Subject: Forever21 clothing
Message: Hi, how are you doing? Today I came across a picture of you on IG so i went to your page and now I'm looking through your blog. The fabulousity is quite high btw!! definitely getting my life (: my inquiry is this though; i go on the forever21+ website quite often and i love a lot of their items (especially for the prices) however I've never purchased anything because I'm unsure of how their sizes will actually fit me. I typically wear sizes 22-24/3x . Just wanted your feedback on if the clothing is true to size and your shopping experience with them. thank you so much in advance for you time and help.
Firstly, let me thank you for taking the time to visit my Blog and thank you for the compliment, I really do appreciate it.
Now as for Forever21+, it can get tricky sometimes purchasing from there and other stores that offer plus size options.
Here's my advice as per how I shop at these stores...especially forever21+ : The most important things to consider is your body shape, whether or not the garment is going to drape on you properly, and most importantly of all whether the material the garment is made of looks like it has stretch/give. When I'm looking at an item online i zoom in and take a look at the material, they also usually have a section where you can see exactly what its made of. Usually Forever21 makes things true to size but sometimes if the material is off it may be snug. I inspect the clothing by zooming in and checking the material, I check and see the arm holes to see if my large arms would fit, I check the length of the top and where it sits on the model, and for dresses and skirts I do the same.
In pants I'm a 22 but I can get away with a forever21+ size 20 if the material is at a certain percentage for example:If you click on this link or open it into a new tab, you'll notice that the fabric content is 100% polyester...this means that unless you're a true size 19/20 or even a 17/18, you're not going to fit into these pants. The material has ZERO give.
Now if you click on this next link you'll see that though it seems like a trouser with little give, the fabric content is 97%cotton and 3% spandex, this means that a size 20 will fit a true size 3x bottom. Always look for a fabric content, in pants, that has at the least 2% spandex in it...and that's pushing it. I prefer 3% spandex for maximum comfort. The higher the spandex percentage the smaller in size you can go.
Forever21+ polyester garments are a gamble, they may have a polyester garment that fits a 3x true to size, but it just one thing is off or unique about your body, like slightly bigger arms or legs than usual, then it may not fit properly.
Lastly, don't be afraid of the regular forever21 sizes. It's amazing how much I've bought from the regular forever21, way before they had a plus size section, the size large can be your friend as long as you follow the advice I've given and are realistic with yourself.
The method I am providing you isn't 100% full proof, as I
have fallen victim to having to return things because I swore it would
fit and it didn't, but it ups the percentage of accuracy quite a
bit...dare I say it 98%.
This response is long so let's recap:Check fabric percentage, zoom in to get an idea of the stretch factor, steer away from polyester (most of the time), check the arm holes is you have bigger arms, check shirt lengths and where it hit the model because your chest may be bigger than the models and that will change how the garment drapes on you, and DON'T BE AFRAID of the regular sized section because you'd be surprised what you can find sometimes.