Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Forever 21 Shirley Lace Bow Top *IRL pics*

As many of you may already know, J.Crew is offering the Tiered Lace Cami seen here which retails for $795.00.
Since most of us cannot afford that price, but do like the look of the cami, many of us have been on a quest to find a similar less expensive alternative...myself included. So...I recently ordered the Shirley Lace Bow Top from Forever 21 after I saw Drewablank blog about it at the end of June: Highway Robbery via Lace , and also on the F21 website seen here .

Details from the F21 website:
-Shirley Lace Bow Top
-Retails for: $15.80
-Sleeveless top featuring a beautiful lace overlay with a full satin lining. Other features include a round neckline followed by two grosgrain ribbon accents, a lace tiered construction, and a finished bottom hem.
- 22" approx length from shoulder to hem
- 100% nylon, lining 100% polyester; Hand wash cold
- Imported

It comes in Small, Medium, and Large however the Small is currently sold out online. I ordered the Medium after looking at the size chart, but could have also taken a small. In my opinion the medium gives more of a *slouchy* feel like I think the J.Crew cami appears to have. The cami is fully lined, the lace is not scratchy, and the top is comfortable overall. I easily removed the bows without any damage to the lace and really like the look of it better this way. It is a little shorter than the J.Crew cami and doesn't have the rows of lace toward the bottom, either. The color is called Taupe, but I would describe it more as Ivory with pink undertones. I styled a couple of Polyvore sets with it and also took some IRL pics to give you an idea of how it looks on.





With the J.Crew Donegal Tweed blazer...

I belted it with a J.Crew skinny belt in Blanched Almond and think it would look even better with a silk ribbon belt tied with a bow like in the pic online.





Here it is with the Linen Holly jacket..
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With the Gap Perfect Trouser in Taupe...


With the J.Crew Chiffon Pleated Cardigan...

All in all, I would say it is not bad for under $16, and seems to be fairly versatile, too. What do you think of the Shirley Lace Top? Have you seen it IRL? Do you already own it? I would love to hear your thoughts...

49 comments:

  1. I think this looks fantastic!!! I was just at 21 last night and didn't see this one. GREAT ideas (as usual) THANKS!!! Love the real life photos!!

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  2. great substitute for the $700+ version! :)

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  3. what a beautiful substitute for what seems to be an outrageously overpriced jcrew item! i love your jeans, too--are they the ones you distressed yourself? as always, you look fabulous! :)

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  4. Funny--I was in Forever 21 yesterday and was thinking that ALOT of their tops look like Anthro. or that J. Crew tiered lace cami--which is not only ridiculously priced but IMO not "all that special, pretty, attractive...!" The one you got is much better looking...

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  5. Wow~I love it! The dressy looks are great but with the jeans is my abbsolute favorite! Love that you now post *IRL* pics;)

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  6. Looks great! Gorgeous substitute! Who in their right mind would pay $700 for a lace cami?! (No offense to anyone reading) Sometimes you have to wonder, what IS Jcrew thinking...?

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  7. Super cute! And so affordable too.

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  8. Ohhh...BTW...I got my Holly Linen Jacket and am going to pair it with the ATL rosette tee! The jacket is EVEN BETTER than I remembered seeing it on the SA! soooo, soooo, happy! smile

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  9. The F21 top looks great on you!

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  10. You look great in the F21 version of the lace top. It really looks wonderful and its a heck of a lot cheaper too!

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  11. I love it with the blazer - it looks perfect on you! I have a sz small coming in the mail I ordered last week -- lucky I saw it on F21 as I didn't see the post on drewablank's blog. Thanks for the IRL pics!

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  12. I love it on you! Even if I could afford the J. Crew version I would not buy it. The price is absurd, esp. when you can find it at F21 for a fraction of the price!

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  13. The cami looks great on you- and you did an amazing job styling it. Thank you so much for sharing the real life images!!! :)

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  14. I have both the holly linen and the F21 tops arriving tomorrow. Your post made me so excited to receive them.

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  15. FFM....YOU LOOK AWESOME!!! I love this top and I love the way that you styled it...I love the romantic ruffles with the Donegal blazer and I love how you updated the look by rolling up the sleeves...I'm loving the boyfriend blazer trend and this is such a beautiful tailored way to achieve the look with out look too much like a fashion victim...LOVE!!!

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  16. I love it with the blazer!!
    Great outfit one you. Good review.

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  17. What a terrific alternative to J.Crew's cami FFM! It looks amazing on you in all of your outfits. I'm bummed that it's not available to order in Canada.

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  18. ME LIKEY!!!! Btw, Urban outfitters is extra 50% off. check your nearest store =)

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  19. hi ffm, what are the nude color e heels u are wearing with the jeans in the first irl pics? they look like a great shoe! and i loved the jeans were they jcrew?

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  20. Thanks musthavejcrew! I didn't see it in my F21 store when I was there last week, either. However, my F21 store is always a huge mess, so it can be hard to find specific items.

    ITA ccbmum! :)

    Thank you AppGal! The jeans in the pics today are actually the J.Crew Vintage distressed slim jeans that I picked up on sale last month. The pair that I distressed are a bit baggier than these. :)

    I agree with luvallthingsjcrew! Forever 21 is definitely doing a lot of *inspired* pieces (at great prices, too).

    Thank you DylKat! I like the looks with jeans the best, too. :)

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  21. Thanks Jill! I'm not sure who is buying it, but some definitely did, and quickly, too. The sizes sold out pretty fast, although I'm sure the number they made were very limited to begin with. It's definitely a beautiful top, but almost $800 is just to much for me. I'll just be happy with the $16 version. :)

    SunnyInSoCal: I completely agree...you just really can't beat the $16 price tag. :)

    Luvall: YAY on your Holly Jacket! Isn't it just so much prettier IRL than online? It looks FAB with the ATL Rose tee...you got the black one, right? I love the 2 of them together. :)

    THANK YOU Amanda K! :)

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  22. Way cute top - excellent alternative!! Thanks for posting IRL pics!

