Back Then Trends

By Jasmin, age 14, Indiana

It seems as though the colored tights fad is definitely coming back from ... when? The '80s? The '70s? Yes, even as the adults from that time period cringe, we girls are absolutely flipping over this 'new' trend. No matter if they are paired with a cute, trendy bright miniskirt, or add just a pop of color with some jean shorts and Uggs.

(left) Tights available for $11.50 at or your local store.
(right) Skirt available for $22.80 at or your local store.

Tights are definitely back, bringing along with it several other trends from when our parents were teenagers. Trends such as wide leg bell bottoms, platform high heels, and even empire waisted shirts and dresses. Yes, they are all coming back, and we're all raving about them. Including me, as I wear some high-waisted jeans and heart suspenders.

Jeans available for $24.99 at or your local store.

Some of these comebacks are definitely on the 'to-buy list' and some just need to walk out of this century and back into theirs! You gotta watch out for the few that should've stayed back in the '70s or '80s. Like, for example, those huge, clunky clear platform wedge heels with the fish in them! I mean, who could walk around knowing they have a live being in the bottom of their shoe?! I know I couldn't, so that's why I'd prefer to wear a more modern and less fishy version of this fad, like these adorable suede platforms. The heel may look a little high, but whoever said beauty was 100% pain free? :)

Heels available for $26.50 at or your local store.

Another huge trend that's reappearing quite famously is, simply put, peace. Peace shirts, peace purses, peace jewelry, peace key chains, peace everything. The 'hippie' trend has definitely come back in full force. Of course, I can't complain, because I myself have tons of peace paraphernalia. I own 2 peace necklaces, a peace bracelet, 2 pairs of peace sign hoops, a green peace ring, and sometimes I wear my hippie headband with peace signs all over it!

(left) Earrings available for $4.95 at
(right) Necklace available for $4.95 at

So, as you can tell, peace and peace signs are super big right now, and everyone loves it (including me!) :) Go to any local vintage shop in your area and pick up some hippie-wear. Now a lot of the department stores even carry peace sign jewelry! Like this really cute blue one from Target for only $12.99! Stylish and inexpensive - always the best route to go.

Tee available for $12.99 at or your local store.

So, it proves true then, that no matter how long ago trends were set, they still all come back and make another appearance, and are loved even more, and worn by new people, yet they're still somehow 'new'. :)

Hair accessories shown range from $3.80 to $4.80 at or your local store.

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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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