Happy Monday! Oh, and may you have a wonderful March! We’re definitely getting closer and closer to spring. And today I’m sharing some great spring finds from one of the most affordable stores around, Target. In fact, later this week I’ll share a couple of surprisingly sharp looks I put together with a few of my finds from Target.
Why Target if You’re Going Slow Fashion?
Now, as most of you know, I’ve turned a bit of a corner in my fashion wardrobe strategy this year. I’m intent on building a sustainable wardrobe that works for me and requires fewer purchases over the long haul. This year’s Dressed for My Day style series, in fact, is called Moving Toward Slow Fashion. Because I’m interested in building a more robust but streamlined wardrobe, I am, indeed, spending a greater percentage of my shopping budget on quality clothing. So you may be wondering what I was doing at Target. Ha!
Well that’s the very reason you would have seen me flipping garments inside out, pulling out my reading glasses and perusing the labels if you’d spotted me at Target last Friday. Even at Target, I’m scrutinizing possible purchases more carefully. And while I generally don’t find high quality clothing at Target, I was looking for wearable and sustainable fabric choices. I was also considering cost per wear, recognizing that some trendy pieces are not worthy of a large chunk of my budget.
So whether you like to shop Target because it’s more in your preferred price range or you simply want to pick up a few trendier pieces to fill holes in your spring wardrobe, let’s check out what I found! You might be surprised as I was.
I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 155. I have an X or hourglass shape and fairly even proportions. I generally wear smalls or maybe mediums in shirts, tops, dresses, coats, etc. I almost always take an 8 in pants, skirts or dresses. But in jeans I vacillate pretty evenly between 8s and 6s, depending on the amount of stretch in the denim.
I’ll let you know if things run true to size and what size I’m wearing in the photos. But if you have any additional questions about fit, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.
Spring Styles at Target
First up, I tried on these high rise, ankle length, paper bag waist pants in black. Talk about having to adjust your eyes! I’ve not seen this silhouette on me since sometime in college, I’m pretty sure!
high rise, ankle length, paper bag waist pants // These pants indeed come to below the ankle on my 5’8″ frame. I’m wearing a medium and they have a generous fit. Honestly, they do what they’re supposed to do for this silhouette of pant. I’m not sure I care for the above-the-navel rise, but they’re trendy, fun pants. They’re 100% polyester and available in black, green and brown (see below). The key to styling these paper bag waist pants is to wear a fairly fitted shirt, tucked in.
The photo below is of the same pieces, but in different colors.
ribbed knit crewneck short sleeve t-shirt // This slightly ribbed t-shirt fit the bill. I’m wearing a medium, as I generally do when the shirt is fitted. The tee comes in a wide variety of colors, definitely more online, and is made of 58% Cotton, 39% Modal, and 3% Spandex. The shirt feels nice, but has lots of stretch, too. I’m wearing the light green in the first photo and white in the photo above.
Please ignore my facial expression in the next photo. LOL! I wish I had a better photo to share. I guess I was concentrating, trying to get this photo done quickly since someone was walking in.
satin slip dress in leopard // I probably wouldn’t wear this satin slip dress in leopard alone like this, but I wanted you to be able to see how it fits. I’m wearing a medium and it fits nicely. This simple dress has a nice drape and pretty shape. But I would probably wear it with a sweater over it or at least a denim jacket.
crewneck textured pullover sweater // I also wouldn’t necessarily wear this particular crewneck textured pullover sweater over this satin slip dress in leopard, but I just grabbed the first sweater I could find that kinda fit the bill. I simply wanted you to see how I would style the slip dress. If I topped this dress with my loose fitting black cashmere pullover I think that would make a great date night outfit. I’m wearing a small in the pullover for a nice fit.
Next up, I tried a pair of grey plaid mid-rise slim ankle pants with very low expectations. Boy, was I wrong!
grey plaid mid-rise slim ankle pants // I’m wearing my usual 8 in these pretty plaid pants, and they fit, but barely. I think I would size up in these. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a 10 for me to try that day. But the plaid in these pants is a very pretty black, grey, pink and cream combo.
There’s a jacket, too. But I didn’t think I’d like it as a suit, so I tried it with the same ribbed crewneck t-shirt shown above, but in pink. And topped the duo with a simple black lightweight back belt open cardigan.
back belt open cardigan // This cardigan is lightweight and constructed in a rayon blend. It has no buttons, but has an attached decorative belt in the back that helps keep the silhouette feminine. I’m wearing a small and it fits nicely. The sweater has lots of stretch, and would make a nice “office sweater.”
But then I wised up and tried the pants with the matching blazer. Oh my!
plaid long sleeve blazer // Not only do I like this blazer and pants duo worn as a suit, but I absolutely love the blazer itself. It’s a pleasantly loose fitting, long blazer that is fully lined and constructed with a feminine silhouette. I’m wearing a size 8 and it fits wonderfully. The sleeves are a little long, so you might want to have them tailored if needed. I think this makes such a pretty and contemporary spring suit for the office or church.
