Missoni for Target: A Small Town Girl’s Thoughts + Dressing Room Peeks

“What’s great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.” Andy Warhol.

WARNING: This is long winded, a little angry and truthful. Skip to the bottom to just see the pieces that I scored.

Many who are writing about the Missoni for Target whirlwind appear to be either upper class or upper middle class. Some balk at the quality of anything in a department store while others aren’t snooty but are armed with charge cards. Then there’s one camp who espouse to being huge Missoni fans while the others say that it’s ugly. (If you think it’s ugly that’s fine. It’s a preference. A preference can’t be wrong. It doesn’t make the wealthy smarter than you.)

I am not one of them so I thought I’d write a post from the opposite end, the poor end, the small town poor end.

Some would say that’s the nature of fashion. I don’t do fashion. I do style. I do what I like. So I love some of this stuff. I think that some is ugly and some is just not for me. I’m also not going to sit here and act like I know the history of Missoni. I was vaguely familiar with it like many things that I would never worry about being able to afford (like a Benz).

While growing up my still small town was even smaller. We had a Super Kmart, a bit later, a Hills, then eventually a Walmart. In 2006 we finally got a Target. I was familiar with Target because one of my favorite childhood films, Career Opportunities, takes place in a Target.

These designer collections are not new. Target has been collaborating with various designers since 2005. Being that I live in a small town it was very hit or miss as to whether or not our store would even decide to stock these collections. I literally laughed out loud when I read tweets and articles saying that “Missoni for Target” should have been called “Missoni for Target for eBay” because over the years if I really wanted something often my only options were Target.com (where the cheap stuff sells out fast) and eBay. I have a few things from previous collections that were not even sold around here and I bought them on eBay. As well as a couple that I bought directly from Target. I really love clothes. I’ve had people make special pit stops when these pieces come out just to go in a store and dig and dig until I find it, the one!

The problem with shopping for clothes from any site is that there isn’t a standardized sizing, especially in brands that will only be around for a few months. Conversely when our store did get some of the brands in, they were often either the safe styles (that I abhor) or the pieces were cut poorly (sideways seams, incredibly odd sizing, 2-3 sizes bigger or smaller than what you normally wear), this piece comes to mind. So not only are you taking a crap shoot when you buy online regarding sizing, you also have to hope that the collection that you chose was sewn correctly.

There are 2 more things that I should mention. I’m a former Target employee (who worked in the clothing department) but that’s pretty much moot because it was during a time frame that none of these lines were released. However they still had other really nice stuff that I couldn’t afford to buy even though I worked there. Stares wistfully at fabulous peacoat for 1 month while zoning but can never afford it. Plus I’ve been an eBay reseller basically since it was invented. So yeah, I flipped stuff. I’ve flipped stuff like this.

Perhaps you remember this Behnaz Sarapfour Taffeta Dress from 2006. I was an 8 at the time, the store only had 1s and 3s. At first I was mad, I was mad when my, then disordered eating, still wouldn’t let me wear this dress. At home I opened a rag mag & Kristen Bell was wearing it so I hopped on eBay and they were selling for more. What did I do? I hauled ass back to Target and flipped those.

Maybe you know nothing of eBay but this type of thing is not without risk and ridicule. When you buy it you have to get stared at by the cashier who knows that you are not a size 1. Then you put them up online and if they don’t sell then maybe you are stuck with them because Target has always had a wishy washy return policy. Maybe a buyer has remorse and tries to do a charge back on a brand new item. That’s what you do though when you are an eBay seller. Am I asking for pity or something, no? But this is reality. It’s more difficult to have to make your way doing things like this than a standard job that you will definitely get paid for. Why would someone do this? Maybe you have problems working outside of your house. (P.S. I don’t look down on any eBay sellers, obviously, I’m just trying to make an extreme point using myself as an example.)

Now who doesn’t give a fuck about things like this and calls you a troll? Celebrities who can buy full price designer clothes. Yeah, I like her slightly less now.

Also arggh inducing, to me, a major news site calling eBayers jerks.

END OF RANT, ONTO THE CLOTHES

I wasn’t getting paid until Thursday so even though I’d read online how everything was all gone I decided to check it out. They had one of the pieces that I had really wanted from the campaign. Occasionally the benefit of living in a small town in which liking clothes makes you even more of an outcast is that sometimes there’s still something left for you. Since there wasn’t much left they had grouped all of the clothing (including accessories and children’s clothes, the coats for girls were super cute) into one section.

I had been most excited about checking out the sweater dresses and sweater skirts, as seen in the ads. They didn’t have the dresses but I’m fine with that as I’ve rarely worn a sweater dress that is flattering to my figure. They did have a skirt in an orange print and an adorable hat! I hadn’t even known about the hats. I immediately knew that I wanted the hat but being poor had to walk around the store and think about it first.

Then I circled back and spotted another skirt that was pleated and matched the design of the hat. I found it much more flattering on me. I also saw this poncho and wasn’t sure if it was women’s or girl’s but tried it on anyway, just for this post (I don’t wear ponchos). It turns out that it was girl’s but I’m not thin and totally could have worn it. So if you like it then you might want to check the girl’s section at your local store. I would never wear all of that at once BTW, as it looks ridiculous but I was trying to be fast. I’m paranoid about getting yelled at for silly things (because it’s happened before, thanks Gab’s!). That’s also why there aren’t any digital camera pictures of the second outfit, just a pic from my phone.

Our store also had the babydoll lingerie set (so not trying that on with 2 way mirrors under fluorescent lights), the green v-neck sweater (but not in a size big enough for me to try on) and both styles of women’s shoes, flats and pumps. I only vaguely looked at those as they had tons in stock. (They were still in the shoe section, not shoved up front to garner attention like all of the other clothing). I already had my 2 pieces picked out so I didn’t try those on because I didn’t want to fall in love with them.

