It was a normal Sunday afternoon of laundry. The whites were in one pile and the darks were in the other. Everything seemed to be business as usual.
I threw my first load in the washing machine, followed by the dryer without incident (and honestly in my house that’s a miracle, especially when someone else wants to use it too).
But then, disaster struck…
I pulled my whites out of the dryer and found one of my new shirts two sizes smaller. I cursed under my breath, smacking my forehead like in one of those V8 commercials. Duh, of course I should’ve just hung it to dry instead of risking the dreaded dryer, serial murderer of so many of my clothes.
I washed it in the machine then pulled it out, prepared to hang it up. That’s when I noticed, that this shirt had also shrunk two sizes as well after being washed in cold water.
“What the heck is going on?!” I thought, angrily searching the wet garment for the tag with washing instructions.
I was surprised to see the tag read, “HAND WASH COLD.” Now, this is a cotton shirt from Forever 21, not some fancy, delicate piece of clothing knitted by hand. Why would I even think to wash it by hand?
I let it slide though and accepted the loss of another shirt. But then, I started noticing some of my other new shirts from Forever 21 shrinking (they were having a big sale so I had just bought a lot from their store). And all the labels on these shirts read, “HAND WASH COLD.”
Now, I’ve been shopping at Forever 21 for years and have NEVER had to hand wash anything from that store. Either the quality has increased (haha!) or they are selling clothing made so cheaply that they can’t even handle a wash in the machine.
Not the dryer, but the washing machine and in cold water!
Forever 21 has always been a go-to place for me when it came to finding cute and decent priced clothing. But, it’s a big turnoff to have to hand wash a fairly basic cotton shirt (or whatever it may be) from that store.
What if I keep buying from there? Soon, I’ll have whole loads of clothes that need to be hand washed. And, to top it off, the prices seemed to have increased quite a bit over the years, which would be fine (eh, I guess) if the quality stayed the same.
So, from now on, I think I’ll cross Forever 21 from my shopping destinations or, if I just can’t stay away, I’ll at least look at the washing instructions before I buy in hopes that some things aren’t “HAND WASH ONLY.”
What about you? Have you seen any quality changes recently at Forever 21 or any other store where you shop?