Harajuku Style - For You!

By Alexandra, age 22, Utah

I was watching a TV show from Japan the other day and some images from Tokyo caught my attention. Many of us would say that Japanese fashion is extravagant or crazy, but in my opinion those are not the right words to describe it. I have to recognize that I'm not a fan of Japan in general, but when it comes to fashion they are one of my favorites. I LOVE their nonconformism!

They are so unique, and the way they dress screams PERSONALITY! When I think about Japanese fashion, one name comes to my mind, and that is one of my favorite designers, Betsey Johnson, known for her exuberant designs. It got me to thinking, how wonderful it would be if we could criticize other people less, and the way they dress, and focus more on our own style.

Available at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright ( in red, pink, brown, and black.

Available at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (

Many of you have heard of Harajuku style. Well, it's actually a mix of styles, from designer clothes to goth, punk, and even traditional Japanese clothing, mixed and matched with colorful accessories. You would need a lot of guts to go out on the streets dressed like that if you're not in Japan. Well, if you don't live there, at least you can be a Harajuku girl for Halloween! I think it would be fun to mix and match or mismatch different styles, colors, and accessories and let your imagination run wild once in a while.

Harajuku is one of the most well known Japanese styles, but there are more, and I bet some of you have heard of these styles before: Lolita (classic, goth, sweet, etc.), Gyaru, Punk, Visual Kei, and so on.

Available at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright ( off-white & off-white, pink & pink, pink & red, black & black, and black & red.

Available at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright ( off-white, pink, brown, and black.

One of the most famous Japanese Lolita clothing brands in the world is Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (BTSSB or Baby, for short). The original fashion house is located in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan, which neighbors Harajuku. They also have a retail store in Europe (Paris, France) and one in North America (San Francisco, California). If you live near those areas you should go and take a look at their store!

Let your personality out of its cage and have your own style! Be unique! BE YOU!


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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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