Monday, June 20, 2011

Ex Target Cashier


This outfit isn't exactly cutting edge.  It takes me back to my Target cashiering days when I struggled to come up with khaki + red combinations that weren't baggy chinos and a polo. Despite my efforts, I don't think I ever came up with a winning ensemble.  

For some strange reason, I kept thinking I needed a basic khaki pencil skirt to add to my collection of wardrobe basics.  This was a month or so ago, not 10+ years ago as a Target employee, which would've made a whole lot more sense.  

I figured $15 for this one at Old Navy as worth it, but now that it's spent some time in my closet, I'm wondering why I ever thought I needed it.  Not that it was a BAD purchase.  Is there such a thing?  Enlighten me.  Sorry, that was my shopaholic shoulder devil speaking through my fingertips.  I just told her to shut her mouth and stop draining my bank account.  I'm onto her wicked ways.

All the "experts" say to invest in basics, but do you know what items go unworn the most in MY closet?  The basics.  Explain to me why this is, if you dare.

Shirt:  Thrifted
Jacket:  Marshall's
Skirt:  Old Navy

19 comments:

Ariana said...

Well, you made great use of this basic for sure! I love the khaki skirt with the red polka dots (and it doesn't make me think of target at all!) and that little denim blazer is the icing on the cake! Adorable!

kimmie said...

Yay for fellow former Target cashiers! I used to just wear my favorite Paris Blue flared khakis and a red t-shirt or fitted polo. I never thought of being creative, but if I worked there now, I'd probably try to put a twist on it. :)

And yeah, the whole "you need these basics" things that magazines push, I rarely wear white button-downs or trench coats. Those are all over-generalizations of what the average person needs, but totally not one-formula-fits-all! :)

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

I don't always wear the basics either. I am bored with them easily. Love that jacket!


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Melissa said...

I couldn't tell ya. Because I don't wear my basics often either.

I do LOVE this because of the fabulous heels and the adorable denim jacket! You look so great!

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Bombshell Beauty said...

My basics languish, unworn in my closet too. Which is why I never spend much money on them. :)

Frannie Pantz said...

I used to work at Circuit City for five years. I feel you on the red and khaki. I would sometimes go browse for shoes at Target (down the street) during the lunch hour only to be practically tackled by elderly women screaming at me to help them find the Dr. Scholl's inserts. Aw, youth. Needless to say, I never go into Target if I am wearing red anymore. Lessons we learn.

Anna said...

I can't explain it because the same thing is true for me. I bought a khaki colored short skirt at H & M about a month ago and I have yet to find a way to wear it. Hmmm...

two birds said...

ha! i don't wear a lot of basics either. but you look great in this skirt!

Sarah said...

You look great!! I would have never thought of a target cashier - you don't look like on at all!!

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Laney said...

I love the shoes! I haven't seen them before.

eek said...

Sometimes the basics can be boring, and you are no boring dresser :) That said, I love the polka dots with the khaki. So fun!

Simply Bubblelicious said...

This little basic looks good to me. I am loving the red polkas peeking through!

silvergirl said...

ha, I bought a kakhi skirt this Christmas at BR thinking I needed one as a basic piece... how many times have I worn it?? ONE!
you are not alone
brett

Rebecca said...

I have a khaki pencil skirt, and I have a hard time finding the right tops to wear with it. I work for a retail company, so khaki definitely makes me thing of uniforms.

hurricanekerrie said...

I love your Target chic outfit! I actually used to really like red and khaki... but Target has ruined it for me lols

LyddieGal said...

You are so right - I hate to shell out the cash for basics because I don't want to be basic, I want to be spectacular.
Then there are those days when you realize you don't own a plain white top and you can't figure out why that is, but you think anyone "investing" in an $80 plain white top is insane when you can just get one from old navy for $7.

SO, I think the $15 skirt was worth it, for that one day, three months from now when you've got an idea for the PERFECT outfit and you realize that you need a camel pencil skirt.

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Jo said...

I love your blouse! The dotted pattern is wonderful! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!

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Tiffany said...

This picture looks straight out of a J.Crew. You've made the basics work so well for you here!
Tiffany
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whenlifehandsyouapear said...

Man, I really love this! What a fabulous jacket! And your hair is really looking chic!