As many of you know, I was thrilled to see advance images of the new Calypso St. Barth for Target line.
It seemed to be a carefree, mom-friendly collection that included lots of casual dresses, tunic tops, and accessories.
When the collection premiered yesterday, I was one of the first at Target to see the collaboration for myself.
I couldn't have been more disappointed.
The tunic tops that looked so lightweight and flowy online were made of cheap fabric that didn't look at all comfortable.
The maxi dress I had to have (and, consequently, had already ordered online so that I could get it in my size) was constructed with equally shoddy material.
Sure, it's the kind of fabric you'd expect to find in Target -- but not at these prices. Typical of most Target designer collaborations, the Calypso St. Barth merchandise is usually a little more expensive.
Another strange aspect was that the Calypso St. Barth section in my local Target, one of the more upscale Targets in the area, was painfully small. Only a few selections from the collection were available in each section of the store. What's up with that? When last year's Liberty of London collection debuted (which I loved), almost the entire collection was available at the same Target.
Of course, the collection isn't all bad. Here are a few things to look for if you go (or get online).
The girls' collection is darling. I ordered a few dresses for my 7-year-old (including this one) and was pleased with their construction when I saw them in the store.
This necklace is pretty awesome, but I couldn't justify its $40 price-tag when I already have a turquoise necklace.
The sleepwear is cute and made of a pretty, lightweight cotton. I bought two nightgowns, but spent too much on them -- they're between $24.99 and $29.99.
The housewear collection really is pretty, and made me wish I had a beach house to stock up with these dishes, glasses, and bowls.
Finally, it appears that Target has heard the cries of the masses as far as sizing goes. This collection is available in both petite and plus sizes! So while I can't recommend actually buying most of it, there is hope for the future!
Have you seen Calypso St. Barth for Target in person? What did you think?
Images via Target