When it comes to shopping, my philosophy is to splurge on classics, save on trends. And I learned that the hard way: I didn't do my bank account any favors by splurging on every sartorial craze to hit my Instagram feed. While I don't plan to totally curb my habit of buying designer items when a new trend comes along, even I'm aware of my (credit card) limits. And that's where Target's new trending page comes in.
The mass retailer is selling everything from mock croc mules and neon dresses to two-piece sets and extra oversized straw hats — all the latest style sensations at a reasonable price (under $40 to be exact). Ahead, we handpicked the 10 best under-$40 summer trends on Target's new trending page. Your bank account will thank us.
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We're don't know what it is about camp (as in sleep away, not Met Gala) tropes that have us champing at the bit, but one thing is clear: tie-dye is their leader. And since no one wants to drop $$$ on a trend that costs less than $10 to make yourself, we found everything from oversized hoodies taken straight from Woodstock to longline jackets that add a sophisticated touch to the child-like pattern at Target for next to nothing.
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No matter the season, you can't go wrong with a slip dress. In the summer, they offer a breezy feel unlike any of your warm weather essentials, and when the going gets rough (a.k.a. winter), you can layer it up with a turtleneck and boots.
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If you're bored of your regular, everyday t-shirts, these are the tops for you. With an added boost of volume, puff-sleeve blouses can take any 'fit, no matter how basic, to new heights — literally.
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High-Waisted Bathing Suits
The tan lines might not be ideal, but the ultra-flattering waistline and high-cut fits of today's high-waisted bathing suits more than make up for them 9 times out of 10. And while some designer suits could seriously set you back, these just-as-good styles from Target only look like they cost a pretty penny.
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Whether you're a fan or not, there's no denying the rising popularity of bike shorts. Give them the good ol' college try before dismissing them for good by shopping these three under-$40 styles from Target.
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Summer is the perfect time to experiment with a trend that you wouldn't typically gear towards. So before you swear off metallics without a second look, give these three under-$40 styles a go.
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Thanks to designers like Batsheva and The Vampire's Wife, prairie dresses are on the rise. But if you can't justify spending $400+ on one of the originals, we suggest buying up one of these affordable look-a-likes.
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Slime green, hot pink, highlighter orange — no matter the color, if it comes in an electric shade, we'll buy it up lickety-split.
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Is it just us or does a new animal print rise to trend stardom with each coming day? Thankfully, Target's got them all, from leopard print boilersuits to tiger print turtleneck dresses.
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Oversized Straw Hats
At this point, you've probably seen the infamous XXL-sized straw hats à la Jacquemus — and if you haven't, where the hell have you been? If you want the Instagram cred, but don't want to drop $500+, these less than $40 options are an unbeatable alternative.
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Avoid the tan lines that come from strappy summer dresses and opt instead for an off-the-shoulder maxi instead.
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Two-piece sets may be our favorite trend of the summer. It's 3 looks for the price of one, if you're not afraid to mix and match the pieces with other items in your wardrobe. And it comes in one pretty monochrome package — what's not to love?