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Forever 21 Puts Religion & Hypocrisy Up Front

It’s often said we women are full of contradictions. We can be both Madonna and whore, child and woman, protector and wrathful harbinger of war. Some of us are just crazier than a shit house rat, but most of us are just exercising the right to express ourselves. And although the freedom to change your mind is a precious one worth fighting for, being a hypocrite does not fall under the same righteous protection.

Draped Cross Tee: $14.80

This is where my problem with Forever 21′s religious leanings come into major play. With the Christmas season officially here and the holy holiday fast approaching, Forever 21 has released a brand new batch of religious tees. The family-owned retailer’s religious leanings have been well documented and I have taken issue with their scripture on shirts and messages sent personally from God via burnout tee, but this fresh crop of tops jumped out at me because most of them were either styled with or sold right next to some of Forever 21′s skantiest club wear, on full display for anyone from club rats and good Christian girls to purchase and wear to the New Year parties.

Now, I know people say women can wear whatever they want. Yes, they can.

And just because you’re dressed like a tarted up street walker on Saturday night and grind on a stranger’s bulge to song lyrics that say “you’s a sexy bitch” and “nothing you could compare to your neighborhood hoe” (keep in mind, he’s trying to be respectful here), doesn’t mean you can’t come into church on Sunday morning and sing with the choir about the goodness of the Lord. You can do that, yes.

You can say you follow the holy tenants of the good book and say you abide by its rules and say you have Christ in your heart while you peddle sequin crop tops sold in photos by barely legal looking models. You can say you do all those things. But saying it and not living it also makes you a hypocrite. And saying it and making a hefty profit from it, makes you something worse.

Let’s take a look at some of Forever 21′s most recent religious fashion offerings and put them into a little context.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Do Unto Others Burnout Top: $15.80

OR just

Do What you Want Top: $15.90

It is often said, it is more blessed to give than it is to receive.

Blessed Tee: $15.80

So why don’t you turn around and give us all a little sugar?

Sugar Knit Boyshort: $3.80

Truth Fringed Tee: $17.80

Unless you don’t want it to.

Cropped Fake Tee: $17.80

Be a saint…

Saint Fringe Tee: $15.80

OR be a sparkle tube top sinner.

Crop Sequin Tube Top: $9.80

Sequins Strapless Bandeau: $8.80

Say, “Amen.”

Amen Lace Tee: $14.80

Then show a little skin.

Pray.

Pray Lace Tee: $15.80

Then strap on your sequin booty shorts and party!

Party Girl Crop Tee: $14.80

The only religious themed top I found at Forever 21 which seemed to jive nicely with the rest of the clothes on their site was this eat, drink and be merry top.

Eat Drink Be Merry Tee: $15.80

I’m not a person who condones hypocrisy, but this is a message I can really get behind.

Forever 21, Merry Christmas.

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50 Things to be Happy About

If any time of the year makes me thankful for my friends, family and loved ones, it’s definitely the holidays.

Something about the pervasive spirit of giving, the generous bounty of food, golden cider and spiked egg nog, all the comforts of coming home wrapped in the simple goodness of that cozy holiday spirit. It’s enough to make a cynical gal like me trade in her F-bombs for big, warm cyber hugs.

I’m not the only one who’s got the grateful bug this month. Forever 21 has released a sweatshirt with a practical manifesto list of fuzzy feelings.

Gratitude List: $17.80

Although it would probably make a better poster than a clothing item, most of these things to be happy about are dead on. Who can deny the pleasures of eating deep fried oreos and funnel cake at the county fair, Sunday break with a few too many mimosas and a leisurely stroll picking up fresh produce from the farmer’s market? NO ONE can deny it, that’s who.

But despite Forever 21′s thorough identification of things to be happy about (getting an A in math. Nice one.), I dare say they’ve missed a few.

Here’s my own personal list of things I am thankful for/happy about:

1. Taking off my bra as soon as I get home for the evening and saying, “Fuck this bra!” while I do it.

2. Being that perfect amount of drunk where everything is hysterical and nothing is spinning.

3. Finding it in your size and finding it on sale.

4. The magical parking spot that appears out of nowhere, right next to the front door.

5. Putting that smug bitch in his or her place.

6. Those random days where you feel prettier than usual.

7. Coming home to find your roommate has done the dishes.

8. The triumphant end of a long and painful struggle with your bowels.

9. Alternatively and depending on the circumstances, getting my period and/or it finally being over.

10. Finally paying off student loans.

What are you happy about?

