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MONTREAL — As she prepared for a ski trip to Austria during March break, 15-year-old Christine Klinkhoff peered into her closet to decide what to pack.<P>“I’m definitely bringing this,” she said, holding up a $65 Riley denim...

MONTREAL — As she prepared for a ski trip to Austria during March break, 15-year-old Christine Klinkhoff peered into her closet to decide what to pack.

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“I’m definitely bringing this,” she said, holding up a $65 Riley denim jacket from Showroom, a trendy boutique in the suburb of Westmount. “It’s my favorite item,” she explained to her friend and neighbor Gillian Dunn.

When she’s not skiing or snowboarding, Klinkhoff likes to play tennis or soccer on the school team and can usually be seen wearing a pair of Skechers, her footwear of choice. She’s no mall rat, preferring to shop at the hundreds of neighborhood shops that line Saint Catherine Street, the city’s main shopping area.

“I’m also not a Gap person like my [14-year-old] sister Sarah,” she said.

In addition to the denim jacket, Klinkhoff throws in a pair of $95 Kostioko jeans and a pair of $50 Guess jeans, a $65 Parasuco top and one from Space FB she bought at Bleu Marine, one of her favorite stores. (Dollar figures have been converted from Canadian dollars at the current exchange rate.)

“I’m also taking a pair of Guess cotton pants because I figure you can never go wrong with Guess,” she said.Klinkhoff also is packing a $65 powder-blue fleece sweatshirt she bought at Mosquito, a downtown boutique in Les Cours Mont Royal, for When the weather cools down at night in the Austrian Alps.

When Klinkhoff is not shopping with her mother, she sets her sights a little lower and sniffs out some bargain items, like a pair of fleece Modrobes pants with a clip belt she bought for $25 at Neon. She also bought a pair of polyester and cotton pants at the same store for about $15.She said she’s not an impulse shopper and her purchases are often influenced by what she sees on TV or what others are wearing downtown.

“But I won’t purposely go out and buy something just because someone like Britney Spears is wearing it,” Klinkhoff said. “I think I have my own style, which is understated. I don’t like to draw attention to myself.”Klinkhoff is not a pack rat either, figuring that she tires of clothes after two years, which normally are given to a shelter. When she dresses up, one of her favorite items is a white sleeveless silk blouse from Morgan with an American flag on the front.

Klinkhoff’s closet is practically void of purses or belts, but full of sun visors for her sports-filled summers. She added: “I rarely wear makeup, but when I dress up I tend to use products from Clinique.””