I’ve decided to stop shopping at Forever 21.
I know, I know, it’s a sad day. I’m growing up, frolicking off into the grown up lady world where nothing is as cheap as a $4.99 crop top or a $7.99 pair of jeans. For many years, this magical teenage playground was where I would spend hours both online and in store browsing. Dear Reader, you might be asking yourself, why am I shedding my childish fashion lover and replacing it with brands I can’t even afford?
- It’s cheap. By which, I mean, cheap in quality. Having a shirt I can wear once or twice isn’t worth it anymore. I’d rather spend $40 on a shirt and get several wears out of it. As I get older, I’m trying to build my wardrobe for the future, and a top that unravels after one wash just won’t cut it any longer.
- Who really wants a $5 crop top with a lion’s head graphic on the front? Or a cheap looking statement necklace that was only $3 and will probably turn any skin it comes in contact with a nice shade of green? I would totally impulse buy at F21, because IT’S ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. Maybe I’ll finally save a few dollars now that I’ve let my favorite store go… (hah!).
- Like I said, these clothes are cheap. Which means that the markup is about half the price. Which means the cost of materials and labor, etc. etc. etc. only account for half of the retail price. Workers in third world countries literally make pennies, or less each day. I’d rather support a brand that pays its workers more wages.
- I was shopping there recently and a 12 year old was standing next to me. I’m a twenty something shopping for the same fashion pieces as a tween? Moving on.
- Years ago, I could shop online at F21 for hours and easily fill up my shopping cart with a dozen things. Now? I literally skim each page with mild interest in any of the pieces. I mean sure, there’s a cute thing here or there, but I no longer hold the adoring zeal of my teen days.
So, Reader, is this it? Am I finally making the jump to the adult world? I’m not 100% sure that I’m ever going to be considered a ‘real’ adult. In fact, I’m still considering watching a Disney movie tonight, with my cat (and wine!), but I think these are just the small steps on the road to adulthood. It may not happen overnight, but becoming an adult is both scary and exciting, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for this twenty something’s life.