Shrink Ray: Forever 21 Scalloped Mesh Top

Scalloped Mesh Top
Forever 21 Scalloped Mesh Top, size M after shrinking
(Also see this top on Fatima and Christine)
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I originally saw this scalloped top on Fatima in December and I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across a size medium a few weeks ago in store. I immediately snapped it up despite the loose fit. Call me silly but I was convinced that it was a return and the last one in store. However, once I got home I found that all sizes were still available online. I proceeded to order size small (and while I was at it I also enabled Annie) with every intention of returning the medium. Unfortunately, I managed to misplace or throw away my receipt for the medium top so I was stuck with it.

In the meantime, I received size small and it was still too big. The scalloped lace is so pretty and I really wanted to make it work. Since I was already in the hole with size medium I decided to try my hand at shrinking it. Luckily for me it worked out perfectly. You can see that the medium became smaller all around after shrinking when compared to size small:

Scalloped Mesh Top
Size medium (after shrinking) laid on top of size small.
Scalloped Mesh Top
Size medium before (left) and after (right) shrinking

Measurements* of size medium before shrinking:

Sleeves 5″ wide
Sleeves 19.5″ long
19″ across bust
21″ across bottom hem
24″ total length

Measurements of size medium after shrinking:

Sleeves 4.5″ wide
Sleeves 17.5″ long
16.5″ across bust
19″ across bottom hem
23″ total length

For those of you interested in size small, the measurements are as follows:

Sleeves 5″ wide
Sleeves 19.5″ long
18″ across bust
21″ across bottom hem
24″ total length

See size small on Christine‘s post here.

*All measurements taken with the garment laid flat.

Forever 21 product measurements are usually accurate but in this case I found that the measurements of size small differ a bit from the measurements on their website.

I recommend this top because of the pretty scallop mesh material but it runs about 1-2 sizes too big. The cami/liner that it came with is very unflattering so you’ll probably want to wear your own. You should keep watch of the top in the dryer if you plan to shrink it
to size. I forgot about it so I can’t tell you exactly how long I left
it in the dryer (probably around 15-20 minutes on high heat) but by the
time I remembered to take it out the top was completely dry.



  1. Erica
    April 12, 2013 / 4:56 am

    beautiful top! sheer lace is so in for this spring/summer 🙂 saw this on Christine's blog earlier today so was pleasantly surprised to see it on yours also!

  2. Jess L
    April 12, 2013 / 5:02 am

    Thanks Erica! I can't beat @Petitehues:disqus 's colorful pairing. 🙂

  3. Erica
    April 12, 2013 / 5:10 am

    Just followed you via GFC! Also, wondering where you got your dress form? I've been looking for one 🙂

  4. Jess L
    April 12, 2013 / 5:18 am

    Thanks Erica! Your Disqus profile doesn't have your blog link (in case you want to update it). I got my dress form from PB Teen. It came recommended by Annie.

  5. Always Maylee
    April 12, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Great job with the shrinking! It looks really pretty on you. I'm usually pretty pleased with Forever 21's sizing, but every once in awhile there is something that is just not quite right. I can never seem to shrink things right though, haha! :)xo, Yi-chiaAlways Maylee

  6. Stylish Petite
    April 12, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    I really appreciate the measurements of before and after – very helpful! So happy the shrinking worked. I would never think that it would be safe to shrink this type of material but it worked! Looks so pretty on you!

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  8. Jess L
    April 13, 2013 / 12:18 am

    Thanks Yi-chia! It was my first time shrinking anything on purpose. I'm always at odds with their sizing (as evidenced by the fact that I return over half of what I order from them). lol

  9. Jess L
    April 13, 2013 / 12:20 am

    Thanks so much Annie! <3 It was my pleasure and I'm glad it worked for you too. I can't wait to see you wearing yours out. I gave my small away to a friend today. It saves me from a vicious cycle of returns and store credits.

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  11. Lauren
    April 15, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    LOVE that scalloped top!!! You look beautiful in it girl xo

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    Thank you Lauren!

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  16. Luvania Fatima
    April 18, 2013 / 2:12 am

    Talk about determination! It looks great on you Jess! XO, Fatima

  17. Sheila
    April 18, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    I love the scalloped lace details of this top!! So pretty and esp nice that it's from F21. :)xo –

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    Thanks Fatima! I'm just glad it worked out. Thanks again for enabling. <3

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