rue21 Is the Affordable Fashion Brand That Needs to Be On Your Radar
I appreciate designer labels, fast-fashion and everything in between.
Each type offers a little something different, and I'll be the first one to say that I've shopped it all. Since I'm always open to trying out new brands, whether they're super high-end or low-budget, I was all ears when rue21 reached out. rue21 is a fast-fashion brand with in-person and online stores. They cater to both girls and guys, and offer all sorts of trendy pieces. Keep reading for my full, honest review on the clothes rue21 sent over to me!
As I previously mentioned, rue21 is a fast-fashion brand, but don't let that deter you. When people hear "fast-fashion," they get turned off, but I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't! For example, with rue21, they're constantly working and evolving, so that we, their customers, are always satisfied.
On their site, there are products perfect for Gen Z and millenials. So while I wouldn't necessarily want to wear a pantsuit, I do have the option of buying it.
I was especially drawn to the more trendy, as-seen-on TikTok pieces. And after trying them out, I'm seriously obsessed.
Black Velour Joggers: $22.99; Black Velour Angel Zip Up Cropped Hoodie: $24.99; Black Velour Rhinestone Angel Tube Top: $14.99
When I was in middle school, I lived in my hot pink Juicy Couture sweatsuit. So trying this on was like a blast from the past in the best possible way. I was interested to see what this velour tracksuit set would feel like on, and it was super soft and cozy. I got a medium in everything, but looking back, I probably should have gone down a size in this. The tube top is a bit too slouchy, so it's a must to wear a bra underneath. The pants could have been a little bit tighter in the bum, but that's only because the size was too big. The jacket, on the other hand, fit perfectly. Not to mention the adorable rhinestone details!
I don't know what it is with me and angels right now, but when I saw this set on the site, I knew I needed it in my life. Starting with the fleece shorts—obsessed. They come in an almost biker short-like length and are very comfy. I've worn them around the house, to bed and even on one trip to the grocery store. As for the top, I so wish it would have fit me, however, my boobs simply didn't want to stay put. I have a larger chest size, so I'm not too surprised the medium crop kept rising up. So, if you're built like me, size up on the top.
Medium Wash Asymmetrical Waist Straight Jeans: $39.99
We've all seen asymmetrical jeans on Instagram and TikTok. Some people buy buttons off of Amazon to up-thrift their large jeans, while others go to brands directly, like rue21! Their asymmetrical jeans are seriously so trendy, comfy, cute—it's just all of it. I'm typically a size 28 in jeans, so for this pair, I got a size 6. They're pretty oversized, and I definitely should have gone down at least a size, maybe even two. Regardless, they're just so amazing I still wear them, even though they don't fit. But honestly, if you're into the baggy jean style, you'll love these. If not, size down!
Black Shine Rhinestone Strap Cami: $16.99
I'm obsessed with dainty jewelry, so when I saw this rhinestone strap cami on rue21, I added it to my wishlist. When I initially opened the package, the shirt seemed super sheer and thin, so I was hesitant to try it on. However, once I was wearing it, I had no problems at all. It's not sheer (at least in black) and the medium fit me perfectly. I was a little hesitant to throw it in the washing machine because of the delicate straps, so I just decided to hand wash it. The tank still looks great, and I definitely plan on wearing this on my next date night.
Matte Beige Claw Hair Clip: $4.99
I'm a sucker for hair clips. Whether it's a cute barrette, a bobby pin or a claw clip, like this one from rue21, I want them all. After watching this viral TikTok video of a super cute way to wear claw clips, I wanted to add more to my collection. The clip is said to be a matte beige, but it definitely has some blush undertones. It's perfect for medium to long hair and I've been wearing it non-stop. If I'm at my desk, like right now, I'll wear it. Cooking? You guessed it. Working out? You bet! I highly recommend this $5 claw—you can't go wrong!
Blue Butterfly Satin Hair Scarf: $9.99
I've been on the hunt for a cute WeWoreWhat-inspired hair scarf, and this satin one fit the bill. Featuring butterflies, this satin hair scarf is very on-trend at the moment. I'm still not sure if I can pull it off, but I'm definitely going to try. I like the way it's styled below, but it can also be tied around a bun or even a high-pony into a bow. It's very versatile and I think I'll be rocking this all spring and summer long.
If I were to have bought these for myself, the total price would have been about $170, and that's at full-price. rue21 always has some sort of great deal going on, so I bet I could have gotten it for way less. And for everything that was sent to me, that's a great price!
And while I had a lot of trouble with sizing, their exchange process is super easy and hassle-free, so I'd still recommend it! If you want some cute, trendy pieces that you don't feel like spending a fortune on, rue21 should be your first online shopping destination.
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