... 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.
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.