You're going to want EVERYTHING from Forever 21's new 'Minimalist' section -- 40 pieces that prove it

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You're going to want EVERYTHING from Forever 21's new 'Minimalist' section -- 40 pieces that prove it
Faux Leather Block-Heeled Mules, $32.90
Textured Shawl Collar Wrap Jacket, $37.90
Faux Leather Platform Slip-Ons, $29.90
Clean Shift Dress, $22.80
Faux Leather Weekender Bag, $34.90
Pleated Gaucho Pants, $22.90
Contrast-Striped Shirt, $19.90
Printed Bustier, $13.90
Striped Slub Knit Top, $12.90
Pointed Faux Patent Flatform Loafers, $29.90
Ribbed Knit Halter Top, $10.90
Maxi Wrap Coat, $49.90
Boxy Cropped Shirt, $12.90
Layered-Front Crop Top, $10.90
Faux Leather Midi Pencil Skirt, $27.90
Pleated Wide-Leg Culottes, $22.90
High-Neck Striped Tee, $12.90
Open-Front Blazer, $37.90
Grid Print Blouse and Gaucho Set, $44.90
Washed Denim Trench Coat, $39.90
Distressed Denim Cutoffs, $19.90
Wood and Rope Collar Necklace, $7.90
Chambray Jumpsuit, $32.90
Open-Front Longline Vest, $24.90
Stripe Pattern Top, $14.90
Chiffon Shift Dress, $22.90
Spitfire PR52 Sunglasses, $39
Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $27.90
Oversized Denim Tote, $17.90
Matte Triangle Drop Earrings, $3.90
High-Slit Maxi Dress, $22.90
Longline Side-Slit Shirt, $15.90
Espadrille Flatform Slides, $19.90
Strappy Microfiber Bralette, $6.90
Layered Crepe Cardigan, $29.90
Pleated Woven Trousers, $22.80
High-Waisted Skinny Jeans, $27.90
Classic Woven Blazer, $34.80
Distressed Denim Mini Skirt, $22.90
Zippered Colorblock Crepe Jumpsuit, $29.90
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Has anyone else noticed that Forever 21 has stepped it up, big time? That's not to say you can't find the silly, overly trendy, achingly tweenaged stuff the store's known for (to wit: a PJ set that reads "some of my closet friends are snacks!"), but yesterday—during my life's mission to accumulate as much cheap crap as possible—I noticed a hefty chunk of the merchandise has gotten really, really good. Like, high-style good with a very obvious minimalist bent.

And it's not only the selection of stuff that impressed me, but it's the styling on the site, too. The retailer is famously press-averse, so finding out whose behind this on-site makeover of sorts isn't really an option, but it's clear the brand realized that—in order to succeed in a Zara-filled world—creating expensive-looking clothing that appeals to more style-aware demos than mallrats and cheerleaders is a must.

Because Forever 21's website has so much inventory, it's been allowing users to search by style, and within the "minimalist" category, I was pretty floored by the fact that I basically wanted everything. Black mules with a chunky heel, culottes, boxy white cotton shirts, dainty gold earrings, athleisure staples like marled joggers and slip-on sneakers, black minidresses, and more.

Honestly, I'm not someone that exclusively identifies as a minimalist—I gravitate toward kitsch in a big way—but I appreciate stylish simplicity too (which often gets a reputation for being expensive—thanks, Céline), and it's thrilling to me that I can now turn to F21 for those types of pieces instead of always relying of spots like Zara, Need Supply, and & Other stories—all of which are absolute gems, but usually require an upwards-of-$80 commitment for items I may not love next season, even if they're in neutral colors.

To prove that Forever 21 is a viable option for stylish women like you, I've rounded up 40 killer pieces in neutral colors and sleek cuts that you can mix and match all spring and summer long—and each is under $50. Proof, yet again, that you don't need a ton of money to look insanely stylish.

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