You Just Can't Talk To These Kids

Mizuho Arai knows what she likes. A 20-year-old uniformed office worker by day, at night she assembles a decidedly casual look--loafers, a sweater, Levi's 501s, and a black parka. Shopping with a beige L.L. Bean bag over her shoulder, she prefers bargain outlets to the high-priced designer boutiques that flourished in the 1980s. "I don't like to be told what's trendy," Arai says. "I can make up my own mind."

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