Lately I've been trying really hard not to get sucked into falling in love with things that only look good on models with legs that stretch to forever and waists so waspish that a small child could lace her fingers around them. I have a short torso and long legs; I wouldn't have it any other way, but it makes buying clothes online a risky proposition. It's this unwieldy body type that led me to resist buying anything from the Rodarte for Target collection. Rodarte, like Stella McCartney and many others, have collaborated with Target to create an affordable, limited edition collection which is available in stores in the States, and online for us international types.
Living in an Australian time zone gives me the excellent benefit of being awake and alert at 1am NYC time, when these sorts of collections are released online. That means that should I want it, I get first pick of everything.
In preparation for the release, I scoured the internet for images of the clothes and studied the video collaboration done by Tavi from Style Rookie.
I was drawn to the blue Alice in Wonderland dress:
the bow shoulder dress (especially in mustard yellow):
and the sequin ribcage dress:
but not the icky combat boot styling.
When those dresses were finally available, did I immediately whip out my credit card and start spending? No. I crazily decided to think about it. Two hours later, I decided to have a second look, (this was at 3am NYC time, mind you), and what I felt when I got to the "sold out" page for all three dresses was cold REGRET. I learned the hard lesson that the exclusive, limited-edition fashion vampires don't know the meaning of "I'm going to think about it." They're decisive; they strike with quick, fangy accuracy; they stay up all night shopping; and they have my mustard yellow bow shoulder dress. If you were to look at the site now, all you'd find would be a sad wasteland littered with a few leopard print belts in tiny sizes, a bunch of dresses that are only available in stores in Mobile, Alabama and more of that regret stuff.
I hesitated because I worried that my purchases would make their slow way to me in Australia and they wouldn't fit. I worried that I wouldn't only feel regret, I'd feel disappointment too. Fueling my worry was a blog post I'd read about a girl who went to the pop-up shop before the online collection was released and bought a medium dress. She said she was normally a size 4 or 6, and a large probably would have fit better, which told me the sizing is a bit off.
Now that I've had a few weeks to ponder the mustard-yellow-bow-shoulder-dress-sized hole in my closet, (because I have nothing better to do than lament lost fashion-related opportunities), I've come to a conclusion. Can I be honest? I don't think the Rodarte for Target collection was that great. (One moment while I pause to be tarred and feathered by my fashionable contemporaries). I think the designs are inspired and wonderful and very Rodarte. I love the prints and colours and the interesting twists. But I don't love what I've read on the review sections of the Target site about poor craftsmanship and bad fits. In trying to stick with a lower price point, it seems they had to sacrifice quality.
I was blinded with the swoon-worthy idea I could own something by Rodarte for $50, not $5,000. Now that I'm more clear-headed, I've realised that I'm glad I kept my $50. I'll put it in an interest-bearing sock under my bed so that one day I can buy a real piece by Rodarte.