Today was the launch of the Target version of this enviable, pricey collection and, as always, there were winners and losers. Here are my 5 favorites and least likes.
Ah, the power of the perfect little white blouse. This one’s made of a medium-weight, silky fabric that drapes and flows with a sleek elegance. Its long, the sleeves are long (but they can can be turned back), and for once it doesn’t gap across the bust. For me, the best piece in the collection as you’ll wear it for years to come. One to buy in multiples.
So much of this collection is way over the top in terms of colors and patterns, but if you look carefully there are treasures to be mined by those of us who prefer simple, clean lines–this is one of those pieces. Very Samantha in Sex and the City. It a medium-weight fabric with a slight texture and a hidden back zip. It’s fitted, so if you’re busty, consider sizing up. Long enough to wear with jeans, too.
Okay, to be honest, these are not for everyone. I’m tall and fairly well-proportioned and found them to very long and rather tight across the hips. All that said, if they’re for you, they’re a WOW garment. I wear a size 10 (39 hips, 5’7″) and will have to have them shortened, and there will be Spanx involved, too. But, they’re just so damned chic.
So, mint green would never be my first choice for any garment, but as this is an almost line-for-line copy of the $$$ designer version, I had to give it a try. First, this model must be 6’+ as on me, (5’7″) it fell about 2-in. above me knee. It is not nearly as mini as you see in this image! I found that it ran true to size except (as so much of this collection) it was snug across the bust. I am usually a medium, but had to size up to a large. The lace is nice and soft, and the lining is the perfect flesh color. This was a surprise hit for me. Had it been offered in navy or black, it would have been a perfect 10.
Poly scarves can be really bad, but this one has a soft, silky, sensuous feel that very much resembles a medium-weight, decent quality silk. While I could do without the huge name scrawled across the bottom, the fabric, size, and the clarity of the print won me over. This is ideal for summer with white jeans and a black tank, but going into winter it will kill with a black sweater and trousers. Another big surprise!
There were other pieces that I ordered that are online only including the peplum jacket and the mock-neck sweater–when they arrive, I will review!
One of the more hotly anticipated pieces in the collection as it is a near-copy of the designer version, this one was a huge disappointment. The fabric looked and felt cheap, the bunny screen print on the collar was muddy, and it ran very, very small. I’m a medium but would have had to size up to a large to get this to fit. It was also very, very short. Not good. Not at all. The only thing worse was this dress in bland pink!
Online this looked sort of interesting in a circus-tent sort of way; in person it is one of the strangest and least flattering pieces of the collection. The fabric is thick, the seams are thick, and the bottom kind of flaps, but not in a fun way. It’s very fitted through the hips and across the tummy. I saw lots of women trying this one on and putting it back on the rack. Not sure who this is for, but for me, it what a flop.
I saw this online and thought, oh, that’s very Amal Clooney. In person it’s a sad little thing. Weird and unflattering shade of pink (might be good on blonds, but on this girl’s dark haired self, it was a washout) with some strange seaming and ill-placed pockets. The worst part was the thick, poly fabric that felt and looked like a really cheap tablecloth. Bad.
I love a short skirt and appreciate fun details, but I question for whom this garment was designed. It might be good for a very young teen? Dunno.
Oh, I wanted to love this. In person it’s cheap, the print is dull, and the fit is so small, that I questioned whether it was labeled correctly. The two pieces (skirt and top) are nicer.
My overall impression of the collection is that it could have benefitted from more classic colors, more basics, some knitwear, and just less embellishments. Would have loved to see some of the sleek sheaths with exposed zippers, the soft sweaters, the layering pieces of her “real” line.
Nice, but not what it could have been.