Since I bought these two pieces I just snapped some quick pics so you can get an idea on the design and quality. I haven’t had time to wear them yet but they seem to be good quality to me, but what do I know as a pauper.

Sizing: To give you a slight idea on fit in case your store has something left or you decide to buy something from an eBay SELLER (someone trying to meek out a living, not someone who is beneath you), here’s what I learned:

The skirts seemed to be true to size. I usually wear a large. They only had these in an XL. I felt like the orange skirt with the hip pockets hung too loosely (as is to be expected, but I could have made it work, if need be). The pleated skirt was also a XL and I always go up on pleated skirts so I like the fit on it. The poncho was a girl’s XL (14-16), so if you are a woman you could probably still easily rock it as like an 8 (or medium), comfortably. The hat fit my head fine and I have a wide head. So if you have a small head then it might be too large on you.

STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM TARGET.COM (at the time of this post)

Missoni for Target

 


Missoni white top
$40 – target.com

Missoni print blouse
$40 – target.com

Missoni black top
$30 – target.com

Missoni swim top
$30 – target.com

Chemise
$30 – target.com

Missoni suede pumps
$40 – target.com

If you are unable to get anything or not able to afford it (I understand) and here’s my (probably unpopular opinion): I would go through all of the thrift stores in your area (I don’t mean for Missoni but much of this stuff is very 70s, my older brothers wore shirts like this 35 years ago) until you find something neat.

RECOMMENDED
My Previous Target Designer Collaboration Posts
Hat Review: Eugenia Kim for Target
Style File: Spring, I Reckon featuring Liberty of London

More Missoni Finds
The Missoni for Target Mission at frugalfashionaddict.com
Looting Target- My Missoni x Targ Haul at Notes fron the Dressing Room…
My Missoni Moment at stern j designs

Just Because: Andy Warhol

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“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

“An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

“It’s not what you are that counts, it’s what they think you are.”

“I never fall apart, because I never fall together.”

So tonight instead of talking you to death with my nonsense, I offer you the nonsense of a talented artist/business man, Andy Warhol. Yes, I adore Andy Warhol. The crazy thing is that I’m not sure when this started. At first I thought it was when I fell for the film Velvet Goldmine in high school. It referenced so much so maybe some Andy reference from that started this? But no, I remember reading his bio from our shitty ass library prior to that. Hmm, was it growing up near Pittsburgh, where the Warhol Museum is located? No (although I have been there more than once). I’m really not sure. And let me tell you, Pittsburgh likes to act all hip, “oh, Andy the genius, was from here”. Well let me tell you, HE GOT THE FUCK OUT, of this whole closed minded state.


“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.”

“Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half there than all there, I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television, you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”

However Andy wasn’t just a free spirited artist who didn’t care about money or fame, he was very smart but very insecure. Many of the paintings that are floating around these days with his signature weren’t even done by him but by his minions. i.e. friends, many who were unpaid or barely paid, who hung out at The Factory. Yes, it was called the factory because it was about making things quickly for profit.

"It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger."

 


“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.”

“Art is what you can get away with.”

“Most people in America think Art is a man’s name.”

“I’d asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.”

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

He also wore a wig glued to his head, was pretty much anorexic, in the closet, didn’t make the Campbell Soup painting as a statement (it was because he ate it growing up), believed in copying others and was addicted to TV. I’m just telling you this to break the whole “perfectly odd” or “oddly perfect” stigma, read some bios on him, watch a documentary, one of his ‘movies’, etc. and see what he was really like, awesome but flawed like all of us.

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”

“Some people spend their entire lives thinking about one particular famous person. They pick one person who’s famous, and they dwell on him or her. They devote almost their entire consciousness to thinking about this person they’ve never even met, or maybe met once. If you ask any famous person about the kind of mail they get, you’ll find that almost every one of them has at least one person who’s obsessed with them and writes constantly. It feels so strange to think that someone is spending their whole time thinking about you.”


“What’s great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.”

“I don’t know where the artificial stops and the real starts.”

WATCH

“Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.”

“It’s the movies that have been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.”

Warhol’s films on Netflix Instant Streaming
Trash
Flesh
Heat
Blood for Dracula
Flesh For Frankenstein

“Everyone winds up kissing the wrong person goodnight.”

“Everybody has a different idea of love. One girl I know said, “I knew he loved me when he didn’t come in my mouth. ”

“Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.”

“Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.”

BUY

“In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, “So what.” That’s one of my favorite things to say. “So what.”

“I’ve decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks.”

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”

“Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.”

“And your own life while it’s happening to you never has any atmosphere until it’s a memory.”

“Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.”

“I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say figment.”

(Everything in quotations/italics interspersed throughout are Andy Warhol quotes.)

“I’m the type who’d be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn’t going to. I’m the type who’d like to sit home and watch every party that I’m invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.”

Just Because: Marilyn Monroe

I often see short posts on some of my favorite blogs that feature a photo that they like or that inspires them. So, I’ve decided do that occasionally. Of course, I couldn’t stop at anywhere near one. I’ve been a fan of Marilyn Monroe for years but I believe the reason I’ve been thinking about her lately is because they are doing a special exhibition on her at the Warhol through January. While choosing photos I was on the look out for some I hadn’t seen before or hadn’t seen often. Hopefully you will have that experience when viewing these.

NOTE: As often happens photos are disproportionally large for my blog. Just click any that you particularly like to be whisked away to the full size photo.

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taken at The Warhol circa 2000 (yes, I was yelled at)

My Personal Favorites:
Buy The Prince and the Showgirl
Watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Netflix Streaming
Buy Norma Jean and Marilyn starring Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd