How Our Editors Would Spend $100 At Target

Some of you know Target as the place where you can stock up on beauty essentials on the cheap, or pick up a crate of Easy Mac in one hand and a chic ottoman in the other. We, however, know it as an abundant resource for affordable and on-trend wares, and look at it as a fun little challenge to see what we can manage to find in its many, many aisles (whether virtually or IRL).
Come summer, we have a lot of other expenses to worry about besides adding to our wardrobe, like a broker fee for a new apartment, or a weekend trip we splurged on with friends from high school. And that means our closets sometimes tend take a back seat. Those are the moments when Target becomes the first on our list to hit when we need a new swimsuit for said trip, or a new piece of decor for said apartment. Sure, the items may not quite compare to that Attico dress you've been eyeing, or that Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini you just saw on Kendall Jenner and had to have, but they can come pretty darn close (seriously, even Karlie Kloss is a fan).
Advertisement
Now allow us to prove it to you. With one-hundred theoretical dollars in our pockets, a few members of R29's fashion team picked out the steals that'll take us through summer without killing our budgets. Click on to see what we uncovered.
1 of 22
"I've fallen in love with a dozen vintage crocheted-metal pouches, but the truth of the matter is that they're too delicate to actually carry things. This one has a lot of the charm of a Victorian one, but won't fall apart if I try and jam my iPhone into it."
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Tevolio Beaded Metal Pouch Handbag, $24.99, available at Target.
2 of 22
"Look how deliciously silver this umbrella is! It's like a melted nickel. Rain falling off it would look like mercury."
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

ShedRain Windjammer Compact Auto Open/Close Vented 43" Umbrella, $32.99, available at Target.
3 of 22
"A $10 bag strap is a cheap way to make an old bag feel like a new one."
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Mossimo Supply Co. Striped Handbag Strap, $9.99, available at Target.
4 of 22
"These slides (in black) look anonymous in that expensive way. Are they Céline? Are they vintage? (They're Target!)"
- Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer

Who What Wear Block Heel Slide Sandals, $34.99, available at Target.
Advertisement
5 of 22
"I'm a sucker for anything scalloped and I still haven't bit the bullet on a Marysia suit, so this is the next best (and far cheaper) thing. Plus, it'll double nicely as a bodysuit with jorts and maxi skirts."
- Alexandra Ilyashov, Senior Fashion News Editor

Vanilla Beach V-neck One-piece, $35, available at Target.
6 of 22
"All I want to do in summer is live in breezy, white eyelet shmattes that look like doilies or throw pillows at your great aunt's house, and I don't yet have an off-the-shoulder version."
- Alexandra Ilyashov, Senior Fashion News Editor

Merona Lace Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $34.99, available at Target.
7 of 22
"I've randomly been really feeling nightgowns lately, and this one isn't too frumpy...or like a Fredrick's of Hollywood reject. It could definitely fly for a quick errand run with some flats, too."
- Alexandra Ilyashov, Senior Fashion News Editor

Gillian & O'Malley Sleep Shirt, $19.99, available at Target.
8 of 22
"Comfortable, legitimately VPL-free hipsters that I already own in bulk. I'll take two more pairs!"
- Alexandra Ilyashov, Senior Fashion News Editor

Gilligan & O'Malley Women's No Show Laser Cut Hipster, $5, available at Target.
9 of 22
"I'm a sucker for a ruffle, and this sweet neckline detail is calling my name."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Xhilaration Rufle High Neck Maxi Dress, $29.99, available at Target.
Advertisement
10 of 22
"This is essentially the less-expensive version of that Clare V. bag I've been eyeing, and it'll work whether I'm at the beach or in the city."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Who What Wear Women's Weave Circle Bag, $24.99, available at Target.
11 of 22
"Since I always tuck things in, I've come to really love a bodysuit — this one is cute and flattering, and I'd wear it with my Levi's Wedgie jeans and tennis shoes on any given day."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Xhilaration Bodysuit, $12.99, available at Target.
12 of 22
"Summer sandals aren't really my thing, but I can totally get behind this statement slide."
- Alyssa Coscarelli, Fashion Market Editor

Sam & Libby Nevada Slide Sandals, $24.99, available at Target.
13 of 22
"I have to physically restrain myself from grabbing something from Who What Wear's collection for Target every time I go to the store, since the section is conveniently located by checkout. I love the on-trend but incredibly affordable and well-designed pieces. Case in point: this calf-grazing printed wrap dress of my summer dreams."
- Ana Colon, Fashion News Writer

Who What Wear Flutter Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress, $36.99, available at Target.
14 of 22
"I've never met a mule I didn't like — especially when said mule has a block heel and will set me back less than $30."
- Ana Colon, Fashion News Writer

Merona Women's Didi Mule Pumps, $25.48, available at Target.
Advertisement
15 of 22
"I'm going a liiittle over the price limit, but isn't that always the story when you go to Target and end up grabbing that decorative animal statuette or limited-edition Oreo flavor on your way to the register? At $28 total, I think I can't afford not to have this swimsuit in my life."
- Ana Colon, Fashion News Writer

Xhilaration Lace Up Bralette Bikini Top, $14, available at Target; Xhilaration Cheeky Hipster Bottom, $14, available at Target.
16 of 22
"Track is back — and it's on sale."
- Ana Colon, Fashion News Writer

Mossimo Supply Co. Women's Track Pant, $13.98, available at Target.
17 of 22
"I'd wear this top with a pair of jeans on the weekend, too."
- Emily Holland, Styling Director

Gillian & O'Malley Pajama Set, $19.99, available at Target.
18 of 22
"Summer is all about finding those easy, light dresses."
- Emily Holland, Styling Director

Merona Denim Halter Midi Dress, $29.99, available at Target.
19 of 22
"A black bikini should be a staple in everyone's closet. This one fits the bill, but gives it something a little special, too."
- Emily Holland, Styling Director

Xhilaration Crochet Trim Bikini Top, $17, available at Target.
Advertisement
20 of 22
"Athluxury, but make it affordable."
- Erin Cunningham, Senior Fashion Editor

Mossimo Mesh Anorak Jacket, $39.99 $27.98, available at Target.
21 of 22
"Never not searching for sunglasses that give me major Olsen Twin vibes."
- Erin Cunningham, Senior Fashion Editor

Target Gradient Sunglasses with Tortoise Frame, $16.99, available at Target.
22 of 22
"Yet another addition to my not-wearing-pants-for-the-next-three-months plan."
- Erin Cunningham, Senior Fashion Editor


Who What Wear Cut Out Dress, $34.99, available at Target.
Advertisement

Shop your inbox!

yay! get ready for the good stuff!