Forever 21 offers size inclusive denim

Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident in the clothing they wear — that seems to be the sentiment behind the all-new denim collection launching at Forever 21.

According to InStyle, the fashion retailer recently unveiled their all-new 12×12 Denim line, which offers the perfect mix of affordability and size inclusivity. Starting at $28, InStyle reports that the jeans in the collection range from size small to 3x and include a diverse sampling of modern styles, such as motorcycle-inspired slacks and distressed designs.

What’s more is that the campaign for the new collection features diverse models, says InStyle, including the likes of Sarina Nowak, Sierra Skye, Yasmin Geurts and Yvonne Simone, who each bring their unique curves and style to the campaign.

Deemed a means of “celebrating fashion for all sizes” by Forever 21 Vice President of Merchandising Linda Chang, InStyle says Change explained how the denim line seeks to promote confidence in their shoppers this way:

“A key part of our mission is to empower our customers, to be confident with the bodies they have and for their fashion to be an extension of this.”

Ready to shop the line? Click here.

Forever 21 to debut new plus offerings

Everyone should be able to find clothing that suits their style, and Forever 21’s newest offerings are helping to make that happen.

According to WWD, the fast-fashion retailer “plans to relaunch its plus-size collection on Friday, tapping models Barbie Ferreiraand Lulu Bonfils to appear in marketing for the revamped offering.”

Originally launched in 2009, Forever 21 Plus is getting a makeover in order to provide women of all sizes with styles that invoke current trends, says WWD, which includes ’90s-style clothing like “chokers, boots and rose-colored sunglasses along with studded and patch detailing on motorcycle jackets and tops.”

But the relaunch isn’t just focusing on apparel; it’s also providing plus-size swimwear, reports WWD, which has made headlines this spring for its sexy styles.

With sizes ranging from XL to 3X and costing no more than $78, Forever 21 Plus seems to be on a mission of providing accessible fashion for all sizes and budgets.

Fashion Finds: Jewelry

If you’re on the hunt for something stylish, but don’t know where to look, look no further than THL’s newest feature, Fashion Finds! Here, you’ll find overviews of cool shops that will fulfill all your fashion needs while also keeping in mind your budget. From apparel to shoes, accessories and handbags, Fashion Finds will help you find it all, and today, we’re scoping out fashion jewelry.

Good fashion jewelry can be a tricky thing to find; while you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a necklace or bracelet, you also want something that looks nice, that will withstand wear and tear and will pair easily with different outfits. You may even want something a bit trendy, but don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a fleeting style.

But THL knows that all fashion can be accessible — to your style and to your budget. So if you’re in the market for some shiny new jewelry, you’ll want to check out some of our favorite stores:

Charming Charlie: Offering affordable jewelry that ranges from trendy to classic, this store is a great starting point when searching for fashion jewelry. Charming Charlie also has frequent sales on jewelry, so you can stock up on of-the-moment statement pieces like chokers or classic styles like simple stud earrings. THL’s favorite: the gold lattice hinge bracelet, which offers a subtle classic pavé style in a bold cuff silhouette.

Forever 21: While it can be seen as a store for millennials, it does have a vast selection of fashion jewelry at highly affordable prices. Offering everything from dainty pieces to big, bold statement looks, Forever 21 will certainly have something to suit your taste out of their 1,500-plus products. THL’s favorite: the rhinestone ear pins, which provide a delicate shine coupled with a modern style.

BaubleBar: If you’re looking for something a bit more fancy and can stretch your budget, you’ll have to pay a visit to BaubleBar. The site offers only the most fashionable jewelry, keeping you and your style right on trend. One of BaubleBar’s best features is their build-your-own sets, in which you can select three styles of your choosing in either necklaces, bracelets or earrings — and, when you build a set, it’s more cost-effective than buying each piece separately, thus saving you money so you can go buy more jewelry. You can even get some items personalized, which makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or graduations. THL’s favorite: the fringed hand chain, which combines a hot trend with a sleek silhouette.

