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10/16/12

Forever 21 Plus Sizes Review


We went to the mall this weekend, which is rare! I usually do a lot of my shopping at the thrift store but every once in a while I like to fill in my wardrobe with new basic pieces or things that are hard to find used. I wanted to get a dress with a collar and bottoms, like skirts and leggings. I had no idea that Forever 21 had their plus line in the stores so I went to check it out. I was hesitant about it though because the website only has sizes up to 20 for pants so I was almost certain none of it would fit me because I am a size 26 on the bottom and 22-26 on the top, but I wanted to try it out anyway. I know when I go to Target and Torrid that a size 3XL will fit me for sure. 

But this was not the case at F21. They claim to have sizes up to 3XL, which is the size of the dress above. They really mean 2XL because that dress was pretty tight on the bottom and not made for a tall person. You can see a couple dresses hanging up and I didn't bother trying on most of them because the first few dresses with buttons down the front didn't fit on my bust. They had some lovely body con style skirts which I would have loved to rock but they were way small. Almost every thing I looked at didn't have any 3XL's left. I was pretty disappointed. Because when I did find a 3XL, it didn't fit so well anyway. It was also super frustrating because I had to look at tags for sizes and everything was all mixed up. It would have been nice if the hangers were labelled.

There was also a couple other girls on the larger end looking for bigger sizes and they were flabbergasted too. Someone asked an employee how high their sizes go up for jeans, because all she could find was a 12. The employee didn't know. On top of it, the dressing rooms were sweltering hot. So I got all flustered trying things on that didn't work out. I'm pretty used to this type of shopping experience but it still sucked! My advice to them would be carry a full plus size line and not the half-assed one they offer. They should also allow for a little stretch and room for boobs. I didn't see a lot of tailoring or features needed for a fat body. Miraculously,  the dress below fit me because it has a flowy skirt and I am smaller on the top. It was my favorite dress so I was happy for it. But then, I went into the shoe department and couldn't find a shoe bigger than size 8 (I am an 11). Sometimes I feel like a big girl in a small world!


Shit, folks! I was sad! I was really hoping to have a place to get cheap trendy clothing. While I know that Torrid and Lane Bryant will fit me, they are much more expensive and sometimes harder to find some of the popular styles. I did what every fat girl does, and restored my confidence with some accessories because I KNOW THEY WILL FIT ME. I got a few headbands with bows and embellishments, earrings and a cute coral pink purse.


Bottom line, it was not a good shopping experience. I understand that F21 is targeted towards teens but it doesn't meant that there aren't any size 22 or bigger teens out there. I imagine some young hopeful girl wandering in with her skinny friends and leaving empty-handed while her friends could pick anything their heart desired. I am an adult, and used to this and have pretty tough skin and direct my anger towards the store. But a younger girl that is learning to accept her body is going to blame herself for not having the right body and that isn't fair. Forever 21, give fat girls a place in your store for reals, don't just say you have plus size. And for God's sake, train your employees so they don't treat plus sized customers like aliens asking for the meaning of life when they inquire on sizes.
- Rachele

37 ♥ COMMENTS ♥:

Stefanie Warner said...

I avoid Forever 21 all together. Wish I could take you to the Torrid Outlet out here in LA. It gives them a run for their money.

Glad I'm not the only one that finds their sizes a but looney.

Stefanie Warner said...

I avoid Forever 21 all together. Wish I could take you to the Torrid Outlet out here in LA. It gives them a run for their money.

Glad I'm not the only one that finds their sizes a but looney.

Kate said...

I find their sizes run on the very small size. And from the clothes I have gotten there, most have fallen apart... I am sooo not impressed!

heather cochran said...

Amen, sister. The plus size section in the Forever 21 store here in San Francisco is shoved UNDER THE STAIRS. Like, where a hobbit or troll would hang out. Ugh. Whilst shopping there yesterday I found that every single thing I liked was only available in XL or 1X (I'm a 2X). When I asked an employee if they had other sizes in the store room or something, the girl slowly shook her head while giving me the ol' up and down look.

