It's been a while since I seriously considered shopping at Forever 21 simply because I was tired of pieces falling apart or online products looking very different when I opened the package and their picky exchange-only policy. I opted for H&M and their comparable prices and sturdier, more modest and work-appropriate pieces.
However, with today's Cyber Monday deal of free shipping, no minimum (code: CYBERMONDAY10), I gave them another try. After all, I hadn't gone shopping all weekend or braved any Black Friday sales. After a lot of indecisiveness and hesitation about dumping more money into pieces I won't like or can't return, I came up with these 4 items:
Things I searched and have been craving: scallop, leather skirt, cozy, chunky, camel, sheer, longline, maxi, tribal, sweaters, tights, mustard, size 5 shoes, one shoulder, wedges, peacock, panda, french, seagull, sailor, military, skirt, jumpsuit, romper, zipper front, poncho, cape, bodycon
All photos courtesy of Forever21.com
1) Harem Trouser Pants $17.80 in X-Small: I finally gave in to the harem pants trend. At least this one doesn't look like loungewear. I hope it will be a chic alternative to skinny jeans
2) Minnie's Bow Thigh High Socks $4.80: Saw these on the model for the promo shoot and loved them. I'd wear them with chunky Mary Janes or flats or oxfords. It's a touch of Minnie without being too much. I have a Disney outfit prepared soon too : )
3) Solid Opaque Tights in Mustard $6.80: I wanted thicker leggings instead of paper thin tights for winter. Plus, this is a nice bright autumn colour to keep me toasty under my shorts and skirts.
4) Acorn Cosmetic Sponge $1.80: I doubt this will rival Sonia Kashuk's but it's worth a try.
Other things I found but passed:
Leopard Pencil Skirt $26.00: Supposed to be knee length on a tall model, so probably near a maxi for me. I want to try this on because I fell in like with it the moment I saw it.
Casual Knit Poncho $22.80: Love how drapy this is and the hood but don't know about the quality. It looks very cheap or American Apparel-esque.
Longline Sateen Trumpet Skirt in Olive $19.80: I'm afraid it will be way too long on me but I've started to like the pencil maxi look
Colorblock Striped Cardigan $19.80: I saw this on a girl inside San Diego's huge F21 earlier this summer and she looked so darn chic. I like this cardigan because it reminds me of an abstract painting and an episode of Arthur the Aardvark.
Sleeveless Cable Cardigan in Taupe, sale price $18.90: I just love how this looks on the model. I don't know how I would wear it but she paired it perfectly with a boho maxi skirt and tossed in a bit of country too.
Fair Isle Cardigan $34.80 in Light Brown/Cream: I like this colour and print. Been obsessing over winter knits like this
Oversize Belted Cardigan $32.80: Nice and cozy but too expensive.
Satiny Draped Jumper $27.80: I love how fall jumpsuits look on tall people but I don't think this is a thing for petites
Classic Skinny Tab Jean, sale price $8: I wanted to find a pair of jeans to rip up but unfortunately this colour sold out in my size
Woolen Collar Heeled Boots in Camel $35.80: Suzy got these in a darker brown colour at Ross but I couldn't find any in my size or size 6 at my store boo. These are too big and look dangerous xD
Chic Leatherette Stilletos in Tan (looks more like mustard) $15.50: They had size 5's but now it seemed to have disappeared. Grey also looked good but I figure these 4.5 inchers are not going to be worth the price.
Glamourous Necklace $9.80: I love the look of big chunky jewels but for the price, I'm hesitant to get something that might break the first wear.
Dotted Bow Sheer Tights $5.80: These are adorable but they look fragile. I haven't had good luck with F21 tights yet.
Mood Lipstick in Blue, Green, Orange $2.80: These are supposed to turn into wearable colours like bright fuchsia and coral. I don't think I want to risk it.
There's a few hours left to shop, so if you want to pick up any accessories but normally want to avoid spending the $75 minimum (now $50 I think), here's your chance!
Don't forget to enter my giveaway!