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Keeping It Casual

Laid-back dressing is a way of life from coast to coast, and teenagers work the formula better than most. WWD decided to take a look at what constitutes casual, as defined by teens in two of the country’s fashion capitals: New York and L.A....

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Laid-back dressing is a way of life from coast to coast, and teenagers work the formula better than most. WWD decided to take a look at what constitutes casual, as defined by teens in two of the country’s fashion capitals: New York and L.A.

This story first appeared in the August 26, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

The results? Perhaps more similar than you’d think. In either city, the foundation is decidedly denim, with low-rise jeans leaving plenty of room for Britneyesque displays of skin. Skirts go either knee-length and full or skinny mini.

In L.A., the trendy sweatsuit soldiers on in candy colors, whereas New York teens tended toward a slightly dressier look. Both coasts showed a preference for snug-fitting T-shirts and seriously sized bags: either boxy and ladylike or slouchy and slung across one shoulder.

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