Target's Designer Collective launched today, so I headed to my local Target to check it out. (To shop online click here.) What is the Designer Collective? Essentially, Target brought back 34 dresses from past designer collaborations and they are selling them together. Some were good, and some were not so good. Here's my take:
1. Zac Posen polka-dot print dress, $39.99
I wear a size 2 at stores like Gap, Express, etc. I needed a size 7 in this dress. I was impressed with the quality, but felt a little bit too much like a 50's waitress to purchase it.
2. Libertine striped tunic, $24.99
I was excited to try this one on, and I was planning to buy it. I hated the bubble-sleeves though (I wish it was more of a loose T-shirt fit), and like many dresses it was too short on me. (I'm 5'7" and tried on the size S.)
3. Thakon gathered dress in cyber floral, $39.99
This print was adorable, but the fit was awful. Looks cute in the picture, but there was literally enough material to make 3 more dresses out of it, and I tried on the size XS. I also thought the price was too high. I will opt for a cute print sundress at Forever 21 for half the price!
4. Tucker ruffle-back dress, $39.99
I was surprised at how much I loved this one. I'm wearing it backwards in the photo (looked better that way!), and the only thing keeping me from buying was how short it was. :-( I tried on a size S.
5. Rodarte lace-print dress, $39.99
This dress gets my vote for being the highest quality material out of the whole collection. It was gorgeous in person, and the size S fit perfect.
6. Rodarte slip dress in peach, $44.99
I also loved this dress. The S fit great and I felt like a princess. Not sure where I would wear such a whimsical dress though so I decided against it.
Dresses that were not-great quality in person:
- Tracy Feith strappy dress in white
- Jonathan Saunders colorblock dress (it was stiff, itchy cotton)
Dresses that were awesome quality in person:
- Alice Temperley crepe dress in black
- Tucker button-front dress in floral print
Verdict: All of the dresses had at least one thing "wrong" with them, so I went home empty-handed. I also have a hard time spending that much on a dress, when I can get the same quality at Forever 21 for half the price. Tell me though - have you checked out the collection? What were your thoughts?