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.
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.