Time for Fall!

By Jasmin, age 14, Indiana
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Yes, I know it seems way too early to be talking about fall already, but it sure has crept up on us, just like school! So, that's why I'm going to guide you through the very beginning of the leafy season.

Something you always have to keep in mind when it starts to get chilly is this: Just because the leaves are falling (or snow, for that matter), it doesn't mean you have to let your style fall with them. Remember that you don't have to start dressing down more, and eventually getting sloppy with your style, just because it's cold outside. I know it does seem harder to try and 'dress up' in the fall or winter, but there are still ways to do it.

To start off the lovely autumn season, you need a good comfy jacket, one you can wear with anything at any time, outside, where it's getting pretty cold, or even inside school, where it's a little chilly. You can also invest in a cute cardigan that can be used for the same reason, but maybe less for warmth and more for style.

Jacket available for $28.99 at or your local store.
Cardigan available for $44.50 at or your local store.

Cardigan available for $19.80 at or your local store.

Another must-have for fall would definitely be some cool, new boyfriend jeans. The great thing about them is that they're loose fitting, but adorable, plus they are super comfy, but still in style. Anyone can look good wearing boyfriends, also called 'pegged jeans'. You can even turn a pair of regular jeans into boyfriends. All you have to do is buy a size bigger than what you normally wear, and cuff them a few times at the bottom. Throw on some flats or flip-flops, and you're ready to go!

Boyfriend jeans available for $29.90 at or your local store.
Boyfriend jeans available for $34.50 at or your local store.

A great thing to start out school and fall with is a new purse. New school year, new season, new you! Plus, you have to accentuate your cute new cardigan! So, what better way than to have a new purse dangling off your arm?!

The 'in' purse style for right now is the slouchy, hobo bag. Out with the old structured, handled bags, and in with these awesome new ones! Go for more of an earthy tone to level out your outfit. (The brighter the better!) Even a fringe on it will look totally cool with your 'boyfriends!

Hobo available for $15.80 at or your local store.
Hobo available for $16.99 at or your local store.

One more vital purchase for this season are some Henleys. You can get a short sleeved one, a three-quarter, or even a long sleeved one for every temperature. You can dress one up on the chillier days with some jewelry and heels, or dress it down on a more summery day with some flip flops and shorts. Henleys are great for layering in the fall, when you want to have enough layers on for when it's cold in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. Throw a hoodie over your Henley and put an undershirt underneath, and you're ready and set. They come in tons of different colors and patterns, and are on MEGA-sale at Aeropostale, so stop by there and pick up a few!

Henleys shown are available for $15.00 at or your local store.

Henley available for $12.99 at or your local store.

So everyone, make sure you remember Fall's Golden Rule*, and you should still stay cozy and warm, while looking cute and casual too!

* If you've forgotten already, it's in paragraph 2 :)

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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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