Forever 21 used to be my spot. In my late high school/early college years I literally bought everything from there. As I got older, I started to realize that that wasn’t the best strategy as the pieces tended to be pretty trendy and didn’t have the best closet life. Just because they are cheap, doesn’t mean you need to spend absolutely all of your shopping budget on it (hello 16 year old me). Of course I didn’t completely stop shopping there, I would stop in every once in a while to peruse, but didn’t spend too much time and never bought more then a few basic things.
I have recently re-discovered my love for Forever 21, but age has made me a much wiser F21 shopper. For one, I am no longer adding 10 things at a time to my online cart. This has only resulted in some pretty terrible purchases in the past, including pieces I never even took the tags off of (hello, floral, velvet, body-con, one sleeve dress…yeah, what was I thinking?!). I have started browsing the new arrivals section and thinking about all of the different ways I can wear something before just adding it to my cart. Taking the time to think about pieces, means that I end up with about 3-4 items in my cart that are all pieces I will wear multiple ways.
This top was one that didn’t jump out to me at first. I think it took browsing over it twice for me to really look at it. I fell in love with the fun fringe and slightly boxy, cropped cut. I spent about 3 minutes tops imagining about 5 different ways to wear it and into my cart it went.
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