I haven't shopped at Forever 21 since I was about 23. I think it was after I officially stopped going out to bars every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night, I felt no need for cheap tops and short skirts. Not until I started reading Diabolina's blog and saw her mixing her Forever 21 pieces with her Chanel bags and Manolos did I realize that maybe I should venture back into the store.
I had heard much buzz of the new XXI Forever (btw, what's with the name change?) at the mall up north so I left my little safe haven of downtown Seattle and drove up there. Granted, I needed to go to Target too, so it wasn't only for F21 but you know what? it met expectations. and maybe more. The store is HUGE. I liked how the clothes were separated into semi departments and it even has a accessories and men's section! It was an impressively large store, although I have to say it does not top the Top Shop in London's Oxford Street. Now, that place is massive. Anyway, as I started browsing, I realized that this was not the F21 that I had remembered, the skanky tops and short skirts are still there, but they have so much more to offer now! I walked away with quite a few items that you will probably see in future posts, but the first is this color block jersey dress.
What I'm wearing: Dress: Forever 21 Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
The jersey is really comfortable, perfect for the summer. I love all things gray, black and white so when I saw that dress I knew I had to get it. Before I bought this dress I had almost bought this one by Bailey 44. Similar don't you think?
The Bailey 44 wasn't expensive ($140), but compared to the $30 or whatever I spent at F21, I was just as happy. I added the necklace to give the outfit a little bit more depth and thought my marc's with the bows was the perfect little girly touch it needed.
Since most of my money is spent on shoes, handbags and jewelry, I feel like the mix of the cheapy dress works with my accessories. I would never do head to toe cheapy, that's not my style, but the one cheap piece, even if it is the main piece, definitely works for me.
One last thing. Sale alert! My necklace has matching rings and they are currently on sale at Nordstrom. I love big rings, they are such an easy and fun accessory to spice up your outfit.