I went to the mall this weekend with my kiddies and my daughter wanted to go into Forever21 for some jewelry. I figured I could grab some tights while there (they have the absolute best tights). But much to my glorious surprise, which happens quite often at F21, I ran into the cutest little dress ever and just had to have it!! It blows my mind at the things you can find in F21! The only gripe that I generally have with F21 is that the stores are usually too freaking big and way too disorganized and I end up just walking away. But this F21 in Annapolis Mall in MD is so ideal that I will absolutely be going back! It is really small and quaint in a very boutique type of way and it appears that they took the best of the best the company has to offer and stuck it in this small store to maximize the space (and my shopping experience). I loved it and there were so many pieces I wanted to buy but the kids started nagging b/c it's "not fair" when I buy more for myself than for them or spend too much time in a store when they got other stores to get to (the nerve). Keep in mind, there are a lot of affordable stores but there are very few that offer the quality, design and variety in exchange for the discount. F21 is one of those few stores and I've said it before that style is about an ability to put things together and pull it off regardless of the cost and the name printed on the label. Just pay attention to the design, execution and material used when shopping at a discount store bc there is definitely a difference between cheap (NO) and affordable quality (YES). And balance things out by adding more expensive, luxurious or quality pieces with the less expensive things to keep the look from going cheap. Here, this dress only cost me $30 but it was paired with a $600 bag, $200 coat, $150 boots, and great quality and designer jewelry.
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