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Prepare your wallets: This $49 navy Target skirt looks really expensive.

We’re calling it. There’s never been a better time to start saving money on clothes.

Aside from the ‘extra money in your bank account’ bit, which is never a bad thing, we’ve been blessed with a good run of affordable, stylish fashion items you can pick up from department stores when you duck in for more homewares you probably don’t need (but really want).

Last week, we had the $20 Kmart leopard print dress and a chic red Target dress for $59. A few weeks before, it was the $30 ASOS nursing top.

Today, we have the pleasure of introducing you to the Target Preview Pleated Midi Skirt, $49.

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Well, hey, sophisticated skirt that's also really bloody flattering. Image: Target.
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How stunning do these colours look together? Image: Target.
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There are many, many things to love about this skirt, like:

  • The navy base colour can be treated the same as black (or leopard print) - you can wear it with anything.
  • A-line pleated skirts are flattering for those who want to either accentuate a small waist, or create the illusion of a waist by drawing the eye inward.
  • The pleats add a sophisticated texture, making the fabric look more luxurious than it is.
  • Having the geometric blocks of contrasting colours at the bottom lifts the skirt from being just another navy pleated skirt.
  • At under $50, the price tag is very lovely.

You can also dress this skirt up or down by:

  • Adding a plain white or grey t-shirt and white sneakers for the weekend.
  • Tucking in a knit jumper or turtle neck long-sleeve top when it's chilly.
  • Pairing with boots and a long line coat for a chic office look.
  • Chucking on strappy heels and a nice top for dinner or drinks.

Aussie fashion influencers who love bargains as much as we do are sharing the skirt on social media, too - check out how Chelsea Thomas from I Heart Bargains, Plus Size model and influencer Sam from CurvySam, and Trash To Treasured's Tina Abeysekara have styled the Target Pleated Skirt below.

 

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Head to toe $127 outfit from @targetaus inc shoes and necklace. Let’s be real though - I haven’t been to Target in such a long time to look at clothes. Always left feeling let down with the lack of plus size options. They have good basic corporate black pants etc but nothing fun like there is in the main stream section...and I know so many of you curve babes can relate. It can leave you feeling a bit down. It’s can be tough shopping in Aus being over a size 18. Was pleasantly surprised to put together a whole outfit for $127. The skirt is fab! I’m wearing the size 18 and I sized down because the waist is elastic. If you are a size 24-26 I reckon this would fit you. The top is a 20 and slightly tight across my bust. I would have loved to paired it with a white jumper but couldn’t find one in the store in plus sizes. . . Totally influenced after seeing it on @iheartbargains so knew I had to go find myself this swishy skirt ???? . . If you buy this skirt tag me in your pics so I can check you out. In a non creepo way ????

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For more context on Target's Preview range: it's the retailer's new 'desk to dinner' offering, and it's classy.

The idea is to stock your wardrobe with elegant, classic pieces that walk the tightrope between professional and fashionable, and can take you from work to anywhere but work.

In the last few weeks, Target have also impressed us with their Target Preview Trench Coat (read our review here), the Target Preview Asymmetrical Midi Dress, $59 (read more here), and the $25 pale blue V-Neck Knitted Sweater Mamamia's Holly Wainwright has been wearing to work ever since it got really cold all of a sudden.

For some fashion inspiration on what not to wear (or wear, if you like), check out Mamamia's latest installment if fashion crimes featuring crotchless chaps. Post continues after video.

Video by MWN

Back to the skirt. It's $49.

We already said that? Sorry, but as far as quality pleated skirts go, that's practically free.

You can find the Target Preview Pleated Midi Skirt and the full Target Preview range here on their website.

Have you found any great budget fashion buys lately? Tel us in the comments!

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