16 Trends That Bring Us Back To Middle School

16 Trends That Bring Us Back To Middle School

Middle school was a rough time for everyone, and what we wore made it even worse.

Middle school was rough for everyone, no matter how cool you were. It was the time of puberty, self-realization, and bad style choices. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade were defined by trends we will never forget, but always regret. Here are some styles that bring us right back to the good ole' days:

1. Gaucho Pants

Whether they were black, brown, or hot pink, you’re lying to yourself if you said you never owned and wore a pair of gauchos.

2. Perry The Platypus Shirts

There's 104 days of summer vacation and I wore my Perry The Platypus shirt for 52 of them.

3. Zebra Print

Whether I was wearing a scarf, shirt, or dress to my school's Daddy-Daughter Dance, I made sure to incorporate zebra.

4. Airbrushed Tourist Shirts

I remember begging my mom to buy me one when we went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and I wore that thing a lot more than I should have.

5. The Duck Face

Raising your eyebrows as high as possible made this look ten times worse than it already was.

6. Silly Bands

“I’ll trade my blue elephant band for your pink flower one!”

7. Graphic Tees

Whether your shirts were from Hollister, Aeropostale, or Abercrombie and Fitch, you know you owned about 20 of them.

8. Justice

Limited Too 2.0

9. Bermuda Shorts

A more fashionable “jort”.

10. Sperry's

Did we ever wear them boating? No. Did we wear them to school every day? Obviously.

11. Vera Bradley Mini Backpacks

You were even cooler if you had your name or monogram stitched across the back.

12. Neon Wayfarers

Don’t even remind me of the ones with the mustache hanging from the bottom of the lenses.

13. Scrunched Hair and Bump-It

This is an undeniable duo.

14. Nerd Glasses

The 3-D glasses from the movies with the lenses’ popped out worked best for this look.

15. Dying Hair With Kool-Aid

I dyed the ends of my hair with Cherry Kool-Aid not once, but three times.

16. Wearing Belts

This style worked best when the belt was an inch thick and the shorts were from Abercrombie Kids.

Cover Image Credit: Madison Schultz

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.


This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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