December 21, 2009

On why I love Target

    If you've been reading this blog for a bit or read through my archives, you will notice that I love Target.  A lot.  I'm not sure if its the price point or the styles or whats going on, but I have been finding a lot of good buys, particularly dresses, on the Target clearance racks and some of them are things I wouldn't wear normally, but for under $8, I'm willing to try them out anyway.  
    The dress I'm wearing today is the perfect example.  The print and colors, a bright blue and emerald green paisley on black background are gorgeous.  (The print reminds me of a warm evening in Sevilla with Arabic influences, good food, good wine and good company.)    However, shapewise, on the rack, and even on me, this dress is very flowy.  Which isn't bad, except that its flowy in places where I would rather it not be.  Like under my boobs.  While in the dressing room I thought, well, if I wear this with a belt, you'll be able to see my waist and it'll all be ok.  Kinda.  I got the dress home, tried it on with just a belt and as per the Fiance's description "It looks like the belt is holding up your boobs."  Obviously, I'm not thrilled with that description.  I need to figure out a way to wear this dress so that my boobs don't look like they hang down to my hips.  It's just not a cute look.
    What IS a cute look is the way I wore the dress today.  I know its cute because several of my co-workers told me that I looked cute today.  :)  Because its cold I layered a black cardigan over the dress and belted it and added black-gray ombre tights.  I'm really pleased with today's look and hope that I'll be able to figure out a way to make the dress cute without layering something over or it and avoiding the long boob look.  
    As a side note, many bloggers, in particular the ladies of Academichic and Sal of Already Pretty have mentioned that when it comes to thrift-store finds, they find it to be easier to go out of their comfort zone.  For me at least, I think that the low cost and the associated low risk make it easier to have flings with different styles of clothing or items so that if it fails or doesn't live up to your expectations, it's not a big a disappointment. 

Anybody have any suggestions on how to style this dress?  Do you take bigger risks or go outside of your comfort zone when the cost is low?

The Details:
Paisley Dress: Target Xhilaration brand
Black Cardigan: August Silk via Ross
Ombre Tights: Target
Pumps: Nine West
Boobs: Nine West


La Historiadora de Moda said...

It does look great with the cardigan and belt! I wonder about wearing it as a blouse under another skirt or layering it underneath a solid color shirt dress.

A-C said...

Hmmm that's a great idea! SO glad I blog, I have style consultants that answer specific questions, woot! :)

I might try it with a pencil skirt and see how it looks with the end of the dress poking out at the bottom or maybe with a black sheath dress for some fun. good call!

Lady Smaggle said...

I'm ALL over Target. I love it. I'm addcited to natural fibres though so that proves problematic sometimes.

A-C said...

Lady Smaggle---I completely understand, almost everything I've gotten from them has some kind of synthetic material. Nonetheless, I'm still a huge fan.

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