Spring arrived on Friday, and across much of the U.S. and parts of Europe the weather has matched up with calendar. That has sent junior shoppers out to the stores in droves, looking to add to their spring wardrobes. The slow economy in the U.S. and Europe has clearly influenced teens’ shopping habits — with less money to spend overall, they’re paying closer attention to prices, but are still willing to shell out big bucks for the right items according to retailers. What are the right items? Miniskirts look to be a hot seller, although buyers admitted demand for the ultra-short looks is still dependent on weather and, in places, where it’s still too cool, shoppers seem to be holding off. Junior customers also are on the lookout for non-denim bottoms — cargo pants and other military-inspired looks are strong sellers in Europe, despite the ongoing war. In terms of tops, feminine looks, including camisoles, are strong sellers in many areas, though there’s been a backlash against that at some spots on the West Coast in the U.S., where teens are returning to grunge looks.

PARIS — As spring washes over the City of Light, junior shoppers have been hitting the stores, preparing their lightweight wardrobes.

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