Tuesday, September 24, 2013

we should go on a break

Where to shop and what to wear came up a lot this weekend while hanging out with friends at BlogElevated. I mentioned that I had this post in my drafts and was encouraged to post it, so here it is. Where are late 20-somethings supposed to shop for non-work clothes?

Dear Forever XXI,

I remember when you first opened in my mall in middle school. Your mannequins were faceless and your clothes were cheap. Though I was a far cry from 21, your prices were right and I was outgrowing Limited Too, and thus, a love affair began.

After my job at American Eagle in college ended, you and I were serious again. I could always rely on you to provide a top to wear for a night out (but not pants. Never pants. Have you ever sold pants for a girl shorter than 5'8"?). Sometimes I could even piece together a decent outfit for a presentation at school amidst the sparkles and the corsets that dominated the racks. When a brightly lit, two story Forever XXI opened up in a nearby mall (only known as XXI then), I thought that my solution for where to shop for the rest of my life was through. In your multiple stories with three sets of fitting rooms, I didn't think I would ever have a reason to go elsewhere.

But, my dear XXI (Twenty-one? ex-ex-eye? What are you really called now? It's like I barely know you!) - I think we have grown apart. I have gotten older, but you have stayed the same age (name that movie). Your tops fray at the seams and shrink in the wash. Zippers get stuck and black t-shirts are see through if I end up in a photo while wearing one (not that I have embarrassing photographic evidence...). The music is too loud and the stores are so bright and I am well beyond 21. Sure, you're good for the casual thrill if I want a trendy accessory - I am human and not beyond the call of your siren song - but I think we should break up. Or at least go on a break. I'm tired of cami straps breaking in the wash and the gold from your necklaces disappearing. I've gotten older, and it's time to spend real money on some real clothes. Clothes that aren't considered high-low, have actual linings and come in numbered sizes.

But you better believe, if I decide that I need some booties or some plaid this fall, I will come back and beg your forgiveness.

xoxo XXI,
Lauren

All dresses from Forever 21. Why oh why do I not know where else to get dresses? 
Wedding shower (ick) | Friend's graduation party (not my Louboutins... and I kind of still like this dress) | In Austin looking like I belong on a farm or something.

14 comments:

  1. In Austin looking like I belong on a farm, haha, I'd bed to differ! :) LOFT is my favorite store... 75% of my wardrobe comes from there. I like Express sometimes, but it's very hit or miss for me.

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  2. I have not been a big fan of Forever 21 because the clothes are not forever and I am beyond 21! :) I do like Marshall's though its hit or miss. Kohl's and the Loft are pretty good too!

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  3. So happy you posted this...love it! Movie is Dazed & Confused, right? My go-to store now is Loft. Their clothes fit my curviness and they offer lots of sales. Great for work!

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  4. Hahaha, this post couldn't be more accurate and so well written on how we all feel!! It's very true...whatever they call themselves now, I've moved on for the most part. What's your favorite replacements?

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  5. haha i totally wrote one of my very first posts about how i don't actually like forever 21. glad i am not the only one that wants to break it off with ex ex eye

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  6. This couldn't be more on point. I convince myself I'll find something in there all the time and walk out empty handed and annoyed I wasted my time.

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  7. Hahaha! Yes. I feel this way too! Still love H&M, it's similarly priced and obvs always hit up the sales at Target for cheap/cute non-work clothes.

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  8. My coworkers and I were just talking about where to shop for work clothes and non-work clothes, that are appropriate for us. We're late 20s, early 30s, so we're too old for the teen stuff at American Eagle, but we want to be trendy and not get super old stuff that our mother's would get. It's very difficult sometimes!

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  9. LOL about your pictures. I broke up with Forever also. Too many bad memories of buying 'Friday night' shirts in college knowing I would only get one use out of them. Now I rely on Loft, Target, Macy's and Belk. But there's no Belk in H-town! The one in NC is goooood! Any luck with TJ's or Marshall's lately?

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  10. I'm so glad you posted this! It's so appropriate. It's so hard to find clothes at our in-between stage of life. LOFT is a good choice (outlet is best!) What do you think about H&M??
    P.S. I worked at American Eagle in college, too!

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  11. I've never been a huge forever 21 fan...But man why do they play their music so loud. I know this probably makes me sound like an ancient person, but seriously, I can't shop if I have a migrane...

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  12. YAY I'm so glad you published this post! I love it! That store seriously stresses me out. The past several times I've been drawn in there, I haven't actually purchased anything (thank goodness!). I am often really tempted by the cheap jewelry but I have to say no to myself! I keep telling myself I could buy lots of cheap crap or one awesome high quality piece. But man, it took me YEARS to learn that lesson.

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  13. I don't normally get clothes at Forever 21, but I do still like their jewelry. I buy a lot of clothes from Old Navy these days. I've always struggled with fashion. I normally throw on jeans and a t-shirt for non-work days. :)

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