The 80s Are Back!

By Kyleen, age 15, Arizona

Now if you girls haven't noticed, the 80s are back ... in a cuter way, of course! From Converse to leggings, and even to the hair, but we toned it down a bit. I am here to give you advice on where to score some inexpensive deals to get the style of the 80s in just the way you're looking for.

I like 80s fashion, and I like it my way! But having so many places to shop, and prices being so different everywhere, I never know where to find a good deal, and I don't mean getting our mom's 80s clothes. Until now, I have been paying a fortune to get my style the way I want it. Well, I have found some stores, steals, and tips for you to get your style, just the way you want it, for under $100, maybe less with some special combinations. Use my tips, and you'll be best dressed for the next few years! You'll find many steals on the year's latest trends (that we stole from our moms ... haha).

Let's Start with the Shoes. My Favorite! has a section where you can even design your own shoes. First it will ask you the style of shoe you want. Then it will ask your shoe size. It gives you the choice of colors for the outside and inside, the tongue, and the lace color. You can customize everything on the shoe to fit your style. This program at is perfect, I think. Why buy something that everyone else and their cousin has? Have something that is completely and totally you. You can even mark your name or a personal ID on the back of the shoe and on the inside.

My shoe design came out similar to this, only mine is green & black, for just $60 + shipping costs. Only at


I love to mix and match mine. You can get singles as well as connected ones. I love pink and black, and also green and purple. Mix-and-match with neon colors was big in the 80s, and guess what? It's back! Find some good deals for funky colored leggings at the stores below. Some of the best prices are at Target. Hot Topic stores run $20, while Target is lower than $10 on most of their legging styles.

Brightly colored leggings shown range from $7.99 to 8.99.
Available at or your local store.

Patterned leggings shown are $6.99.
Available at or your local store.

All these funky colors and designs are under $10.00.


Here they come ... tops, in styles from the 80s. Take one of these, mix it with a solid colored pair of Converse and some funky leggings, and it's time travel back to the 80s for you! Wear a cute short dress with these and you're set. You can find some cute tops at , or head to Target or and find some really cute short dresses and shirts that I actually love wearing. They range from $10 to $30.

Tees shown are $21.97.
Available at

Dresses shown range from $24.99 to $29.99.
Available at or your local store.

The main thing that's back is layers! Take these tops and tank tops, and mix and match however you please, and it will be a simple yet stylish outfit for any occasion!

Tops shown range from $5.99 to $8.99.
Available at or your local store.

Tanks shown are $6.00.
Available at or your local store.


As we all know, skinny jeans are the top bottom choice for girls and guys these days. Below are some of the best deals I've have found for skinny jeans for all sizes. Compare the look and price of popular Abercrombie & Fitch at $89.50 with these inexpensive deals and similar looks at

Skinny jeans shown are $24.99.
Available at or your local store.

Hope this 'tips and steals' helped! Happy Shopping!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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