Ask-A-Teen Column: Winter Fashion on a Budget

This article is by Renae and Sofia, the writers of the Ask A Teen Column where readers can write in to ask our teens for advice, email boostforyouth@gmail.com for your question.


“What to wear for winter 2009 teenagers? Are there a couple of cool winter staples my family and I can get now while sales are on in a bad economy?


Skinny Denim
For Winter 2009, Gap releases the 1969 Premium Jeans Collection. It revolved around an American classic and the brand’s most iconic product. Guy’s and girl’s fits were reworked at every level and transformed into a series of amazingly fitting premium jeans that are popular with the jeans that are popular with the teens. Best of all, they’re all under $70. Quality jeans that last without having an outrageous receipt.

Let’s take a look at what Old Navy has! They’ve got what they call “Weekend Jeans” that are versatile with the changing seasons. They go good with summer tank tops and go even better with winter coats. $34.50


Military Jacket…Like this! This Women’s Double-Breasted Military Blazer is a very comfortable fit and the colors make it easy to mix and match with different types of jeans and accessories. $39.50

Cable Knit Zip

Cuuuuuuute!! I personally love stripes and this Cable-Knit Zip Hoodie screams soft and warm! Only $20.00!

www.OldNavy.com

Faux Suede Tall Boots

Women’s Fauxe Suede Tall Boots are durable and only $34.50

~ Renae is a 16-year-old from Lowell, MI. She is a creative individual who spends a lot of her time reading and learning Japanese because she would like to become a Journalist in Japan.


In today’s economic state, high-priced brand names are not on everyone’s mind for the latest fashions.  Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive places that sell adorable clothing and when mixed and matched together, can create an outfit envied by all.

Since Ugg boots are a little too pricey, try Emu’s or Bear Paw boots, which are at least 100 dollars cheaper.  These boots are available in tan and black which can go with virtually any outfit.  They work great with skinny jeans and even sweatpants.  Sweatpants, a white t-shirt, and the boots create a cute, yet comfortable outfit. 

Fruit of the Loom and Hanes are great brands for white t-shirts and v-necks and they are also extremely low-priced.  Not only are these fluffy boots fashionable, but they also keep your feet nice and warm.

Another growing winter fashion, is the knitted cardigans and sweaters.  They work by keeping you warm when you need it but they also breathe.  They work best with leggings and a small white tanktop underneath. 

Cardigans fit loosely and are comfortable and easy to move around in. They are easy to find; places that keep knitted sweaters and cardigans can be found at Target, K-mart, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister (an inexpensive version of Abercrombie), and JC Penny in the teens section.

Leggings are also a new fashion that can be paired with any t-shirt, dress, or can even be worn under jeans for an extra attempt to keep warm.  Leggings can be found at Forever 21 for only four dollars.

Also, sweatshirts never go out of style, a plain, old sweatshirt is comfortable and the benefit of wearing anything underneath always helps out if you get too hot and need to take it off.   Sweatshirts look great with jeans or sweatpants and paired with boots, it works great.

Even wearing heavy dresses, such as crocheted or knitted dresses with tights and boots without the heel looks great but also keeps you warm.  Black and brown tights work great with light colored dresses and just plain black and white tights work wonders with darker colored dresses.

The knitted or crocheted loose, beanie type hats are absolutely adorable and they are fairly priced.  They keep your head warm but they leave room for air as well. They are often worn with dresses or even a plain t-shirt and skinny jeans.  Shoes that go well with these hats are flats and boots.  Try to stay away from the Ugg style boots; they usually do not pair as well with these.

~ Sofia is a 16-year-old from Los Angeles, CA.  She loves the beach, shopping, and enjoys studying psychology because she would like to become a psychologist when she is older.

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