Jason Wu for Target: Quality Issues

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Pictured: Brittany Williams wearing her new Jason Wu for Target Blouse. (photo courtesy of Brittany Williams)

Now that the hysteria and “I gotta have it” fervor of the Jason Wu for Target launch is fading, I hope some of you take a look at the consumer reviews on and the above picture before you think about purchasing, especially if you are thinking about paying the inflated eBay prices. The above picture comes from Blogger Brittany Williams.  It’s a picture of her Jason Wu Long-Sleeve Sheer Blouse in Blush Dots from Target.  “Well this is getting returned!”, says Brittany via her Twitter feed. ” Had it on for 6 hours, and it’s shredded. ”  This same blouse is selling on eBay for as much as $130.00.  Reviews from other consumers on offer similar comments. Elizabeth writes, “beautiful but dissappointing. I wore my new blouse to work, however as I got home and was getting ready to go to bed I noticed a HUGE rip along the back shoulder seam. The fabric was too fragile for some minimal arm movement.”

I’m posting this because consumers work hard for their money, and this collection was hailed by everyone from Vogue to as great fashion for a great price.  Clearly, those opinions had nothing to  do with the actual product and seem to have been based on the look book, which did indeed make some of the pieces look good.  If you’re considering paying inflated prices for this collection on eBay, please look at Brittany’s picture and read the comments on and my fellow blogger Target Addict’s review.    Target Addict says,”Most of the blouses are made of ultra-cheap looking (and feeling) polyester. Memo to Target: I’d rather pay 20% – or even 30% – more for a silk or natural-fiber blend than cheap poly. ”  Amen sis-tah.
I think Jason Wu is a really talented designer, but as I’ve said before, I feel more money was put into marketing this collection than into quality manufacturing.

If you’re still lusting for Jason Wu for less from Target, check out the blue poplin dress with the red & white stripes at the bottom from the Target collection.  That item has good reviews from Target customers.   An even better plan if you’re looking for something from Jason Wu is to look at the eBay listings for his boutique line, sold at Saks Fifth Ave.  Those listings are at about the same price as some of the Jason Wu for Target listings.


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  1. In The Know

    February 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I couldn't agree more. The lookbook made the line look great, but the quality of the merchandise was not even close to the Missoni for Target line, which I thought was excellent! I truly hope people are not paying the inflated prices on Ebay for this stuff.
    Jess @ In The Know

  2. Anonymous

    February 9, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I agree! The quality of these pieces is atrocious- really, really poorly made and many of the pieces are completely see-through. It was a major disappointment for me. Based on lack of quality of the pieces I've seen in the store, I will most likely be returning the three clothing items I will be receiving in the mail. I love my Missoni for Target- but this collection doesn't even come close. Appalling really.

  3. Target Addict

    February 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! To reiterate: I'd rather pay more for quality. If you recall from past Target designer collabs, Thakoon used silk, linen and cotton in some of his items, and Rogan Gregory insisted on ALL his pieces being made of organic cotton and silk. So it CAN be done at a decent price-point.

  4. Anonymous

    February 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I just returned one of the dresses because of the quality. You can make quality materials on a budget. I still get complimented on my Rafe bag from Target because it was a well-constructed bag. I would rather Target focus on one to three designers a year rather than churning out cheaply made products with designer names sewn on them.

  5. Anonymous

    February 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Blouses look horrible. If you have an ounce of boobs, forget about it. Just look at the blouse on Chloe Moretz? She looks like she's about to line up for the school assembly. You have to have no boobs or age 5 to wear this.

    I would say the striped jersey dress is very flattering. My mom had a dress just like this in the 60's. I bought this for her.

    I will have to withhold judgement on the web only shift dress. Not holding my breath. Prolly return it to my local Target.

  6. Anonymous

    February 10, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I received my on-line order items from Target today. Ones I would not have been able to get if the Target Addict blog had not linked me in the right direction- the Target Facebook page. The people from the page were awesome and helped by posting links to various items as they came available. In the Central time zone, I wasn't able to get to them until much later than those on the East coast- or wouldn't have without the help of the Target Facebook folks. In any case, I am extremely disappointed in the quality of the clothing that I got. It is horrific. An absolute joke- and not a very funny one. The bags are nice, but I am so disgusted by this whole experience that it makes me sick. Thank you Recessionista for your insights, help and for having this venue. I find you Blog an extremely valuable source of information. Target may disappoint, but you do not! Thank you!

  7. Red Lipstick

    February 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Eek. I'm wearing that blouse today. After reading this post I promply began 'sitting sun salutaions'!

    I'm thinking that because mine is a pretty large on me (um, and “no boobs either, lol) and this xs is more like a medium, that is why it survived the “salutations”. I'm planning to use the steam feature on my washiing machine after reading this, however, instead of actually 'washing in cold”.

    I'm hoping for the best…I wore an Erin Featherston top yesterday that I purchased about 7-years ago, one of the first Target designer collections. $20 or so and it still looks brand new!

  8. Target Addict

    February 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I received my first shipment yesterday, and have decided to return the black flared dress, partly because of quality issues, and partly because it's too “poofy” and just not me. Regarding quality: I noticed uneven stiching, pulled threads, and the zipper worked very rough (meaning got stuck, and I was afraid it was going to break). Buyer beware if you get this dress, as you'll have to handle with care in getting in and out of it!

  9. Anonymous

    February 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Cannot agree more!!!!anybody get the shredded blouse RETURNED???My blouse is ripped as well, so disappointed and mad for the poor quality. Mine experience is even worse, just tried on at home and RIPPED!!!!–thank you for sharing!!

  10. Anonymous

    February 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Web only blue dotted shift dress is different from the ad photo. The white lace piping along the shoulder also run vertically. This is not the case on the ad photo. Dress is going back.

    Dress in question.,10&swHighlightThickness=1&swBorderThickness=0&itemTitle=Jason+Wu+for+Target%26reg%3B+Sleeveless+Pleated+Shift+Dress+in+Navy+Dots+with+Black+Belt