The publication of this slanderous blog may result in my premature exile from the world of high fashion. I am ready and willing to sacrifice myself and my potential career ambitions to the vicious sartorial dogs, as it would be morally unjust to shun the presence of Forever 21 from both my life and my wardrobe.
Forever 21 has been my constant rock through my many years of retail exercise, and sometimes, therapy. It has supported me through my high school days, when I desperately sought after a more “sophisticated” look. My desire for finesse naturally led me to the store’s extra classy racks of ruffled sateen blouses (it was a dark time and I’ve purged many photo albums of evidence). Several years later I was thrilled when by happenstance, a Forever 21 superstore sprung up in the middle-of-nowhere Davis to counter my only other retail option…The Gap. The store was a godsend during the tribulations of the Freshman 15, when pulling on a pair of jeans felt more like stuffing meat into sausage casings. I was thrilled to find that even on my ramen budget, I could afford new pants that would accommodate my newfound, erm, voluptuous figure. Fast forward to good ole’ 2k14, and without fail I was showered with compliments whenever I would don Forever 21 ensembles to my NYC fashion internship. It was my rebellious secret to be wearing entire outfits that rang in at less than $30 amongst sweaters that on average retailed at $200 alone.
While I generally never have an issue plucking through the racks to find pieces that I can easily integrate into my mixed-label wardrobe, this season in particular Forever 21 has its game face on, covering every major base of the fall fashion ballgame. The trendy retail powerhouse makes no secret of…borrowing…inspiration from the most sought-after contemporary and high-end names.
The oversized coat. Pair with straight cigarette trousers, a cropped sweater, and printed ballet flats for an effortlessly mod look. You want it? Forever 21 has it, and for a fraction of Vince’s knit version.
The printed shift. A cute shift has become my go-to daytime look with a pair of stack-heeled booties. Feels like a nightgown, looks like a hundred bucks…even when it’s only 20 😉
The slip on sneaker. While the OG slip ons may have grown their roots at Keds and Vans, recently slip ons have taken a turn for the luxe. Vince’s calf hair slip ons loan any casual look an extra chic factor, while Forever 21’s replicas make a comparable statement for an incomparable price.