What do thoughts of Forever21 evoke? Besides the name trying to recapture our youth, does it conjure up thoughts of cheap prices for current trends, mass confusion with the giant selection and clothes thrown every which way, rings that turn your fingers green or is it a quick stop for a cute graphic T, boyfriend cardigan or cheap necklace? As you know, I do occasionally find cute things there but now my gut is telling me "nah!"
Let me tell you about a visit to Forever 21 and why I came to the revelation I will no longer shop there.
I stupidly ordered an item online that was of course way too small and fit for more a little girl than a 40 something-year-old woman so I decided I would make a little stroll over to get my $35.98 back. Well, the events that transpired in that store we're quite interesting. First of all, when I told the girl at the front that I had a return, she was quick to inform me that their store does not give money back, they strictly give only credit or exchange. Great, now that had me scrounging around the cluttered store for something close to that price.
I knew this also meant a trip into the dark dingy dressing room as I really can't hardly buy anything anymore without trying it on. As I was approaching The back of the store and the beautiful Fall florals, I spied two cute little teenage girls who are also admiring them. One of them looked up at one of the cute floral blouses and said "isn't that cute?" and the other one said "yeah but don't you think it makes me look like my grandma?" Lo and behold, both eyes avert over to me and I'm thinking whoa whoa girls, do I seriously look like I'm old enough to be your grandma? After that devastating blow, ha ha, I took my seven items to the girl in the dressing room area, where she quickly informed me that I cannot take all seven in, only SIX! So stinking stupid, one more item girl! I handed her the one that I was least likely to get and proceeded into the dressing rooms. Three of the six items I had were the same because I grabbed a small, medium and a large having no idea what might fit me because it was one of those bodysuits! I used to love them, they would stay in place under my trousers for work and looked oh so sleek! The top part was a darling print and had some cute fall hues in it. I decided to start out with the medium. Oh my, so I got it down over my head but as I proceeded to pull the crotch part down, it would not budge. The stinking thing would not even pull down under my crotch to snap it. Normally I don't post pictures like this but I had to take a picture and show you how dreadful this ordeal was, lol.
Next, I had to get the thing off so of course you know it got stuck, my arm was all backwards and there is no way I was getting that thing over my head anytime soon. With patience and perseverance, I finally got it off and the end result was this hair.
I decided to forgo the small and the large, LOL! And try on a couple pairs of leggings and a soft turtleneck sweater with fringe at the bottom. All right, the sweater was darling, so I proceeded to check out. Everything seemed fine until I got home, took out the Fringe sweater only to find that they left the ink tag on! Mind you, the store is not close to me, it is a 45 minute drive and I don't often have the time to go over there. However, now this tag means that I have to make a trip back yet again.
I can assure you that's probably going to be my last for more reasons than just this. So here are my additional reasons why I will probably no longer be shopping at Forever 21. Now, I may decide to show you a couple items I did buy online in a fashion post or two but I promise that's it, LOL!
1. All of a Sudden everything is so short or too small.
2. Most of the costumers have braces.
3. While standing in the checkout line perusing the accessories, a flower falls off the barrette you pick up and what's that smell?....the smell of $1.97 perfume from China.
4. You have no idea what the slogans on the t-shirts mean?
5. Comfort trumps all...cheap heels be gone...
6. You're just not into "Fast" Fashion anymore.
Trendy, inexpensive versions of runway looks are referred to as "Fast" Fashion. This type of clothing will continue as long as cash strapped teens, college students and hoarders of clothing quantity are shopping. So I'll leave the $3 Cami and broken barrette and go to The Loft cause I'm just not that fast anymore, lol.
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