Woohoo! I just received a massive shipment filled with new goodies for fall and the month of November. To start off, I will be introducing this brand I recently came to know of - Mystique Boutique. They are pretty much located all over New York and Long Beach in terms of physical retail stores, but if you do not mind online shopping, then make sure to check out their website and shop from there. I highly recommend this store because the styles of clothing there is similar to that on forever 21 but slightly cheaper, and of better/comparable quality. Though the stuff there isn't self-manufactured but sourced from a variety of wholesale locations, I think they have done a great job in picking the pieces and the stuff are really really good. You'll see why. I'll be doing some comparisons in items which you can find at Mystique Boutique and at forever21.
I picked out these four items:
- Varsity Jacket in charcoal (I actually wanted the burgundy one because I think the shade and faded effect was pretty cool but apparently they ran out of my size.)
- Crochet Hem Sweater in taupe
- Hooded Plaid Flannel in red (I actually wanted black but I received red so oh well. both are equally nice and versatile.)
- Too Cool For School Graphic Print Sweater in off-white
Mystique Boutique's sweater top with crochet trim details retailed at $23.99 but is on sale at $20.99 while f21 has one at $22.80 but the reviews on it are bad. F21's sweaters can tend to be of bad quality with stiff and itchy material being used but the one from Mystique Boutique is so beautifully knitted and smooth. The crochet details are not flimsy at all and securely attached to the sweater. I think the other two colours are great for fall as well. This would go great with a pair of leggings or a skirt, untucked so that you can show off the cute crochet details. To accessorise, go with an infinity scarf and some long necklaces.
Mystique Boutique's hooded flannel is priced at a steal of $19.99 while f21's hooded plaid flannel is $24.90. Save that $5 and opt for Mystique Boutique because the length of the flannel is much better than f21's, unless you want a super oversized look. The material is definitely flannel. It is fuzzy and warm to touch and I think this would be nice layered under the varsity jacket! I love the hood detail. It makes it fun to wear the flannel as an outerwear on its own. It is also detachable so you can always convert it to a normal flannel by unbuttoning the hood. There's also a drawstring for the hood so that's great.
Finally, the last item I got is a graphic sweater and while there are tons on f21 with a wide price range, I am loving this particular one from Mystique Boutique that costs $21.99. It's slightly more expensive but it is seriously so comfy. It is so soft, which really surprised me because I wasn't expecting that from this sweater. From the picture, you would think it would feel like some normal cotton sweater but it isn't like that at all. It is a tad fuzzy-ish and just soft. Perfect for cozying up. The inner side of the sweater is made of polyester though so that it doesn't give you skin irritations. So the ultimate layering for fall can be like this sweater + hooded flannel + varsity jacket = perfection. I'd go with a denim circle skirt for a schoolgirl look since y'know, too cool for school.
Another added benefit from shopping over at Mystique Boutique is that you are more likely to find something you like in your size. Things run out so fast over at f21, it is impossible to shop there happily. So yeah, definitely check this shop out because it is ah-mazing. What's more, subscribe to their newsletter and get a 20% off discount code to use! Hooray!!