Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tips For Shopping at Forever 21

I am all about frugal shopping. Not everything needs to be designer and expensive to be fashionable. One of my favorite stops for inexpensive and stylish wear is Forever 21. The store is full of trendy clothes that will fit any budget.
A significant problem with Forever 21 stores is they are cluttered and this leaves many women feeling overwhelmed. I often get asked how I find such great pieces there. Well ladies, it is all about patience. You can't expect to fly into a massive three level Forever 21 and find all their best items. I have found that a lot of the gems are just what you would expect, hidden! Here are some of my tips:

1. One size does not fit all.
At Forever 21 not all sizes are created equal.  For example, dresses with bustiers are not made for girls with larger bust sizes. It may mean going up a size. 
2. Check zippers, buttons, and seams. 
I cannot tell you how many times I have gone home only to find that the zipper does not work or a button is on it's last leg of life. Forever does not do returns. So, be smart and double check before buy. 
3. Pick items that are trendy, but classic. 
One mistake women make is buying very trendy items. Now, I know it is cheap, but you don't want to end up LOOKING cheap. So, pick items that are trendy, but still could be mixed with your more expensive items and look like they belong. 
4. Shop Online First. 
I tend to shop online first. This helps me see all the items the store may have and see it on a real person. Once I find my favorite items I print them out and bring them to the store. You can even have a sales assistant help you find them (major time saver)! 
4. Practice Patience. 
I can't stress how important this is for me. I give myself an hour and I do figure eights around the store (and on multiple levels). This helps me notice things that I may not have seen the first time. I recently went looking for a dress and did not come with a picture. I circled the store a billion times looking for it. I was about to leave when I decided to give it one more try. BINGO! I found it logged between racks full of loudly printed dresses at the back of the store. Practice patience and good things will come. 
Happy shopping!
What are some of your tips for thrifty shopping?


Roxan said...

Great tips Tay! If there was ever a Forever shop off, you and I would be great contenders! :)

Tracy said...

I absolutely love Forever 21! I just bought six totally cute things there for under 40 dollars!

This chick's got style said...

Such a nice post, too bad we don't have F21!

Taylor Sterling said...

Thanks everyone! Nice score Tracy!

Anonymous said...

ive also found that if you see something you love, buy it then! dont say next time! there is never a next time with forever!!

Nicole Leigh said...

Great advice! I also shop at forever 21 and have found some great things, but will sometimes get quite overwhelmed!

Lilian Montes said...

"ones size doesn't fit all" haha i totally do agree :)

Nita said...

uhmmm to be quite honest, i don't find Forever 21 is inexpensive in my country.
therefore I never even purchase any from this store...
but it's probably different in other countries so...

Unknown said...

Love the tips! Makes me want to go to Forever 21, but it got flooded in the..flood. ;) I guess online shopping is my last resort.


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