Friday, February 10, 2012

Unexpected Finds at Mainstream Stores

     Don't underestimate mainstream stores. With a good eye and a little luck, one can find very charming outfits with a darker aesthetic. Even plain staple items can be modified to your desired looks. Target, department stores, and even, the mall are a few of the many places where you can find alternative or gothic clothing if you look hard enough. Mainstream culture has been showing an affinity for the "edgy look," so take advantage of it.
Here are a few of the items I have found at mainstream chain stores: 
Forever 21

Target

Forever 21
Target

Cracker Barrel Store (restaurant)

Belk Department Store
     My favorite mainstream stores (minus goodwill) are Target, Forever 21, H&M, and Claire's.

 Target is a trendier superstore, so they bought into the "edgy" trend. This being said, target stocks some lovely boots and heels. They also carry lacy items, skinny jeans, pinstriped items, etc.

 Forever 21 is another store that stocks up on items with a darker aesthetic. This store affordable as far as mall prices go. I've seen all sorts of items there. Many flowy sheer pieces, interesting jewelry, and I even saw a motorcycle dress.

H&M: It's not as affordable as Forever 21, but it's more high fashion I suppose. I purchased high-waisted long black skirt from this store. They also carry a line inspired by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I've also spotted velvet gloves and a mini top hat headband.

 Lastly, Claire's. Claire's is a store geared for pre-teens. It has a lot of cheap quality stuff, but I still love it. More recently, they've been stocking leather boots, Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise, hosiery, and so many gloves and armwarmers. I've been going to this place since I was little, and I don't see myself stopping.
There you have it, folks. Don't overlook mainstream stores. You don't know what you might find.

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