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Elementary, my Dear WTF

I’m kind of on the fence about capes.

Sheer Button up: $24.80

But I am NOT on the fence about shirts that make you look like an Amish on Rumspringa.

There is, however, a highlight to this top collar button beauty.

The cape is removable.

Forever 21, WTF?

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Faces of Fringe

No matter how famous, no matter how fabulous, no matter how infinitely, unflappably gorgeous a gal might be, everyone is susceptible to the dangers of Fringe.

Ombre Fringe Top: $17.80

This exquisite creature, as lovely as a fluffy little bunny in the hands of an innocent child, looks sideways at the unseen stylist who put her in this top, as if to say, “Seriously? A t-shirt with a long, gradient two-toned fringe bib?”

Exactly WHO would this flatter and who would want to wear this? Women who’d like to eat messy ribs and experience only marginal success at blocking the sauce from hitting their t-shirt?

Forever 21,

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GIVEAWAY: Free $25 Gift Card to Express

Like a fine wine that only gets tastier, more complex and harder to get out off of satin sheets with age, this WTForever 21 weekly giveaway just gets better and better!

This week’s prize is one for both the fellows and the fairer sex among you!

A $25 gift card to Express, free to a randomly selected WTForever 21 reader.

I know. I know. Hella dope.

All you have to do is

just LIKE WTForever 21 on Facebook

AND/

Follow WTForever 21 on Twitter (@WTForever21)!

(If you already like and follow, go ahead and spread the free love by tweeting the link to this post or sharing it on Facebook!)

I’ll select a winner next Tuesday at midnight (9/27).

Need some inspiration for how to spend your totally free, marvelous money? Of course you don’t. Who need inspiration for shopping?

Here’s some selections from Express under $25 anyways!

Skinny Cropped Pant: $19.99

I would probably tuck these into some high tan boots. Very cute.

Long Sleeve Crew Neck: $22.90

Layers, layers, LAYERS! Probably my favorite thing about Fall. Throw this on with a wrap sweater on top and a cute scarf bundled around your neck – BAM! Warmth, adorableness, casual, comfort, all the ingredients of the perfect chilly weather companion.

V-Neck Dolman Sleeve: $24.43

Despite (or maybe because of?) its resemblance to a flying squirrel, I love this type of sleeve on a sweater. It’s flattering and chic. Works really well in air conditioned offices.

Glitter Post Earrings: $19.90

I KIND of want these for myself. Just sayin’. You should get in on this freebie before I come to my selfish senses.

Color-Rimmed Aviators: $23.92

I loves me some aviators, ESPECIALLY in this color. I can smell the crisp air and see the leaves changing color already.

Open Plaid Scarf: $19.90

Something from the men’s side, but easily worn by both sexes.

Knit Sport Trunks: $19.90

Yes, yes, this is for the guys.

But it’s also FOR THE LADIESSSSS. High five.

GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!

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The Perfect Interview Outfit

This would be an amazing outfit for a job interview.

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Retro Bell Tunic: $17.80

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Tribal Print Pants: $24.80

If your job interview was for the position of Oompa-Loompa Wrangler at Willy Wonka’s factory or as an extra on the next Austin Powers movie.

Forever 21, Oompa Loompa Duppity Doe.

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Why are your clothes such a fucking freak show?

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Saved by the WTF

Certain trends, like a one-night stand or a mysterious rash, add nothing to our lives and serve to only seriously overstay their welcome.

The 80′s trend is one such rude and unruly visitor.

Vibrant Geo Top: $10.80

I can’t think of a style choice more up its own ass right now. At least the whole Ed Hardy thing had the decency to slither back into the Drakkar Noir scented darkness from whence it came. But no matter how much I want it to end, tops with brightly colored shapes that look like drunken toddlers drew them seem to persist at Forever 21.

