Way to perpetuate the myth that girls suck at math, Forever 21.
The retailer pulled a dopey magnet that says “I’m too pretty to do math” after complaints. Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, who runs a media literacy non-profit for kids, posted on her Facebook page that a friend of hers complained to Forever 21 about the sexist magnets and the store actually pulled the item from Forever21.com. According to her Facebook wall, the company wrote:
“We apologize if the magnet offended you in any way. We have received numerous emails regarding this item and it has been forwarded to upper management for review. However, please note that the item has since been taken off our website for purchase.”
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The white leopard-print leggings? The furry pink vest? The sequined belt? Yup, every WTF item in my closet is from Forever 21. But the store’s so inexpensive, can you say no to a lime green bra and panties set covered in spikes?! (OK, I made that last one up. But they probably sell it.) The older I get, the more difficult it gets to justify shopping at a store that I’m sure outfitted many a Lady Gaga costume this past Halloween. That’s why I’m somewhat obsessed with the blog WTForever 21, which mercilessly mocks the store’s weirder offerings. Keep reading »
This week, in response to a reader request to have the Man Panel review “something that normal people would actually wear,” I decided to get their thoughts on this fringed shawl cardigan from Forever 21. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the current blanket sweater trend, because it’s the next best thing to cutting two arm holes into your down comforter and wearing it to work (something I’ve considered on more than a few chilly mornings). But let’s see what the men had to say …
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We’re sure you recognize the face of Mickey Mouse’s famous girlfriend Minnie, but something else is different about her. Has Minnie gone fashionable? Why, yes, as Forever 21 and Disney have teamed up for a special holiday collection featuring the stylish Minnie Muse. Minnie has traded in her chunky pumps and polka dots for strappy YSL-esque platform sandals, a chic red peacoat, and two It-bags. But, of course, her signature, oversized bow is still present. We’ve fallen hard for the Minnie Muse Note Pad, but the rest of the collection shouldn’t be missed either, especially at Forever 21 prices.
We are loving the major fall trend of fur booties. Whether real or faux, designers of all levels have added fuzzy boots to their fall lineup. We’ve been obsessing over the Christian Louboutin “Toundra” fur bootie for some time now, so when we discovered Forever 21’s faux fur pair, we could barely contain our excitement. What makes this version so great is the color and texture of the faux fur as well as the details it has taken from its higher priced partner: strap and buckle details, the chunky platform pointy toe, and a great shaped sexy heel. A fantastic take on a high-end look. So, tell us — would you wear this trend or do you think it’s one to be left to the Eskimos? [1. Christian Louboutin “Toundra” fur bootie, $2,095, Bergdorf Goodman; 2. Faux fur bootie, $32.80, Forever 21] Keep reading »
Who’s with us when we say that nude tights are just kinda … boring? And yet we definitely have days where we want a natural leg look, but a) don’t want to be freezing without pantyhose and b) don’t want to look like an ice skater or senior citizen. The solution? These quaint Forever 21 sheer tights that add a sexy garter-like printed detail above the knee, and are definitely not boring.
With all of the trends that last five whole seconds, it’s nice to see a designer working with classic color and creating something totally fresh. Giorgio Armani’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection was a sea of navy in many different shades and textures. He mixed chiffon and lace with patent leather, crochet, satin and twill. It is such a wonderfully refined way to subtly play with silhouette that we decided to use one of his looks as inspiration for an outfit you can wear this season. A great thing about a look like this is all of the pieces are ones that can be worn in a myriad of ways. Plus, you probably have half of these garments in your closet already so it will be really easy to reproduce. Don’t like navy? Try this styling idea in browns or grays, using texture and opacity to create interest.
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Pity the high school administrators. Their lives just go so sucky. The fall 2010 look book for Forever 21‘s line Heritage 1981 has more suspenders than a Steve Urkel orgy, including with crotch-hugging lederhosen. Lederhosen? Yes, really. Keep reading »
I wasn’t all that shocked to learn that Forever 21 uses fun house-style mirrors and amber-colored lighting in the fitting rooms to make customers look “hot” — “hot” being skinny with flawless skin. (Though I do think it’s unfair to employ such trickery when the return policy sucks so badly.) I started thinking about the last time I was in Forever 21. Jessica dragged me kicking and screaming (not really) to the new store in Times Square. After an hour or so of hunting the four floors, I thought I had some really great finds. You know, stuff that was on-trend, fit my personal style, and didn’t scream Forever 21. I went into the dressing room thinking it was pretty dark … and smelly. I tried on a couple of dresses and some tops, but nothing quite worked. A skirt was a possibility, though. Now that I know about the mirrors, which stretch you taller so you appear thinner, I know the problem wasn’t the clothes. I’m only 5 feet, so I looked awkward and a little too bottom-heavy in a fun house mirror, which was slightly tilted at the top so I felt I was looking up at myself, and I could hardly see anything in the amber lighting. I said no to everything except the skirt, thinking I could always get cheap costume jewelry with my store credit if I had to return it. So instead of making me think I looked hot in the clothes, Forever 21′s fitting room tricks actually made me spend less than I had intended. Fail! [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
Budget-conscious mommies-to-be are surely excited about Forever 21
‘s new line of maternity gear, love21maternity, which is available in Arizona, Alaska, California, Texas and Utah. Finally, cute pregnancy clothes that don’t look like a camping tent! But our friends at The Gloss noticed
something of note: Arizona, California and Texas all have high teen pregnancy
rates. A teen pregnancy counselor who spoke to CNN about the love21maternity line said that seeing maternity clothes in their stores will “desensitize” teen girls towards pregnancy. Sure, California and Texas have huge populations to begin with. But was the decision to sell maternity clothes in a store favored by teens, in places with lots of pregnant teens, a business-savvy decision? And isn’t that kind of — I dunno — icky
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