Friday, October 17

Five Forever 21 Shopping Tips

Ah! Forever 21! My favorite store for all things trendy! I have been shopping there for years and I have developed a method when shopping there. Today I am sharing my personal shopping tips with you, so let's get to it!

1. Never assume you are going to just "run into" Forever 21.  Even my husband knows by now, it's never a quick visit.  If I don't have the time, I don't even walk in!

2. Shop online before you go to the store so you have an idea of what you are looking for.  Jot down the product code for each item on your phone and take a screen shot of the item. This will be helpful if you cannot find what you are looking for while shopping.  You can ask an associate to enter the code into their computer to see if it is in stock in the store. If it is in stock, your screen shot picture will help the associate find your item.

3.   Always try on items you want to buy.  Their 21 day "return" policy is not the best because you never get your money back, just a store credit.  If you shop online, you can make a return and receive a full refund by sending it back to the company.  If you take your online purchase back to the store, you will receive a store credit.

4. I am every size in this store.  Sometimes I am a small, sometimes a large, it all depends on the garment.  Love 21 Contemporary runs approximately a half size bigger than Forever 21 items. This is very clear when shopping on the website, but you have to look at the tag when shopping in the store.

5.   Forever 21 is the best store for what I call  "Trend Experimentation."  Always try on one piece that you think you would never wear.  I do this all of the time because sometimes that's the exact item I wind up buying.  It's a great way to broaden your taste and see what fits your style and what doesn't.

Now that you have your tips, it's time to get shopping! 
Below are a few of my favorites in the store now! 

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  1. This is an amazing article. I am guilty of thinking I'll just pop into Forever 21, but they have so much to offer I know I missing some good finds! Thanks Marianne!


  2. These are great tips, Marianne! It sounds silly but it really does take some "skill" to shop at Forever 21! I love seeing other people's strategies. I definitely agree with not going when you're in a rush, and I personally prefer to go on a weekday when it's less crowded so I get less stressed out with the volume of stuff and the loud music.
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  3. These are great tips! I think it can be tough to shop at F 21 - it can certainly be overwhelming!

    - Deniz

  4. I love these tips! I agree with the trying on thing. I learned I need to try on every thing. I always bring like 10 items into the dressing room, and end up buying 4 or 5. I also shop online before I go, but I never thought of writing the product code down. I need to do this!

  5. This is awesome!! I have the hardest time with F21 because i just get lost in there - but not anymore with your tips!! Thanks girl!

  6. Great tips chica! If I can't spend a good hour in Forever 21, I don't bother, haha. That place is a time suck and you have to try everything on! Loving that buffalo plaid shirt - might need to snag it!
    xoxo Danielle

    1. Total time suck! I look down at my watch and I have been in and out of the dressing room 3 times and two hours has passed! It's like the black hole of trendy goodness! Have a great weekend girl!

  7. I thought I was the only one that kept showing screen shots to the associates around the store, but sometimes it's the only way I can shop there, I find it so overwhelming and online the sizes are a guessing game, so this is definitely the on point way to shop there.

    Those booties and bag... love <3


  8. I love pretty much all of your picks! It's too bad there's no Forever 21's where I live - I am way too hit and miss with their items and sizes to order online. Will have to do a shopping trip soon to pick some items up!

    xo, Rochana |

  9. I am always on F21 online (shopping addiction, I know) but it's so frustrating when they don't have the item in store when you go to look for it. I think they should add a "locate in store" feature!

    Another Beautiful Thing

  10. Great post girl! These are all amazing tips, I just recently started shopping online before I go to the store and it does save time for sure, I never thought to take the code with me, brilliant! Love all of your picks, I'm dying for those booties but haven't seen them in Toronto yet. Have a great weekend:)
    Marta, xo

  11. Those are some great tips! I love Forever21 but I am one of those shop in person people. The Love 21 items are definitely better for the older girls (hi, my butt needs to be covered 23/7 at this age). Thanks for the insights!

    - Sarah :)

  12. Thanks for the tip! I'm 34 and felt too old to go in. I'll brave it next time. :-)

  13. Great tips, and their accessories are always a go to update in my jewelry. Love the necktie top, super popular this season!


  14. Great tips Marianne! I love forever 21 for trendy items, BUT for me it takes time to find something that doesn't look like "F21". I am always in a rush or just too lazy to dig in after work :) but it really worth trying. I will definitely use your helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I really love these tips. If only I remembered some of these when I went there the other day. I did end up leaving successful, but it was a bit of a mission to find what I was looking for.

    I do find I buy more "random" pieces at Forever 21, so I don't feel bad if I don't like it...but usually I do!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  16. I would buy a new purse... I've loved the Beau for a long time so I may put it towards that :)

  17. I didn't realise f21 only gives store credit. I'm surprised that's allowed in this day and age! I actually only discovered this store about a year ago. Great tips! I'm eye-ing that blanket scarf!

  18. Awesome! I just bought a clutch and hope to buy a new crossbody!

  19. Love the tips for Forever 21. I love that store but it's hard for me to find anything I will def write down the product code before I go into the store



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