Full disclosure: I am nor never have been above shopping at budget-friendly stores. Though, since graduating college, I have shifted my sartorial focus toward investment items I can transition from office to after hours, I still love hunting down affordable stylish pieces as much as the next girl does. Which is why I was more than happy to accept the challenge to wear head-to-toe Forever 21 for a week straight. As part of my job, it's necessary to stay on top of the best merchandise that aligns with the latest trends as well as a variety of budgets—often leading me to Forever 21 and other fast-fashion retailers. So, to put the products we suggest to the test, I ditched my clothes for entirely accessible and affordable ensembles for seven days. The result? Outfit envy from my co-workers and friends and pure satisfaction on my end—cementing the truth that you don't need to be rich to have style.
Scroll down to see my week’s worth of wallet-friendly and on-trend outfits!