Forever 21?

As I stood in front of the mirror, congratulating myself on being showered and dressed by 8:30am thanks to Ruby's newfound, semi-consistent talent of sleeping through the night, I realized that the entire top half of my outfit was from Forever 21. This was not planned of course, but it got me thinking about F21. Some of us love the store with its trendy and affordable finds, some of us think it's OK to throw some F21 pieces into the mix if you're also wearing high-end stuff, and some of us would never deign to wear the cheap, fast fashion pieces. Where do you stand?

I will take the bold, probably unpopular stance of leaning more towards the "love" category. Granted, I've never understood how the brick-and-mortar F21 stores are organized. I may see a sweet shirt on a random rack but can't locate another one anywhere in the store. (The salespeople usually can't either.) And my days of giggling in the dressing rooms over possible mixer outfits are gloriously over. (Although, when I was that age there was no Forever 21. Anybody else remember the store 5-7-9?) Nevertheless, whenever I want to know what's "on trend," I find myself painstakingly going over the garments and accessories on the F21 web site. I'm also a sucker for a deal, and F21's prices are tough to beat. Stores like F21 accommodate my mercurial fashion moods. I have no guilt only wearing a $5 impulse skirt once before it's recycled. I guess when it comes down to it, for me it doesn't matter where something is from. If it's cute, it's cute. So, am I "Forever 21?" On paper, no way. In real life, sometimes. In my heart? Well, most of the time. ;)
Blouse, Necklace, Sweater: Forever 21; Jeans: Material Girl; Eyewear: Miu Miu


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