forever 21 struggles

Like most people, I have a love hate relationship with forever 21. Part of the reason I hate it is because of what I'll call the forever 21-yes-no-maybe-so entrapment cycle. It starts off with purchasing something from forever 21, returning it, then getting stuck with store credit because despite the fact that they're a massive international retailer they somehow can't manage to actually refund you your money. Then your find something cute you wanna buy online, but need to spend $50 to get free shipping. If you're like me and abhor paying for shipping, you go ahead and add some meh items to your cart so your order will ship for free. As a perk of living in LA, your order arrives in a day or two and you'll have items you hate and items you love. You go return the items you hate, get more store credit, and the cycle begins all over again. And you're forever cursed with having some forever 21 store credit chillin' in your wallet.

This dress was a result of this vicious cycle and at first I thought it deserved its place in the yes, yes, yes pile. It's a trendy, 100% linen (albeit very thin linen), pinafore that actually fits my weird shape. After a few hours of wearing it to class, I realized the catch when it comes to this dress. It wrinkles like nobody's business. Oy vey.

dress: forever 21, crop top: asos, shoes: forever 21, lips: audrey


  1. love the shoes girl :)

    kisses from dubai ♥

  2. I avoid linen like the plague. I just can't stand the wrinkles. I couldn't tell this was linen though. Loving the sandals! Do you like them? I wear mine all the time. Totally know what you mean about the returns. What's the deal and why can they not just give me my money back??

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. Ahhh I know that struggle all too well. It's SO annoying that you can't get your money back! I was stuck with a store credit for a while, but then I managed to spend it...and then some ;)

    I love the dress on you though!


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  4. Soooooo cute!! Love that skirt and shoes!!!
    U look adorable ~~ xoxo

  5. Definitely have a love/hate relationship with F21! I've been pretty successful in avoiding the stores because I'm trying to limit my impulse buys and it's almost too easy in there to just buy a few things. That dress is so darling on you though! :)

    be the plebeian

  6. Ughhhh, Forever 21, why you do this to us??
    Haha, yes, that vicious cycle. I always do that "meh" addition to my cart just to get free shipping xD
    Too bad about this dress! Its super cute, although I can see how the wrinkling would get super annoying...

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  7. I love Forever 21. In India, they have free shipping above the orders of 2500, which sucks as well.

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  8. Such a chic dress and those cutouts are amazing! :)

  9. That is a cute linen dress, but yes I agree linen wrinkles so easily! I just don't buy any linen pieces now, as perfect as they are for Queensland summers, ironing just frustrates me, ha!

    I find the same thing with retailers when I get store credit, I always feel I 'have' to spend it, and always end up with more than I planned. It's a clever but annoying strategy they have!

    Away From The Blue

  10. Totally with you on the whole F21 thing.. You're escadrille sandals are the cutest though!

    xx, Leah /

  11. OMG, hilarious and true about the F21 cycle. I go through the same thing. I try not to shop there because of the return policy (so frustrating) but sometimes I get sucked in. Cute stuff, low prices...what's not to like? Anyway, I know you're saying this wrinkles a lot but the black hides it very well, so wear it and enjoy!!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  12. Haha I have experienced this so many times! This post made me laugh because we've all been there:) You look adorable and I love what you ended up with!

    Have a great day!

  13. I couldn't agree more, but I do love that dress! The buttons are amazing!


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  14. There's nothing I dislike best, than a wrinkly fashion piece so I completely understand. But you still look great in that dress.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  15. Oh but that is a good dress! I love linen, but that is always the problem, it wrinkles so easily and there is no way around it! I say keep wearing it!

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  16. I really like the buttons down the front!! xx

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  17. That is such an adorable dress, but ya know what you need to keep wearing it... it's so cute and the linen is understandable.. it's just a fact of life lol. But I feel ya on the forever 21 struggle, my biggest struggle is the length of dresses, I just sometimes can't win!

  18. What a cute dress! I love the shoes too! I could spend so much money at F21 but it is weird that they don't do refunds. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Love your style!

  19. LOL at the vicious cycle! I love the dress and your sandals though! Too cute!

  20. Ahh. Yeah, I have a pinafore in that kind of material. It's kind of sheer and wrinkles like crazy. Sucks! I still love your dress, though! The buttons are fantastic!

    - Anna

  21. Seriously, SO cute! Love it from head to toe, darling!
    Sending you much love!! <3
    xoxo, Vanessa

  22. It's cute! I like the buttons on it. I love the sandals too.

    Forever 21 is definitely a struggle. Now that I'm on the higher end of my 20's, I find it even more difficult to shop there. Can we turn the music down a little?? Gosh, I'm getting old. :)


  23. I totally understand the struggle. I can't fathom why Forever 21 can't just refund entirely without store credit. Ugh. I do like the dress but can understand the frustration over its wrinkles. :]

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  24. Haha! I totally know what you mean! What can't the give me my money back and why can't they offer free shipping?! I am super picky about what I buy from them because I don't like the hassle of their returns. And there have been many times that I would have bought an item but I didn't want to pay shipping. That dress is so cute! A bummer that it wrinkles easily.

  25. I have a love-hate relationship with Forever 21 too! A lot of the items look sooo different on the website than the do in person, so it can be deceiving when you finally get it. I recently bought some stuff from Forever 21 and most of the items were great, but I did get a dud that I keep neglecting to return.

  26. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Forever 21. I love this dress on you, though!

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  27. The struggle is real!! I have the store credit scheme but gotta love the cheap stylish, in-the-moment trendy stuff that will likely go out of style come next season. Also, linen wrinkles like nobody's business in general so the thin material is not so bad :)

    ~ xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  28. Where is the lie?! Well, at least you got a great dress despite the wrinkles.

    Neon Fox

  29. I love your dress, and those shoes...they're ama-zing!!:) X

  30. I really wish the did refunds too


  31. Yes... Forever 21 has a terrible customer service policy... lol... a greedy cheapie company trying to expand...while being cheap... yet we all find ourselves getting sucked in because it's a less expensive option to trying certain trends, and then there's the occasional really cute and pretty good quality find... did you notice lately they've had some pricier stuff, presumably better quality, on their web store? Maybe their policies will change if they are working towards a higher end shift...

    In other news... that dress is cute, and you paired it with the perfect sandals!

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  32. So funny, we are constantly going through the same thing at Forever 21, except we've tried to stop online shopping to keep part of the viscous cycle at bay lol. Loving this dress on you, even if it does wrinkle like it's nobodies business!

    xx 365Hangers

  33. The dress is gorgeous on you but eek! at the wrinkles! I hate shopping clothing online for this reason and that's why I stuck to buying in store.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  34. Even though it wrinkles, the dress is super cute and looks great on you! Also loving the shoes!
    xo Rachael

  35. Love these shoes!


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