05 August 2013

Why I'm Not Impressed By Target

I've nothing against Target, mind you, but I suppose I just don't see the same goldmine of pretty clothes that some seem to find when they wander its aisles.
The truth is that I'm spoiled. Just the other day, I had the opportunity to sit on a downtown sidewalk for half an hour waiting for my ride. I was dreadfully hot, and the 6 inch window ledge I was sitting on was not terribly comfortable, but for thirty minutes I simply sat and looked at the people who passed me by, and I must admit, I was admiring their clothes.
In Malaysia, you'll see plenty of people wearing t-shirts and jeans, and you'll see tank tops and shorts too. You'll also see t-shirts with unintelligible English writing on them--I've never quite gotten behind that fad. But you also see quite a bit of more traditional clothing. It's the bright colors, the unique patterns, and sparkles that I love. They make getting dressed interesting, and I've always been a big believer that getting dressed should not inspire boredom.
I'm wearing a baju kebaya with a batik skirt. This is actually a fairly modern and even somewhat scandalous pattern--until this trip, I'd never seen this type of skirt before. The purple peek-a-boo part of the skirt is see through, which means I'm showing a bit of ankle and lower calf. What nerve!
I feel like a princess in this outfit. Years ago, when wedding dress shopping, I considered buying a white baju kebaya to wear for my wedding--you know my penchant for the unusual and for dresses with sleeves. I think somewhere I even have pictures of the ones I was considering. In the end, I decided to go with a Western dress--to this day I'm not quite sure why I had such a very traditional wedding, I believe my motivation was that if I didn't upset people by trying to insist on unique details, they'd let me have my way on the ASAP wedding date. Hey, it worked. And I think a more colorful baju kebaya is more versatile anyways.
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  1. I am the same way about Target clothes. But I love the outwear you're wearing in the pictures. It's very different, unique, and the colors flow so beautifully together. I REALLY like the top.

  2. I like their clearance racks because I, personally, think they make quality clothes (I've never had anything from there fall apart), but I refuse to pay more than $15 for something "just from Target".

    Also, when you're depressed (i.e. deployment), it's a great place to wander. Books, snacks, clothes, makeup...they really do have everything.

    I totally get your point though and my mother would 100% agree with you :)

  3. The world would be a better place entirely if everyone dressed like you are right now. =) You look fabulous.

  4. wow! that dress is beautiful!!! I love it.

  5. You SO pull this off - me, I dare not try :/

  6. This is beautiful! I love it! Also...just some irony...the ad at the bottom of your page as I am reading this post, is a Target ad...ahahahaha!
    Our Fairy Tale

  7. That outfit is gorgeous! I think the fashion (especially traditional fashion) of other countries is so much more thought out and wonderful than American fashion!

  8. Oh my...this outfit is gorgeous! All the details and the purple with the gold is stunning.


  9. Wearing a whole bunch of colors is the best. Sometimes I will look in the morning and be bored by my neutrals so I throw on like 5 more colors and I feel better :)

  10. That dress is beautiful and colorful and amazing. I don't like Target clothes either, but I don't like the quality rather than the styles of the clothes. H&M and Forever 21 drive me crazy for the same reasons. I can see how the whole thing can just come apart in seconds. I think it comes from learning how to sew and knit.

  11. Browsing your old posts--that outfit is really beautiful!