Tips For Shopping at Forever 21

Friday, June 5, 2015

Forever 21 is a rite of passage for all girls. Don't even act like it isn't. It's the store you used to blow all your teenage and college paychecks on, and you better believe it was worth it!
 Now as an adult, I can say Forever just doesn't cut it like it used too. I still shop there every now and then, but after years of recyclable clothing our relationship is drifting. However like all relationships, I've learned a thing or two and I'm here to share what I've learned! 

First, You have to understand that Forever 21 is not known for having quality clothing. They are known for "fast fashion". Meaning, they sell trendy affordable clothing that will more than likely only last you one season at best. 

Now, that doesn't mean you shouldn't shop at F21 for a weekend trip to the beach or if you're looking for a trendy piece that you may not want to splurge on! 
I actually enjoy browsing the millions of racks at Forever 21 with the loud remixed music blaring (making it impossible to think) but ladies.. if you wanna shop at F21, shop smart. 

Click "Read More" for tips I swear by when shopping at F21
1. I do not usually shop online at forever 21. If I do I make sure to read the details of each product carefully, paying extra attention to what material the item is made out of. I also measure, measure, measure. I'm a pro at online shopping and I pretty much have my measurements down, but Forever 21 can be tricky. You have to know their contemporary line runs large, so size down and that some materials will shrink. Shopping online at F21 can be tricky, so it's best to just go in store. 

2. Always, always, always try on clothing from F21. They do not have the best return policy and like I said before, all of their clothing fits differently based on material and brand. 

3. Check for snags, rips, missing buttons, and make up marks. I can not tell you how many times I have noticed snags and thread hanging from items that I would have otherwise purchased. Forever 21 is good about offering a 10%  discount on items that have said damage, so if you're thrifty and know how to replace a button, ask for that discount and go on' with your bad self! 

4. ALWAYS do the "hand check" (I call it this, but let me explain) Place your hand inside the material and check how see-through the item is. You don't want to purchase an item just to get home and find out that it is completely see through. You better believe I'm always doing the "hand check"! Those dressing room lights are deceiving! 

5. You pay for what you get at Forever 21! Lately they have been stepping up their game and branching out with better quality brands such as; Dolce Vida, Raga Clothing, and Katie Dean jewelry. However, if you're not purchasing from these brands at Forever 21, look at the price tag of regular Forever 21 items! If a blouse is under $20, do you really expect it to last 6+ months? No. I try and check material, overall quality, and I never purchase anything under $20 at F21. 

6. Last but not least, you have to dedicate more time to the upkeep of cheaper clothing items. I do not dry anything I purchase from F21. I also pay close attention to the washing directions for each item and usually wash everything on delicate. 

With all of this being said, I do like F21. I know I can always pop in there on a whim and find something cute that I like. I just remember to shop smart when I'm at forever 21, and these are tips I've acquired over years of shopping. 

Anyway, I hope you found these tips helpful, and may they serve you well during your next visit to F21! 
What are some tips & tricks you use when shopping? 
Big Helpful Hugs,

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