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Your Shopping Strategy Shopping The Altuzarra x Target Collab (12 Stylist Picks!)

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Tired of sifting through big store designer collaborations and finding nothing you want left by the time you actually make it into the store?

I have your strategy for shopping the upcoming Altuzarra x Target collection who’s preview was just released and will be out in stores on September 14th. This one won’t last long in stores thanks to fashionistas in the know and the strong looks created by the CFDA darling designer.

When Joseph Altuzarra teamed up with Target, he set out to keep the feel of his pricey line but still staying true to his brand without literally recycling his designs. Unlike past Target lines, he focused on the cut of the garments, which always helps make clothing look more expensive, but staying with Target prices—nothing over $89.99—something he’s able to accomplish when working with the large quantities that Target produces.

Check out my stylist picks of the nearly 50 piece collection and why you may want to add these 12 items to your shopping list:

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1. This sheer bow blouse is a good bet to snatch up before everyone else catches on. I guarantee the dress versions of this will go first, but the blouse version is more versatile because you can wear it with jeans, layered with a sweater over it or even tucked into a skirt. This classic top will have way more legs than a dress (no pun intended).

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2. This corset belt is also a good bet because it’s flattering on anyone and can make a cheap dress with no shape look much more upscale. It’s hard to tell how good the leather is from the picture, so that’s why my pick is the black over the black, which is lighter so you can see how the quality of leather is more easily. STYLIST TIP: If you do get the brown version, you may want to make the leather more buttery and weathered by rubbing Vaseline on it and you can add wear with rubbing it with sandpaper.

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3. This pick could go either way, depending on how it feels in person, but right now the furry coat was EVERYWHERE on the fall runways and it’s totally on trend—therefore if you want to jump on board, this is an affordable way to make that happen.

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4. I predict that these over-the-knee boots may be the first things to go in the collection, so while everyone’s fighting over the dresses in the front of the store, run straight to the shoes in the back and grab these. They’re a beautiful design and will no doubt be mistaken for a way more expensive shoe. The tricky part is whether the quality is there, so you may have to stop in the Dr. Scholl’s shoe pads department while in Target!

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5. This sheer peasant dress is one of the most gorgeous of the collection with intricate embroidery making it look way more expensive than it likely is.

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6. The peasant blouse version is equally as good and can be worn nearly all year-round, layered or on its own.

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7. Everyone needs a well tailored blazer and this one with its well-placed darts, high cut arm holes and slim sleeves, this one is sure to flatter and be a classic staple for years to come.

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8. This two-tone trench may be the priciest piece in the collection, but it’s well worth the investment. A good designer trench tailored with details like this would normally cost hundreds and not end in a price with $.99

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9. Read #7 and add a showstopping WOW between the rich color and luscious fabric of this velvet blazer.

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10. Add the velvet pants for a Gwyneth in a Tom Ford for Gucci 90′s moment—not to mention the beautiful satin striping details.

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11. The cut of this 70′s influenced dress is extremely flattering on most figures and is sexy yet classic. It’s also one of the few dresses in the collection that you probably won’t get stopped by someone who recognizes the collection and asks, “oh is that Target?”

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12. If you can’t score #4, grab these lace-up booties. They’re just as fabulous and you’ll live in them all season.

Happy shopping and good luck fighting over these items!

images via Refinery29


Your Shopping List for Peter Pilotto x Target (You’re Welcome!)

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Another one of Target‘s brilliant collaborations with a major designer of the moment is coming our way again smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week  on February 9th and this may be one of their best yet.

 

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For those of you who don’t have a clue who Peter Pilotto is, you will soon, just like you got to know some of the past collaborators like Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim. The London-based duo is known for their modern bold prints, so this collection will definitely be one of the more recognizable ones.

Because of that, the trick to success with shopping these affordable collaborations without everyone stopping you to ask if you got that at Target, is to stick with less recognizable pieces from the collection and check the fabrics/materials for quality. Of course you can’t do this while shopping online, but for prices like $24.99, who cares?

Below are my picks for the collection to save you the agony while getting to Target or Netaporter.com at 6am on 2/9.

 

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sunglasses $16.99

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bikini top $24.99

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crop top $24.99

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skirt $34.99

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sweatshirt $29.99

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slip-on shoe $29.99


#FridayFavorites / @KateSpadeNY @Target @SophieHughes

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You may have spotted some of these gorgeous new 2 Park Avenue Beau bags from Kate Spade New York on some street style snaps over fashion week. I’m not usually one for anything too girly, but then I found drooling over the leopard print and the red & pink Beaus, which are both feminine and a bit of my downtown style. A girl can never have too many beaus, right?

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While I sadly didn’t receive one of these gorgeous bags, Kate Spade sent me this adorable USB drive with their signature Beau bag shape. This is definitely the most BEAUtiful thumb drive I’ve ever seen. (Sorry, I had to).

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Now that I’m a homeowner, all of my money tends to go to my home, rather than my wardrobe lately, so it was great to see that Phillip Lim’s collection for Target was a price point that I can afford right now…and still looks like the real thing.

Other than the Target logo and me blurting out, “can you believe this is from Target?”, I fooled everyone on a photoshoot the other day with this $35 bag!

While they sold out online a couple of weeks ago, there may be some getting returned at this point because people—who shall remain nameless—bought 9 bags at 6am before they sold out and are now returning the ones they don’t want (or I didn’t buy off them).

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This teeny tiny ring from Sophie Hughes was custom made just for me when I was obsessing over the knuckle ring craze. Now that I’m over it, it’s actually the perfect every day pinky ring because you can see both the delicate hand-crafted hammered gold and the pewter colored metal from the side. It’s no wonder why celebs like Rose Byrne are now flocking to this indie classic yet edgy jewelry brand.

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