I find the designer collabs for Target interesting. For each collaboration there tends to be a lot of hype, then items sell out very quickly once they hit the shelves. Yet I have almost no luck. I don’t know if it’s because I’m petite, but I pretty much always find the sizing is off. When it comes to the Victoria Beckham collection, I checked out all the photos in advance and narrowed down the items I liked, but I didn’t make it into the store until several days after launch, so there was almost nothing left. This dress was one of the only items in my size and I’m NOT usually a fan of shift dresses. The silhouette is bad for my body type. Sure enough the XS was a bit loose and boxy, though in this case it worked in my favor, as it didn’t cling awkwardly to my curves the way shift dresses do. For one thing I love bright colors, and in the case of this dress I like the scalloped detail, so I bought it – which is rare for any Target collab.
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I know most people make plans for the occasion, I wanted to offer three different perspectives on potential outfit combos. These looks work whether for a first date, dinner with your longtime significant other, or even a girls’ night celebration. Which one would you go for? I guess it depends on the venue, and of course your personal preferences. I have plans for dinner with my hubby, and will likely opt for something along the lines of the “fun & flirty” floral dress. Though honestly, I LOVE all these looks!!
LOOK 1: CUTE & CASUAL
As I sit and write this, it’s actually cold and rainy outside, and it finally feels like fall is here! A few days ago when I shot this look, it wasn’t quite as cold, but it was overcast and cool enough to wear a little sweater. I styled this outfit because I wanted to show how easily you can transition a spring trend into fall. Gingham was probably the standout spring print. Florals and stripes are always big for spring, but this past season gingham was the fun, fresh wildcard. It’s incredibly versatile however, because black and white prints have classic, seasonless appeal. These particular pants are not heavy enough for a cold winter day, but they definitely work for a cool-ish fall day. I could have layered a lightweight coat or jacket for additional warm, and opted for booties instead of sandals, but again it wasn’t quite that cool. I just got really excited to wear a sweater 🙂 Alsoooooo, I’m wearing Lime Crime’s velvetine in cashmere on the lips. It’s honestly one of my favorite colors for fall/winter!
SHOP THE LOOK
Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here & here) / Pants: LOFT (exact here & similar here) / Sandals: Sam Edelman (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Quay X Shay (sold out, similar here) / Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here) / Necklace: BaubleBar (similar here) / Bracelet: JewelMint (similar here) / Handbag: Ted Baker (similar here)
Photography by Jessica Kircher
I’m a big fan of feminine, ladylike style. I think there’s something very sexy about embracing womanhood and dressing to show it off. That being said, I’m not personally super girly. I love a curve hugging peplum or a big full princess skirt, but I can’t go all out fem because it doesn’t suit me. I’m a little bit more rock and roll, so there has to be some edgy element to my look for it to feel right. If I had styled this outfit with single-sole pumps and a delicate necklace, it would look more traditional, and possibly more “on trend”. But if there’s one thing I really don’t believe in, it’s dressing to look like everyone else. I’d much rather go off trend and wear something that complements my unique personality.
I absolutely adore these mega platforms with the black flame detail. First of all, I’m super short, and shortie looooves her platforms. Plus these are just bad ass aren’t they?! They’re Scene by ShoeDazzle so I got them for a phenomenal price. My tote on the other hand, by Ted Baker, is the epitome of ladylike. I like the way the two pieces complement and contrast at the same time. The slim fit black pants are by Ann Taylor. Ann Taylor makes good quality, great fitting pants and I swear by them because almost every style comes in petite, so I don’t even need a tailor! (They also come in long lengths for taller gals.) The hot pink peplum was an H&M sale score. I’m obsessed with the color and generally like peplums for the curve accentuating effect. The amazing Swarovski crystal necklace was my very first BaubleBar purchase (years ago) but it remains one of my favorite necklaces to this day and people often comment on it. The one point I’d like to make about this look, is that the easiest way to wear a voluminous peplum top is to balance out the proportions with something slim down below, like skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. Don’t go for full and full, because it’s a lot harder to pull off (unless you have the proportions just right). So there you have it, some outfit inspiration for the day. Happy Saturday everyone!! Xo