One night last week, I grabbed my favorite stylist, headed over to a nearby Target, and we spent a super fun two hours putting together some inexpensive holiday looks for y’all! To say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of things we found would be an understatement! It was an amazing and eye-opening experience, for sure. 😁 Today, I’m sharing the looks and photos with you. (Seriously, you may never want to shop anywhere else!)
Target Style: My Stylist
I’m a firm believer in calling in the experts when you know you need help. Oh, I can put together outfits, and I do it all the time. But, just like everyone, I can get in a style rut and have a hard time breaking out. Sometimes the bravest thing to do is to admit you need help, ask for it, and then (try!) to give up control and let the experts work their magic!
I first met Jacob at the WHBM in Northpark Center here in Dallas. I loved the looks he put together for me there, and every time I needed some fresh inspiration, I headed his way! Some of the most-liked looks on my Instagram are the ones he’s styled for me! In addition to his job at WHBM, he works for Target as a visual merchandiser, works as a professional stylist, and he’s in school. Whoa!
I’m always trying to think of new, fresh ideas for Empty Nest Blessed, and when I came up with the idea of doing a try-on haul at Target, I asked if he would style me. We decided to wait until their holiday styles came out, so we could (hopefully) inspire y’all with some unique and fun holiday looks. Whether he was putting me in a shoe I didn’t expect, or pairing a top with a bottom I never would have thought of Jacob made it happen!
Styling notes: Everything we tried fit TTS (true to size) unless I indicate below the photo. I’m wearing size XS in tops and XS or 2 in bottoms. Also, know that size selections are spotty in the stores, so if I were you, I’d order online!
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Target Style: Paperbaggin’ It
I’ve wanted to try some paper bag waist pants for the longest time, but I couldn’t figure out how to style them! When I saw this metallic pair hanging in the store, I knew this was the time.
What I said: Won’t paper bag waist pants just add a bunch of volume around my middle and make me look larger than I am?
What Jacob said: Not if we pair it with a slim, fitted top.
What I learned: The exaggerated volume of the paper bag waist is the key style element of the outfit. Let it do its thangggg and make a strong style statement. 🙌
What I did: I bought this entire look (except the handbag) to wear to a holiday party!
Target Style: Green & Fuzzy
I love the idea of wedge sneakers! I mean, you’re combining the benefits of a heel (think: height boost, great posture, flexed calves) with all the comfort of an everyday sneaker. #winning
What I said: I feel like when I wear this sweater, people will come up to me and try to pet me! But it’s soooo soft, I don’t care!
What Jacob said: The on-point, oversize look makes the pullover sweater work with leggings, and the texture adds interest. Let’s keep it simple with a dome crossbody bag and kicks. (Apparently that’s what the cool kids call sneakers now!)
What I learned: The soft, fuzzy texture of this sweater and the color makes it feel holiday-ish, without being over-the-top. Also, the mock neck is a good look for midlife women. Turtlenecks can be dangerous if you have extra skin on your neck (Who doesn’t?) but the mock turtle is a good alternative.
What I did: I bought the wedge sneakers. I loved the sweater, but I’m really picky about the fit of an oversized top and even though this was an XS, it still felt a little bigger than I wanted.
Target Style: Ladies Who Lunch
I loved this look, but I especially fell in love with the soft and stretchy v-neck tee! It comes in about 5.2 million color choices (😂), and it’s on sale for $7 this week! If you need a good layering basic, grab a couple in either this v-neck or the crew neck option (also $7 this week and available in multiple colors).
What I said: This is not something I would have put together myself, but I think I might be able to pull it off! 🙌
What Jacob said: What this outfit really needs is a black blazer on top. 👍 (We couldn’t find one in-store, but all sizes are still available online.)
What I learned: The pointed toe mules were a good, sharp contrast to the relaxed vibe of the joggers. This would be cute for lunch with friends! (And it feels like you’re wearing jammies!)
What I did: I bought the mules, two tees in white, and two in black. I also bought the furry flap clutch in black to carry at a holiday party with the metallic paper bag waist pants outfit in the first look I showed you. 🖤
Target Style: Suzy’s Kickin’ It Street Style 😲
Pleated skirts are having such a fashion moment right now, and I thought this one in a sweater knit would be perfect to try! I was thinking dressy, but Jacob went all street style on me!
What I said: Huh! This is not the way I pictured wearing this. This skirt is really versatile!
