Artwork by Hallie Anderson
Target: the go-to for any girl who wants a cute closet but has a limited bank account.
When I entered Target to shop for school supplies, I was furious. My superstore, my safe haven, my home away from home had completely shifted. Where is the ever-present swimsuit display? I thought. The fitting rooms? THE CRAFT SUPPLIES? Angry as I was, I decided I might as well explore the new Target, and I found plenty of redeeming qualities. The display of miniature beauty supplies nearly made me drop my red basket in excitement, and I gasped when I saw the space dedicated to Jojo Siwa paraphernalia. But what I was most excited about was the expanded women’s clothing section of Target.
As I began to get lost in the seemingly unending display of clothes, I noticed how similar they were to the brands I know and love. What used to be a jumble of loud florals and every kind of stripe imaginable is now a display reminiscent of those in Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Madewell. And while these brands are popular among fashionable St. Mary’s students, they can be way beyond our budget. Target’s reasonably priced yet fashionable new brands inspired me to bring in seniors Linda Rossi and Celia Stem to demonstrate how you can have the look for less.
Wild Fable has the trendy aesthetic of Urban Outfitters without leaving your pockets empty. Though it can often be difficult to find any outfit with a price tag under three digits, Linda’s first outfit costs a total of $68! Her leather skirt and floral top can be styled for an event as nice as a night out or as casual as a football game. The patterns don’t stop with Linda’s top; Celia’s $30 leopard print jumpsuit and Linda’s $20 zebra skirt are killing the game. They both rock must-haves such as leather and jean jackets, jeans, and even a stylish $15 fanny pack. Of course, not everything has to be the least expensive option. Splurge on the statements and mix them with less expensive basics, or embrace your wild side at Target and stick to the name brands for the items you will wear the most.
The Universal Thread brand has the same clean-cut, stylish feel as Madewell or Anthropologie. Celia’s adorable dress is only $30, and her black tote and hat are versatile necessities. Linda, on the other hand, is wearing a casual utilitarian jumpsuit that works for any time of the year. Her jumpsuit comes to a total of $35, and it’s a perfect and simple look for school.
Do you want to look as fabulous as these seniors but don’t want to break the bank? Just grab a red cart and get started, because Target has you covered!
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