J.Crew: If a classic look is more your style, then J.Crew has a selection perfectly curated for you. With designs featuring pretty crystals, floral patterns and simple chain links, J.Crew’s jewelry offers timeless styles that will easily pair with everything from a little black dress to a mid-week work look. While J.Crew’s jewelry often costs more than the previous three retailers, their elegance is certainly worth the cost. But here’s a hint — if you can’t swing the higher price tag, check out their J.Crew Factory store online, where you can find more classic styles at a fraction of the regular cost. THL’s favorite: the double gemstone clusters necklace from the factory store, which can dress up everything from a T-shirt to an evening gown.

With all of these great options to pick from, you’re sure to find some jewelry that you love that won’t hurt your wallet. Know of a store that we missed? Add it in the comments below or tweet us at @takeherlead with your suggestion along with the hashtag #FashionFinds.

Style 101: Espadrilles

Summer is officially upon us, and with the temperatures rising, you’ll want a shoe that will keep your feet cool while still looking cool.

Cue the espadrille, a typically canvas shoe with a sole made of braided fiber. But while many styles are made with a canvas vamp, some can even be done in a pretty crochet or lace, adding a chic bohemian touch to any outfit. They can even be found in everything from a flat, closed-toe shoe to a tall, open-toe wedge. And if a full braided sole isn’t for you, there are some styles available with a braided trim around the outsole and a full sole made of cork.

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Espadrilles can be paired with a variety of outfits and for many occasions: from a dress for an outdoor wedding to denim shorts and a tank, there is certainly an espadrille for every occasion.

If attending a wedding is on your agenda this summer, check out an espadrille wedge like the Katie Wedge Sandal by GC Shoes. Available in two neutral colors (gold metallic and nude) perfect for dresses of any color, these sandals feature dual laser cutout bands that will look like a dainty eyelet across the top of your foot. The best part — they are available at DSW for only $39.95.

Having a casual flat shoe for the summer is a must, and the Crochet Espadrille Flats from Forever 21 will certainly be your utility piece for the season. Done in cream, blush and black, these dainty crocheted slip-ons can be paired with everything from casual sundresses and skirts to jeans or shorts and a T-shirt. With a price of $14.90 per pair, you can get a couple of colors to rotate through your wardrobe all summer long.

If sneakers are more your speed, there are even espadrille sneakers available from Soludos, a favorite brand among celebrities. The Canvas Platform Tennis Sneakers will give you the best of both worlds: a lace-up sneaker style with the easy, summer look of the plaited outsole. While this style costs $89, you will surely get your money’s worth as you wear these stylish sneakers all summer long.

With these great espadrille styles to choose from — and many more in stores and on the web — you’re feet will be comfortable and fashionable all summer long.

Take Her Look [For Less]

While Paris Fashion Week slowed to a halt on March 9, it seemed as though the celebrities in attendance only amped up their fashion for the final day of shows.

Such was the case with Selena Gomez, who attended the star-studded Louis Vuitton show. The “Hands to Myself” singer gave her own fashion show when she showed up in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, according to ELLE; sporting a crisp white button down under a black overcoat, Gomez paired the top with a dark wash denim skirt. The star of her look, however, was her Louis Vuitton snakeskin booties.

If you are drooling over her snakeskin shoes, you may want to wipe up the saliva from your chin before you find out how much they cost. These Louis Vuitton stunners — the Cosplay Low Boot — which feature a pixelated python print and a metal toe cap, will set you back a lofty $3,800. While that is out of reach for most of our budgets, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate Gomez’s entire look for (way) less than her pricey booties. Read on for the results!

Starting off our look for less is a simple white button down, and the Textured Cotton Shirt from Forever 21 is a cost-effective blouse for the job. This utility piece will be a versatile wardrobe staple for a mere $19.90.

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The Textured Cotton Shirt, found on Forever21.com.

A dark wash denim skirt will complete the basics of Gomez’s look, and ASOS offers the perfect option in the form of the Jack Wills Button Front 70s Style Denim Skirt. Done in a similar wash and silhouette, this skirt makes a great alternative to Gomez’s style, and it will only set you back $66.92.

