Target’s Go Dress Collection Review: It’s a “No Go”
Today Target’s re-released collection of 34 dresses from their past 5 years of Go Collections by various designers arrived at Target stores in the United States. At my local Target , there were plenty of the dresses still sitting on the racks when I arrived this morning. Granted it was only 11:00 am, but I think the days of absolute consumer excitement and sheer “gotta have it” are over when it comes to clothing from Target. There were few shoppers looking at the designer merchandise. Most of the customers were in the grocery section of the store, or the electronics section.
|Pictured: Aisles of Go dresses at my local Target.|
Although I was originally excited to see all the restocked dresses in store, my excitement quickly faded upon examining the goods. The Behnaz Sarafpour dress with the Lacy tiers is too short, and the polyester lace replica layers don’t lay flat. The zippers in the Zac Posen dresses still don’t zip up properly. The Alice Temperley dresses have bulky waist ties and are too thigh high to partner well with their high collars and ruffles. Per usual, everything is sized small. Note all the comments on Target.com about “sizing up.” I found myself wondering why Target re-issued these with the exact same design flaws that customers left comments about on Target.com years ago? It seems there was a chance here to make these better than their predecessors, and that chance was simply ignored. To me, the best dress in the collection, for the price, is the Paul & Joe black spaghetti strap sundress. That dress is $24.99. However, the skirt is very thin, only the bust is double layered, leaving the skirt completely see through when you step into the light. I didn’t buy it for that reason. The Jovovich -Hawk dresses are cute, but I’m not interested in buying those again.
When Target first bought the Go Collection to market in 2006, there weren’t many competitors producing budget fashion by designers. Only H&M had truly ventured into that space with their 2004 collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. But times have changed. In 2011, budget designer collaborations are everywhere. Rory Beca is at Forever21. Macy’s has launched Impulse and signed Kinder Aggugini, Matthew Williamson and Karl Lagerfeld to make clothes for the line. Norma Kamali is at Walmart. New Look has GOLD by Giles Deacon. The amazing Vera Wang is at Kohl’s. JC Penney has Nicole Miller. Jodi Arnold was at The Limited. Many designers are on eBay, with more coming. Designer sample sale sites like Gilt, Ideeli, Rue La La, Haute Look, Editor’s Closet and My Nines offer the designers at reduced prices. The OutNet regularly offers designers at reduced prices. With so many choices, there is no reason to jump at the chance to buy a $45.00 US dress at Target that is poorly made. Beyond the crooked seams, and serge stitched edges, some of the pieces (especially those that are 5 to 4 years old) just look dated, and not in a good way. For my hard-earned money, Target needs to step up their game if they want to continue to make their Go line a profit center. I’ll be curious to see how many of the dresses end up on the clearance rack.
March 14, 2011 at 2:23 am
nice write up…seriously, if the clothes don't fit properly, there's def no point buying it just to have it…
Especially if you want people to buy clothes in Target…
March 14, 2011 at 2:43 am
Great review! Agreed on all counts. You'd think that Target would have learned from their mistakes and had fixed the design flaws identified from the first time around.
I think that Target did a great job of “setting the trend” of designer collabs. I just wish they'd had kept up the quality. Same goes for their other designer ventures like accessories. The early Rafe bags were made of impressive faux leather, and not the poor quality PVC of Falci and the like.
March 14, 2011 at 2:49 am
Thanks for the heads up. I was looking online and debating ordering without seeing anything in person. Being cheap or poorly made was my main concern. My wallet is happy:)
GorJess Fashion For Less
March 19, 2011 at 12:07 am
I totally agree with you. Although I have seen some of these dresses on other bloggers and they do (admittedly) look great on them, when I tried these on I thought they were too cheaply made and overpriced. Many items don't fit if you have a large chest and are small elsewhere (myself included). If I buy something at Target for $45 I want it to be amazing, not something cheap with a designer label. I would rather buy the amazing dresses H&M has out right now for $20. Maybe when these go on clearance I'll buy something, until then I'll pass.
Toya of The Limerick Lane
March 23, 2011 at 4:30 am
I was at the Target store early that Sunday morning when they debuted the line. I must say that I didn't really find anything that I was in love with at the store. I really loved the Tracy Feith Hibiscu Print, but the darts were sewn incorrectly. It was the last one in my size, so I figured I'd get it online. When I went online to purchase it, I zoomed in on the garment and noticed that the picture had the darts sewn incorrectly too. So I didn't even end up getting it.