Teen Girls Petition for Modest Clothes

Many teenage girls like wearing belly-baring, hip-hugging clothes like pop star Britney Spears. But, for one group of girls, the provocative style is not cutting it.

Sexy, revealing clothes are barely getting by with a group of teenage girls from Mountain View High School in Phoenix, Ariz.

But rather than getting annoyed with the slim picking in clothing selections that they are forced to choose from in most department stores, the girls have decided to take action.

Their game plan — taking on the department stores in their area with a petition of 1,500 signatures of people who agree that the stores should sell more modest clothes for girls their age.

"I feel more comfortable with myself when I'm dressed more modestly," said Lisa Prince, one of the student shoppers. "It's been really hard for me to go school-clothes shopping or shopping in general. I just want to have more of a selection."

The girls are simply asking the stores to sell a bit more of the clothes they prefer to wear. One department store buyer said she is willing to try to appease them.

"We do recognize the need that there is for this, but more so the bigger challenge is to find the right merchandise for them," said Rachel Wilds, a buyer for Dillard's department store.

Cute While Exposing Less

The girls plan to arrange sketches, photos and ideas to illustrate all the types of clothing they would prefer to start seeing on department store racks — everything from tops and pants to dresses and ball gowns. The new clothing ideas will contain the same amount of style as current popular options with one addition — more coverage.

They say they still want the clothes to be fun, cute, and fashion-forward, without having to expose a lot of skin while wearing them.

Aside from having the opportunity to pave the way for a modest clothing style for teenage girls, the girls say they are proud to stand up for what they believe in.

"Oh, it's awesome," said Joani Garrett, another teenage student shopper. "I like that because it makes me feel like I am a person, and that my opinion matters."

Katie Raml is a reporter for ABCNEWS affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix.

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