If I had to define my personal style, I would call it: “Target Women’s Section”. Do you know what I mean? When you see a woman walking down the street and think to yourself, “She totally bought that at Target”.
Yea, that’s me. I’m the woman. 2/3 of my closet is made up of the women’s section from the store. “Target clothes” are a style. Maybe it’s just because I shop there so often. I can’t walk into that store without looking at the clothes. I mean, they’re RIGHT THERE. In the front of the store. As soon as you walk in.
Notice how the men’s section is always squeezed into a back corner? Not the women’s section. Oh, no. Let’s put that right next to the entrance, so that all of the women who think they’re only coming in here for groceries and toilet paper will walk by and say, “You know, it doesn’t hurt to LOOK at the clothes…”
Men don’t get it. I’ve dragged my boyfriend in there when he was looking for a new button-down and said, “At least LOOK at the clothes”, thinking he would surely find SOMETHING. It’s Target. He took a quick lap through the graphic tees and plaid button-downs and said, “Yeeeea I don’t see anything I want, let’s go.”
Seriously. Like he was in Walmart or something.
Target’s men’s section is about 1/3 the size of the women’s section and usually blends into the shoe aisle. The women’s section, on the other hand, takes up an entire wall of the store and preys on weak women like myself who believe that a new $19 sweater is going to fix her entire life.
Having a bad day? Go to Target. Feeling fat? Go to Target, buy some mid-rise jeans. Unmotivated to go to work on Monday? Buy a new pencil skirt, or some new shoes – or both! Hey, why not, it’s Target! For $80, you’ve got yourself a brand new outfit!
It’s a trap. It’s totally a trap. Who knows, maybe it’s a sickness – thinking that a new sweater is going to fix everything. Or that if I buy some new $15 fuzzy sweatpants, even though I have an entire drawer of fuzzy sweatpants at home, I’ll feel better about staying in and cleaning the house that evening.
And the slippers. Don’t even get me started on the slippers. These fuzzy-wuzzy, cozy shoes meant to be worn in the house – even though I don’t wear shoes in the house and have said multiple times that slippers make my feet “too hot” (they don’t sweat, my toes just need to breathe, ya know?)… but put me in front of the robe and sweatpants and pajama aisle on a cold, Fall day and suddenly… “Those slippers are SO cute! I want those. Oh, they’re only $13? AND they have little fuzzy balls on the toes?! Adorable! I should buy those.”
I have three pairs of slippers. That I never wear. But I just haaaaad to buy. Because they had little fuzzy balls on the toes. If that’s not a good enough reason to spend $13, then I don’t know what is.
I mean, maybe to buy food. But, you know.
This is what happened to me the other day. I went into Target for paper towels, and somehow – magically – found myself drifting over to the clothes aisle. It was like, I went in there for paper towels, and all of a sudden, I saw a mannequin wearing a cute sweater and said to myself, “Now that’s cute”…. and the next thing I knew, I was looking at sweaters. It was weird.
Baggy sweaters, stripe-y sweaters, knit sweaters, cardigans. There’s something about Fall clothes that make me feel like I’m going back to school again. Like it’s my big chance to redefine my style. “Who will I be this year? The girl who wears tight jeans and baggy sweaters? The preppy girl who wears cardigans? That girl who tries too hard and goes to school wearing a plaid mini-skirt?!”
I’m a much better dresser now than I was in high school. Probably because polos are no longer in style and it’s totally on-trend to wear mom-jeans. Or maybe it’s only “on-trend” because I’m getting to that age where it would be completely reasonable for me to be a mom. Either way, it’s made a huge impact on my style game.
(Also, did anyone else see that denim skirts are coming back? Those were a thing when I was in high school. I’m officially old enough to see trends come “back around”. Feel old yet?)
Target specializes in… well, I don’t know what Target specializes in. They’re a “one stop shop” kind of store. You can go in there for toilet paper and walk out with mascara, a sweater, a picture frame, and DVD, and NO TOILET PAPER because you forgot it. (True story.) It’s not a “department store” like Macy’s or Nordstrom. You’re not going to walk in there and buy a Michael Kors duffle bag. It’s Target. They sell their clothes on plastic hangers. It’s like the “nice” version of Walmart.
But it’s waaaay better than Walmart. Trust me.
I bought one of those large blanket scarves in there the other day. I went in there, thinking to myself that I was totally SET for my “Fall wardrobe”, I just needed another pair of dark jeans (literally all of my jeans come from Target. No shame.), and then I saw the blanket scarves.
Two minutes ago, I was convinced that I didn’t need ANY MORE SWEATERS. Or scarves. “I have everything I need for my Fall wardrobe,” I told myself. “I have plenty of sweaters and cozy, warm things in my closet already.” And then I saw that blanket scarf. And I remembered the fashion bloggers I saw on Instagram wearing them. And I was like, “But I don’t have a blanket scarf yet. And all of the fashion bloggers wear them. And it’s only…” *check the price tag*… “$24.99. That’s a steal! I have to buy it.”
I have to buy it. I mean, they’re practically giving it away. And it’s clear that my wardrobe isn’t complete without a blanket scarf – as established by my brain thirty seconds ago.
Ugh. I knoooow. I suck.
Booties are the other thing. I have three pair, because I’ve decided that my “go-to Fall outfit” should be tight black skinny jeans, booties, and a sweater. (In reality, it will probably be leggings and UGG boots. But, hey, a girl can dream, right?)
Believe it or not, this post was not sponsored by Target.
What’s your “Go-to- Fall outfit”? Let me know in the comments!