American Eagle Jeans Experience, Part 1

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Whaaaat?

American Eagle asked little old me to try out their new jean buying experience (here).

Whaaaat?

Now bear with me, I probably haven’t been in an American Eagle store (let alone bought anything from them) in years! But, I was super excited to revisit a store that stole acquired so much money from my teenage self!

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I headed to AE’s website to start my experience and found so many options! 22 fits. 81 washes. 84 sizes. That’s 149,688 different combinations, I think…math isn’t my strongest suit (that would be shopping!).

I do know that there is definitely something for everyone here, but the best part? None of the jeans that American Eagle offers are over $50! Score #1!

I love the breakdown of jean fits (skinny, straight, high-rise jegging, etc.) and how there was a model demonstrating the look of each fit. And Score #2? The jeans come in 4 different lengths: short, regular, long, and x-long. This is a blessing for everyone really (us tall girls and you short girls out there too)!

Plus, there is free shipping AND free return shipping (this rarely happens with online orders) on jeans, which is definitely Score #3! This definitely brings peace to mind if you want to order a couple sizes/styles/lengths and try them on in the comfort of your own home.

I headed into my local store on a Friday afternoon to fully gauge these jeans. I was greeted by a lovely sales associate (seriously, she was so nice when I explained what I was doing) and grabbed some jeans in my size and headed to the dressing room.

Here are some of the styles that I tried on!

High Rise Leggings (these were my favorite) – these apparently now have Lycra in them to prevent the “stretching out as you wear them phenomenon”. I loved them and want a pair that aren’t so distressed.
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Skinny – super flattering and not hard to get into (bonus points for that)!
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Kick Boot – these might have been cuter in a darker wash, but I felt very country girl in these with my ankle boots and my gingham shirt!
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Colored Jeggings – I loved these red ones. The fabric is a bit thin on these, because they are a true legging fit.
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I didn’t end up buying anything this time, because they don’t offer long lengths in all the styles in the stores AND the straight fit (that I’m uber interested in) was only available online. I’m making my online order right now (cough blog research cough), so I can style them up for you in a future blog post! More to come on these jeans!

I’d definitely recommended this new AE Denim experience to y’all, and you can check out all here to get your own experience on (yeah, I went there)!

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This post was sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters. Financial compensation was provided in the form of a giftcard to American Eagle Outfitters. Opinions expressed here are my own, because no one else has the password to this blog! Thank you for supporting the brands that make Style On Target possible.

Review: Stitch Fix

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In an effort to not only have this blog filled with Target stuff (even though I love it and you love it too), I wanted to branch out and try some other stuff out to fill my growing and expanding closet. Enter Stitch Fix (ps., this is not a sponsored post, just some honest feedback that is all my own)!

How it works:

  1. You fill out a short survey online that helps to figure out your “style” and some items that you may be interest in your Stitch Fix stylist picking out for you.
  2. You pick a shipment date, pay $20 for a styling fee (that can go towards purchasing items in your Stitch Fix box if you like them), and they send you a box of goodies the week of that date!
  3. You open the box, read your nice note from your stylist (mine visited the blog to find out my style!), try on the goods (mine was four articles of clothing and one accessory), make outfits with the goods based on the style cards that are included, and see what you want to keep versus what you want to send back.

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These are the items that I received in my first Stitch Fix box: one striped tee, one heart high-low tank, one sailboat dress, one mint necklace, and one pair of mint skinny jeans. All of these sounded right up my alley (cute graphic prints, mint items – I’ve been wanting one of those, and stripes), but nothing ended up wowing me (especially for the prices of each item)…insert sad face.

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Here’s the dainty little necklace. I’m not much of a dainty long necklace wearer, so PASS.

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This dress was so cute, and it came with an adjustable side waist. The stylist notes suggested pairing it with my red heels that she had seen on the blog, so I did!

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Everything’s better with a blazer (similar). ;)

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The two shirt were massively oversized (and I tend to be a high-low shirt hater, which is what the heart tank was), so those two were a PASS as well. They were so average that they didn’t even get photographed. And the mint jeans that I had a lot of hope for, since they were definitely long enough for my giraffe legs? They were skin tight and super thin, so they showed every single inch of my leg…which the internet is not ready for…so no photos of that either.

All and all, it was a fun experience. It’s always fun to get packages in the mail. It was cool to have someone look at your style and try to jazz it up a bit with some fun, new pieces. If the dress had been cheaper (and I didn’t already own a sailboat dress), I probably would have purchased it. I’m definitely willing to give Stitch Fix another try down the line and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new. If you’re interested in trying, here’s my referral link. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll try my best to answer!

I think I’m going to see about trying Le Tote next. Has anyone tried Stitch Fix, Le Tote, or anything else they care to share?! Let me know!

