For fall, big bags and clunky shoes

September 04, 1993|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Staff Writer

There is peer fashion pressure exerted on teen-agers, but the solid stamp of fashion credibility comes from magazines aimed at the youth market. The editorial staffs are young, hip and a generation removed from parents. After all, these are the voices that field questions about sex, skin eruptions and celebrity heart throbs. The magazines tap young correspondents on regional trends. Here, some of the editors gauge this fall's school dress direction.

* Andrea Linett, associate fashion and beauty editor at Sassy magazine, zeros in on pieces to make fall's look complete. "The vest is the essential piece for any wardrobe, whether it's in classic denim or fake leather. The big bag is a must, too, to lug junk around." And for keeping in step with fashion, Ms. Linett jTC recommends a clunky shoe. "Anything goes for footwear."

* Lisa Parker, merchandising editor for Seventeen magazine, says teen-agers today have a pick of the fashion spectrum. "The fashion shows we style and sponsor across the country pick up on all the looks from rap to romantic. But if I had to pick one must-have for girls this fall, it would have to be the big white shirt. You know, long, extended cuff and shirttails. The white shirt goes with everything."

* Lois Barrett, fashion director for YSB, Young Sisters and Brothers magazine, says sports and the street are still holding sway. "The oversize city hip-hop look is still going strong even though, by now, everyone else is doing it. However, city youngsters are paying attention to fashion trends, too, only they do it their own way. I can't yet picture kids done up in a total dandy outfit, but some of the crushed velvets and vests of high-end fashion will be out there at some point.

"Hair this year is still a fashion statement," says Ms. Barrett, "and it's all over the place -- dreads, naturals and the softer drop curls for the girls."

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