High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Get Back to Basics at Forever21

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be.  We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours.  There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort.  Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

Why blow the bank on this?
Why blow the bank on this?

To splurge or not to splurge?  I often ask myself this when faced with an overpriced item I just have to have.   Frequently, I will cave in, but I always ask myself, “Can I find this for cheaper somewhere else?”  And when it comes to basics, the answer is always, “Yes.”

American Apparel may be trendy, but why should a simple camisole or t-shirt cost you top dollar?  While scouring the Internet for summer basics, I discovered Forever21’s awesome online deals on all your basic needs.  Camis, tanks and tees all start at just $2.50 and range in a huge selection of styles, colors and patterns.

You cannot find a good basic solid cami or t-shirt for less anywhere else. But, what I love most about Forever21 is that they do not stop there. You can pick a cami with a lace trim or a v-neck tee, for just one dollar more than the basics.

My favorite twists on the classics are this welted pocket tunic for a loose, summer look:

welted pocket tunic

And this tank with a crocheted back.

crochet back

The ultimate must have this summer: the basic bandeau top.

basic bandeau top

These bandeaus are perfect for under a loose fitting tank that might show just a little too much or a v-neck that dips just a little too low. A similar style cost $11 at American Apparel and only $3.80 at Forever.

I will not lie. I have some great jersey dresses and patterned skirts from American Apparel that I love and wear to death. But, I like to bargain hunt for my basics, and this summer, Forever21 cannot be beat.

Photos: Forever21