After several failed attempts to find all the cute clothes at reasonable prices that I kept seeing others wear (out and about and on blogs) I had just about given up on Forever 21. The original store in our mall was Tee-tiny and I had to dig through crowded racks and skinny teenagers with the dwindling hope there might be something in a size other than XS. I always left in dismay feeling old, frumpy and fat.
Well, hope springs eternal and now it even has two floors.
Forever 21 recently moved into a bigger store and I can say with confidence that we can be friends after all. Maybe too good of friends if I'm not careful. 75% of the clothes and accessories are too young for me or just not practical (possibly bordering on ridiculous, maybe that's just me), but if you are determined and discriminating even a 40+ mom can find some fresh, hip, reasonably priced pieces to add to her wardrobe.
I was looking for basic layering pieces that I could wear with jeans or leggings (that is, of course, if I get my nerve up to wear my black leggings) and I was giddy to find a few lightweight, asymmetrical open front cardigans and a drape-y vest (black with metallic threads, oh my!) that I can mix and match. I also stepped waaaay out of my fashion comfort zone and bought a floral print (small florals) dress to wear with leggings and a ruffly cardigan (I hope it turns out as cute as I pictured it in my head).
I've been feeling quite schlumpy and frumpy lately, so today's little shopping spree boosted my spirits in a completely superficial and temporary way.
I was okay with that.