Back To School: Trends For Teens And 'Tweens

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Distressed jeans, Fat Babys, belts and clothing and accessories with "bling" are in style for teens returning to school in August.

If those jeans are low-rise, and have interesting designs on the back pockets, so much the better, according to local teen girls.

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Amanda Haworth models Fat Baby "Sparkling Cammo" and Hannah Lee models "Knights" Fat Baby boots.

"Jeans and really cute T-shirts are always in style," said Hannah Lee, a 2007 Payson High School graduate working at Corral West.

Jolene Long, a teen shopping for jeans, T-shirts and "comfy clothes" with her grandmother at Stage, echoed Lee's fashion sense.

Jeans and T-shirts and shorts are the basic wardrobe for guys in middle and high school.

Sophomore Mike Mack likes Cinch "Fast Back" jeans that are a bit looser than Wranglers.

Back to school shopping has not started in earnest yet, but with the first day of school being Aug. 8, it's going to begin soon.

"I expect it to steadily increase, as people realize that school time is just around the corner," said Stage manager, Amanda Miller.

Miller has two boys, ages 8 and 10, to buy school clothes for and plans to shop locally and in Prescott Valley.

Collared shirts over T-shirts and character-theme T-shirts are a popular buy for young boys at Stage.

Polka dots and paisley fabric are trendy this season for young girls. "Everything is coming out with a belt," Miller said.

Back at Corral West, shiny, sparkling BB Simon belts are the rage.

Shoes with an "urban look," such as those by Marc Echo, Sketchers and Warf are among the casual shoes that shoppers can find at Stage.

The Payson Shoe Store, a newcomer on the Payson retail scene, carries several lines of casual shoes. JeAir Sport shoes are under $10 and primary colored. Gearex shoes are on sale in the $30 range.

Fat Babys, carried by Corral West, are a line of round-toe, short boots for females, made by Ariat Footwear with embroidered patterns, faux exotic leathers (ostrich and alligator) and gemstones or "bling."

Working teens around town shop for many of their own clothes, so they can choose what they like.

"It's better that way," Mack said.

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