I have some exciting news… I’m an official blogger for Target Australia and I’ll be writing one post a month, showcasing finds I love. I’m given a budget of $100, I shop my ass off and come back here to tell you all the things I think are worth checking out.
With Aidan ready to head to school a few extra days a week (hold me) I figure I’ll have a little more time up my sleeve to start doing Change Room Confessions again, you might remember them from my City Chic days.Basically I create a few outfits from the stock I love and prance about in change rooms showing you how I’d put it all together. Again, the main goal is to showcase plus size clothing on a size 20-22 body rather than the catalogue model who is usually a size 14-16… someone with a bit more junk in the trunk if you will.
I scoured through the MODA range and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t blown away. A lot of what was on offer were repeat styles in different trend colours. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that this is usual practice and it does service a community of dedicated MODA lovers but for someone who “gets around” in fashion, trying lots of brands… I felt a bit bored. It was all so safe. I’ve since talked to Target and hopefully in the new year I’ll get the opportunity to chat to the buying team and get some behind the scenes info, cross fingers! Now onto the outfits…
OUTFIT #1 “Blue Lagoon”
When I found the printed tunic in a sensual fabric in a bold colour I knew I’d have to try it on. It didn’t define my waist but it was really nice to wear and I felt good in it. I don’t believe in constantly belting garments, sometimes it’s nice to wear something less restrictive, especially in summer. I immediately paired the top with the blue crop pant which were extremely generous, the size 22 fell off me. They’re made of a really stretchy fabric and the waistband is quite wide to accommodate a larger middle. I’m wearing the 20 in these photos but I could have easily worn the 18.
I played off the colours in the tunic when choosing the accessories. I was instantly drawn to the bag so choosing the shoes was made even easier. Having a wide foot I was pleasantly surprised that I fit most styles. As I’m a 9.5 I still find the shoes a bit long for me in some styles but I just use those little heel grip pads that you can get from shoe stores. I think this look would work for the office Christmas party, dinner by the sea or even out dancing. You’ll feel comfortable in the pants, glamourous in the tunic and fancy in the heels.
OUTFIT #2 “Metallic Dreams”
The photos seriously don’t do this top justice, it’s gorgeous and the relaxed fit means you could easily dress it up or down. Metallic is definitely on trend for summer and it’s nice to see them available to the plus size consumer at an affordable price. I wanted to put together a dressy casual look, something that could be worn all together or in pieces on their own. I could see the skirt becoming an everyday favourite, the Midi length is really flattering and the jersey fabric is light enough to not make you sweat all summer long.
Again, I led the accessories charge after finding yet another cute bag. This one has soft gold, silver and black pleather weave as the feature and I’m in love. Matching shoes to the look was super easy, I could have gone with either silver or black as either would have worked. As soon as I saw this pair I was hooked. I really got a kick out of the metal detail and the fact that I wasn’t teetering around in super high heels. Sometimes a 3″ heel is all you need for a little boost.
OUTFIT #3 “New York Street”
The shirt and skirt would have to be the trendiest pieces I could find in the MODA section so I was determined to put them together and this was probably the easiest ensemble for me to create. I liked that the shirt was light and the pearl buttons were a great finishing touch. I decided to tie it at the waist to add a little definition and roll up the sleeves into a nice wide cuff. The skirt was stretchy and comfortable and I loved that it was a little shorter. The fine stripe disguised my tummy and drew attention to how wide my hips are and how small my waist is. Horizontal stripes for the win!
The beige sneaker wedges are pretty damn awesome and super comfy. I like the element of urban grunge they give the outfit. I picked the scarf to go with the shoes, I really liked the texture it added to the outfit. I’m embracing scarves more and more lately. I love the way they break up an outfit, create a feature and they’re an easy way to add colour. With this outfit I wanted a more neutral palette so I kept the bag simple and black with a chain strap and studded detailing. The bag came in taxi cab yellow too which I totally fell head over heels for but it just would have been too much for this look.
What did I end up spending my $100 budget on?
The shirt and skirt had to be mine, there was no doubt about it. I loved Suger’s denim shirt from New Look and whilst it’s not usually my style I figured it would work well with casual dresses over summer and give me light coverage at night time without having to depend on a heavier denim jacket. The shoes, well I needed them. My black patent pumps from City Chic no longer fit properly since I had Aidan, they flop off my feet but I haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement… until now. The lace heels are gorgeous and super comfy so they had to come home with me too.
I got really lucky with the sale, it enabled me to stretch my budget further than I expected. There are heaps of pieces that I featured that I want to rush back and buy but I have to be practical as I’m saving up to hit those NYC streets again. Over the summer break I’ll be sharing more about my New York journey. I know I haven’t written much about it but it was an emotional process and something I wanted to keep close to my chest for awhile.
I really hope you loved this post and I’m looking forward to sharing more Change Room Confession posts in the coming months, hitting up lots of different stores where I love to go shopping. If you have store recommendations I’d love to hear about it as not all my readers have direct access to the shops and online shopping can be a little tricky sometimes. Getting the right fit can be hard so I really hope these posts help.
Please Note: I was paid for my time and gifted $100 voucher to spend at Target in store on Fashion products and garments. Product selection was at my own personal discretion and all opinions are my own as usual, please feel free to read my blog’s disclosure policy.