How Old is Too Old to Shop Forever 21?

Older woman wearing quirky hat and sundress

“Am I too old to shop here?” It’s a thought that likely runs through many a woman’s mind as she casually steps through the doors of Forever 21. It’s a bit sobering, to be sure — since when was there an age restriction at clothing stores? But then, in truth, Forever 21 and its competitors aren’t making any attempt to woo the 60+ shopper with ads or clothing picks or anything else.

The garment choice you find at these stores revolves around super-trendy pieces, plus cheap shoes and accessories. The prices are low and the selection turns over fast. Those aren’t the right conditions when you’re shopping for anything classic or even classy.

Too Old? Rubbish.

Yes, all that is true. But here’s the thing. You don’t age-out of style. If anything, you’re more confident in your style choices today than you’ve ever been. And that alone gives you a pass to dabble in trends on the cheap courtesy of Forever 21.

So how old is too old to shop Forever 21? We say there’s no age cap. Go ahead and shop at the fast-fashion stores until you can shop no more. Better to spend $20 on a trendy, one-season piece at Forever 21 than to buy a watered-down version of the same piece at Talbot’s for $80.

The Big Challenge: Fit

The biggest challenge for older woman who want to shop fast-fashion stores will almost always be the fit. And it’s not a question of bigger or smaller — it’s about composition. If your shape has changed even a little since you were 25, then clothes will fit differently, too.

Sidestep that problem as much as possible by focusing on pieces that have a looser fit. Tunics, wide-leg pants, flowing skirts and A-line dresses are your best friends.

Forever 21 Picks for the Older Set

Tunic

Never underestimate the versatility of the Ruffle Trim Tunic. It’s at once sweet and sophisticated, and it looks right at home with everything from cropped jeans to leggings and sandals.

Maxi skirt

Headed to a party? Make like the belle of the ball (you’re never too old for that) in this eye-catching Satin Maxi Skirt that won’t set you back at all. Paired with a delicate blouse in a contrasting hue, you’ll be ready for any special occasion.

Maxi dress

A statement maxi dress is a worthy addition to any woman’s closet, especially when it’s as beautifully designed as this Floral Mock Wrap. The vibrant pattern alone makes it appealing, but the faux-wrap styling is what seals the deal: it’s wonderfully flattering! And if the v-neck feels too racy, slip on a delicate cami underneath.

Breezy pants

These breezy, Striped Linen Pants are destined to be instant favorites thanks to their wide legs and comfortable fabric. They’re perfect to wear throughout summer, at the beach, or when you’re lounging on the patio.

Poncho

It’s never too early to plan ahead! This Hooded Faux Fur-Trim Poncho may be a touch out of your comfort zone, but you’ll fall for just how comfortable it really is when you slip it over your head. Also, it’s under $10, which makes a great candidate for experimentation. Consider it the perfect addition to your cold-weather wardrobe.

Ankle pants

A pair of Chambray Ankle Pants may sound trendy, but at this point it’s much more of a classic — the kind you definitely want to include in your arsenal throughout spring and summer. Try them with a vibrant top, tucked in, a straw tote bag, and a pair of effortless slides.

Tanya

Staff Writer at The Budget Fashionista
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.