I have been looking forward to the Zac Posen designer collaboration for a LONG TIME. A very long time. I even drove over to my local Target an entire day before it was due out because the employees told me that they would be beginning their floorset and would probably have some stuff out (they didn't). A few hours ago I finally made it to Target and witnessed with my own eyes what I have been waiting on baited breath for for so long. Now, I'm not sure what to think. I was initially disappointed immediately upon arrival because my Target did not have a good majority of the pieces that I was interested in, most importantly the Polka-dot print dress, the tuxedo bodysuit, and the Maxi dress in the safety pin print. I tried on everything this location had, even if I didn't really like it, to try to get a feel for the collection as a whole. I wasn't able to try on some of the pieces because there were strange sizes left. One of the biggest loses due to size unavailability was the striped sailor dress. I feel like if they had had my size I probably would have walked out of the store with this piece. I'm a pretty solid Medium/5-6 so XL's and 0's just weren't going to cut it for me.
With my arms practically breaking from the weight of the heavy fabric, I made my way to the dressing room. I decided to start with the dresses, move to separates, then swimwear. The first piece I tried on was the sweater dress in black that retails for $49.99 (excuse the grime marks on Target's dressing room mirror). Now I know that these are supposed to be classic and inspired pieces, but I feel like Target/Zac could have planned a little better in the fabric choices. Sure, a sweater dress would be great come September, but when I buy something I want to wear it NOW. I found this dress to be quite flattering and true to size, but the sweater material was itchy. Not in a wool sort of way but sort of like plastic-y. I really liked the flutter sleeve and the contouring in the body.
Next was the two-piece ruffle dress in navy and black ($79.99). In the picture I'm literally holding the dress on my body because I couldn't put in on by myself! You definitely need a partner for wearing this dress because it has so many teeny-tiny eyehooks and snaps to hold the two pieces together that it is nearly impossible to figure it out. I actually was scared that I was going to rip some of them off as I twisted and turned trying to get into the thing. In all I like the two-piece idea because really you are getting separates that make as whole, as both can be worn on their own as well as together. This navy/black combo showed up here and in the tuxedo and I loved it. I enjoy navy and black together as long as it's the right shade of navy that almost looks black. Maybe I would have worn this to a formal when I was in high school though I'm not sure what use I would have for it now.
The brocade dress ($74.99) was next. This, along with the sailor dress, was the most iconic piece in the collection. I had seen it in the most advertisements and upon reading reviews of the collection after the NYC release, most people were raving about it. I couldn't zip this dress either, but this time it was because of the fit. Like I said, I am a solid 5/6 and everything else that I tried on fit true to size. This dress was SO TIGHT under my arms that I was rubbing my skin quite uncomfortably so that I couldn't reach the zipper in the back. I really liked the way it cinched my waist but, honestly, I felt like I was wearing upholstery. I am always one to give brocade a chance. I have a brocade coat that I absolutely love from Forever21, and the difference between that and this is wearability. I think if I had purchased this and worn it out I would have felt like I was being held hostage by a human-eating dress. Definitely one of the biggest disappointments.
Moving to separates, I tried on the tuxedo jacket ($49.99), the tuxedo pants, and the pleated-sleeve shirt ($29.99) all at once to see how they looked as a suit. I really loved all of them. They do look quite tuxedo-esque, especially with the pleating on the front of the shirt. I think I could have used a bigger size in the jacket when wearing a long-sleeved shirt underneath, but it would have been fine with a sleeveless top. The pants were so flattering, especially from behind and I like how I could take any one of these pieces and mix and match with other things in my wardrobe.
The Zac lipstick tank ($16.99) was what I thought I was going to walk out of there with today, if nothing else. It was really cute but the applique was this weird rubbery stuff with felt for the lipstick tube. For $17 bucks I could think of a few other things in the store I could have purchased especially since I wasn't sure how this would wash up. The back was my favorite part. It was sort of understated sexy. I think that it would be really cute with a lacy bandeau bra for a summer concert, but today I just didn't need it that badly.
Finally I tried on 2 of the bathing suits. Sorry folks, no pictures on me but here's a little preview. I'm not that brave. These one-pieces did not fit at all! This may be due to the fact that I'm about 5'9'' and even the largest size in these suits were made for 5'5'' and below with an A cup. Perhaps the bikinis would have fit me better but there were only bottoms left.
I didn't leave the store empty handed but I did leave without any Zac Posen. I asked a sales associate if they would be getting any more of the many missing pieces and she offhandedly said "probably", so I guess I'll check back. In summation, the collection seems sort of all over the place. Brocade, lame, swimsuits, and sweaters seem to not really mesh well. That is, unless the intention of this collection was for it to be a micro year-round line. I'm not sure that I could have justified spending $80 on anything in the collection even if I did love it because this is Target we're talking about. The Mossimo dress I ended up purchasing was one fourth that price and I couldn't be happier. Zac Posen, you have broken my heart for now. Hopefully in the next few weeks my under-stocked Target can redeem itself but until then, style on Fashionistas.
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