R29ers Do The Embellished Trend With A Little Flash, A Lotta Sass

In seasons past, "embellished" has meant big, bold, and — more often than not — really, really sparkly. But, with brands like Fendi and Proenza Schouler abandoning in-your-face adornment for a more subtle interpretation of the term, we’re seeing fashion evolve in real time. The new embellishment is about contrasting details in fabric and finish and color and cut — and we’ve got your crash course.
Our fearless staff took the trend for a spin. And, cause sharing is caring, we scoured Target to find every piece you need to do embellished your way.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Amanda Saviñón, photo assistant
Amanda’s multi-tonal satchel is a fresh update on the classic style; her sweater’s leather insets make it worth a double take.

Mossimo Women's V-Neck Sweater w/ Faux Leather in Hollyhock Purple, $27.99, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Neha Gandhi, executive editor, features
Are you seeing what we’re seeing? Neha’s rockin’ an oversized blazer, a black-and-white palette, and embellished trousers. It could be trend overload, but she ties it all together with a red lip and black pumps. So Casablanca. Here’s looking at you, style whisperer.

Mossimo Women's Legging w/ Pleather Detail, $29.99, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Annie Georgia Greenberg, New York editor
Just like AGG, this look is one-of-a-kind. There’s no obvious “embellishment” here, but the unexpected mash-up of the vest, sweater, and button-down (sexed up by a miniskirt and knee-high boots) is every inch as stunning as the sparkliest statement bauble.

Mossimo Women's Moto Vest With Faux Leather, shop a similar style at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Candace Sautman, Associate Project Manager
Windowpane checks and plaid paneling make this jacket a (totally versatile) statement piece. With tailored pants and loafers, it’d be all prep, no punk. Candace chose cuffed, faded jeans and a button-down Johnny Cash would’ve envied.

Merona Women's Plaid Blazer, $34.99, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Willow Lindley, assistant fashion editor
A studded collar is nothing new, but strappy flats, skinnies, and round specs give Willow’s look a beatnik vibe we’re totally digging. To see the coolest thing about this ensemble, take a second look: It’s the leopard-print cuff peeking out at her wrist.

Mossimo Women's Faux Leather Jacket w/ Studded Collar, $44.99, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Tara Rasmus, assistant beauty editor
This pencil skirt’s leather paneling is seriously flattering — crucial if you’re pairing yours with sneakers. Tara keeps the ensemble from kitschy territory with a classic bomber jacket, marled sweater, and red lip. Urban sophisticate next door? We’re sold.

Mossimo Women's High Low Ponte Skirt w/ Faux Leather in Red, $22.99, available at Target; Xhilaration Junior's Plus-Size Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $44.99, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Victoria Lampley, senior brand experiences manager
This black-on-black look is hardly basic. A leather jacket gets major depth from quilting and studs, while the ballerina skirt is unexpectedly elegant. Maybe it’s the topknot and the wistful stare, but Victoria looks like a subway-riding Holly Golightly to us.

Xhilaration Juniors Faux Leather Detail Knit Fit & Flare Dress, $24.99, available at Target; Mossimo Women's Studded Faux Leather Jacket, $44.99, available at Target.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Charlene Chang, senior fashion sales manager
A simple sheath in cobalt blue is plenty fierce already. Add these zigzag side panels, and it’s futuristic-cool. Charlene’s low-heeled booties and slouchy cap make the look feel current, but we still think Judy Jetson would approve.

Mossimo Women's V-Neck Ponte Dress w/ Faux Leather in Athens Blue, $27.99, available at Target.
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