I Went Shopping At Target With Beyonce’s Stylist & You Can Still Buy The Pieces She Picked For Me

Loving the experience of shopping at Target is not exactly rare. There are entire meme categories dedicated to Target. There are Facebook groups. There are Reddit threads about finding the best deals. But I like to think that the particular thrill I get from finding exactly what I need at the store and then directly after buying 12 – 23 things that I don’t need at all is… unique. I’ve always loved Target — but living in New York City means I don’t get to shop there quite as often as I like. Hauling five XL bags of journals and avocados and 12 candles (they were on sale, OK?) isn’t exactly easy when you don’t have a car. So when I do get to go to Target, I appreciate it that much more. When Dove asked if I wanted to go shopping at Target with the brand’s celebrity stylist Zerina Akers, aka someone who has dressed celebrities like Beyoncé, I couldn’t have said yes more quickly.

Dove works with Akers and trend forecasting group Fashion Snoops to learn about the brightest trending colors of the year and ensure the brand’s dry invisible spray won’t show up on clothes in these hues. Akers and Dove would come together to walk me through the store and help me pick out some of the trendiest, bright pieces of the season. I was thrilled.

But soon after I said yes, I started to panic. A simple fact that I’ve always known but rarely dwell on started to pop up in my mind. "But you are… not Beyoncé," I told myself repeatedly. In the days leading up to the shopping trip, this I-am-not-Beyoncé anxiety started to rise in my chest. I worried that Akers would pick out things that I couldn’t pull off or, worse, couldn’t fit into. Eventually, though, I managed to calm down. Akers was a professional, I rationally reminded myself, and worst case scenario I would learn a lot about the trending colors of 2018 and leave with no clothes. As soon as I entered the Target, though, my anxiety melted away (not the first time the store has had this effect, to be fair). Akers’ calm and friendly demeanor, and interest in my own personal style supported what I already knew deep down — that I had nothing to worry about.






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But now that I own them, I am never going back. I immediately brought them home and styled them with an oversized white shirt dress and the yellow slides above. The pairing of the trending yellow-oranges and the crisp shirt was so me, and I was so grateful that Akers had pointed me in the direction of the pants despite my hesitation.

Shopping at Target with Akers forced me to look at an experience that I’ve had many, many times before in a totally new way. Instead of going to my go-to silhouettes that were firmly in my comfort zone, I followed her lead and tried fabrics and colors that were sure to last me all season. I’m still not Beyoncé but, I like to think I now own yellow silk pants that Beyoncé might wear, too. And, you know… that’s good enough for me.

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