Target Dresses for Spring Under $40

I have been absolutely loving Target’s selection of clothing over the last year – anyone else? I love their size inclusivity and the wide spectrum of styles and patterns to choose from. I’m also OBSESSED with the adorable selection of Target dresses! Between the recent collaborations with Who What Wear and the new standard lines such as A New Day, I feel like Target has really created a space for affordable and fashionable pieces for everyone!

TARGET DRESS lilac floral midi dress | HAT wide brim straw hat | SNEAKERS kate spade x keds sneakers | BAG straw basket bag (similar) | EARRINGS pearl hoop earrings


Target Dresses: Midi and Maxi Dresses

As a petite woman – I’m 5’3” – there was a very long period of time where I believed maxi dresses were not for me. I always believed that only people with long legs or torsos could wear this style. Boy, have I been wrong!

Not only does Target have an excellent selection of maxi dresses for all bodies, but they also have an amazing collection of midi dresses (these are perfect for spring and summer!) One of my favorite ways to wear longer dresses that don’t need to be tailored is to add midi dresses into my spring and summer wardrobe. Lucky for all us petite gals: midi dresses are really having a moment and are readily available!

DRESS yellow midi dress | HAT wide brim straw hat | SNEAKERS kate spade x keds sneakers | BELT white rattan belt | EARRINGS pearl hoop earrings

Tips for Styling a Midi and Maxi Dress

Sometimes styling a longer dress, or even a dress with less structure can feel overwhelming; especially if you do find yourself in the petite category. Have no fear: I have played around with to so many different dresses, cuts and styles and am sharing my three favorite tips for wearing longer dresses:

Belt the Dress!

When you belt your dress, on average you will shorten the piece an inch, which sometimes can be the perfect amount of “hemming” which will save you a trip to the tailor. Target also has a fantastic selection of belts ranging from thin belts to ones will larger statement buckles, like the white one I’m wearing with my yellow midi dress

Add Chunky Sneakers

White sneakers and cute dresses are having a moment – everyone’s feet rejoice! I’m loving how my Kate Spade x Keds sneakers look with all of these outfits and give them a new purpose following my wedding (I originally bought them to be my receptions shoes.)

Add Espadrilles or Open Toe Wedges

When in doubt: add a heel! I’ve found in the spring and summer I’m spending more time outside and a traditional stiletto or pump isn’t always my favorite pick. Epsadrilles and wedges are always a good pick: there’s a wider base for even weight distribution and they’re more comfortable because of this!

Top Picks for Target Dresses

target dresses for spring 2021

Dress 1 – How pretty is this darling blue and white striped balloon sleeve dress? I can totally see this being worn on a beach vacation!

Dress 2 – I’m loving the 3/4 bell sleeves on this pretty ivory midi dress! This is one of my favorite colors to wear in the spring, but is also perfect for a wedding shower dress for our lovely bride-to-be’s!

Dress 3 – Ruffled sleeves are having a moment and I love how feminine and fun this short sleeved midi a-line dress is. This dress comes in four colors and would be a great option for a wedding guest dress!

Dress 4 – Is there anything more romantic than a sweeping blue floral midi dress in the spring? I love all the blues and whites in this pretty dress: it reminds me of the birds chirping.

Dress 5 Who What Wear: HELLO! The polka dots and puff sleeves on this pink midi dress steal the show for me! Whether it’s a graduation or backyard party, you’ll steal the show in this number!

Dress 6 – You’ll be guaranteed to be the “diamond of the season” in this Bridgerton inspired dress. The eyelet detailing and pretty periwinkle shade have me “burning” for this piece!

Hi! I'm Emi! I love classic style, iced coffee, cupcakes and Broadway musicals. I'm a French Bulldog mom and live with my husband in North Carolina. Glad you're here!

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