Cool hat, huh? Over-the-top and ridiculous, yes, but you can't blame me for being roped in. That color scheme is killer.
The store was HUGE, with not a bit of the claustrophobic feeling most Forever 21 stores tend to evoke. The dressing rooms were also huge, and there was no wait! Hallelujah!
The store also had a whole mini-store devoted to the Heritage 1981 line, which I dug because Heritage 1981 = cotton, cotton, cotton, and none of the polyester sweat factories I vigorously avoid.
In addition to an expansive, clean, stylized feel, the store also had TONS of fantastic accessories. To wit:
Faceted poly bracelet, $6.80
Blossom ring, $5.80
(I bought this ring. What can I say...it was love at first sight.)
I bought it to wear to Burning Man. It definitely falls into the "so absurd it's cool" category. It's....extraordinarily floppy, but the sun protection can't be beat. It also comes into a pretty poppy color, too, and I'm weirdly tempted to buy that one, too. However, Forever 21 has scads of other cute hats on the website, so...I may have a hat-tastic summer. We shall see.
So here's the Heritage 1981 piece I bought:
There were scads of other cute things too, but I don't want to keep you too long.
In sum: XXI stores are like Forever 21 stores, because they are Forever 21 stores. But they're somehow better. Or maybe I just got supremely lucky today. I have no idea.