Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.I’ve to be honest, the last time I probably shopped crazy at Forever 21 was during their first year in the country last 2010, when I was coincidentally 21 years old. I was still in college, obsessed with fashion (that I even interned for one of Manila’s biggest fashion magazines!) and no shop churned out trendy pieces faster than Forever 21 then. I considered the place my second home. Fast forward four years later, I’ve “evolved” in my way of dressing – triggered by my pregnancy – as I couldn’t just wear anything then anymore. I shied away from trendy pieces which I carried with me even after giving birth. Walking into Forever 21 after a year of not going clothes shopping, I didn’t feel at home anymore. I was LOST. I thought to myself, “How the hell did I manage to see all these clothes in one visit and go through them as if it were just counting peanuts?” I was just so overwhelmed by rack upon rack of clothes that after the nth rack, everything just looked all the same to me. To think that before, I was able to glide through those halls and find my way to the different sections smoothly and surely. Since that time, I had a realization that I now prefer just basic, classic, timeless pieces with a modern touch (cut, fabric, etc). You know, those you can still wear 5 years after without anyone telling you, “That crop top is sooo 10 years ago!” And since I associated Forever 21 with being trendy, hip and fast-paced in terms of trends, I felt alienated and rarely visited anymore. A few weeks back, Forever 21’s PR firm reached out to me to send me a gift box from the brand. It took me a while to respond ‘cos I thought to myself, “Oh lord, what if they send me fishnet tights and neon cropped tops to do OOTDs of!” (okay, my thoughts weren’t THAT specific but you get what I mean). So while I was a bit hesitant, I still accepted as I was hopeful for the their new A/W collection pieces which they said they’ll be sending over. And well I figured, neon colors and cropped tops are surely not A/W pieces, right? LOL.
OUTFIT DETAILS Black Pleather top* White super soft skirt* Studded Shoes All from Forever 21
FOTD DETAILS Makeup by MAC Cosmetics MUA: Anacleta Paredes
Like Old Lovers ReunitedWell – can I just say that I loved the pieces Forever 21 and ARC PR sent me? Probably more so because I didn’t expect I’d get pieces I would actually pick out myself! The black pleather tank with the sheer back is something I would buy instantly because it’s a black loose tank (with an edge because of the firm pleather fabric) and something I can pair with pants, shorts, you name it. The softest white mid-length skirt I’ve ever touched is something I would buy but probably think through first because being a mother to a hyperactive toddler has made it impossible for me to wear skirts. But for events and dinner dates with the husband, it’s perfect. Especially since I’ve graduated from wearing bandage (mini) skirts (oh God, I wore those like pants before!). I also received silver accessories – a cuff and a selection of rings – I wasn’t able to wear with this look, but they would go well, I imagine. I have to show them to you guys because it’s the first time I get to try those trendy “midi” rings that’s all the rage what… for a few years now? LOL.
Few ThoughtsSo I guess my learnings here are 1. There are Forever 21 pieces that aren’t too too trendy and fashown-y (those you can only wear when they’re on trend, but once they’re out of the catwalks and runways of fashion week, bye bye – fast fashion – as it’s called). 2. You just have to be patient to sort through the numerous racks, I guess. 3. If you’re iffy about the quality, well, it’s the same for almost every high-street brand as they virtually have the same factories in the same countries (even the most-anticipated brand opening here real soon and my other favorite fast fashion stores like Blanco, Stradivarius, etc.) and go through the same quality testing (which some of the others even fail yet still continue on with). 4. They key is learning how to take care of them (a.k.a when washing), if you want to, of course. To extend their wear, I either hand-wash them or machine-wash but separating them first and then putting them on delicate mode. Anyway, I’ve rambled on more than I should’ve. Thanks again Forever 21 and ARC PR for the F21 gift box!
Do you shop at Forever 21? What do you usually shop for, if yes? I also have a Php3,000 F21 GC giveaway to run soon so do stick around if you’re interested!
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