Every time I am at Target now, I make it a habit to check out the AVA + VIV collection as they are always coming out with new pieces. So far, I had only purchased a white v-neck tee from the newer line and knew there would be a time that there would be something that called my name.
One thing I have found challenging is that although there have been tremendous strides in having more plus size options available to women, I find that my personal style does not always jive with those very popular brands. While I sing for joy for those who’s voice is finally being heard, I still yearn for a brand to fill my vintage boho style wants.
The same is to be said specifically for the AVA + VIV line. I have enjoyed seeing the pieces on other bloggers as they make it their own and I finally can join them now that this multicolored skirt showed up in my local Target. I actually felt like I was in Anthropologie picking up this skirt. The vibrant colors of magenta, red, violet, navy, powder blue, orange, yellow, and white in a painterly pattern gave me that color and slight edge that I love. I see it as an abstract watercolor floral.
The fabric is a lightweight waffle with loads of texture. Usually when I see items in this textured fabric it is very stiff, and this is extremely flowy and light. I enjoyed that this was a fixed waisted skirt with a zipper in the back. As I tried different sizes on, I opted to size up to a 20 (vs my usual 16 or 18) to accommodate my waistline. It was such a joy to have a skirt like this and not fret about it being too tight around my midsection or to only be able to wear it high waisted. The skirt is unlined and no slip is required as the fabric is thick enough that you cannot see through it. Overall, I thought the quality was superb, especially for a $25 item.
For its first wear, I wanted to let the colorful skirt be the main feature. As I hung it up in my closet in a section I put newer purchases to take pictures of to load into my StyleBook app on my iPhone, I placed it next to another recent acquirement that was pretty much telling me to pair it with the skirt. The ivory blouse is simple enough to take a supporting roll, while the lattice work keeps it from fading into the background.
To accessorize this ultra colorful look, I chose a neutral camel clutch, gold jewelry, and nude pointy toe flats. Although you may see me in the future having other colorful items with this skirt, I really enjoyed this way of having it take center stage.
This gold crescent necklace has proven to be a versatile piece in my wardrobe. I love how the shape fills the chest area without being too small or too big. It has a long enough chain for me to wear it without it feeling like I am wearing a choker, like some other short necklaces I have.
I picked this AVA + VIV multicolored skirt up on this last Monday in my local Target and when I went to create a link to it for you, I could not find it online. As soon as it becomes available there, I will come back and update that information. In the mean time, I would recommend looking at your local Target to see if they have this skirt available. 8/18/15 UPDATE: Target has released the Multicolor Midi Skirt online!
Remember how I mentioned earlier in the post that when I saw this skirt it reminded me of shopping at Anthropologie? Well, after I took these pictures, I happened to be browsing the Anthro site (guilty pleasure) and found this image of the Fauvism Midi Skirt. Needless to say, I think I have achieved my goal of having a creative, dressy look that is so me, AND in my size. The almost matching cut out ivory tops and nude shoes? Well, it was almost a little creepy how much I styled it just like Anthro did, but a lovely coincidence.
Multi Colored Skirt: AVA + VIV at Target
Ray of Light Necklace: AllyOops Boutique
Gold Coast Cuff: AllyOops Boutique
Camel Leather Clutch: Vintage (similar)
Nude & Black Pointy Toe Flats: Sam & Libby at Target (similar)
Have you found anything from the AVA + VIV collection at Target yet? If so, I want to know!!!
Today’s Postivity Note
If you are willing to do something that might not work, you’re closer to being an artist. -Seth Godin
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