There is that great scene in the classic film Now & Then towards the beginning when the girls see Gabby Hoffman's mom getting out of her car and comment on her very short skirt and very tall boots. A Nancy Sinatra comparison is thrown out there. And there is no doubt the mom doesn't look good, but she is not dressed like a mom.
Now I'm not a mom, but this is the thought that sometimes comes to me when I find myself in Forever 21 at 10 pm on a Tuesday. Besides the obvious question of why I am in this store at 10 pm and not home watching Chicago Fire (sometimes I don't even know how I end up in stores. There was a couple of months where I just found myself in The Gap everyother day), I often ask myself am I too old to be shopping here? This especially happens when I patiently wait for the 14 year old girl (well patiently with several eye rolls) in front of me to move out of the way so I can look at the mirror at the $20 pleather jacket I just put on.
Should I be shopping at more expensive stores because I'm older and probably have a larger budget than the average 24 year old (though, not by much) Or should I take the Erin Brockavich philosophy and wear what I want while I still have "one ass instead of two"?
And for me, I look at Forever 21 as a way to be trendy and thrifty. Frankly I get mad if there is anything I want that is more than $20 because I know it is only going to last for one season, if that.
The main problem with this store after the age of 25 is that you don't want to go shopping in a place that could have been used in Slumdog Millionaire. When someone actually asks me if I need help with something at Forever 21 I nearly die of shock. Because after the age of 26 shopping needs to be a pleasurable experience, not a fight for survival.