T-shirts and jeans are still in style for teens

Clovis High School seniors Terrance Walker (left), and Larry Parker sport their favorite NFL player’s jersey at last week’s college fair at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Tova Fruchtman CNJ STAFF WRITER

With school in full-swing, homework, reading and extra-curricular activities have become daily routines.
Perhaps, the most drastic change from summer routines is the morning.
Waking up to an alarm clock, rolling out of bed, taking a shower and then standing in front of the closet or dresser with a decision to make — what to wear.
These days teen fashion puts comfort before style, or makes style comfortable.
“I don’t know what’s in style,” said Curtis Youngculc, a 15-year-old sophomore at Clovis High School. “We just wear what is comfortable.”
And just how does Youngculc define comfort?
With a wardobe of T-shirts, blue jeans and sneakers.
Mark Anderson has been working for J.C. Penny for 30 years and has been manager in the Clovis store for for two. He also has a teenage daughter. He said jeans and t-shirts — in all varieties — are their biggest sellers for teens.
“It’s all about T-shirts and jeans,” Anderson said.
He said young girl’s jeans are selling in all different styles, different washes, different belts, different pockets even different buttons and zippers.
Joey Carranza , a 16-year-old sophomore at Clovis High School, said that the baggy look for young men’s jeans is going out.
Carranza said stylish jeans look worn in and fit — instead of being really baggy.
Anderson agreed. “The overly baggy look is pretty much going away,” he said.
No matter how they fit, what company makes them or how they look, it seems everyone is wearing jeans.
“Lifestyle Monitor,” a periodical published by Cotton Inc., reported in 2003 that the average consumer own eight pairs of jeans.
“Denim is a product that can be worn in almost any circumstance,” Chris Gilbert, president of Paper Denim & Cloth told “Lifestyle Monitor.” “I don’t believe denim’s popularity is cyclical. It’s mainstream and part of anyone’s wardrobe.”
As for shirts: “The nerdy look is really in right now,” Carranza said.
He said he’s a fan of wearing button-down oxford shirts — unbuttoned of course — with T-shirts underneath.
Anderson calls this the “Ray Romano Look” — a T-shirt and jeans with an unbuttoned woven shirt on top.
For young men and women T-shirts with writing on them are big sellers, Anderson said. He said these shirts are important because “they make a statement for individual teens.”
For feet, athletic shoes and flip-flops are the most popular, said Ashley Dunlap, an 18-year-old senior at Clovis High School she moved here from Dallas this year.
Carranza said popular shoes are flip–flops, wide shoes with wide laces, and the ever-popular Chuck Taylor Converse All-Star.
Heather Carrillo, 19, of Portales, works at Journey’s shoe store in the South Plains Mall. She listed the best sellers by brand name. She said most of the styles of those brands sell. Carrillo said for teenage males they sell Luggs and Timberlands, and for teenage females Phat Farms and Doc Martins.
“For mostly everybody else it’s Chuck Taylor Converse All-Stars,” Carrillo said. She said people ages 6 and older buy the shoe in all styles and all colors.
Dunlap said other trends that she has noticed include athletic jerseys for young men and pink clothing for females and — believe it or not — males.
Anderson said that as it gets colder teenage girls will probably buy “hoodies” (hooded zipper-front sweatshirts) and sweaters, and boys sweatshirts or jackets.
“But still what their going to have on underneath is t-shirts and jeans,” Anderson said. “There is not much different from when I was in school really.”