Target Review: Classic Rainboots

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So I tried these boots out in the hopes of finding some Hunter boot lookalikes for less. The Hunter boots (see some here, if you aren’t familiar) can be seen everywhere in fashion blogs nowadays. I didn’t end up keeping this pair, but I thought I would do a review of them, so you can decide whether or not YOU at home might want to snatch up a pair!

Pros—-

  • Price point (under $50)
  • 7 color options (some classic, some funky and fun)
  • 4 stars out of 5 reviews on Target.com
  • Adorable stripe lining
  • Cushy soles

Cons—-

  • Weird fitting (slightly tapered?)
  • Not even close to knee high on me (maybe I have long shins?)
  • Sizing seemed off (online reviews on Target.com agree)
  • Not adjustable like Hunters
  • All around bulkier look

Overall, I just didn’t have a need for the boots and didn’t love the way that they looked, but the red color was spot on, and I love the other colors too. If you’re in need of rainboots, check them out here: Women’s Classic Rain Boots

*For full outfit details, refer to Tuesday’s post.

Target Review: Merona Cognac Tote Handbag

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Merona Cognac Tote Handbag Purse

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So I haven’t done a Style on Target Review in a few months, but I definitely have a few coming up. The last two have been the C9 by Champion softshell jacket (post here) and the Merona Oxford Blazer (here), which I wear allll the time.

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This Target Review item is one of my favorite purchases in quite some time. I’m sure you have seen every style blogger ever sport the Madewell Transport Tote (on the left, see it here), which is gorgeous, classic, real soft leather, and a cool $168. On the right is my Target version, which sells for $35 (here; though there is always an option of a sale, which there was when I picked mine up).

I had been lusting over the Madewell tote for about two months, and every day it seemed like a new style blogger that I loved had purchased the bag. I don’t use bags enough to spend that much money on something, so I had been scoping out places (coughTargetcough) for a good duplicate, and this was IT.

Pros—-

  • Roomy tote shape
  • Exact same cognac color as the Madewell tote (beautiful color in both)
  • Zips close (which the Madewell one doesn’t)
  • Sturdy handle strapes
  • Bonus removable crossbody strap (this is how I like to wear purses anyways, so I am glad this one can be worn both ways)
  • Exterior zip pockets (perfect for keeping stuff in)
  • Interior pockets (two open, one zip)
  • Price point (under $50)
  • Real-ish leather looking (though it is 100% polyurethane)
  • Color choices (comes in this black too)

Cons—-

  • Slightly droopy
  • Not real leather (this has more to do with my budget, not the bag)

Overall, I love this bag, and can’t wait to use it all the time! Check it out here: Merona Tote.

*For full outfit details, refer to Tuesday’s post.

 

Target Review: Merona Oxford Blazer

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*Another blog feature will be reviews of “foundation/essential” pieces. These, in a sense, will be your investment pieces (though they don’t have to be at investment prices) as opposed to your trend pieces. So staples versus fads?

This Style on Target Review is for this navy oxford blazer from the Merona brand, mainly because I realized on Tuesday (when I wore it!) what a true staple this blazer is for me. First of all, everyone and their best friend has this jacket in at least one color/pattern. It is truly flattering on a lot of body types (also comes in petites and plus sizes online) and provides some structure and some layering interest when worn. A good navy blazer can really be a staple for everyone as it lends itself well to casual wear, business wear, and even can be used for “going out” outfits. Truth be told, I have this jacket in several colors and various patterns, but navy is the one I love the most. Classic, practical, and neutral enough to go with everything.

I’ve previously mentioned that I got a lot of these blazers using Cartwheel coupons and weekly ad markdowns. This blazer normally is $34.99, which is by no means cheap, but when you compare it to its J. Crew twin (running for $198 – for one more button), it makes it look a lot better (at least in my eyes right now, I am sure the J. Crew quality is beyond comparison).  

Check it out online at the above link or in store!

Pros—-

  • Price
  • Fit and size selection
  • Fully lined blazer
  • Color choices: comes in this navy, gray (also seen on the blog), red, dark red, green, black, tan, pink, and various patterns)
  • Patterned cuff lining (gives it a fun element)
  • Colored collar lining (see that yellow pop of color under the collar, so cute and unexpected)
  • Real pockets (that are sewn shut, but can be opened and utilized!)
  • Able to be laundered at home (whomp whomp dry cleaning is for adults!)

Cons—-

  • To get the right fit in the torso, I have to sacrifice length in the arms. This is fair enough, because I am 5’9″ and wearing a size 6 in this blazer. It is also okay, in my opinion, because I get to show off the cuff lining.
  • The one button is pretty boring (would prefer gold or silver or solid dome button, instead of the flat tortoise shell).
  • Definitely attract and shows dog hair (thanks to my dog Cooper!)

ps. Mad props to The Fiancé for taking the photos of me in this post and Monday and Wednesday’s outfit post. Even though I ate a lot of your salsa, yesterday. Whoops.

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