6 Stores That I Shopped At Between The Ages Of 11-14 That Defined My Middle School Fashion Sense

6 Stores That I Shopped At Between The Ages Of 11-14 That Defined My Middle School Fashion Sense

Middle School was a questionable clothing choice for anyone.

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Everyone had some questionable fashion choices when it came to middle school. Feathers in the hair, kool-aid dye, blue makeup, and even as far as crackle nail polish. I think it is safe to say that many of us have thankfully outgrown these decisions and have bettered our fashion sense since. However, there are still sometimes that I look back and wonder why my parents would let me shop at such crazy stores, or even let me purchase anything from them (or honestly even buy it for me). Here are 6 stores that I, and hopefully the majority of people, have outgrown since the middle school days.

1. Justice

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Where else would you get shirts with such crazy sayings? Well, I guess we have Forever 21, but we make better decisions now, right?

2. Limited Too

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I honestly hardly remember shopping here as a child, but I think the purple and green changing room curtains will be forever ingrained into my brain.

3. Aeropostale

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The iconic 87 shirts will forever be a part of any middle schoolers wardrobe. I swear this business has been 'going out of business' for at least 4 years now, but they keep coming back.

4. Delia's

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This store's catalog honestly just started showing up one day. I had only actually seen this store in person once while in a northern state. Sometimes I'm not even for sure if it was real until I remember the leggings with the British flag that I would've died for.

5. Abercrombie & Fitch

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Honestly, this store was a bit risky for a middle schooler which is maybe what made it cool?

6. Rue 21

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Graphic tees galore. And for such a cheap price too? I cannot tell you how many graphic shirts from here that I gave away or sold at garage sales as I grew out of this phase.

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Your Guide To Dressing For The Most Confusing Temperatures

I’ve finally figured out the right wardrobes for 40-to-65 degree-weather…I think.
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I’ve been living up north for nearly three years now, and I absolutely love it, but one of the main struggles I’ve had is that I just have absolutely no idea what to wear half the time I am going outside. Sure, it’s easy when it’s in the 30s and below, or in the 70s and up, but I’m talking about those in-between temperatures that have regularly confused me to no end. After countless guessing and checking (and taking photos of my outfits that I caption with the temperature and my thoughts on how comfortable I am), I might have finally figured out exactly what to wear in weather ranging from 40 to 65 degrees. In a nutshell, here are my conclusions:

1. 40 to 45 degrees and sunny


For this weather, I wear some kind of coat that isn’t your heavy-duty winter one. Underneath, I sport a lightweight long-sleeve top, and leggings or jeans, but steer clear of ultra-ripped ones.

2. 40 to 45 degrees and cloudy

It’s time to bring out the look that is one step away from your winter garb. Grab your second-warmest coat and pair it with a thick long-sleeve top or lightweight sweater, or wear a super thin sweater underneath your warmest jacket. Leggings are definitely the move, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for you to have a beanie on standby.

3. 46 to 52 degrees and sunny

To stay cozy in this brisk temperature, slip on a normal-to-thick sweater and a warm jacket that you’ll want to zip up. If there’s no wind, you might be able to get away with ripped jeans, but of course there’s always leggings, too.

4. 46 to 52 degrees and cloudy

Wear the jacket that comes just before you’d pull out any kind of coat from your closet. I would air on the side of caution by styling it with a thick sweater, but if you don’t get cold easily, you could probably just wear that jacket with a lightweight top and maybe a vest. I wouldn’t say this weather is ripped-jeans-friendly, yet, but hey, it’s your call.

5. 53 to 59 degrees and sunny

This is where you can have the most fun! You can wear a sweater and a vest, a warm long-sleeve and a poncho, any kind of top and a somewhat-warm jacket – it’s all about trading off the weights of your layers to create a snug balance. Opt for any kind of bottoms that will cover your legs, whether it be pants, ripped or non-ripped jeans, a skirt and tights, etc., and you will be good to go.

6. 53 to 59 degrees and cloudy

To me, this is pretty similar to the 53 to 59 degrees on a sunny day. Basically, stick to its sunny-weather counterpart’s directions, but tip the balance of your layers to a slightly warmer side.

7. 60 to 65 and sunny

No matter what you wear in this weather, it’s hard to go wrong – you’re pretty much guaranteed to be at least somewhat comfortable. Rock a t-shirt, long-sleeve or a flannel, but have an extra layer handy just in case. As for bottoms, anything is fair game.

8. 60 to 65 degrees and cloudy

I’d say same as everything in the suggestions above, except you’re definitely going to want to have that extra layer – doesn’t have to be thick, just something to keep you comfortable without the sun’s warmth.

Oh and pro tip: if it’s windy, increase the warmth of your layers everywhere.

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A Pajama Store? Never Heard Of Her

You can never go wrong with a NICE pair of pajamas. Yeah, I know your oversized t-shirt and boxers are comfortable to sleep in but have you ever worn Lake Pajamas???

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Lake Pajamas is a company based out of Savannah, Georgia created by 2 moms that wanted their pajamas to feel like their kids. They have been online for 4 years, creating a new color wheel of pajamas for all seasons of the year. They put their FIRST store right in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, on King Street.

Let me tell you, once you put these pajamas on you won't take them off! And the fun thing about these pajamas is that you can wear them out! Now you're probably thinking my crazy for wearing pajamas out, but don't you want to be comfortable?!

The pajamas come as a set and in multiple combinations. There are short sets, pant sets, nightgowns, robes, and sweatshirts. They all come in different patterns and colors. The combos are so interchangeable between sleepwear and a stylish look. Dress up the nightgown by tying a belt around it and throwing on some heels. Take a ruffle top and white jeans, BOOM, outfit.

These pajamas are SO soft!! The first night you put them on, you will not want to wear any other pajamas every again. They breathe so well at night, so for all those who sweat in your sleep, no joke, you will not sweat. Did I mention they were soft?

Now before you go out and buy a pair let me give you some insights. They fit true to size, BUT do not put them in the dryer after you wash them or else they will shrink in length. SO if you think you're going to accidentally put them in the dryer, size up.

I may be addicted to buying pajama sets and this store does not help my addiction, but I know it's a good product and will last me a long time. So go treat yourself to their new collection and sleep tight!!

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