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How to Shop at Forever 21

... when you are,well, NOT 21.

I will be the first to admit to you that I feel like I need to shop at Forever 21 in disguise... mostly because I am convinced I am going to either see a student or grab something that a student of mine could (and probably will be) wearing. I will however also admit to you that I am ALL about a deal, ALL ABOUT IT. So I may be wearing a baseball cap and large sunglasses, but I am going to shop at Forever 21 as long as possible.  Here are 4 tips to keep in mind when shopping at Forever 21 when your weekend plans don't involve going to Chili's and then a Movie (anyone else, or was that just me? #stillcanteatChilis)

1.  TRY IT ON.

When you are dealing with a store like Forever 21 that has SO MANY clothes you can just throw size consistency out the window. The fact is you are going to have to brave the fitting room. With so many sizes and cuts the over 21 crowd (cough, cough us) have to try stuff on. And yes, you are going to have to wait in line. Use your time in line to count how many times the teenage girls around you say "like" or talk about Miley Cyrus it will make the time go by faster... it's kinda like counting sheep. Even if you don't end up finding anything you love you'll leave with a nice story about the disintegration of today's youth.

2. Double up on Sizes 

Unfortunately were not dealing with a store that has the nice sales lady that will go out and get you another size (Sidebar... isn't that the best feeling in the world having to ask for a smaller size!). Unless you come armed with a friend who also doubles as a cross country runner (because you know what you need is ALWAYS on the exact opposite side of the store) if you find something you think you'll end up loving grab it in two sizes. I tend to grab a size up because I know their "European" (ha!) sizing tends to run a little small (also see the concept mentioned in the aforementioned sidebar).

3. Know your Age.

There are some hella cute trends going on out there, BUT not all of them are appropriate for all of us 21+ crowd... like tights as pants (although that may be a trend we could all stand to leave at the store). In a store over flowing with trends like Forever 21 in the words of Kenny Rogers "you gotta know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em". By all means try it on, but use a level head or a friend (picture messaging is a gift from the shopping gods!) when deciding if a trend looks a little young on you. Not that I know this from personal experience or anything, but another very good resource are the teenagers you were standing in line with. Likely they are letting their opinions and mouths (why are they always so loud?) run wild anyway so open up the door and ask their opinion... again not like I have ever done that or anything.

4. Search out Higher Quality

Believe it or not there are actually some of the pieces at F21 can have some high quality aspects to them. This may or may not be like finding a low calorie option in the food court, but it is possible in both places. There are two aspects of Forever 21 where you are going to find the "quality" are in the stitching and in the fabric. You can tell fabric quality by just feeling the weight and for the stitching quality look at the stitching on the inside or at the hem for a quality check! You'll be surprised at what you find (both bad and good). I have had some F21 pieces last me a long time!  

So while Forever 21 shouldn't be where staple pieces of an adult's wardrobe come from, well in at least my opinion... if you can rock it more power to ya! It can really hold its own when it comes to the trendier pieces that grace your closet for a season... or two. 

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Brittany said...

Growing up is so hard to do!

Meg O. said...

Love this!!! Yep, you DEFINITELY need to try stuff on at F21. Some things just look completely different on a body than they do on the hanger. I always need to size up on shorter dresses because otherwise they are offensively short! Haha.

Anonymous said...

Love everything about this post!!

Unknown said...

I absolutely needed this today!! Forever 21 stresses me out, but I love the store so much!! :)

Whitney H said...

I need you to go to F21 with me! I'm always so overwhelmed with everything that they have and end up just walking out empty handed. I really love those pants; I need them!!

Becky M said...

These are such great tips! Loved this post - so original!

abby said...

TRUE story -- I was trying on clothes at F21 a couple of years ago (something completely age inappropriate, as luck would have it) walked out to show my friend and BOOM three students. We totally made eye contact and I just hid in the dressing room for the next fifteen minutes. This has also happened to me in Hollister... in a swimsuit. I KNOW.

All that aside, I've actually purchased a few things from F21 that have stood the test of time, but they are mostly on the higher quality end.

xx Abby | a geek tragedy

Katie said...

why is the line always so long?? I need to find the positive like overhearing some teen drama next time. our forever21 is always such a mess it takes forever to find things, but i do think they have good deals and cute things!

ari @ whatarisaid said...

Great advice! I always double up on sizes because my sizes vary so much from store to store. Wish they would get their act together!

Bree said...

Bahaha this post is awesome!! Love Forever 21, but omw the woodlands one is so ginormous!! I vote next you give us a guide on where to go and where not to go in that massive store. :D

A Brew of Blessings said...

Haha this is so so so true. Although some people shop and still try to dress like they are 21!

Sarah said...

Yes thank you for this!! I have the hardest time shopping there and get so frustrated, this helps!! And about 4 free hours to look at every single item!