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Review: Peter Pilotto for Target

While I found most of the prints for the Peter Pilotto for Target collaboration a little dizzy, there were a select few pieces that caught my attention. Of the 60 odd items, the 3 pieces in the monochrome were the most interesting to me. (What a surprise, right? 😉 )

Peter Pilotto for Target black white green netting printMy Peter Pilotto for Target picks – Black/White Rash Guard, Black/White Skirt, and Beach Towel

I was quite taken aback with the one-to-one dollar to pound conversion for prices of the items on Net-a-Porter (NAP) for those outside of the US. They also didn’t carry the full collection like Target and likely stocked less pieces too. I ended up ordering from both, Target and NAP in order to obtain the 3 items that I wanted. I would’ve preferred to be able to order from Target for the price difference but sadly the beach towel was already sold out. While I was able to order the rash guard and beach towel from NAP, the wrap skirt was sold out, so this review is for the beach towel and the rash guard. (I won’t receive the skirt till next month as it’s in the US.)

As G and I will be going on an island vacation in May, I wanted a better beach towel than the current ones we have. The beach towel came nicely packaged in NAP‘s dust bag. While the print is nicer than our current beach towel, the quality was the same, which was disappointing. (I was hoping for a thicker material!) For $25, I was expecting the quality to be a little better but alas, I guess one is merely paying for the print of the towel in this collaboration. For reference, the towel is made from 100% cotton and measures 62″ (158cm) by 35″ (89cm). (It’s currently sold out on both sites but if you add it to your Wish List on NAP, they’ll send you an email when they receive a return)

Net-a-Porter dust bag for the Peter Pilotto for Target beach towel

Peter Pilotto for Target Printed Cotton Terry Beach Towel

Peter Pilotto for Target Printed Cotton Terry Beach TowelPrinted Cotton-Terry Beach Towel $25/£25

I had high hopes for the rash guard as I love the mix of print which was less busy than the other items and it was a unique item (Peter Pilotto doesn’t carry swimwear in their main line). I’m also a sucker for open back tops, so I had to buy it! I ordered both the XS and S to try and the sizing fell short of my expectations. The XS was too short on me while the S was too loose on me. Sigh. 🙁 For reference the XS measures 20″ in length, 14.5″ from underarm side to side, and 25″ for its sleeves. The S in contrast measures 21.5″ in length, 15.5″ from underarm side to side, and 26″ for its sleeves. Kindly note the extra inch of fabric on the S as compared to the XS in terms of fit resulting in a gaping open back! (I’m pinching the extra fabric in the modeling pic below.)

Peter Pilotto for Target rash guardBlack/White Print Rash Guard $30/£30 in Extra Small

Peter Pilotto for Target Rash Guard SmallBlack/White Print Rash Guard $30/£30 in Small

Close up detail of rash guard and beach towel

Close Up Detail back of the Peter Pilotto for Target rash guardClose up detail shots of the rash guard front and back

As much as I love the rash guard, it looks like I’ll have to return them with a heavy heart. While I would like to think that the S can be altered to fit, I’m not sure if it’s worth the cost and if it’s even possible due to the design, i.e. open back. Suffice to say, my package will be returned to NAP just as I received it. Boo! Did you buy anything from this collaboration? What are your thoughts?

Fauxionable Outfit – Check It!

It’s been a while since I last posted an outfit, so here’s one! I first saw these check pants on Tuula and I love them. (Then again, I’m almost always drawn to all things monochrome. Heh.) Fact that it was on sale within my price range? SOLD! It reminded me of the Tibi check pants except the colors were inverted, white on black and with a budget-friendly price. Since I wasn’t sure on the sizes, I ordered two pairs, a size 2 and a size 4 and the smaller size was a much better fit. I find the fit to be much better than my Banana Repubiic Hampton Cropped Pants in size 0 as seen here.

green with monochrome check windowpane pants ASOS Marc Jacobs Little Stam Sam Edelman Trina Adia Kibur stone bib necklace

I’m linking this post with Mix & Match’s Summer Style Linkup. Happy pre-Friday! 🙂

Fauxionable Outfit – Pop of Orange

Adding a pop of orange to contrast today’s monochrome outfit and to add some color to the dreary weather. I’m also linking this post to Monday Bloom by DC in Style. This pleated H&M skirt is very similar to The Limited skirt that I recently purchased but since this is a print while the other is stripes, I justified the purchase! One can never have too many monochrome garments, in my opinion. Besides, I can’t seem to resist pleated skirts. 😉

Fauxionable Outfit - Pop of Orange

  • Top: Naf Naf 2007
  • Blazer: ZARA (similar)
  • Skirt: H&M 2006
  • Bag: DvF via TJ Maxx 2006
  • Shoes: Banana Republic
  • Necklace: Gift from mum
  • Bracelets: Hermes Kelly Double Tour & H&M
  • Rings: H&M & Forever 21
  • Watch: Michael Kors Mini Runway MK5384

Fauxionable Outfit - Pop of Orange

What are your favorite colors to contrast a monochrome outfit?

Fauxionable Outfit – Channeling Coco Chanel

I think black and white is a classic staple in every wardrobe and it’s no secret that I love the monochrome palette. Taking cues from Coco Chanel, here’s an outfit to depict that.

Fauxionable Outfit Channeling Coco Chanel

  • Top: Courtesy of White Circus
  • Skirt: H&M 2011
  • Bag: Chanel Reissue Wallet on Chain F/W 2009
  • Shoes: Sam Edelman Trina in Black
  • Bracelet: H&M 2012
  • Watch: Michael Kors MK5384

Faux Pearls, Chanel WOC & Gold Michael Kors

Close up shot of accessories

White Circus is owned and run by a dear friend. When she had the top on her site, I knew I had to have it as it was so reminiscent of Coco Chanel! I was lucky that she was able to reserve the top for me and when I finally met up with her when I was back in KL (capital of Malaysia), she was super sweet and kind to let me have it as a gift instead.

The top is made of good quality cotton and I would have happily paid for it. (I can’t remember the price now!) She stocks mainly work wear on her site and I wish I could purchase more of her items. Sadly, I am taller than most Asians and albeit the cute, stylish frocks she has on her site, I have to pass for they would be rather short and inappropriate to wear to work. For any of you petite ladies out there, I highly recommend checking out White Circus! (White Circus ships worldwide.)

Here’s some of my picks from her current items in stock:

Ruffled Chiffon Cardigan (RM 49 ~USD 16)

White Circus Classic Favorite Dress

Classic Favorite Dress (RM57 ~USD19)

Shift Dress with Flutter Sleeves

Shift Dress with Flutter Sleeves (RM 55 ~USD18)

Happy shopping at White Circus!