The fact that every article of clothing like this top hasn’t spontaneously burst into flames or unhooked itself from hangers in the store and walked straight into heavy traffic is PROOF no one is listening to my many prayers.

Forever 21, like, WTF?

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Traveling Clothes: How to Breeze Through Airport Security

Travel.

Is there any bigger pain in the ass?

At the end of this week I’ll be winging my way to New York city via Virgin America, and although I love the Big Apple and all the wonders held therein, I truly loathe the flying process. You’ve got the lines, the long waits for overpriced, under par food, flight delays, crying kids, uncomfortable accommodations, yadda yadda yadda. But of all these inconveniences which are now a reality of the miracle that is modern day transport, security checks  are the only part that aren’t a total crapshoot. At the security line, we all have a nugget of control.

So, in honor of my pending travel plans, I offer a few fool proof ways to get through airport security faster, happier and almost unmolested.

Scalloped Applique Top: $17.80

Save airport security some time by wearing this see-through scalloped top to the terminal. It’ll make it that much easier for the technicians to make sure you’re not smuggling illegal drugs in your womb when you go through the scanner.

Scalloped Chain Necklace: $6.80

You don’t want to set off any alarms. Luckily, this necklace is completely devoid of any metals occurring in nature, allowing you to avoid the embarrassing prospect of being told to take off your accessories by the TSA for security purposes. (What they say to you about taking it off for FASHION purposes most definitely falls under the category of, “That’s not my problem. You’re the one who decided to wear medieval chain mail on your trip to Munich or where ever.)

Slingback Stiletto Heels: $22.80

Now, most travel guides will tell you to wear soft, comfortable, easy going shoes you’ll be able to slip on and off through security. Fuck that! Taking a flight is basically like getting on a public bus and if you’re going to fly the rude and rowdy skies you need some serious backup. While security is doing a cavity search on a little old lady who tried to bring a pair of treezers on board, you can swish your cute little ass right past them wearing these bad boys. ‘Cus the last time I checked, the business end of a platform stiletto still isn’t classified as a weapon, but that don’t mean you couldn’t poke a bitch with it for bogarting the arm rest.

Abstract Dolphin Shorts: $16.90

Have something really embarassing in your bag? Want to sneak that full size shampoo or family pack of self tanner onto the plane? No problem. Just slap on these babies and the security agents will be way too busy trying to figure out how you managed to time travel from the year 19-fugly to notice the wriggling, penis shaped lump in your luggage! Did you fall through a wormhole at the Circle K? Did you befriend an eccentric doctor and come to be in this century by way of wacky and/or serendipitous circumstances? It doesn’t matter. You’re already in your seat, enjoying the full loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter you packed in your carry-on.

Forever 21, Happy Trails!

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HuffPost Post – Forever 21 & Religion

HuffPost version of this Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-kane/the-11-ways-forever-21-is_b_922581.html#s325926&title=God_Will_Guide

Enjoy it all over again for the first time on Huffington Post!

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Forever 21 is Too Cool for School

After yesterday’s very interesting research into the religious crop top rantings at Forever 21, I was heartened to see the retailer doesn’t have it all wrong when it comes to messages on t-shirts.

i <3 School: $13.80

Given the high rate of unemployment in this country, it’s so nice to see Forever 21 making a positive, non-judgy wudgy was a bear declaration.

Especially after their fiasco with the “I’m Too Pretty to Do Math” magnet a few months ago, which had much of the general gal public up in arms for perpetrating stereotypes in the girl community which steer so many bright, beautiful young ladies away from focusing on da maths.

Imagine how refreshed I found myself to see this, then, after so many Jesus and God shirts. If they made this top, surely Forever 21 couldn’t be all bad.

Then I turned it around.

OH.

OKAY.

‘Cus it’s so cool to not like school. It’s so cool to worry about chronic unemployment because you hated school so much and were “too cool” for it. It’s totally cool to have not learned your lesson about creating accessories and clothing that pray on the inexplicable need for young girls to try to dumb themselves down to be more appealing to young boys. It’s so cool to trick me into thinking you love AP English and learning just as much as I do!

Forever 21, Are You Still Going to be my Lab Partner?

(Probably not…)

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