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The Jack Wills Button Front 70s Style Denim Skirt, found on ASOS.com.

Finding snakeskin booties to rival Gomez’s pricey Louis Vuitton style was no easy task, but the Lucky Brand Bartalino Bootie from Nordstrom certainly gives them a run for their money. While they aren’t quite as fancy as the Louis Vuittons, they are much more versatile, delivering a faux snakeskin in a casual western silhouette that can be worn with everything from this look-alike ensemble to your favorite pair of jeans. These versatile booties will definitely be worth their $99.95 price tag for all the wear you’ll get out of them.

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The Lucky Brand ‘Bartalino’ Bootie, found on Nordstrom.com.

Although nothing can compare to Gomez’s multi-colored Louis Vuitton bag, the Steven Madden Chaplin Crossbody Bag gives a similarly colorful look in a quilted design. This chainlink shoulder strap bag will add some color to your look for only $21.95.

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Steve Madden Chaplin Crossbody Bag, found on DSW.com.

While Gomez’s Louis Vuitton booties may not find their way into your closet any time soon, our look alike ensemble can — and it will only set you back $208.72. Just throw on your favorite black coat and rockstar shades, and you’ll be ready for the next Paris Fashion Week.

 

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Snow isn’t the only bright white we’ve seen this winter.

On Friday, Feb. 5, Rachel McAdams took to the red carpet of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, continuing the awards season circuit for her role in Spotlight, in which she plays journalist Sacha Pfeiffer.

Attending a screening of her film in what PopSugar says is a Jonathan Simkhai burnout midi dress, McAdams paired her stark white number with Christian Louboutin heels and some flashy diamonds.

McAdams’ film festival ensemble makes for a no-fuss look, but its price, however, is not so simple. The sleeveless burnout midi dress is available at Neiman Marcus for a lofty $1,295, and let’s not forget that she’s also wearing Louboutins, which are always pricey. While her look may cost upwards of $1,200, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

McAdams’ Jonathan Simkhai dress is certainly unique, but we were able to find its perfect replacement in the form of the Tiger Mist One Love Lace Midi Dress from Forever 21. Featuring a similar spaghetti strap construction and a lace skirt to rival her quasi-mermaid look, this dress will deliver a sweet style reminiscent of McAdams’ ensemble for only $89.90.

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The Tiger Mist One Love Lace Midi Dress, found on Forever21.com.

Capping off our look for less is a sleek pair of white pointed-toe heels, and our shoe of choice is the Madden Girl Ohnice pump from DSW. These heels will take your look to new heights for only $44.95.

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The Madden Girl Ohnice Pump, found on DSW.com.

While McAdams’ film festival look costs well beyond her Jonathan Simkhai dress’s $1,295 price tag, our look-alike ensemble will only set you back $134.85 — and don’t forget to add a bright red lipstick to polish off your look!

Happy Shopping!

 

Take Her Look [For Less]

The cold weather of Park City, Utah couldn’t turn down the heat of Scandal star Kerry Washington’s Sundance Film Festival look.

On Jan. 23, Washington made an appearance at the premiere of HBO’s Confirmation on the third day of the festival, wearing a black leather top by Ji Oh, a white faux-wrap skirt by Tibi and thigh-high Stuart Weitzman boots. She completed her look with a bit of bling, wearing Jennifer Mayer rings, according to the actress’ Instagram account.

Washington’s Sundance ensemble seems pretty easy to replicate, but its price is not as easy as we hoped — her Tibi skirt alone costs $425 from Nordstrom. While her designer-laden outfit is sophisticated and just a tad bit sexy, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to create a look-alike ensemble that is just as stunning for under $200. Read on for the results!

First on our shopping list was a faux leather top, and we found the perfect tank for the job in the form of the Faux Leather Crop Top from Forever21. This faux-leather cropped number will deliver a similar look to Washington’s top for only $17.90.