Related, I also visited two Targets here (one brand new in the city proper, and the other in the suburbs where I've been shopping a few times a year for the last ten years) and found that the plus size section has now been relegated to, I shit you not, TWO racks. That's it. All told there were about ten available items, and none of them of any interest (to me, at least). Moral of the story, I'm sticking to thrift stores and the occasional splurge at Asos, and counting the days until I move to Portland and can shop at proper fat girl stores.

Jessica Lemke Reader said...

I don't even want to get started about what some clothes like to pass off for Plus Size. Have you ever tried Maurices? They have some great trendy pieces and I'm always vey happy when I shop in the store and online!

Meghan Edge said...

I've always been too afraid to even enter a F21 because of the frustration I feel it would bring! And you and I have a similar shoe problem- at a size ten foot it;s almost impossible to find shoes or boots. Oh boots! The calves- why do all boots have narrow calves!? Anyway, end rant. I'm glad you were honest about your experience, and maybe one day I'll try them.

LO_TS said...

F21 sizes are all over the place, sometime i'm a medium other times i'm a large other times I haven't got a clue plus trying to find my size is like hunting in a jumble sale half the time!

Cree said...

Thanks for the review. I luHUv ur blog btw! I avoid shopping experiences like that if I can. The black dress I with the white flower print was awesome though. Didn't look ill fitting at all??

Rachele said...

That one fit okay. It came home with me :-)

buberella said...

Forever 21 is a nightmare to shop at. I bought some plus stuff on their website and had to return some of it but they make you jump through a ton of hoops to do so so I went to the store and they just flat out wouldn't take it back. I think after 30 days they won't take anything back, not even for an exchange. And the plus size section of the store was an insult. Tacky, gaudy, shapeless, insulting. I'll never buy from them again. Also, what I did buy from their online shop looked totally cheap when it got to my house. Tacky too. Nightmare.

Robyn Smailliw said...

I have similar shopping experiences at Forever 21 whenever I go. I hate that they are not consistent with their sizing at all. I'm normally an XL, but in FF21, depending on how it's cut, I either am a XL, 1X, 2X or even a 3X or a L.... really!? It's frustrating.

I went a month ago with my father-in-law who was bound and determined to buy me an outfit for a family get-together. I went for the same thing you did - something with a collar! I ended up getting that blue/red/black dress from your first image and a couple other things - including accessories cause I feel the same way - I know they're fit. Except for shoes. UGH! Mine never carries larger than a 6. I'm a 9.5/10. RI-diculous.


The dressing rooms in your FF21 look so tiny and claustrophobic. Ours are huge... but there is no door - only giant curtains - which I definitely don't like.

I also tried on that brownish dress in your second image, but it was cut really oddly. I didn't see the dress you're wearing in our second image - it looks wonderful on you! So pretty, I'm glad you got it.

heartandthrift said...

their sizing is just ridiculously awful ! it's almost a waste of time to try anything on in the right size. thanks for the review !

Yen said...

I've shopped at Forever21 plus, but have noticed their sizes aren't real plus size. They're about a size or two too small! Even worse, the staff they hire have noooooo clue anything beyond a size XL :\

Alessandra said...

Damn right!!!
xxxx Alesandra

JesTheMilitantBaker said...

I did what every fat girl does, and restored my confidence with some accessories because I KNOW THEY WILL FIT ME.

Ugh. I know that feeling.

Danielle said...

at least they have cute, cheap accessories although the belts are a no go unless they have an elastic panel. I didnt see a plus size in the store over here but we do have a boys and kids section >_> and I second the shoes going up to a size 11! did you see the corduroy leopard flats *sigh*

Lauren D. said...

