Thursday, March 14, 2013

Prabal Gurung for Target: Nice Design; Sometimes Poor Execution Part 2

Three looks for the Prabal Gurung for Target collaboration.

Prabal Gurung brought fun patterns, bright colors and feminine shapes to Target. Yesterday, I reviewed the shoes in the collection, finding that the designs were nice but sometimes the construction was poor.

I was able to buy items from the collection both online and in my local store.

I tried more of the clothing than shoes, so I decided that since this collection contained both, I would review clothing for the first time on this blog. Moreover, the clothes are designed to go with the shoes, as the looks above show.

I purchased  this long sleeve tee in Nolita print ($19.99) to add a fun pop of color to my outfits.

I also purchased the long sleeve t-shirt in Floral Crush print ($19.99).

The two items of clothing I purchased were the long sleeve t-shirts in the two fun prints ($19.99). The Nolita print is bright uneven vertical stripes. The Floral Crush pattern has bright flowers that fade out to white. 

The materials were soft, but not sheer. The sizing runs large.

I thought the shirts would add a pop of color under black at work or dress up jeans. The floral print will also look cute with shorts as the weather warms up. At $19.99, I was happy to buy both.

I was less excited about the rest of the collection. Below are the items I tried on.

The t-shirt with sheer shoulders in white ($19.99) quickly sold out.

I saw the sleeveless tee in white and thought it would be a fun summery top, and also nice under cardigans and blazers. Unfortunately, it was sold out both online and in stores.

Since the white shirt was sold out, I figured I would try the sleeveless tee in First Date print ($26.99). Unfortunately after letting me place my order, told me it would be delayed, and eventually unavailable.

In the store, I was able to find the shirt in a size too large. The shirt ran big. The body of the shirt was boxy although it was a soft cotton-like fabric. Online reviews complained that the sheer part was itchy and the arm holes too big. I also found both these problems.

The colorblock long-sleeved cardigan in Dresden blue ($32.99) looked nice but fit poor.

When I first saw the collection, I instantly liked the colorblock long sleeved cardigan in Dresden blue because it was a fun, unexpected color combination that was also polished and work appropriate. 

I originally ordered what I though would be my size and found it fit boxy on my stomach and hips. The material was soft, but very thin. The buttons were nice and covered in pleather.  

I tried ordering a size smaller but found it was tight on the shoulders, looked very thin, but was still boxy towards the bottom. In the end, both sizes got returned.

The colorblock long-sleeved sweater in Atlantis green ($29.99) had nice colors and a preppy look, but fit poor.

Being in  need of sweaters, I was also intrigued by the colorblock long-sleeved sweater, which came in a blue and green combo and a white and yellow combo ($29.99). I thought they would be fun, colorful and slightly preppy.

Unfortunately, I ran into the same problem of the sweater being thin and boxy. In either size, my bra was making bad marks and bulges. If I was to keep the sweater, I would have needed a camisole underneath to smooth things out.

The peplum top in Floral Crush print  (2$9.99) was made of stiff material .

The peplum top has stayed on trend, so I thought the Floral Crush pattern would add a fun twist. Unfortunately, the material was stiff and the peplum seemed uneven, longer on one side than the other. I am on the curvy side and that made the top pull up and not hit at my waist.

The First Date print drop waist dress ($34.99) was well designed and fit nicely if you like the print.

I love t-shirt type dresses that are easy to throw on in the summer and layer the rest of the year. The First Date drop waist print dress ($34.99) seemed to fit the bill. The body of the dress is made from a soft, stretchy t-shirt material and the bottom ruffle is made from a faux silk material with a lining. The design was nice and fit true to size. However, I wasn't too keen on the pattern when I tried it on. It seemed to draw attention to areas I preferred to ignore. It seems like it would be great on someone with a straight body-type.

The short-sleeved dress in First Date print ($39.99) was well made but ran small.

Still not giving up on the First Date print, I tried on the short sleeved dress, which used it as an insert. The dress was well made with a lining. However, the material seemed a bit cheap, and I would have liked it be to be longer and end at the knee. I found the dress ran small, and unfortunately, I was not able to find my size. It may be a small matter, but I also was not thrilled with the black inserts at the top of the dress. I would have prefer the lines on the edge of the patterned section were straight.

I am excited to start wearing my two new long sleeved t-shirts in their fun prints. However, I was disappointed at the rest of the collection, with its uneven sizing and poor materials. For the same prices, you could find better made items at discounters like T.J. Maxx or Century 21. Yet, if you want Prabal Gurung designed clothing, this is your best discount option.

What items of clothing did you buy from Prabal Gurung for Target? What did you think of the clothes?

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