Stilettos and Diapers: A 30-Something's Guide To Shopping Forever 21


A 30-Something's Guide To Shopping Forever 21

Forever 21 has long been one of my favorite spots for trendy clothing at great prices. While their pieces cater toward the younger crowd, I've noticed in the past couple of years that their selection has increased for mom/gals in their 30s. When I saw today that they have free shipping on any order through tomorrow, I figured it would be a great time to give you all my pointers for shopping at this sometimes overwhelming store.
How to shop at Forever21 in your 30s, Stilettos and Diapers

1. Shop Online

I love going into a store, feeling the clothes and trying them on. But, F21 can be so chaotic and their clothing is sorted in a way that it's hard for me to find another size or color that I want. So online it is. They have free shipping at $50 everyday and you can always return in store if you want. 

2. Measure

Below the item description is the models size and the measurement of the clothing. It helps to keep in mind that most of their models are over 5'9", so if you're shorter than that, the item will automatically be longer on you. I'm only 5'2", so it's easy for me to get away wearing a lot of their dresses and shorts. Length is probably this biggest factor, so get out your measuring tape and hold the overall length of say a dress up to you. That will give you a good idea of what will come in the mail. 

3. Shop Contemporary

The contemporary line, Love21, is a bit longer and more true to size. It's made for "real girls", in my opinion and is always the spot I check out first. 

4. Be Picky

While I love a good deal, I only will buy certain things from Forever 21. I used to think their basic jeans were great, until I got some really great jeans, and any shoes I've tried there are miserably uncomfortable. Some things are just worth paying more for, ya know? What I do buy are tops and sweaters, pajamas (these make a great $10 gift!), leggings and workout pants and some dresses (just got this one and love it). The fall and winter are really the best time to shop here as sweaters and leggings are typically way easier to fit right than sundresses and shorts. 

Here are some of my favorites right now! Make sure you use code OHHHSHIP through tomorrow for free shipping on any order! 

Favorite Tops

Favorite PJs (I think I need these

Favorite Bottoms

Favorite Dresses

Happy Monday, y'all! 


  1. I just went shopping at Forever 21 over the weekend. I was so overwhelmed and kind of stressed out by all the chaos and lack of organization. I ended up buying a taupe poncho and an oversized olive cardigan but it took over an hour to find them. Thanks for sharing Molly!

  2. I love the contemporary line! F21 has some great finds, you just have to search for them!


  3. Forever 21 is such a great store with great prices but seriously, no one knows how to shop there because it's so overwhelming!!

  4. This is perfect for me because I am 30 and have never bought anything from there because the store gives me so much anxiety!

  5. Your tips are so spot on!! I can never go into the and contemporary is where it's at!

    xo Lacey

  6. Oh gosh, I get so overwhelmed at that store! The last time I've actually purchased something there was actually online. Good tips!

  7. Such great tips! The last time I went there it was full of tweens and high schoolers and I felt like such a mom!!

    Zoe |

  8. I LOVE THIS POST!! i like f21 and I agree with all of your tips!

  9. Love these tips! I hit up forever21 for accessories and jewelry since they're so affordable!

    Greta |

  10. I still love Forever21, especially their contemporary line!


  11. Great post! Forever 21 really has something for everyone, you're totally right, you just have to know how to shop there. Totally dead on with the fact that you do best in the Contemporary section! I love Forever.

  12. WANT those PJ's! Great post girl... I have a love/hate relationship with Forever 21 but a few of my favorite pieces in my closet are from there!!


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