I have been attempting to take a step back from shopping in February since I got so many new items in January, and after so many bloggers talking about the new collaboration of Who What Wear with Target, I wanted to see what it was all about.
Now just so you know, I had some pre judgements about the line because they were not carrying plus sizes in store. On a recent Target run with my hubby I scanned through the section to see what was available. I did select the Birdcage Skirt (plus sizes, straight sizes) in a size 16 and was pleasantly surprised at how well it fit. That piece came home with me and I will be reviewing it and showing pictures of it later in the post.
Several days later, I headed over to Target to really take in all the other items in the collection. I picked up several pieces in the largest sizes they had in stock at my local store and headed to the fitting room to test them out.
All Over Printed T-Shirt + Denim Pencil Skirt + Utility Vest
The All Over Printed T-shirt (plus sizes, straight sizes) is a high neck, short sleeve white tee with mottled black and gray dots. It was semi opaque and I would prefer to wear a tank underneath for modesty coverage. I am wearing an XL and found it to fit well, but would have preferred a larger fit in the arms, so a plus size X or 1X would have probably felt better for my own personal taste. I also like tees that have a lower neckline instead of this high one, so with all that being said, I passed on this piece.
The Denim Pencil Skirt (plus sizes, straight sizes) I picked up was a 16 and is the largest size this line carries in store. It was super tight in the belly area, but I still loved the details it had to offer such as the shape with it tapering down at the knee, the just below the knee length (on my 5′-5″ frame), the raw edges at the hem, the distressing, and the front slit. While this size did not work for me, I decided to order this in an 18W online with free shipping. I am hopeful that this will work because I love the concept of it. The online picture of this does not do this skirt any justice.
The wash I saw was much darker in person and the slit was not nearly as high. I have to admit, looking at this pic, I would have never looked at it twice. That slit is dangerously close! I will follow up on this when it comes in. Update: I got my skirt! See my outfit and review of it in my post Denim Pencil Skirt with a Twist.
The Utility Vest is a piece I could not find online. I am wearing the XL although there was an XXL available on the rack. It is very soft and flowy in comparison to some vests in this style I have seen that are more of a canvas and are stiff. I found it to fit in the shoulders well, but the length felt awkward on my frame and would have preferred it to be shorter. I liked the drawstring waistband and how it defined my waist, even when worn open. This piece did not come home with me either.
Pros: I love the combination of this outfit. When I get the denim skirt, I am going to try it with a similar Ava + Viv black and white tee with a v-neckline and olive military jacket I already have.
Trench Vest + Solid T-Shirt Dress
I saw the Trench Vest (plus sizes, straight sizes) on Crystal of Sometimes Glam and wanted to give it a shot. I picked up this gray t shirt dress (plus sizes, straight sizes) to put it over that was not from this particular collection. The long line trench has a drawstring waist with what I describe as flaps that come out on the front. It is meant to be worn open and has no closure. The fabric was stiffer than the previous vest I tried so it had a little more body to keep its shape. I stood in the mirror for a long time looking and considering this piece. While I appreciated the style, I decided it was not going to work for me and my lifestyle.
Pros: I am loving this color combination of gray and olive. A simple gray tee and olive military jacket I already have in combination with some skinny jeans will make for a great casual outfit.
Sleeveless Fluter Shift Dress
I got major 90s flashback when I slipped on the Sleeveless Flutter Shift Dress (plus sizes, straight sizes). This is an XXL and I am sucking it all in to take these pictures. Like the description of the dress, it is a shift with it being straight in the bodice, then flares out with an asymmetrical flounce in a drop waist. This size was much too small and I would probably have to size up two sizes for it not to be tight around the midsection and hips. I did appreciate the bold colors and floral print. Again, the high neckline is not a favorite of mine and if it had worked for me, I would pair it with a denim jacket, necklace, and chunky heel booties. I decided to pass on this dress as well.
Pros: This bright and bold cobalt blue is a color I am going to seek out for Spring 2016. I love how it brings out the blue in my eyes.
Well, what do you know, I shopped my own closet and found this cobalt blue cardigan. You can bet that will have an appearance again on the blog!
Original Post: Ruffles
- Who What Wear Birdcage Skirt: Target (plus sizes, straight sizes)
- Denim Jacket: Old Navy (plus sizes, straight sizes)
- White Lace Tee: Old Navy via Poshmark
- Belt: Old Navy
- Candy Cluster Necklace: Anthropologie via Poshmark
- Carolina Crossbody in Red: Charming Charlie
- Booties: Old Navy
The Birdcage Skirt fit me high waisted very well at a size 16. The fabric is nice and thick which means it does not call for lining. It has three large pleats on the front and on the back and a fixed waistband with no stretch. The pleats themselves lay nicely on my body and are not too voluminous. I really enjoyed the longer length and even though I am wearing it a few inches above my natural waistline, it still hits right below my knee. So far I have come up with seven more outfits to go with this white, black, and gray polka dot skirt. You probably will be seeing it a few more times here on the blog!
I also have to mention that I totally stole this style tip of belting over a boxy denim jacket from Suzanne Carillo. I fastened one of the buttons right where the belt hits and I am obsessed with the look. Thanks Suzanne! The jacket is layered over a simple white tee and a fun turquoise and red necklace for some color.
Although the collaboration was a hit and miss for me, there are so many more pieces in its entirety while I just sampled a few. Check out the full Who What Wear Collection on Target.com.
Today’s Postivity Note
Today will be what it is. I will be who I am. And there is beauty in both.