I read an article the other day called "How to shop at Forever 21 as a grown woman". I loved it, because really, it's kind of a mission for me. One of the tips was to skip past the front and walk straight to the Love21 section and I could not agree more. Both of these pieces came from the Love21 line and you can just tell the difference in details, quality, fabrics, and fit. They use more grown up fabrics and silhouettes so it makes it easier on us "old people". Details like the cut-outs on the arms of this blousy top and little gold beads on the ties, like the pleating on the skirt and a more grown up floral print make it worth the literally few extra dollars.
Oh, and birthday shoes are a must as well. That's kind of a no-brainer. I picked these up from JustFabulous because they just felt like warm weather.