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The Faux Leather Crop Top, found on Forever21.com.

A white wrap skirt will form the second part of our three-pronged look, and the Textured Wrap Front Midi Skirt from Missguided offers the perfect alternative to Washington’s expensive Tibi number. Although this skirt has a closer-fitting silhouette than Washington’s more A-line skirt, this option from Missguided delivers a sexy front slit reminiscent of Washington’s style, and it does so for a mere $17.

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The Textured Wrap Front Mini Skirt, found on Missguidedus.com.

Completing our look for less are gorgeous over-the-knee boots courtesy of DSW. The Unisa Saranaa Over the Knee Boots offer a gorgeous faux-suede over a heeled construction, making these the perfect boots to replicate Washington’s Stuart Weitzman pair. These, however, will only set you back $79.95.

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The Unisa Saranaa Over the Knee Boots, found on DSW.com.

While Washington’s Tibi skirt alone costs a whopping $425, our look for less totals $114.55. With all the money you saved, you deserve to go out and buy some jewelry to add to your new look!

Happy Shopping!

Style 101: Dressing for the Holidays

Dressing for the holiday season can be quite the task; each party you’re invited to may have a specific dress code, requiring you to have several fabulous outfits ready for every party invite that comes your way. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect outfits for all of your holiday party-going needs, never fear — THL is here to save the day with three swoon-worthy soiree looks for all occasions.

The holiday season is a time for sparkle and shine; whether it is present in accessories like statement necklaces or in all-over beading,  all three of our favorite pieces for this season have — at the very least — a hint of shine that’s sure to brighten your holiday.

For your casual holiday parties, there is nothing better than a sweater with infused with metallic stitching, and we found that very thing in the form of the Metallic Sheer-Paneled Sweater from Forever 21. Done in a black knit, this sweater has a hint of metallic threading running through the body of the garment to give it a bit of sheen, and it’s offset by sheer sleeves and panels to allow for little peeks of skin. Pair this $22.90 sweater with your favorite pair of jeans and cute ankle boots, and you’ll be all decked out for your casual holiday party.

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The Metallic Sheer-Paneled Sweater, found on Forever21.com.

If you’ve been invited to a dressier party, then a dress is certainly the way to go, and Lulu’s offers a beautiful option for the occasion: the Teatro Light Beige Beaded Dress by Glamorous. Featuring a beaded tribal pattern throughout the dress, this frock makes the perfect holiday number. An added bonus: you’ll look good coming and going with the deep scoop back on this $111 dress.

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The Glamorous Teatro Light Beige Beaded Dress, found on Lulus.com.

If a black-tie affair is in your future, look no further than the Adrianna Papell Short Sleeve Sequin Mesh Gown from Nordstorm. Available in six colors including silver, blush and amethyst, this $278 gown will have all eyes on you as your make your way through the holiday soiree.

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The Adrianna Papell Short Sleeve Sequin Mesh Gown, found on Nordstrom.com.

Don’t forget that you can also add shine through jewelry (check out BaubleBar for gorgeous, affordable statement pieces), metallic clutches and even metallic heels.

Now that you have an outfit option for every occasion, make sure you RSVP to those invitations and get your outfits and accessories ready!

Happy Shopping!

 

Take Her Look [For Less]

Although it may not feel like a winter wonderland this December depending on your location, Target unveiled their own wonderland on Tuesday, Dec. 8. A Target Wonderland pop-up shop was opened in New York City this past week, something Business Insider reports the company calls, “part magical toy store, part Pop Art exhibit.”

Following their whimsical holiday ads, Target Wonderland brought their “Holiday Odyssey” ads to life with giant Lego ships and oversized Etch-a-Sketches throughout the shop. While this concept shop was officially unveiled on Tuesday, the 16,000-square-foot store held its VIP kickoff event on Monday, Dec. 7, playing host to a number of fashionable A-listers.

One such guest was model and mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen, who wore a white mini shift dress along with what The Daily Mail reports are gold KG Kurt Geiger platform sandals. Teigen completed her look with gold earrings and a matching gold clutch.

