Category: Shopping

The Comprehensive Guide to Shopping at Forever 21

Ah, Forever 21. Some people love it, others hate it– I can safely say that I fall in the former category. When it comes to shopping for trendy, of-the-moment pieces on a budget, Forever 21 is my go-to spot. “I don’t know how you always do so well in that store!” is a phrase I’ve heard from many of my friends, always following their initial shock when they find out that what I’m wearing is from the inexpensive, fast fashion retailer.

I’ve been shopping there for what seems like a million years, and at this point, finding the best pieces is something I practically have down to a science. Read on to learn my key tips on how to shop at Forever 21 without looking like you’ve shopped at Forever 21– ya feel me? Your wallet will thank you, and no one will be any the wiser. ??

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Shopping Guide: Sneakers

I love a good boot or a pretty sandal, but I LIVE for fresh sneakers. To me, athleisure is not just a fleeting trend but a way of dressing that will never go out of style– which is why most days, you will find me in a pair of Adidas or Nikes. There’s no reason why we should have to sacrifice comfort for style, and I love the feeling of freedom that comes from maneuvering throughout the day in comfortable footwear (and clothing).

However, there is a definite difference between throwing on baggy sweats and worn-out sneakers versus looking polished and on-trend in your athletic inspired getup. In my opinion, a lot of this has to do with the shoes: a cool pair of sneakers can totally transform your otherwise basic leggings and simple hoodie combo into an actual look (along with the right accessories).

With their rise in popularity and so many unique sneaker designs on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right pair. To help you narrow down your choices, I’ve selected the top four pairs of sneakers that I’m currently lusting after, and guess what? They all feature a neutral color scheme. No surprise there, this girl loves her neutrals– they work for any season, and are the most versatile!

1. Adidas NMD XR1 in Vintage White

I recently picked up these sneakers, and love their futuristic design which plays on the classic NMD style. The colorway is especially versatile because they aren’t stark white; the off-white and gray hues are subtle so that they compliment tons of items in my closet.

But BEWARE: this style’s sizing is way off. They run much too big! I had to exchange mine three times until I finally found the right fit. For reference, I normally wear a size 8.5 in sneakers, and I had to go all the way down to a size 6.5 – pretty ridiculous, but worth the hassle.

2. Adidas NMD R1 in Core Black/Ice Purple

One of the most in-demand sneakers of the moment, the women’s NMD R1 is unfortunately sold out almost everywhere, so be on the lookout for a re-stock. Details like the pop of beige on the sole and the contrasting reflective mesh heel are what really make this pair stand out.

3. Nike Air Presto Premium in Oatmeal

An all-beige sneaker? Yes, please! I have an obsession with tan colored shoes (as evidenced in my collection of sandals and booties) and have never come across sneakers like these– they make for such a fresh look. Since they’re made of leather, the Air Presto Premiums are better suited for casual, everyday wear rather than to the gym.

4. Nike Air Presto in Light Bone

As an alternative to the Air Presto Premium, the classic Air Presto can take you from the gym to the streets since they are made of mesh. The “light bone” hue is the perfect neutral shade to pair with just about anything in your wardrobe.

Have a favorite sneaker from this post? Which sneakers are on your wishlist? Comment & let me know!