 2017, as big-spending Americans embrace the European-led trend,” the Post reported.

Spending on clothes is the top priority for moms when it comes to back to school shopping, too. Average spending on clothes for kids going back to school is around $131, compared to $48 used on other school supplies, HuffPost reported.

So what does that say about you and your lifestyle? That spending hefty amounts of cash on kids' clothes is trending.

As JWT Worldwide found in a 2012 survey, about two-thirds of Americans believe the American dream has shifted dramatically because of American spending habits.

"More Americans see the ability to spend — whether by accumulating wealth or accessing credit — as a component of the American Dream," the study found.

It's not just spending that's become important to Americans, though. People are showing their purchases off on Instagram more than before, too. And that may be an indication of how America has become more narcissistic.

“While researchers say social media has many positive uses, such as staying in touch with family, there's also growing unease that sites like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat fuel an intoxicating sense of narcissism,” Deseret News National reported back on April 15.

The Pew Research Center found that millennials — which are the rising generation of people ages 18 to 33 that will lead the country in the coming years (and has been identified as selfish and ill-mannered) — are not only the most likely age to partake in social media, but also more likely to have shared the always-hip selfie online.

Seeing so many online postings could lead to “the Instagram effect” or “the little pang you get when a friend posts photos from his or her swanky vacation in Istanbul, or when actress Mindy Kaling snaps her newest pair of spike-toe Christian Louboutain pumps,” Lane Anderson wrote.

But posting on social media may not be all negative. Looking at eye-catching things online — like these highly fashionable children or a fancy new car — may actually be positive.

"Looking at pretty things on the Internet doesn't have to be a bad thing," said Erin Wilson, a stage actress and singer, to Deseret News National. "It can inspire you."

That being said, here are a few of our favorites:

The hipster:

The gentleman haircut:

The skater dude:

The biker kids:

The pumped up kicks:

The ladybug flair:

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @herbscribner

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