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  23. THANK YOU Gingersnap!

    jcbellemarie: I'm glad you did find it on the website and ordered...I think you'll like it. IRL is much better than the pic on the F21 site...definitely. :)

    Thank you Emily and Alexis! :)

    ava: YAY for you! Tomorrow is going to be such an exciting delivery day! Congrats on both pieces...I think you'll really like them. :)

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  24. THANK YOU Jordyn and Beth! I also love the top with the Donegal blazer...it's actually my favorite look out of all of them. I picked the blazer up on super sale last year and just absolutely love it. :)

    Thank you ABC! That is a bummer that the F21 in Canada doesn't have it. It wasn't online in the U.S. when Drewablank first blogged about it, so maybe it will show up online for you eventually, too? Fingers crossed for you. :)

    Thank you Joanne, and thanks for the info about Urban Outfitters, too! :)

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  25. Hi Anon@9:12! The shoes I have on are the Cole Haan Fiona Mid Air Pumps,and the color is called Naked Calf. They can be seen on the 6pm.com website here . I got mine last year when 6pm.com had a major markdown on Cole Haan shoes, and I think I only paid about half of what the current price is. They get stock in often, so if you're size isn't available now, there's a good chance that it will be in the future. :) They are a really great neutral shoe and comfortable, too.

    The jeans are the J.Crew Distressed vintage slim jean in worn indigo wash seen here . I got them as a *popback* last month and they show back up on the website fairly often still. HTH! Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  26. You're welcome Sweet Tea...love your new name, btw! :)

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  27. You are definitely rocking this top, FFM! I'm glad that you were able to get a hold of it. :) It looks fab without the ribbons!

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  28. Soooooooooo awesome! I linked to this post so you will have more showing up and bestowing the love it deserves. Love the styling ideas. It looks smashing on you. I haven't seen this in person out of 4 F21s, so I ordered tonite based on your pics. THANKS for posting them!

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  29. FFM I ordered this today based on your beautiful pics as well. I love it thanks for the review. It is SO HELPFUL to see it on you IRL with your wonderful styling tips.

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  30. Very cute! Your legs look like they are miles long. Can I ask how tall you are?

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  31. Hi FFM - the top looks great on you! I just ordered one based on your wonderful pictures! Btw, I saw one of the young ladies wearing it last night on The Young and The Restless! The black bows were still on it, and it looked adorable!

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  32. Hi FFM-
    Banana Republic final sale started today and the hurache wedge is down to $41 in ALL colors (I went with the bone and the walnut). I thought I recall you waiting for the black- most sizes are still available.

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  33. Love that top on you - so cute!

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  34. FFM - BR is having 25% off ALL orders, use code THANKYOU. You have to use your BR, ON or Gap card, though. Valid 7/16-7/19. This will work on sale items as well! :-)

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  35. Thanks karlene!

    Drewablank: thank you so much and for posting about the top back in June so that I knew to keep an eye out for it. :)

    Thanks Gigi! I'm glad you were able to get one, too...you're going to look FABULOUS! :)

    Thank you Ruffles! :)

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  36. Katherine: Thank you! I am actually only 5'4", but am short waisted with a 31" inseam. I also wear 3 to 4" heels most of the time, so people tend to think I'm a lot taller than I actually am. :)

    Thanks Marietta! I'm glad you're getting one, too! How exciting that *our* top was on The Young and the Restless! :)

    Woobie and Marietta: Thank you both so much for the info on BR and the sandals I've been stalking. I was able to get them for $33 with the discounts and free shipping. Now THAT is a fantastic deal! :)

    THANK YOU Coley! :)

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  37. I wanted to also mention that I used a seam ripper to remove the black bows in case anyone else who ordered it is considering doing the same.

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  38. ffm,

    I think you will singlehandedly be responsible for this blouse selling out! F21 should give you commission, lol. It looks fabulous on you and you've shown several great styling options. :)

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  39. love love love this cami and your outfit! Just grab one @ Forever21 website. Thanks FFM, you are always my inspiration:)

    To luvallthingsjcrew:

    Could you share from which store you got your linen holly jacket? A very kind SA in my local store helped to do a nationwide search for me on MON and it was totally sold out in all sizes. Thanks a bunch!

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  41. Looks stunning on you! What size did you get it in? I'm curious how it runs.

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  42. Hi Tastymoog! Thank you so much! :)

    THANK YOU Jessica! Btw, the Holly Jacket keeps popping back up in Final Sale every now and then so keep checking there for it, as well. :)

    luv fashion: I have it on in the Medium, but could have easily taken a size Small if I wanted it to be a bit more fitted. HTH! :)

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  43. Oh my gosh, I've had this in my cart on F21.com for ages and this post made me pull the trigger! I love the way you've styled it. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  44. Looks beautiful on you in every outfit! Great find.
    Something so simple as removing the bows - changes the entire look to a more elegant one.

    "Fabulous", Florida Mommy!! Wonder if it is in stores?

    Have a great day!

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  45. Really pretty! I love the lace top with the Holly jacket! I actually like the Forever 21 top better than the J.Crew version.

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  46. this is the first time ive stumbled upon your site. 1- great site!!! 2- i LOVE the way you paired your outfits. so many different looks with the top, it's so worth investing in! i still cant believe how ridiculously priced the j crew one is >.<

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