SHOPPING IS SERIOUS BUSINESS FOR THESE TEENAGERS, WHO FAVOR VERSATILITY AND ARE ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR A BARGAIN.
Byline: Raven Greene / Julee Greenberg
ATLANTA — When 17-year-old Lindsey Goodson isn’t singing in her high school choir, acting with her school drama club, or working part-time at Smoothie King, she’s scouring the mall for great buys.
“I think it’s important to look your best at all times, but I don’t spend all my money on clothes,” she said. “Naturally, I have other interests.”
Goodson’s wardrobe leans toward the eclectic, with such labels as Bebe, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Charlotte Russe among the favorites.
“I consider myself a real bargain hunter, but occasionally I’ll splurge if it’s something I absolutely must have,” she said.
Her wardrobe contains everything from classic staples like long-sleeved, button-down shirts, sweater sets and black pants, to funkier pieces such as animal prints, leather items and velvet-heel shoes.
“I shop mostly at stores that cater to my age group and bank account,” she said. “I don’t own any of the more expensive brands like Prada, Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana.”
For Goodson, like many teenagers, versatility is key. Choosing items that can go from day to evening is essential. Comfort is also extremely important to her. This explains why her favorite store is American Eagle Outfitters.
“I love the sweaters, jeans and everything else they carry,” she said.
When she isn’t participating in one of her school’s many productions such as “Taming of the Shrew” or “Alice in Wonderland,” she is usually dressed casual.
“My friends will tell you I wear jeans all the time,” Goodson said. “But I love to dress up. I suppose that’s one of the many reasons I like acting — it gives me an opportunity to explore different sides of my personality.”
Goodson’s favorite item is her brown lambskin miniskirt bought for $15 dollars on a choir trip to Italy, proving that spending a great deal of money isn’t necessary to have an awesome collection, she said.
“My advice to other teens is to be a smart shopper,” she said. “You’ll feel better if you buy pieces that don’t require you to chip away at your savings. We are young and grow fast, so what’s the point in spending a fortune?”
NEW YORK — It’s hard for 15-year-old Manhattan resident Lily Rothman to pick a favorite item from her closet, especially when so many things have great sentimental value.
“My aunt found this shirt in L.A.,” she said, holding up a colorful long-sleeved T-shirt with a map of Manhattan’s East Village printed on it. “And look, there’s my apartment.”
Rothman, who has already developed a keen sense of design, also has a collection of vintage items. Among them are a button-down red and white shirt with motorcycles printed on it, which she found in the attic of her building, a cheerleader’s jacket with the name “Kelly” on it, and a black and yellow bowling shirt.
Pointing out her favorite sweatshirt, a light blue hooded Gap number, Rothman said, “I love this. It’s like 20 years old, and it used to be my mom’s.”
Folded neatly on the shelves are a variety of sweaters from the Gap, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters and other chain retailers, although Lily said she likes to be careful when shopping the chain stores.
“I can’t get the things that all my friends have,” she said, mentioning that no one knows she owns bright red jeans from Old Navy.
Rothman said she loves shopping at the specialty stores in the Village, looking through flea markets and checking out the Army-Navy stores around town for “original” clothes. While she does admit to liking the Gap, her shopping strategy for the store has been carefully thought out.
“I go to the Gap, check out what’s new that I like and buy it online on sale three weeks later,” she said.
As for accessories, hooks on the closet door are filled with bags to fit any one of her favorite outfits, and shoes and boots galore are lined up on the floor.
Pointing out one pair of “decorated by Lily,” sneakers, Rothman showed off her own design talent by mentioning that she and her friends went through a “phase” when they wanted to open their own T-shirt business. Among her favorites T’s she has designed are one with a silkscreen of a Snickers candy bar, and another with a picture of Seth Green from the show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
“These were only $20 at Delia’s,” she said holding up a pair of black knee-high boots. “I also have a ton of sneakers because I never throw anything away.”