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Fabulous Find of the Week – Costume Edition: Forever 21 Striped Top


With Halloween just days away, we’re going to do something a little different with this week’s Fabulous Find and show you how a basic tee can be transformed into an amazing costume.

Not only is a black-and-white striped top an excellent wardrobe staple that can be worn year-round, but this same tee can be used to create a multitude of DIY costumes. Plus, this Forever 21 top costs less than $8, making it an extremely versatile and budget-friendly find.

Scroll on down to check it out as well as three ways to incorporate this top into a fantastic Halloween costume:

The Top:

CF Fabulous Find Forever 21 Basic Striped Top in White-Black
Basic Striped Top in White/Black — $7.80 at Forever 21

Outfit Inspiration

Like the top? Then you’re going to love how we styled it for Halloween! Read on to find out three costume ideas using this week’s Fabulous Find:

Outfit #1: Ahoy, Matey!

CF Fabulous Find Pirate Costume
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Eyepatch-, Sword-, Scarf- Mango, Earrings- Kohl’s, Skirt- Nasty Gal, Boots- YesStyle

Dressing up as a pirate for Halloween is a oldie, but a goodie — plus, it’s so much fun getting into character for this one! Start by pairing our Fab Find with a double-slit maxi skirt and a pair of lace-up boots to create a pirate-y look. Fashion a sheer scarf into a stylish headwrap, then accessorize with a pair of skull-adorned hoop earrings. For the finishing touch, head to your local party supply store to pick up a few necessary accessories — such as a sword and eyepatch — then brush up on your pirate lingo and you’ll be good to go.

Outfit #2: The Hamburglar

CF Fabulous Find Hamburglar Costume
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Mask- eBay, Tie-, Shorts- ModCloth, Sneakers- net-a-porter, Hat- ModCloth

For an adorable and unique Halloween costume, why not try dressing up as fast food’s number one burger thief? Just take the striped top and pair it with some similar horizontal striped shorts. Borrow a red necktie from your dad or favorite guy, then add a pair of matching red Converse sneakers. Accessorize with the Hamburglar’s signature black mask and wide brimmed hat to complete this look. Bonus points if you hit up your local McDonald’s to pick up bag full of burgers!

Outfit #3: Mime’s the Word

CF Fabulous Find Mime Costume
Product Info: Top- Forever 21, Suspenders- American Apparel, Beret- American Apparel, Lipstick- Topshop, Face Makeup- Spirit Halloween, Eyeliner- MAC, Pants- Uniqlo, Gloves-, Oxfords- Baker’s Shoes

Being a mime for Halloween is one of those costumes that can be cute or creepy, depending on how you feel about these silent artists. Recreate a mime’s signature ensemble by pairing our Fab Find with basic black trousers and matching suspenders. Next, lacy black oxfords add a fashion-forward touch, while white gloves and a beret are essential for creating an authentic costume. However, the most important aspect of this costume is the face makeup and while there are hundreds of tutorials out there, you’ll definitely need white face paint, red lipstick and liquid eyeliner to create a mime-worthy look.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this week’s Fabulous Find? Would you wear any of these costumes? Which one is your favorite? Can you think of any other Halloween costumes that use a striped shirt? What are you dressing up as for Halloween? I’d love to know, so remember to leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Posted on on October 29, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “Fabulous Find of the Week – Costume Edition: Forever 21 Striped Top”

  1. 1
    October 29th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    That top would be amazing for just everyday wear as well, I am actually debating whether to buy it or not…haha

  2. 2
    October 29th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Great post! I like the hamburglar costume a lot!

  3. 3
    October 29th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Like the simple top!

  4. 4
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Mime! :D

  5. 5
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hi, I was wondering how the authors of CF feel about the fact that Forever 21 is once again under investigation for operating sweatshops on American soil. I know you feature a lot of their clothing because it is affordable, and are not a political site; but do you think it’s important to set an example by not supporting those types of companies? Just curiosity – not an attack by any means!

  6. 6
    October 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    hi Jenn

    I am totally opposed to the exploitation of labor but I do not think a boycott of the clothing would ever work. Boycotts have been proven to be ineffective unless the worker are on strike and there are mass protests. I support the Unionization of the workers. The best way to start is to inform the consumer.

    I understand that CF is not a political site, but it would be a very good idea if you guys could do one of you’re fashionably informed section on sweatshops and the exploitation of labor.
    Many people argue that ‘oh the third world country workers at least have a job’….but that’s not a valid argument as we saw the Chinese workers at Foxconn riot about wages and working conditions (They make all the Apple products and Dell, Samsung, Nokia etc and are paid almost nothing for it). Those products can be made in the US but are more profitable if labor costs are dirt cheap. Those workers are made to work 16 hours a day, and get less than a $1 an hour.
    They use the whole ‘giving jobs to the third world’ as an excuse to make more money and at the same time deprive the US workers of jobs (especially when the US has a job crisis)
    It is the Union Movement that gave workers the 8 hour a day, the weekend, overtime, penalty rates, superannuation etc (do not forget that)

    But otherwise i LOVE YOU’RE SITE!…the mine is cute!

  7. 7
    October 29th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Still just love this series so much! Versatile and budget friendly is for sure…this could make so many outfits both for costumes and every day wear, you are right! I think Oufit Number One would also look amazing with black or burgundy skinny jeans which might be easy for moving around in or dancing your butt off if you are going to a club for Halloween :) Keep em coming love the budget friendly finds!

  8. 8
    October 29th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Hahaha the hamburglar idea is stellar! Groups can go as the Ronald McDonald gang! ;-)

  9. 9
    October 29th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    The hamburglar costume is sheer genius love love love the shorts from modcloth and the pirate costume is cute and different from typical ones

  10. 10
    October 29th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I love the pirate outfit so much! Cute yet not overtly sexy!
    I will definitely be buying the top just for everyday wear though~

  11. 11
    October 30th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    The mime one was so clever! Made me gggke haha.

  12. 12
    October 30th, 2012 at 2:21 am

    The mime is cool :D

  13. 13
    October 30th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Dressing up as pirates is always an excellent excuse to drink slightly too much rum and get your Jack Sparrow on! A couple of my friends did mime outfits for a party a few years ago and got a bunch of complements on it; it’s an easy enough outfit but not a particularly common choice, as well as stand out. And the Hamburglar idea is brilliant, especially since I just saw a clip of someone going through a drive-through and someone in such a costume running and grabbing the bag before they could take it…

  14. 14
    October 30th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    omg i loooove the pirate outfit *-* those boots ?

  15. 15
    October 31st, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I love this post! Very creative ideas!

    My favorite is the hamburglar!

  16. 16
    October 22nd, 2014 at 1:41 am

    i love the hambuglar and the mime costume^,^..

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