Blaire and I like to mix high-end and low-end items together. We shop at Nordstrom for most things, because they have it all, but we also like to throw in some items from places like Forever 21. I get asked the question, “am I too old to shop at Forever 21?” quite often. My answer is no.
I am in no way close to being 21. Those days are long gone, but I still think that the store is a great place to find some fun and trendy pieces, for a steal! The one thing you have to remember is that YOU’RE NOT 21, when you are buying things. I wouldn’t wear a crop top or a skintight mini skirt, not now or then, but I would wear a cute red paisley top. So here are a few of my tips for shopping at Forever 21, when you are not 21.
- Shop online. They have the most selection and you don’t have to weed through the overwhelming racks of unorganized stuff.
- Know that you are getting a deal and quality may not always be there. You may only be able to wear the piece for 1 or 2 seasons. But it will most likely be out of style by then anyway.
- Shop conservatively. Things tend to run a little bit smaller, hey we were all smaller when we were 21. So be ok with sizing up to the next size.
- Ignore the items that are either too trendy or too risque. I have to admit that I cringe sometimes when I see some pieces. There are a few things that no one should wear, no matter the age or body type, but for each their own.
- Know the return policy! I shop online because I can return things and get a full refund. The stores will only issue an exchange. But they don’t offer to pay for your return shipping. They provide a sticker with the address, but you have have to pay for the postage out of your own pocket. So that’s a downside, but I don’t really mind because I am at the post office at least once a week anyway (#Ionlineshoptoomuch.)
- They have great sweaters! I have so many sweaters that cost me less than $25 that I have gotten over the past few years. They are great staples and I take really good care of them so they have held up really well.
- Things sell out FAST! So if you see it, buy it. I have missed out on some adorable pieces because I let them sit in my cart too long.
- They have a Waitlist so if something is sold out in your size you can sign up to get an email if it comes back in stock. Yay!
- There’s a lot of stuff and you have to have an open mind on what you are going to find. So be patient and get digging.
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