Save or Splurge?, Vol. 9: Floral Print Blazer

floral print blazer jacket Target
Save or Splurge? is a post where I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that potentially inspired it.

Florals, so novel for spring, right? You’re probably sick of them after Sunday’s On Trend post (see it here if you missed it), but hey, welcome to my blog and welcome to the upcoming spring season. At least it isn’t stripes, huh? (I secretly wish it was)

So I read Gal Meets Glam (a very good fashion blog), and Julia was wearing a beautiful floral print blazer in a post, and I was like, man that blazer looks so cute and so familiar. I probably went to Target that day or the next day (because I actually live there) and spotted its identical twin on the racks. The Lovers and Friends blazer is on the left and retails here for $189, while the matching one from Target (here) sells for $28.

What say you? The Target one looks a bit more airy and light (read not as structured), but for such a trendy piece, you can’t really beat the price difference.

Save or Splurge?, Vol. 8: Pink & Red Stripe Sweater

Merona Red Striped Sweater Target
Save or Splurge? is a post where I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that potentially inspired it.

Oh hey, more stripes on this blog. Are you even the slightest bit surprised? You SHOULD be (no really you shouldn’t) because these stripes are pink. Pink is not my favorite color (not even close), but there is something about it mixed with white and red that just makes it a bit better. Take these sweaters for example, I would definitely rock either one of them. The one on the left can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue (here) by a brand I’m not familiar with (Tsumori Chisato) and retails for $250. Target’s version from Merona (here) is on the right and sells for $20. Both feature red and pink stripes on a white background. I love that both sweaters have the stripes continuing on the sleeves, which is a bonus.

I’m biased to the Target version because I can save $230, and because I think the lone black stripe adds a bit of edge to the otherwise Valentine’s Day color palette. What do you think?

Save or Splurge?, Vol. 7: Floral Print Pants

floral print pants Target
Save or Splurge? is a post where I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that probably inspired it.

I’m continuing to look forward to spring trends (and weather) in order to get me through another cold Midwest winter week. I saw these floral print pants on Target’s website, and they looked super high end and on trend to me. The ones on the left are from Lela Rose and feature a beautiful watercolor floral print for $695 (here). Target’s version from the new AMBAR line are $30 (here).

Both are very beautiful prints, so it is a no-brainer for a trend piece, if you ask me.

Save or Splurge?, Vol. 6: Green Satchel Handbag


Save or Splurge? is a post where I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that probably inspired it.

Target just gets it sometimes. Like this green satchel handbag…I mean besides the texture of the leather (the splurge is lizard, the Target is not) and the chain detail on the strap, these are the same bag to me. The difference in price is unreal: $510. That’s like roughly 25.5 cardigans, which are very important to me. The bag on the left is Alice + Olivia (here), is super pretty, and will run you $545. The bag on the right is Target and costs $35 (here).

I get that quality is a difference maker, but this is a pretty good dupe to me. What do you think?

Save or Splurge?, Vol. 5: Black & White Stripe Skirt


Save or Splurge? is a post where I’ll show you an item from Target and its higher end version that probably inspired it.

Oh wait, another Save or Splurge? post that features a striped skirt? Didn’t we just have one last week (see here). Color me amazed. But there is probably no pattern that I love more than stripes (see all my stripe looks here), so you all don’t mind see another one, right? The black and white stripe skirt combo is back this year, and I am super pumped about it. Classics never go out of style, and I don’t think you can get more classic than this combination of color and pattern. On the left is a skirt from the T by Alexander Wang brand, which sells for $125 (here). Target’s version of this classic style in on the right and retails for $20 (here). That’s a difference of $105!

I wanted a classic black and white stretch pencil skirt all last year, but could never find one that was 1.) in my budget and 2.) fit right. This Target one has already become mine, so get ready to see it pretty much all the time come spring/summer.

Which one do you like better? Alexander Wang or Target?