This post is sponsored by Target Australia.
Last month I showed you a few of the things I liked at Target and even pulled them into outfits. I was frank with you about the fact that I wasn’t exactly blown away by the MODA range and I’m happy to report that Target appreciated my honesty. One thing I noticed a lot of people mentioning in the comment section of the last Change Room Confessions post was that most of you were having luck finding pieces in the standard size section which now goes up to a size 20. I made that my challenge this month (I wanted something fancy to wear for Christmas Day or even NYE) to see if I could make any of it work for me.
This is what an epic fail looks like. As soon as I saw this dress on the hanger I just knew I’d have to try it on. As with everything from the standard sizing section I grabbed a 20, the highest size and tried to find garments made of stretchy fabrics, with generous cuts or flattering lines. I loved the print and colours in this dress and I really liked the tulip hemline but it just didn’t work on me. I wasn’t disheartened… at least I’d tried.
The next dress was something out of a dream, as soon as I saw it I begged for it to fit me. Cobolt blue, white and lime with awesome stripes, comfortable v-neck line and flattering skirt length… I just had to try it on. I also loved the white cotton and lace dresses, perfect for Christmas Day but there was just no way they were going to work for my size 20/22 frame.
Here I am, in the dress that almost fits. It looks OK in the picture but the dress wasn’t designed for an ample bust like mine so it gapes underneath the arms exposing my bra. I knew I’d love the neckline and the skirt was so flippy and cute. If MODA sold dresses like this they’d sell like hot cakes, even if City Chic sold them at double or even triple the price people would buy it… hell, I’d buy it!
I call this the t’shirt dress because that’s exactly what it feels like when you’re wearing it. Super comfortable with plenty of stretch, a great neckline and funky blue tones. As soon as I tried it on a felt like a Suger Coat it impostor, that girl just totally rocks the stripes so I made sure to instagram her straight away so she can rush out and buy it. Another standard size item that could easily be included in MODA.
Ahh the pile of dresses that made me want to cry… all of them size 20 and all of them way too fitted to even get on. The thing is, these are SO my style: fitted, lady like tea and shift dresses with florals galore and smart tailoring. In a pure state of denial I tried shoving myself in that blue dress so hard but to no avail, it was never going to fit. So what did I do? I sulked… all the way back to MODA.
I needed shorts for the Aussie Curves challenge on Monday so I thought I’d try and find myself a pair in Target. I saw on the online store that they had “Danimezza Blue” shorts and they looked perfect. I tried on the size 20 and they fit ok, I loved the length and colour. I also found this funky abstract print top which I thought was pretty cool. Again it hugged my hips pretty tight but I think it would look cute tucked into a skirt or pants. Ah the joys of being a pear shape.
So I was stumped… I didn’t find anything worthy of Christmas Day or flashy enough for NYE. I had a $100 giftcard burning a whole in my pocket and I was determined to look good at Christmas. I aimlessly wandered the store whilst Stephanie looked for a few things for herself and I found myself somewhere totally unexpected… the pyjamas section! Why didn’t I think of it earlier? I would be spending the entire morning in my old grungy PJs having breakfast and unwrapping presents and more than likely to be photographed doing so… or I could buy fabulous PJs!
Folded Cotton Rose PJ Set
So here I am with no make up, big wild morning hair and nothing but an Ahh Bra (or at least the Millers version) holding up my boobs. My first set of PJs: a rose print, cotton, button-up set which was $20 and on sale for $14. They had quite a few different designs but this was the one I loved the most. The 3/4 pants are comfy and light but they’re a smidge firm across the hips. I got a size 20/22 and they just fit. If they had a 22/24 I would have got them but the option wasn’t available. I asked Steve what he thought of them and he called me “Nigella”… I’ll take that as a compliment!
Pink PJ Outfit
The second set is very relaxed and comfortable. A pink MODA scoop neck tee $12 and 3/4 pants that were $15 and on sale for $10.50. There were plenty of different colours and patterns too, I think I should have bought a second pair. Fancy PJs for less than $25 is a win in my book, especially as both these items go up to a 26. I spend a lot of time at home so I like to have a few ‘house outfits’ which are comfortable enough for me to play in, do a bit of housework and write whilst curled up in bed or on the couch. I don’t get dressed up everyday but I do like to be presentable for the post man and couriers that unexpectedly drop by.
Floral Lace PJ Set
I’ve saved my favourite set for last… isn’t it dreamy! Soft fabric, gorgeous colours, pretty florals and lace detailing on the shoulders. The top was $20 on sale for $14 and the pants were $25 on sale for $17.50. The pants also have drawstrings so you can make them shorter if it’s hot. They go up to a size 24/26 which is actually what I’m wearing as I like my PJs a little looser. They’re just utterly romantic in my opinion and I feel so pretty when I wear them. Aidan said I looked beautiful.
5 Pack Knickers $12
All up the three PJ sets only cost me $68 so I had $32 left to spend. I found a gorgeous nightie for a Christmas gift which was $20 on sale for just $14 and then I decided to blow the remaining $18 on knickers. I figured if I was sorting out my PJs I may as well update my intimates! I bought two packs, one in black and one in nude, each pack ($12 each) had five pairs of invisible elastic knickers and they looked like they’d be worth the gamble so I paid the extra $6 in cash. The gamble paid off, they’re incredibly comfy. Don’t freak, I pulled my pants down a bit so you can see, they sit underneath my belly button, no cottontails for me just yet and yes, I just totally flashed you my knickers!
So there you have it, not exactly what I was hoping to achieve but I had a lot of fun and I just love my PJs. I’ll be looking fancy come Christmas morning, here’s hoping the rest of me doesn’t look too haggard opening presents in the early hours. I’ll be doing another shop in January… I wonder what I’ll find!
Please Note: I was paid for my time and gifted $100 voucher to spend at Target in store on Fashion products and garments. Product selection was at my own personal discretion and all opinions are my own as usual, please feel free to read my blog’s disclosure policy.