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Back-to-School Bags Under $30: Forever 21

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

I know that some people like to malign Forever 21 for their "fall apart" fashions, but all the bags I've ever purchased from the fast-fashion chain have garnered dozens of compliments and they've held up really, really well. As in, I've never had a single problem with any of the half-dozen or so bags, totes or clutches that I've purchased from the store over the years. For example, I still use this black convertible bag at least weekly (it was in my daily rotation for a year but a girl's gotta mix things up), and the zippers still function perfectly, there are no loose threads, and the pleather has held up really well, no scuffs and you can just wipe it clean. So with that in mind, if you don't have a lot of cash to drop on a new handbag this season, consider purchasing one from Forever 21. And here's some more food for thought: Just because something costs $30 doesn't mean it's disposable. There's nothing on the tag that says you can't enjoy your budget purchases for years to come!

I've had one bag fall apart but my others have held up well. It's kind of hit and miss BUT for those prices and styles, I am not complaining!
#1 Wanderlusting (Homepage) on 2009-08-31 16:36 (Reply)
Totally digging on the floral reptile leather wallet!
#2 Emily Ellsworth (Homepage) on 2009-08-31 18:23 (Reply)
Hell yeah! I own two Forever 21 bags, both of which have survived a trip through the washing machine! They're pretty great, and I do get tons of compliments. Plus, they're big enough to throw my schoolbooks in. Great post!
#3 EmilyKennedy (Homepage) on 2009-08-31 19:23 (Reply)
i always adored forever 21 and i have it in three colors.. and i will have it in this color too :-)
#4 Olivia (Homepage) on 2009-09-01 06:55 (Reply)
I bought a bag at F21 earlier this year, fully expecting it not to survive very long. Its an oversized bag, and has survived me filling it up and lugging it to work everyday with no problem whatsoever.

There is no way I'd want to fork out the $$$ for an equivalent leather bag just to stuff it into a cupboard/beind the door in a common room at work. I wish there was a F21 in Australia!!!!
#5 yublocka (Homepage) on 2009-09-14 01:08 (Reply)
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