Being 13: Gotta Have It

It's not just conspicuous consumption, it's self-expression. From embroidered jeans and flashy phones to body spray and graphic T shirts, here are a few of the ways in which 13-year-olds announce their identities (and keep the global economy flowing).

[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

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