February 22, 2013
Hi, Denim and Dots readers! It’s Reina again filling in for Amy while she is busy working up an enviable tan on the beach in Mexico. She’s probably sipping a cocktail, too. Nope, I’m not jealous. Not one bit.
Instead of an outfit post, I thought I would review some items I purchased from the Prabal Gurung for Target line. (Note: For those of you who remember I gave up shopping for Lent, I bought these items BEFORE Lent). I always get excited about Target’s designer collaborations, and I think we can all agree there have been some great ones – Missoni, Jason Wu, Neiman Marcus. So when I saw the colorful prints and florals from Prabal Gurung’s collection, I knew I would be ordering some pieces for my wardrobe. Also, weren’t those TV ads great?
On the day the collection debuted, I ordered this short-sleeved dress, this pleated skirt, this sleeveless blouse and these red shoes. I ordered a lot of items knowing that I wouldn’ t necessarily keep them all, but I was worried some of the items might sell out.
Before I get into the reasons I didn’t like this dress, I should note that the print on the center panel is lovely and even more vibrant than I expected. However, the quality of the dress itself is not great. It’s polyester, which is no surprise considering the price tag, but I think it looks kind of cheap.
The fit was also off for me. It was a little baggy on top and really tight around the mid-section. I would recommend sizing up if you want to try this dress. It was also too short on me. I thought I might be able to wear this to the office with a blazer over it, but it was too short for the workplace. It looks great on Kendi, but I think we can all agree that girl can wear anything. This is a return for me.
This skirt is the one item I’m keeping. The colors are really vibrant and gorgeous, and I love the lace detail at the bottom. The length on this skirt is good, too. This was sized small for me, too, though, so I would order a size up if you plan to purchase it. I am usually a 4 and I will be exchanging this for a 6.
This blouse really surprised me. It’s a lot edgier than anything I would typically wear, but I really liked the collar and the colorful print. The print is GORGEOUS in person. Really, I considered keeping it just because the print is that good. However, the fit was off for me on this one, too. It was really big. I ordered a size S, but I probably needed the XS. It was really big all over, but the arm holes in particular were quite large. This looked especially odd due to the sheer panels on the sleeves.
The collar is really cool, though, and I think would look great buttoned all the way to the top under a blazer (as done here). This top is no longer available online and I could not locate an XS at a Target near me, so this will unfortunately go back.
Last, but not least, I ordered these Apple Red shoes. These were a huge disappointment because I really wanted to like them. I have been wanting to try this style of shoes for some time and these have a really sexy zipper up the back. These fit fine, but the quality was an issue for me. I could see the glue on the seams and the faux leather was already starting to flake off on the back near the zipper. That kind of shoddy craftsmanship just will not work for me. I understand they are from Target, but that is just not acceptable.
Hope you had better luck! I am disappointed most of these items did not work for me, but I’m sure my bank account won’t be. I’ll have to post a photo on my blog in my new skirt soon.