Denim Dress On Sale And Why I Refuse To Shop At Forever 21

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Thinking back at my terrible fashion sense and the terrible case abnormal shyness I developed, the thought of sharing secrets, personal anecdotes, or my love and hatred for a particularly unnecessary, yet unbelievably necessary piece that resides in my closet was distressful. It still is. My heart beats a little faster than usual and my skin blushes a little more pasty than it should. 20 years later, I realized writing was the only solution.

Today I’ll be sharing a handful of denim dresses on sale (or at a reasonable price) plus the reason I won’t ever shop at forever 21.

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When I was 7 (maybe?) I wrote a strongly worded letter to a store, that I can’t remember the name too well, accusing them of selling me magical clothes that turned into the size of Thumbelina. As much I loved the secret life of Thumbelina I knew it wouldn’t take much effort for them to shrink me down to her size and after a few hours of contemplation I didn’t mind that soon I’d turn into the miniature self I’ve always dreamed to be. So I asked them how long it would take them to turn me into the size of Thumbelina because I just couldn’t to wait any longer. They never wrote me back. I refused to wear anything of theirs again. Also, I later learned what a dryer was capable of.

A few months ago my brand new and instantly declared favorite go-to striped tee ripped in two as I stretched my arm through one of those holes. “I bought you eight days ago!”, I screamed.  All my Thumbelina sized resentments came raging in while I damned that miserable store for eternity. I have not stepped back into a forever 21 since.

I cursed Forever 21 and all the similar mass-produced affiliated stores…for about a week. I then shimmied my college budgeted butt over to Zara and bought 3 pairs of culottes and 1 distressed denim dress on sale all for almost $60. I have yet to walk into, let alone forgive forever 21 for reminding me that I’ll never be Thumbelina, but I will never again convince myself that banning the too few stores I can regularly afford to shop from would be a good idea.

I’m sure I’m not the only one and this is in no way rhetorical, but are there any stores you just can’t stand to even look at anymore? I want to know every dreadful detail of it.

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13 Comments

  1. August 24, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Very good point about Forever 21. Not my favorite store either. I love your denim dress though!

  2. August 24, 2016 / 10:48 am

    I LOVE this denim dress. I have been looking for one to add to my closet!

  3. August 24, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Such a fun dress! Looks amazing on you. Hmm…yeah I try to stay away from Forever 21 and H&M because I have had similar experiences. It always looks so great in the store and then the next time I go to wear it, it’s like eternally wrinkled and cheap seeming. But, occasionally I do stray back to those two when I feel the need to shop but don’t want to spend any money! ugh. I still like Zara though… 🙂

  4. August 24, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I love Forever 21! I actually just got back from there and found a couple of great pieces. I guess for me its basically disposable clothing, its trendy stuff, so when the trend goes away, you don’t feel so bad about tossing it out because it was so cheap. Which brings me to my next point, I don’t expect much from their quality (you get what you pay for) but I do however, make sure I feel the material and check the seams. I also always have to try their stuff on, because you just never know how its going to fit. With these tips and that mindset, I am able to find great pieces. I just have to allow myself at least 2 hours in that store because they have so much! Love your denim dress!!! XO ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com

  5. Nicole
    August 24, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Your post crack me up. I too hate when things shrink, but here’s a little trick: put in in warm water with TONS of softner and let it stay overnight. The fibers relax and the item goes back to it’s regular size. Promise!

    Xo, N.
    http://www.nicolesometimes.com

  6. August 25, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more! The quality and teeny sizing of Forever 21 makes me run so far from that store! I prefer H&M for fast fashion. On a side note – I really love your photos! xo Annie

  7. August 26, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Haha! Love your Thumbelina story! For me, I guess that store would have to be Love Culture or Charlotte Russe. Cannot, will not buy from those two.
    Love your denim dress! Easy-to-wear pieces like that one are such great closet staples!

    xo,
    January
    http://www.januaryhart.com

  8. August 26, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    I have actually never had a problem with Forever 21! I realize it’s cheap quality which is why I don’t have expectations but ripping eight days after you bought it??? That’s crazy! I’d be mad too!

  9. August 29, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    What a great story ! You put a smile on my face:) Sorry about your tee:(

  10. September 9, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    This was hilarious (albeit, somewhat sad/enraging – I feel your pain) – I’ve always hated Forever 21 because their clothes are just too damn small to BEGIN with! I’m sorry, but I’m not that large so why am I constantly buying XXL’s in there? Not cool, vanity sizing, not cool.

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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