NEW YORK — The recording artist Angel stopped by the L.E.I. showroom on Wednesday to try on about a dozen styles for her upcoming Non Stop Summer Jam tour with DJ Skribble.

“I like very comfortable looks,” said Angel, 16, noting that she has to be careful about what will work in her active dance routines. “I don’t like wearing tube tops. I worry that they might fall down.”

The tour, making stops at 13 high schools across the country, marks the end of a nationwide contest that was held Aug. 16 through Sept. 12. Students cast votes at more than 800 retail locations for a chance to win the grand prize: A school dance with DJ Skribble and a special performance by Angel, who is signed with Midas Records. The tour is sponsored by L.E.I. and promoted by Clearchannel Boston.

Pam DeMartini, sales executive at L.E.I., said Angel fits the L.E.I. demographic — apart from being a star.

“She’s young, she wears scarves and hippie belts,” DeMartini said. “We wanted kids to see her onstage and know that they could go into a store and find the exact same thing.”

Angel said she tends to favor stretchy, low-rise jeans for performing. Her no-nos include miniskirts: “When I’m dancing, especially on elevated stages, people look straight up your skirt,” she confessed.

Cropped pants are also on the banned list, because, she said, “I feel like a stump in those.”

Angel said her favorite look was L.E.I.’s Helena style — distressed jeans from its Premium collection — coupled with a yellow terry-cloth, zip-up cropped jacket with tiny tennis rackets embroidered under the left collar.

“The bright color makes me feel happy,” Angel said. “And I really like the belt. It’s, like, from ‘The Brady Bunch.’”

— Lauren DeCarlo

This story first appeared in the September 23, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.