Granted, the quality on this blazer is not stellar. The lining is nice enough, but also a little floppy, if you know what I mean. You’re getting what you pay for. But if you want a pretty plaid blazer to wear this spring and summer, but don’t want to pay much for it, I can highly suggest this one. You’ll see me style it later this week!
black wide leg cropped pants // I loved these black wide leg cropped pants. And I would have kept them, but I already have several pair that are very similar. They’re 99% cotton and 1% Spandex for just a little stretch. I’m wearing an 8 and they feel amazingly comfortable, hitting around the navel. They feature a front zip and button closure and back patch pockets. They’re lightweight and have a very contemporary, casual silhouette.
These wide leg cropped pants also come in coral and cream, but the coral didn’t really work for my wardrobe and they didn’t have the cream in my size. Otherwise, I would have loved to try the cream, and I still may order them. I know these pants may not look like much in this photo, but if you’re looking for cool alternatives to shorts this spring and summer, these are the kinds of pants I suggest.
high rise ankle length tapered pants // I’m wearing a medium in the pants for a comfortable fit. They are slightly snug in the legs for me, but remember I have very
thick muscular legs (ahem!). The pants are cuffed just once on me in the photo above for reference. They’re a linen/rayon mix and come in black and coral, too.
button up relaxed fit shirt in pink // I’m wearing a small in the shirt, but would probably prefer a medium. I like that it’s lightweight, but not sheer enough to warrant a camisole in my estimation. I think simple shirts like this are perfect for spring. It’s also available in a pretty pale blue stripe.
Next I tried on this black double v-neck sleeveless jumper.
double v-neck sleeveless jumper // This simple jumper feels nice and light, but not at all fancy. Yes, you can dress it up or down, but the quality is not great. Still, if that’s okay for your purposes, this could make a great addition to your spring and summer wardrobe. You could wear it with a pretty cardigan or blazer or even your denim jacket.
I’m wearing a medium and it fits. But I did struggle getting it on. Of course, I have wide hips and shoulders that often make it difficult for me to get things off and on. Ugh! Trying on clothes is not for the faint of heart!!!
I then tried on a simple jeans and tee. Nothing fancy here, but these are the separates we all need, right? And these are good ones.
high-rise skinny jeans // These high-rise skinny jeans fit beautifully in my usual size 8, with lots of stretch but a quality denim hand. The come to mid ankle on my 5’8″ frame, so if you’re taller you might want to get them in long. And they are available in short, regular and long fits. I really like these jeans. And the dark wash is trimming and more elevated.
relaxed fit v-neck short sleeve t-shirt in rose // I’ve worn these Universal Thread t-shirts for years. They’re not the smoothest in my wardrobe, but they are a nice thickness, have a nice shape to them and feel good on. I’m wearing a small.
I think this last outfit is my favorite from my Target try-on session.
high rise skinny casual fit ankle jeans in ecru // I’m wearing an 8 in these high rise skinny casual fit ankle jeans and they fit very nicely. I sometimes wear a 6 in blue or black jeans, but almost always wear an 8 in white jeans, so these are very true to size. I love the button fly detail and the raw hem. I almost came home with these, but couldn’t really justify them in my wardrobe. But they’re a win, for sure.
long sleeve open front shirt in multicolor floral // I found this long sleeve open front shirt to be very soft and flattering. I think it looks best tucked gently in the front, at least. But you can wear it out for more of a smock look. I’m wearing a small and it fits nicely. The long sleeve open front shirt also comes in several other prints and a striking bright red textured dot.
utility anorak jacket in green // I wish I’d tried this utility anorak jacket in a small, but I didn’t take the time to do so. The medium is definitely too roomy on me. But it’s a great jacket. I like the full length inner zipper and front snaps along with the hood on the back. I think a utility jacket is a great spring wardrobe completer piece. Just probably size down on this one.
Well, that’s a wrap for today. But I do have a couple of outfits to share with you later this week that I created from some of these and other great Target finds. Let me know if you have any questions about the items I’ve shown here. As usual, I felt like I tried on a ton of clothes, but now it doesn’t seem like that many at all. And truly, there were many great pieces I couldn’t get to that day. You can check out all of Target’s new arrivals here.
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Blessed for My Day
I remember waiting upon Old Faithful to spew high into the air at Yellowstone National Park when I was a kid. I was befuddled at the fact that this “faithful” geyser could not actually be counted on to erupt more predictably. Indeed, Old Faithful’s eruptions vary as much as an hour and fifteen minutes from one to another, but it does so multiple times daily.
While I prefer things to be even more predictable, our God’s faithfulness is somewhat like that of this geyser He created. He is indeed faithful, but God is not at all predictable. We cannot put Him neatly into a box, clock His movements or measure Him out. Instead, we must trust that He is faithfully at work doing far beyond what we can imagine or understand. And even if we cannot predict His next move, we can trust that He will be faithfully demonstrating His love and commitment to us.
Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments. ~ Deuteronomy 7:9