While we love Teigen’s white-hot look, we wish we could say the same about its price — her ‘Hero‘ heels by Kurt Geiger cost $185 (although they are currently on sale for $120 in black). So instead of shelling out big bucks for a mere pair of heels, you can get her entire look for under the sale price of her Kurt Geiger platforms. Read on to find out how!

First on our shopping list was a white shift dress, and we found the perfect option in the form of the Checkered Matelassé Shift Dress from Forever 21. Cut in the same straight shift style, this dress will also give you some added texture with its matelassé woven pattern. This fashionable piece will serve as the basis of our look for less, and it only costs $24.90.

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The Checkered Matelassé Shift Dress, found on Forever21.com.

Polishing off our look-alike ensemble is a pair of gold platform sandals, courtesy of H&M. These sandals offer a glossy shine reminiscent of Teigen’s Kurt Geiger platforms, but they come in at a fraction of the cost with a total price of only $39.99.

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Platform Sandals, found on HM.com.

Teigen’s Kurt Geiger pumps may be available for a lower sale price of $120, but you can take her entire look for less for only $64.89. Just add your go-to clutch and your favorite gold earrings, and you’re sure to look like you’re on your way to a VIP event.

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

With the holiday season officially upon us, it is now acceptable to start wearing seasonal colors. And actress Lupita Nyong’o did just that on a recent outing in New York City.

Spotted out and about on a chilly day in the city, Nyong’o sported a bright green cable-knit sweater by Ralph Lauren, says The Daily Mail, which she paired with a black skater skirt, black tights, black pumps and a black wool fedora. Nyong’o polished off her chic look with aviator frames and an eye-catching blue satchel to rival her bright green top.

Although Nyong’o’s sweater has us green with envy, we can’t say the same about its price. This cashmere cable-knit style, courtesy of Ralph Lauren’s Black Label collection, rings up at a lofty $750. While we think cashmere is always a good idea, we also think we can recreate this entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

Finding a sweater in a hue just as bright as this Ralph Lauren number was no easy task, but the Liz Claiborne 3/4-Sleeve Geo Stitch Tunic Sweater from JCPenney was a good substitute. Done in an equally eye-catching lime green, this sweater’s stitching mimics the classic cable-knit style but does so with a more modern, geometric pattern. The best part — its original price is only $54.

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The Liz Claiborne 3/4-Sleeve Geo Stitch Tunic Sweater, found on JCPenney.com.

You’ll need a cute skater skirt to tuck your sweater into, and there’s no better skirt for the job than the Evelyn Scuba Skirt from Tobi. Featuring similar box pleats, this skirt will easily pass for Nyong’o’s style, but will only cost you an affordable $30.

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The Evelyn Scuba Skirt, found on Tobi.com.

Top off your look with a matching fedora — the Small-Brim Wool Fedora from Forever 21, to be exact. This fedora will replicate Nyong’o’s style for only $22.90.

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The Small-Brim Wool Fedora, found on Forever21.com.

As if one pop of color weren’t enough, you’ll have to add this bright blue Merona satchel from Target to your outfit to achieve her total look. Featuring a hue and hardware similar to Nyong’o’s bag, this satchel will add both color and functionality to your outfit for only $39.99.

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The Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Crossbody Strap, found on Target.com.

No look is complete without a good high heel, and the Penny Loves Kenny Friend Pump from DSW is just the shoe to cap off our look for less. Done in a pointed-toe silhouette with the toe-box opening cut straight across the foot, this heel has all the features reminiscent of Nyong’o’s heels with an extra detail at the heel. These pumps, however, will only set you back $39.95.

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The Penny Loves Kenny Friend Pump, found on DSW.com.

Lupita Nyong’o’s New York City chic look may cost upwards of $750, but you can steal the star’s style for only $186.84. Wear it with some opaque black tights and your favorite pair of aviators, and you’ll have successfully taken Nyong’o’s look for less.

Happy Shopping!