25 Rad Fashion-Girl Finds From Target, H&M, And Forever 21

There are two kinds of big-box fashion shoppers: Those who can dive into any store — no matter how basic, tween-oriented, or intimidatingly massive — and emerge with bags full of high-fashion lewks. And then, there are those who emerge in defeat and in need of a nap.

The difference between the two? Fashion girls see things differently. They know labels and design details to look for and how to zero in on those needle-in-the-haystack buys that everyone will ooh and ahh over — and maybe even mistake for designer.

We already hipped you to some of our favorite fashion-girl shopping hacks. Now we show you exactly what kind of buys those tactics turn up. Click ahead to see what happens when fashion girls shop five very different stores — and learn how to find the good sh*t, fast.

ASOS
You know how the entire fashion world is obsessed with the '70s right now? Well, so is ASOS — but more affordably than most. Check the brand's always-inspiring (and massive) selection of denim and minidresses, and keep an eye peeled for kooky patterns like these tropical-print shorts that are so very "holiday in Cabo."
ASOS Flutter Shorts In 70s Floral, $51.00 Buy
ASOS
You've already embraced the button-front skirt. Now get ready for its logical, '70s-tastic conclusion: the patch-pocket midi.
ASOS Denim Midi Skirt, $69.00 Buy
ASOS
Long sleeve, short hem looks so much fresher than yet another boho maxi dress.
Missguided Elephant Print Dress, $70.00 Buy
ASOS
A stripey sweater vest that's great on its own now, or over a black turtleneck come winter.
ASOS Knitted Tank, $50.00 Buy
ASOS
With their ankle crop, dark denim, and contrast stitching, these could be mistaken for Karen Walker.
ASOS Denim Overall, $81.00 Buy
Forever 21
The teen-centric emporium is a lot easier to navigate when you limit yourself to the Contemporary section, full of easy-to-wear items that are more interesting than under-$30 clothes have a right to be.

We love this breezy dress in Pantone's other color of the year, Minion Yellow.
Forever 21 Cutout Cami Midi Dress, $22.90 Buy
Forever 21
Stiff, non-stretchy denim (a.k.a., the good kind) isn't easy to find at this price point. So snatch it up when you do.
Forever 21 Boxy Denim Jacket, $27.90 Buy
Forever 21
If you're not big on the '70s revival, think of fringe as a textural design element on an otherwise basic piece — à la Sacai.
Forever 21 Genuine Suede Fringed Vest, $44.90 Buy
Forever 21
The denim jacket looks fresh again in a loose, open fit and resist-dye-style print.
Forever 21 Floral Print Chambray Kimono, $29.90 Buy
Forever 21
Sorry, we're not going to stop harping on culottes — especially when they're as perfectly flattering and breezy as this pair.
Forever 21 Mandala Print Culottes, $22.90 Buy
Free People
Boho babes still flock to Free People for all things printed, flared, and festival-ready. But minimalists should head to the FP Beach section for fuss-free dresses, as well as scan the racks for simple, unembellished pieces — like this monochromatic shirt that's more "cool pottery teacher" than Coachella cliché.
FP One Sheer Shirting Tunic, $78.00 Buy
Free People
This matching set's so swingy, it'll give Reformation a run for its money.
Flynn Skye That's A Wrap Set, $303.00 Buy
Free People
Fashion girls like their flares cropped and kicky, not costumey.
Citizens of Humanity Summer Of Love Crop Flare, $248.00 Buy
Free People
Just think of the magical things this rust-colored minidress will do for your summer tan.
Free People Embroidered Austin Dress, $148.00 Buy
Free People
What's cooler than a sleek, striped maxi dress? One that's actually a mix-and-match set. Remix the top with faded, cornflower-blue denim and the bottom with a scoop-neck white tee.
Free People Striped Set, $198.00 Buy
H&M
Because everyone else is wearing the blue denim version of this skirt.
H&M Denim Skirt, $49.99 Buy
H&M
Skinny, rib-knit sweaters are retro, but not overly so.
H&M Rib-knit Sweater, $49.95 Buy
H&M
Proof that pear-shaped is a good thing.
H&M Wide-cut Cotton Dress, $79.95 Buy
H&M
Culotte matching set is how cool girls do evening wear.
H&M Patterned Culottes, $59.99 Buy
H&M
The slouchy fit of this jumpsuit is everything — don't even think of pairing it with a heel.
H&M Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $59.99 Buy
Target
The red dot's not just a place to stock up on basic-basics: With a little digging, you'll find fashion-girl basics, too. Printed pieces can look a little young, but simple silhouettes in monochromatic colors are your friend — like this folky, tiered tank top, anyone?
Target Crochet Trim Tank, $19.99 Buy
Target
This easy chambray short is like the athleisure equivalent of the ubiquitous cutoff jean short.
Mossimo Drawstring Shorts, $19.99 Buy
Target
A white denim vest is the perfect layering piece for warm days.
Mossimo Denim Vest, $29.99 Buy
Target
An off-shoulder top with a decidedly Rosie Assoulin vibe.
Xhilaration Cold Shoulder Top, $17.99 Buy
Target
Not convinced on the culotte issue? At under $30, style risks don't get much easier to take.
Fashion Union Culotte Pant, $29.99 Buy