For a while now, Target in Australia’s “Options Plus” line has been filled with not-terribly-attractive clothes that are pale imitations of current fashions. My local Target has a very limited selection, but I’ve been to some of the huge Targets and the Options Plus area is still tiny compared to the 17 acres of “normal” clothes. The sizing of the clothes is very strange: while in most other stores like Myer, Autograph, etc, I generally wear a 22 on top and 26 on bottom, in Target some tops, a size 18 will fit me, others, a size 24. I don’t have a large bust to content with either. Sometimes a size 24 skirt will fit perfectly, while I can’t get a size 26 past my thighs. Buying some trackydacks recently, one style, a size 16 fit and another style’s size 24 was a squeeze. I’m pretty sure these all come out of the same factory in Indonesia or China, how hard would it be to make the sizes at least consistent? It’s not that it’s even a difference between stretch material and woven. The inconsistency goes across all garments.
Frustrated with the range in a big Target I was in recently, I was leaving the store via the not-plus section, when I realised that some of the size 18s hanging on the racks actually looked kind of large. So I tried on some cardigans, which is what I was shopping for. They all fit just fine. And because they were “Misses” sizing rather than “Womens”, they weren’t too long for me and didn’t have armholes that went down to my waist, and so on. A 16 in some styles even fit. I’m not sure how they’d go on a woman with a larger bust than mine, though. So if you’re in Target, do have a look at the size 16/18s in the other sections. About half of the stuff there goes up to an 18 and nearly all to a 16. I’ll have to try this out at other department stores.
City Chic seems to be having a sizing problem too. Last year I bought an awesome coat from them in XL, after trying on quite a few other coats in the same size. I am a bit smaller than I was this time last year (see my numerous posts on thyroid), so the coat wasn’t a good fit anymore. I went back to City Chic to try on some L coats. Which were too small. Tried on their XLs. Still too small. WTF? I know they’re juniors sizing, but this makes little sense. Maybe they changed production factories or pattern designers. I hate when this happens.
As for Autograph, I think their clothing is getting uglier by the minute. I actually have some items from there from two years ago which still looks great, but every time I’ve been in there recently, nothing has stood out to me. Forget My Size. They are embracing the Big Boxy look. It doesn’t help that they put size 12-14 models in their catalogues and are obviously pinning the clothes back on them and they’re STILL big ‘n’ boxy. With dowdy-looking mid-calf skirts. When they have skirts.
Thankfully the Australian dollar is climbing back up against the US dollar and I can start buying a few bits from B&Lu and so on again.
I think I’m just going to have to clear a space here in my house and start sewing again. Fat fashion retailers are failing us.