Monthly Teen Mag Roundup

It’s a new year and a new chance to shake up your style! Millennials are certainly doing so in selecting bold and creative clothes that celebrate individuality. They aren’t afraid to take risks and are revolutionizing the traditional standards of beauty, as well as how magazines are read. Just take a look at the latest issues of Teen Vogue and Seventeen for proof…

AnnaSophia Robb Teen Vogue February 2012AnnaSophia Robb, who’s proving to be the next “It Girl,” graces the cover of the latest issue of Teen Vogue. Her rising status is partially due to her coveted role as a young Carrie Bradshaw in “The Carrie Diaries,” the prequel to “Sex and the City” premiering on the CW next week.  AnnaSophia plays Carrie during high school, as she discovers herself, falls in love with NYC, and enters the world of dating. The magazine is packed with content about AnnaSophia, as well as the can’t-miss show, and tons of fashion that would surely make Carrie Bradshaw swoon.

However, the most noteworthy aspect of this issue is the emphasis on edgy styles. Millennials are putting more effort than ever before on being an individual and using fashion as a form of self-expression. A spread on teen bloggers highlights some of the most creative girls who aren’t afraid to show off their original and eclectic styles. Teens and twentysomethings are embracing clothes with character, which we’ll see even more of this spring. Teen Vogue highlights Mary Katrantzou’s collection for Current/Elliott, which includes jeans with postage-stamp and bank-note prints, as well as Liberty London and AG Adriano Goldschmied’s denim with floral designs. In fact, all types of denim, even denim on denim, will be in this season.

But besides wearing unique patterns or bold colors, young people are behind the shift in fashion, where style is about expressing yourself and…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: "GoPro does a great job appealing to my generation because they convince regular people that they are adventurous, like many college kids like to think of themselves." –Male, 22, MD

Facebook continues to evolve to keep up with social platform competitors attracting younger users. The site has announced changes to their standalone chat app Messenger that will transform it into a platform that third parties can develop content and services for, including games, hotel bookings, tickets, and peer-to-peer payments. The new Businesses on Messenger feature would allow users to chat with brands to make purchases and change orders, and could make shopping a more personal experience. Facebook will also be adding the ability to chat with memes and GIFs, features that have proved popular with young consumers on other chat apps. (re/code,Fast Company)

Millennials are wary of investments, and generally anxious about their finances, and some have turned to new services that let them take baby steps into the financial world. More traditional institutions have certainly taken notice. Northwestern Mutual recently acquired LearnVest, a startup that offers free and paid financial planning services including articles, advice, and access to an expert for guidance on spending and budgets. The purchase is the latest in a trend of financial tech companies being snapped up by older, less digitally savvy brands. (FortuneBusiness Insider)

While many startups and sites are working to combat cyberbullying, one app is receiving an enormous amount of backlash for fostering the behavior in high schools. Burnbook allows users to join communities, usually around a school, remain anonymous, and post on topics of their choice. Although the app encourages “jokes, fails, wins, shout outs, revelations, proclamations, and confessions,” posts have been used to target specific people and groups, and threats have been made to at least one school. Some parents and teens are trying to use the app to spread positivity, but those posts don’t seem to outweigh the “gruesome things.” (Mashable)

Toys “R” Us will begin to sell an experience alongside its products with the hope of regaining their footing in the toy industry. Discount options like Wal-Mart and Amazon have hurt the chain’s sales over the past few years, so new plans to revamp stores will add physical play areas and more technology for kids to interact with. The retailer wants to be a place “where kids want to go and play,” and their new prototype store will open later this year. (Bloomberg)

For better or for worse, technology is becoming an intrinsic part of childhood, but boys and girls might not be growing up with the same tech experiences. A new study of parents of kids ages two to nine found that in many cases, parents give their children different devices depending on their gender. Sons were more likely to be given smartphones or gaming devices while daughters received more tablets (73% vs. 65% for boys). Parents were also more likely to use tech to calm down sons, with 48% using a device to help soothe boys when they are upset, compared to 37% for girls. (Kidscreen)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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