We have two about an hour away from where I live (and 5 mins away from each other.) I love going into them but don't ever leave with much... clothing anyway. A lot of my accessories are from there, too. I actually have a pair of pants from there from early 2011 and are the longest-lasting pants I've bought. Ever. I don't even know how they aren't ripped and shit. They have 'fat people legs' and scrunch up at the bottom, but they're cute. I have a couple random bigger tops that are supposed to go over other tops... does that make sense? Lmfao. But even those are short, but it's totally in so that's okay. (Not that I really follow trends, but I don't look super out-of-place is all I mean.) Their sizing sucks. balls. HARD. I normally wear an XL (probably could do with XXL but I prefer my clothing tight unless it's a cardigan / over-shirt kind of thing.) But if I try XL there, it's muuuuuch smaller than other stores. We have a Lane Bryant at an outlet mall about 40 mins away and it is awesome. They're better than they used to be about modern clothing but it's not the same. But it is comforting being able to go in there and see that even the workers look like me and KNOW how to help me!

Erin said...

I don't think it's just their plus-size section. I frequently wear a small-medium at most stores, but at Forever21 I'm more often in a medium-large and even then things are cut oddly a lot of the time. Also, I've NEVER been to Forever21 and had a good employee experience, and I've been to a lot of them. I pretty much just get accessories or basics (tank tops) there, and never have much luck with anything else fitting correctly.

Erin said...

PS. Pretty sure the sizes are different there because they are teen sizes and not women sizes. Anywhere that runs their sizes in odd numbers tends to run much smaller than anywhere that runs even numbers. You might think if you wear a 10 you could get by with a 9 or 11, but probably not.

Alli Gator said...

Yeugh, I know this pain. The amount of my life I've spent having a sad in a changing room is insane. I basically never shop IRL now, I do everything online.


Alli xx

Angie said...

I've had the same experience! Their stuff definitely runs 1 to 2 sizes smaller than what you'd expect. Which is a huge disappointment after getting excited about them actually carrying a plus size line. Totally bogus. What's a chubby girl gotta do to get cute affordable clothes around here?

rae - say it ain't so said...

yeah, even their shoes are sized wrong. i wear a nine and i had to buy a 12 for it to fit on my foot! i had high hopes for the plus line. I"m usually a 1XL or an 18, but i couldn't find anything to actually fit. such a bummer while my tiny friend was filling up a bag with cheap cute stuff.

rae - say it ain't so said...

ugh, the target by me did the same thing with the plus section. they just filled the whole space with sale racks and pushed maternity over.

Felicia Petrone said...

I hate Forever 21 and don't go in there at all because I know I'll be disappointed. I wear a 2X but can often find 1X or even L will fit depending on what it is. -- Their plus-sized selection is a JOKE.
As far as being ashamed of buying clothes from Walmart because of all the Walmart haters...shopping at Forever 21 is just as bad if having American-made is something you are concerned about. It's all cheaply made in Asian countries.
I have to say you find crazy amazing things at your thrift stores! I never have any luck with the kind of cute stuff you score. Love your outfit posts!

Demetria Marie Mosley said...

I stopped at Mall of America while on a road trip thinking that I was going to speng a lot of money in H&m and forever 21 because there offered a plus size!

I went in to each store...super excited that they had cheap and chic clothes just for me but soon got disappointed at the selection. H&M was two racks out the whole store, forever 21's stuff didn't look like it could fit me ( i'm a 24) and just like you said....no 3x in site.

I felt tricked and betrayed !

Lauren said...

I'll never understand the reliance on Juniors plus. It covers such a tiny niche of women. I'm quite lucky that the nearest F21 to me, I've chatted with the staff before and they've been quite enthusiastic about having the + stuff in store, although, it is a small section in a massive three floor store. I dunno. I have a few of their skirts but I don't buy very much there because the sizing is so hit and miss!

Monna Payne said...

This comment just cracked me up! "And for God's sake, train your employees so they don't treat plus sized
customers like aliens asking for the meaning of life when they inquire
on sizes."