What Jacob said: This look is very Suzy! I love it with the kicks.
What I learned: When it comes to fashion, look past the obvious choice. You may find the items in your wardrobe have wayyyy more versatility than you thought!
What I did: I fell in love with this fleece leopard print handbag. When I went online to order it the next day, it was sold out nationwide! So, early the following morning I headed back to the store where we’d done our try-on session to grab it. It was gone! 😩 Then, I tried two other stores, with no luck. And then I remembered…it’s a handbag! And I got ahold of myself and drove home! 🤣 (Actually, I think I prefer the similar one I linked for y’all anyway!)
Target Style: Backwards Bow
I loved this dress immediately and couldn’t wait to try it! I think midi dresses are so classy and I was picturing this with a pretty black ruffled wrap around my shoulders and my favorite black pumps at a lovely party that I will probably not be invited to attend!
What I said: Oh, I could really make this work. And I love it with the furry burgundy clutch!
What Jacob said: Wait a minute, you have that dress on backward! 😂
What I learned: Sometimes clothes look better backward rather than frontward! 🤣
What I did: I turned the dress around and took at a selfie. I hated it and deleted it immediately. The dress is definitely better backward!
Target Style: Menswear Goes Girly
What I said: Ohhhhh, this blouse!!!
What Jacob said: Styled with the sleeves pushed up and the blouse cuffs turned up over the velvet blazer makes this look really special.
What I learned: Being a very girly girl, I normally stay away from menswear looks. But the metallic shine, glitter box clutch, and big ole’ bow made this look feminine and fun.
What I did: While it was love at first sight with this blouse, I ultimately decided that, with my warm undertones, I feel more comfortable in gold rather than silver, so I passed on the blouse. I have a black velvet blazer at home, which I always pull out this time of year. It’s a versatile holiday must-have for every woman! (Jacob agrees!)
Also, by this time it was getting late, so we got kind of goofy! (But this is a much better view of the minaudiere glitter box clutch.)
Target Style: All Suzy, All the Time
This sweater had me at “hello!”
What I said: This sweater is coming home to live with me! 💟
What Jacob said: Suzy loves her pink!
What I learned: Although this sweater is oversized and boxier than I like, I made it work by doing the finger-twist, half-tuck technique I taught y’all in this post. That made it a little more fitted, which made me love the sweater even more!
What I did: Ordered the sweater, pronto!
Target Style: Date Night, Grocery Store, Girls Lunch, Errands, etc.
I have a pair of red velvet jeans that I bought about three years ago. I wear them on repeat the entire month of December! They’re a classic holiday wardrobe piece for any woman!
What I said: This turtleneck sweater is so soft, I never want to take it off! (It comes in seven colors and is on sale for $20 right now!)
What Jacob said: We can leave the sleeves long, which is a definite “look” right now, or we can cuff them. (We cuffed them.)
What I learned: A turtleneck with a loose-fitting neck is more flattering on a woman our age because it doesn’t fit too snug and emphasize or create more wrinkles.
What I did: I ordered the sweet pearl cluster stud earrings I’d been wearing the entire night!
Target Style: Ending on a Sweet Note
I would probably have styled this dressy, but once again, Jacob came through with a new idea!
What I said: This sweet, girly blouse is so precious!
What Jacob said: Let’s contrast the sweetness of the blouse with a tougher look on the bottom.
What I learned: A year or two ago, I never would have paired this sweet blouse with a street look on the bottom, but after working with Jacob, I’ve learned to think outside the box.
What I did: Being the weather wimp that I am, I was afraid I would be too cold in this blouse, so I didn’t get it. I did get the platform wedge sneakers.
I’m so grateful for the styling sessions I get to have with Jacob, and I learn so much each time! He’s helped push me outside of my comfort zone, and he’s shown me creative and new ways to wear clothes that I never would have thought of on my own. And that, my friends, is the beauty of working with a stylist!
You email him at [email protected], or text him at 214-600-8959. He charges $75/hr. for a styling session, but he’s generously offered to reduce that rate to $55/hr. if you say you read about him on Empty Nest Blessed. He’ll style you at any store you choose, or he’ll style your closet, giving you new ideas for ways to wear what you already own. (Such a good idea!)
This was the first time I’ve done a post like this. Did you like it? Would you like to see more posts like this? Let me know in the comments, okay?