The other night Patrick and I met up with our friend Stephen for drinks, to make up for the fact he couldn’t make it to my birthday dinner. The weather has been on the warmer side lately so I threw on a sleeveless linen dress with a new wrap…sweater…poncho…thing I bought. Which has it’s own story…A story that I am totally expecting flack for.
Shortly after my wardrobe woes post, I blogged about wanting to expand more upon the adventurer/Egyptologist chic portion of my wardrobe. One thing I was really desiring was a sweater, duster kind of thing…something with loose sleeves, no closures with some kind of pattern to it. I scoured racks at Buffalo Exchange during my nearly weekly trips hauling in stuff to sell after my closet clean out, and plowed through the racks of thrift stores, sifted through antique malls, and attempted searches on Etsy, but all to no avail. Then one afternoon I was downtown to meet Patrick after work and walked by Forever 21 only to see exactly what I wanted in their window. I was really irritated. Like really. I hadn’t stepped foot in a Forever 21 since college, and the idea of going in really upset me, especially after reading Overdressed. With a big sigh I walked into the glittering white store and in a short period of time found the knitted shrug. As I took it off the rack, I hoped it would look horrible on me, so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy it. But it didn’t. Ugh. It was perfect. Then I spied a skirt that looked similar to something I saw a celebrity (who shall remain nameless at this time) wearing, and I thought “Gosh, that is actually really cute! But I could never wear anything like that.” But after trying it on, I really liked it too. Though unsure of how comfortable I would feel wearing it in public. At $16.95, the skirt wouldn’t be a total loss if after one wearing I couldn’t handle it, and if I did love it, I could seek a better one later. And as of right now, I adore this sweater thing (I seriously have no idea what to call it!) and have worn my skirt once already and really dig it and am actively seeking a more ethically made one. Yes, I still feel pretty darn guilty about giving Forever 21 my money, as I believe we vote with our dollar, but also this was my first visit in years, and I really plan not to repeat any time soon. Sigh. Now you all know my dirty little secret.
I would also like to say that, while I am in love with this, I’m still actively seeking out a higher quality piece that is of the same vein. I know the damage of buying from Fovever 21 is done, but, unlike better quality pieces, I know this item won’t last a long time. My style and tastes last longer than that of the fast fashion world, and will be sad if and when the day comes that this item begins to unravel. So if you see something similar, please shoot me a message with a link! If it’s something that Evy from The Mummy would wear, then bets are I’ll want to wear it.
Sweater: Begrudgingly from Forever 21
Dress: Bombshell Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Red Light, Portland Oregon
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Isis Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Anubis Kartush and Kartush and Anhk Bracelet: From my dad