THIS IS SO REAL! I have had this problem many times at stores like macy's who claim to have plus sizes. The tiny sales clerks always seem a little horrified that I had the nerve to ask for clothes in a plus size. I really started understanding our culture's prejudice against larger people by shopping for my post childbearing, life changed body. NOT OK.

Love your blog!

Stephanie Wilson said...

i'm a size 20 and i like f21+ for things like jeggings&leggings. it's GOOD and worth it if you're 20 and under i guess, but their tops aren't made for plus. they're just normal tops with more fabric so they're boxy and short. QUESTION: what bras do you wear?? you never seem to fuss about bras. do you have a bra secret?? i like soft cups and i've always worn playtex 4132 but they're hard to find now. now the only bras for big boobies are all HARD like plastic with a billion minimizing straps and panels! HELP!

ladyceleste said...

I just went shopping there for the first time today. When I walked in there, I felt really insecure and embarassed about my body. There were so many skinny teenagers there that kept giving me weird looks. Their plus size section here sucks! They didn't carry much and their clearance rack wasn't too impressive. I found 1 outfit I liked but it was too small for me. So I checked around to see if there was a bigger size and there wasn't.

lil_jen_rocks said...

I get so frustrated at stores like these. I've spend the majority of my life only shopping at places like this for accessories. In fact, at one "mall" store, I even had an associate ask me if I was there to buy a gift. Needless to say, I've always kind of held a grudge against that store since. Thank you for the review!

sardoodledom said...

That dress looks horrible! Thanks for taking one for us, and trying on their poorly sized clothes.

Emily Cobena said...

I have finally discovered an outlet for super wide calf boots and oh the joy. I now have two lovely pairs on constant rotation. It's nice to have what everyone else has !!!

Brit said...

I have the green dress. I wore it on my birthday. I am usually a size 1X or 2X or 16 in pants but I'm very short. I've got big boobs (38F) and big hips so you know how that usually ends up... nothing ever fits...EVER! I wore the green dress on my birthday this year but you better believe the girls were on FULL DISPLAY! And I had to wear my corset under it to give me that hourglass shape which was very uncomfortable during dinner! Lol! To say they least, I just don't enjoy wearing clothing that I have to feel restricted or all wound up in general. Bottom line: F21 needs to revamp the Plus line or we're all going over to Torrid, Lane Bryant, Fashion to Figure, SimplyBe and all the other sites that actually listen to us!

Lynn said...

Lose done damn wait don't blame the store because your fat ass can't fit in it

Tiffany Letourneau said...

I use to be a size 18 before I moved to FL and lost weight now im a size 12 in forever 21's Plus size jeans..I dont know how XXI plus size runs or if im actually a size 12 in other stores...maybe a size 12 in XX is actually a 16 or 17 ? But I can fit into regular size large shirts non plus size I have large 48DD breast and their shirts arnt that tight on me its loose in my belly area now (I cant believe I lost so much weight) I like forever 21 <3 (:

Tiffany Letourneau said...

Ive never had a issue at forever 21. Everything fits me im a size 12 plus size in XXI. I am a regualr large shirt etc non plus size I have 38DD breast but the shirts are loose on my belly area very comfy. their jeans are a bit baggy on me I cant complain about this store at all its amazing I mean some stores just go up to a certain size you know? its how the fashion market is they see skinny as pretty im not skinny myself but im not obese. Im in the middle, I use to be a size 18 in jeans but I moved to Fl and I walk alot everywhere I still eat whatever the heck i want im not the kinda girl to starve herself...LOL when Tiffy's hungry she is cranky!(:. I think XXI should expand their sizes for the women who are a bit larger (in no way am I being rude at all ladies please dont take offense to this at all your beautiful) Torrid would be your best bet if you are on the larger size. Personally i dont like torrid they are expensive and XXi to me is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cuter and better then again i am a 21 year old so i would choose XXI lol.

Tiffany Letourneau said...

hell yes I agree ! lmao

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