Apr 30, 2011

The SSG Source For Runway to Realway is Target.

It's a truth that Jane Austen never had to acknowledge in her lifetime but a girl in 21st century Sydney needs at least 2 Target stores in her life.  The one that's close to home (and is a co-tenant with an Ikea) and one that's close to work.  They each serve a distinct purpose.  The one close to home (and Ikea) would be your first port of call if you are able to shop the day the Target catalogue sale starts.  The one close to work is probably self explanatory but has the added bonus of having large amounts of your size in stock, giving you a few days' grace if you're a few days behind the start of the sale.

I'm at that happy state in life where I've found my 2 Target stores.  My winter knits for work are all sorted.  Well under budget (thanks to their current $10 off sale) and 100% machine washable.  Happy Days, indeed!  The even better news is, what I bought was pretty close to what I wanted to buy.  That sentence would only really make sense to the impulse shoppers amongst you who sometimes try to rationalize purchases by finding a cheaper alternative to that which you were lusting after.

Exhibit 1:  the Dita von Teese for Wheels & Dollbaby knit cardigans.  They look gorgeous on Dita who is blessed with hourglass curves and impeccably groomed hair and makeup.  Not to mention the ability to get through a working day in a pencil skirt, seamed stockings and stilletoes.

Image courtesy of www.spoiledbrat.co.uk.

The SSG reality from Target:




Work friendly round collar with buttons to the neck.  Not too fitted and it came with a patent bow belt.  I'm going to do an edit worthy of Gok Wan and use my own bow belt from the workshops of Mr S Ferragamo instead.  Have you any idea how hard it is to find a black patent skinny belt that fits high at the waist?  Mr Ferragamo's Sydney employees were the only people willing to cut a belt to size for me.  My GST tax back haul is looking frightening and I haven't even shopped in Honolulu yet. 

Exhibit 2: a Coco Chanel inspired black and white suit jacket.

Image courtesy of www.thegloss.com

That's Mlle. Chanel herself working a look in the 1960s.

The SSG reality from Target:







It's not really suiting, more a knit jacket but it's perfect for my purposes.  The more tailored Target pieces are a but of a dicy fit for me.  I'm planning to go to town with my brooches and necklaces when I wear this.

Exhibit 3: colour!  If Suri herself deemed it wearable (albeit in her infant months), perhaps there's something in it for adult fashionistas?  I've always been fascinated with Lilly Pulitzer and how her name has become synonymous with South Beach preppy chic in the US.


The SSG reality from Target:




A rainbow of soft knit cardigans at $20 each.  Faux Fuchsia, I thought of you and suggest you run but not walk to get yourself these in the orange and the fuchsia.

Tomorrow, SSG's Runway to Reality tackles the issue of in flight comfort.  It's a week until Mr SSG and I fly to Honolulu and you can never start packing too early.  It won't be based on items from Target.  I think I've gotten a little too comfortable in Target stores recently.  I was holding so many clothes the other day I was mistaken for a member of staff by a kindly Italian nonna.




12 comments:

  1. I love that cardi with the flowers...we actually have it here in Wagga (even though ours is only a Target Country (Booooo!).
    I love the coloured knits - I got a few thin knit jumpers in brights from Zara for around the same price - I am making a concerted effort to wear less black this winter.

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  2. Yes!!! I've seen those Cashmere babies at Target recently - are they machine washable?!?

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  3. Poptartlr: me too, about the black. I was in the city today and there are STILL queues outside Zara. Shorter but still there.

    M: yep, fully machine washable.

    SSG xxx

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  4. If the cashmere cardis were longer I'd be buying. They hit me at an unfortunate place creating the illusion (or highlighting the reality) of more hippage than is safe to admit to.

    I bought DVT socks today. Hideous. That's the sum total of my preparation for my trip thus far. I had better get packing...

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  5. Miss Kitty: that's the reason why I bought those India Hicks socks. Kind of defeats the purpose. I'll just have to do more leg exercises on the plane.

    SSG xxx

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  6. I haven't reached my Target mecca yet (one close-ish to home, one close-ish to work), but one day it will be achieved, I'm sure. One of my favourite flying shirts was from Target (sadly now in the Good Sammies collection as it was green, now an odd shade of off white).
    Look forward to the Honolulu collection tomorrow, I'm thinking about heading that way in 2012.

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  7. Thanks for the run down of the Target goodies - I might have to pop in for a closer look at the Chanel-esque cardi.

    Oh and in terms of travelling I can't recommend your new Batik Bella shift dress highly enough! I know because I wore the exact dress on the plane to and from Bali and it was perfect - stretchy, comfortable and yet still stylish enough to be in consideration for an upgrade ;)

    Have a great trip!
    L
    xx

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  8. I am in need of a new cardigan or two for Winter - looks like I'm heading to Target for something bright and colourful! Thanks for the tip. :)

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  9. I bought a dark blue fleather jacket there the other day. Can't wait to wear it. I really need some more black skirts, but they are so hard to find.

    TDM xx

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  10. Must head to Tarjay and investigate. A girl can never have too many cardies and this selection looks perfect.
    xx

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  11. No need to feel remorse for any of those things, SSG. A very cashmiraculous haul, indeed! xx

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  12. It's been ages since I had a Target raid. I think the last time was Zac Posen for Target which seems like eons ago!

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