199 Water St., at Fulton St.
Staten Island Mall,
2655 Richmond Ave., near Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island
If they can tear their eyes away from the glossy Bruce Weber
photos lining the wall of this store, stylishly casual teens
will find plenty to love. Americana is everywhere with denim
jackets ($49.50), vintage-wash boot-cut jeans ($69.50), zip-front
hoodies ($39.50), and polos and dress shirts emblazoned with
the famous A&F ($39.50).
136 Wooster St., near Prince St.
Young jocks and wannabe D.J.’s come here for the old-school
look of the Originals sneaker and apparel collection, which
features the brand-new “Respect Me” collection
from Adidas and Missy Elliott, including a camo jacket ($85),
matching pants ($60), and a basketball tanktop ($45).
||Fifi and Le Mystére
Sheer silk fabric, front clasps, and elastic in
lieu of underwire make Fifi bras favorites with
preteens ($112, at Agent Provocateur). They also
love Le Mystére’s mini-brassieres, with
stitched-in padding and adjustable straps—great
for tube-tops and racer-back tanks ($56, at Bonne
225 Court St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Named after the owner’s stepdaughters, Alice and Katherine,
Alikat is stocked with a wide variety of cool preteen and
teen gear from favorites like Ella Moss, Miss Sixty, and Project
E (Junk Food tees are $24). Don’t be surprised if you
see some skinny contemporary moms shopping with their daughters—stock
goes up to size 16.
575 Broadway, at Prince St.
Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave., near Arthur Kill Rd.,
It seems like the cast of Dawson’s Creek might have
suited up exclusively at this store, which, while borrowing
from the Abercrombie aesthetic, delivers those laid-back prep
goods at much lower prices. The official clothing sponsor
of Road Rules on MTV (they wardrobe the cast) has jeans from
$29.50 to $48, hoodies for $39.50, and graphic tees for $15.50.
245 W. 10th St., near Hudson St.
This trendy downtown shop is full of brands that stylish preteens
love: Diesel, Juicy, Miss Sixty, and Monkeywear dresses ($88),
for starters. Screened tees are offered, too.
770 Lexington Ave., at 60th St.
One Union Sq. W., at 14th St.
It’s no secret that hip teens crave Diesel’s slim
jeans—their denim micro-minis and puffy nylon down vests
have become standard apparel—but the Italian manufacturer
offers heaps of other Eurowear at prices ranging from $19
for a basic tee to $109 for sleeveless cotton-knit tops.
1335 Third Ave., near 76th St.
1375 Third Ave., near 78th St.
On the Upper East Side, a duo of Forréal stores outfit
uptown girls with an impressive supply of top-selling velour
outfits (the matching hoodies and pants) for $150 to $450.
They’ve also got new outerwear from Juicy for $150 to
$275, and the 1375 Third Avenue location carries the entire
collections from Miss Sixty and Diesel.
Call 800-GAPSTYLE for store locations
Season after season, teens turn to this ubiquitous retailer
for the basics—khakis, jeans, tees. Every year seems
to bring some surprises, too: this fall, velvet skirts for
$24.50, military corduroy cargo pants for $34.50, and puffer
vests for $39.50.
1137 Madison Ave., near 85th St.
Uptown girls come here for school staples like Michael Stars
T-shirts (from $25) and Juicy jeans, as well as Juicy cashmere
sweaters (around $150), So Low sweatpants (from $50), shearling
coats ($300—$500), and other fancy duds.
153 Prince St., near West Broadway
This basement boutique with a zebra-print storefront sells
inexpensive jewelry, handbags, wigs, funky tights, sunglasses
and clothing. The unapologetically neon green walls cast a
decidely Teen Witchy spell over the place, making it a haven
for tween-types who deck themselves out in Lisa Loeb rhinestone
glasses (from $5.99), sequin bikini tops ($6.99), and gold
doorknocker earrings from the eighties ($7.99).