September 25, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Powerline Dress Review

I ordered the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Powerline Dress when the collection first came out. When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed was that I liked the feel of the material. It is crepe and feels more work appropriate and expensive than other fabrics from the collection. I also ordered the long-sleeve floral blouse but that was so bad (in my opinion) that it wasn't even worth a review. The material feels cheap, there were strings falling out all over the place, it's sheer, and it's very large. 
The faux leather belt felt a little cheap, but it was fully adjustable for all waist sizes and could easily be switched out with a belt of your choice. I also liked the faux-wrap front style of the dress for a bit of added interest. The allover pattern was also pretty. FYI, it looks black and white in these photos and online, but there are also hints of lime green/yellow-ish surrounding all of the black lines in this dress. I think it would look great with a black, grey, white/cream or camel blazer, and an array of colored cardigans for work.  
So everything's good, right?.... Wrong.
The dress runs very, very large. This is why I never end up buying anything from these Target collaborations. The dress is $49.99 and would require extensive slimming on the sides of the dress to fit, which will probably cost me $20-25 bucks. I have to decide if a TARGET dress is worth $70... right now I'm leaning toward no. 
If you are lucky enough to be able to fill out this dress sans alterations, I highly recommend it for work. 
Did you get anything from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collection? What are your thoughts on the pieces you got?
Shop the entire collection HERE!

9 comments:

  1. yeaaaah. I basically returned everything but this sweater [http://www.target.com/p/3-1-phillip-lim-for-target-sparkle-sweater-cream/-/A-14602206#prodSlot=large_2_8] and the bag. That dress was so ridiculously huge on me too!


    The sweater is actually really nice though, and it fit well. It's super soft!

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  2. Shame that the dress is so large, although belted you can't tell! It's a very lovely print :)

    Away From The Blue

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  3. I do love the print. I pulled all the extra fabric behind me for the belted photos so I could see what it might look like if I pay for the alterations. I'm still considering it...

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  4. The sweater wasn't on my radar, I don't even think I noticed it while scrolling through all the options until right now! Do you think I should return the dress or alter it? Do you think it's worth 70 bucks? You've felt the fabric and tried it on so I trust your judgment

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  5. Bummer that it's so huge! It's such a cute print!

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  6. I didn't get to try the dress myself, but saw one at Target just yesterday. The fabric was...interesting? Is it polyester?? I absolutely LOVED print though! If you think you would wear it for 3 years, go for it! That's my "rule."

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  7. i ordered the floral blouse too and it was quite possibly one of the worst garments i have ever ordered online! it's good to know i wasn't the only one!

    dash dot dotty

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  8. I have not seen the dress, but that is an awful lot of altering. I don't think I would try it. I would be very surprised if it draped right afterwards. A shame, really. Doubled up to fit, it looked darling on you; and you are spot on with the cardigan idea.

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  9. That sucks. That's why it's sometimes isn't worth buying something for that cheap, because it's make poorly. Sorry about your luck.


    Agi:)


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