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”
- Printed Silky Tunic Blouse $39
- Crop Pants $39
- HiLite Contrast One Band Ankle Strap Pump $40
- Contrast Panel Shoulder Bag Turquoise $30
- TOTAL $148
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”
- Lurex Tee Purple/Silver $29
- HiLo Skirt Black $35
- Iron Metal Trim Heeled Sandal $40
- Woven Chevron Clutch $35
- TOTAL $139
OUTFIT #3 “New York Street”
- Long Sleeve Denim Shirt $45
- Stripe Skirt Black/White $35
- Singlet White $10
- Mushroom Ruffle Scarf w/Bobble Trim $20
- Cross Body Black Blag $35
- Penelope Womens Sporty Laces Up Wedge $50
- TOTAL: $195
What did I end up spending my $100 budget on?
- Denim Shirt $45 : on sale for $32.79
- Stripe Skirt $35 : on sale for $25.50
- Lace Heels $40 : on sale for $21.86
- Patent Pumps $40 : on sale for $21.86
- TOTAL: $102.00 : total saved $58