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Being 13: Gotta Have It

2 minute read
Jeremy Caplan

[Girls]

WHAT TO WEAR

For those with the cash, Juicy and Mudd are the jeans of choice. Also in: spaghetti straps, sequined tops and short, fitted jackets

MINI MUSIC

Petite iPods are designed to be tucked away, but many teens display them as a prized accessory

SHOE BIZ

Heels are out, but girls’ toes look toney in metallic sandals, flip-flops or ballet flats

EAR CANDY

Their ears crave the bouncy sounds of the Black Eyed Peas. By 14, they may be slightly ashamed

TEXT ME

Flip cells are treasured for gabbing, texting between classes and taking snarky snapshots of friends

DR IN THE HOUSE

Coke is so … everywhere. Dr Pepper is the alternative fizz

PILLOW TALK

A teen’s room is her castle, and the more colorful the better. What’s in? Chic decor, not heartthrob posters

BEYOND JUDY BLUME

The new Harry Potter aside, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and racy Gossip Girl sagas are among today’s top teen reads

MAKE ME UP

Like icons Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff, some 13-year-olds like shiny lip gloss and splashy highlights, while others go natural

MAKEOVER MAGS

Seventeen is now for aspirational thirteens. Cosmo, Vogue and other fashion mags have teen versions. Anyone heard of inner beauty?

[Boys]

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

Boys douse themselves in barrels of Axe, a musky body spray that moms love to hate

HATS OFF

Some teens are sticking with the trucker-cap trend, which is in its death throes with adults not named Ashton

HOT FOOT

Among overpriced but stylish sneaks, Nikes still reign, but skater shoes and retro Converses are again on the rise

FAST FEASTING

Snickers and Doritos are staples, with a Snapple chaser and Ben & Jerry’s for dessert. Square meals, RIP

THE LOOK

Graphic T shirts with snappy slogans are everywhere, giving clothing companies a tenfold markup on the classic cotton T

GAMING AT HOME …

Many spend more time with PS2 or Xbox than TV, let alone homework. Top titles: Madden’s football series, the controversial Grand Theft Auto and anything with street fighting

… AND ON THE GO

The gizmo guys want most is the PSP, a Sony update of Nintendo’s classic Game Boy

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