Jason Wu for Target Clothing Reviews

After spending two long nights sleeping on planes, I was happy to be back in the U.S. today. I checked my Twitter feed upon landing (hooray for Twitter, FB, and Blogger not being blocked!) and realized that today was a good day to return…

Me (shooting up from my airplane seat, suddenly alert): “The Jason Wu for Target line is launching this morning! How convenient!!”
Groggy Nick: “Wha? What’s that?”
Me (sly smile creeping across face): “Stores open in one hour!”
Unamused Nick: “You’re kidding me, right.”

I would typically never subject my boyfriend to the madness of women at a collaboration launch, but my local Target is outside of the city and I don’t drive in Boston (for good reason). After some coaxing and promises of an “American breakfast” afterwards, we dropped off our luggage and were on our way.
I arrived at 7:45AM and there were about 20 people in line ahead of me. We were told that each shopper was limited to 6 pieces from the collection. I was relieved to hear this, as there were definitely some eBay’ers ahead of me (unless they were generous husbands/grandmothers picking up merchandise for loved ones?). When doors opened at 8AM sharp, I speed-walked in and grabbed every XS I could find. All dresses were already snatched up except for this one, which I was happy to grab:
Preface: All clothing in this collection is in women’s regular sizing. Sizing seems to run normal for a women’s regular line, which means it will probably not fit extra petite ladies without alterations. Most items have a boxy cut, with a straight-up-and-down silhouette when un-belted. Everything seems to be sold out online today, but Target might quietly restock like they did with Missoni.

Now, on to this dress. This piece appeared unflattering on models in both stock photos and ads, but in-person, I thought it was one of the more interesting pieces of the collection. I love the combination of goldenrod and black against blush pink, as well as the details like a simple collar, pearly buttons, and scalloped trim on the front pleats. This would be lovely for brunch in the spring, and can also be business-casual appropriate in warmer weather.

On me (~ 5 feet tall, 32-24-32), this dress needs some slimming along the torso to make the armholes a bit smaller, and to rectify the bunching back as shown below. The belt loops also fall below my actual waist, so I would move those an inch or two upwards. Another aspect I don’t love about this dress that can’t be changed is the wide angled cap sleeves.

2. Jason Wu for Target dotted bow blouse in navy or blush, XS, $34.99.
Old Navy jeggings in 0 Short, CL Decolette Pumps (starts in sz 4, now also in nude)

This blouse is boxy like everything else in the collection, but drapes well enough that it doesn’t need alterations on someone my size. I like how it looks worn casually with jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt. The blouse does poof out when fully tucked in, so I would slim the sides a little or layer on a cardigan / blazer.

This top is a darker navy than what my photo shows below. I’m not sure if the twisted collar is part of the design, or just bad craftsmanship. I noticed that every top in this collection with a tie-style collar was really twisted along the neckline. I like the fabric-covered buttons and pleated sleeves.


In the ads, this top looked gorgeous paired with the floral pleated skirt. On the hanger, it looked wide and tent-like. Nick took one look and scoffed, and I almost put it back, but decided there was no harm in bringing it home to try on.
When worn, this top was surprisingly girly and pretty. I love the dotted mesh against the navy floral and can see this top (as well as many others in this collection) pairing perfectly with crisp white skinny jeans. I added a yellow belt for fun and the resulting look wasn’t too bad – almost like a peplum silhouette.

4. Jason Wu for Target short sleeve tee with tie, in blush or white, sz XS,

These 100% rayon tees were a definite no for me. The material was stretchy and cool to the touch, but felt like they would pill after a few wash n’ wears. The tees looked similar to stuff you can get at H&M; any day. The twisted-ness of the neck is also more visible with the black trim, making the quality look cheap.
The skirts and dresses in numerical sizing all started at size 2. I wasn’t too disappointed about not finding any pleated skirts or dresses because they would require costly alterations, anyways. This skirt is 100% cotton and feels like a stiffer poplin material. I like the grosgrain ribbon waist, the pockets (sucker for pockets), and front pleats, but found the printed material to look a bit tacky.

I also grabbed the popular sheer blush dot blouse that is often paired with this skirt, but the smallest size left was a S. In person, the blouse was feminine and floaty, but a S looked generous on the hanger. I certainly do not need a 4th nude blouse, so I offered it to a fellow shopper who actually turned out to be a reader! I was surprised to meet a few readers at Target today…it was a pleasure to meet women with common interests and to connect “real life” faces to the readership of this little blog.

Readers – Out of #1-3, help me decide which piece(s) to keep! If any of you also shopped this collection, I’d love to hear what you got!


180 thoughts on “Jason Wu for Target Clothing Reviews

  • Jen February 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the reviews, Jean! To be honest, I don't think the fit of any of the items are flattering, but I would be curious to see how the first dress looks on you post alterations. If you were to keep any of the items you purchased, I vote for the dress!

  • Halle February 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hi! Ahh i think the JW line is beautiful… I did a post on my favorite items (http://classicglamblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/jason-wu-for-target.html) I agree with you about the shirt with the black bow: H&M-esq;!

    Please, please come on over to the Classic+Glam Blog and if you like it, follow! Your support is needed and appreciated!

    Have a great weekend. Best wishes from,

  • sydney85 February 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I was only able to get the navy scarf. I like it a lot but was disappointed that the selection was so small at two Target stores in Austin. I was one of the first in at one Target but it did not help.

  • Monette February 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I agree! I do not like any of it all! The colors are horrible !

  • Jasmine Zhu February 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I wish Target was in Canada ALREADY!!!

    I vote for the dress as well. I think that is the most interesting piece out of everything.

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    The blue dotted blouse for sure! It has the best fit and style. I love Jason Wu but why waste your money on alterations for mediocre clothes?

  • Esther E February 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I think you should keep #1 and #3! I went shopping for the collection in a non metropolitan area and didn't get the 6 piece limit so I ended up spending $500! Ridiculous right? But I can't help it I absolutely love Jason Wu's designs. I didn't get any of the accessories though (I was too slow πŸ™ )
    I too got the navy dot blouse and the blush tshirt with black tie but didn't like the look and quality so I'll definitely be returning.

  • Tam February 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome back, Jean! Hope you had a wonderful trip.

    I'd keep #3! It looks very pretty on you, and I like the way it looks belted.

  • PetiteAsianGirl February 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I agree – been having a hard time lately shelling out for alterations on anything. If I keep anything here that requires alterations I'd be doing them myself.

  • amanda February 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I went to three stores this morning with two kiddos in tow! I bought these:
    *the same navy dots blouse s (keep)
    *the nude/white dots blouse s (maybe)
    *the dress version of the navy floral top s (keep)
    *the nude tee with black bow xs (maybe)
    *the nude long sleeved blouse s (return, too poofy)
    *the striped navy/red jersey dress s (return, too clingy for my bottom)
    *the black pleats skirt 10 (return, falls strangely)

    for reference I'm 5'2, pear shaped, and 120 lbs. all the bags and accessories are nowhere to be found during my trip, too bad since I'd really like to see the quality in person.

    I'm also interested in that stripey dress, but I could only find a Medium, boo!

  • Ashley February 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I wish they had instated the 6 item limit at my Target…there were definitely some eBayers! I love #3, I wanted to get that but they didn't have anything close to my size.

  • Genie February 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I've been waiting for something like this!I know how crazy it can get at a Target collab opening event, so I held back. Maybe there are a few pieces left…Idk but I enjoyed your post all the same. Since summer is coming soon I'd go with three!



  • anh February 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I would keep 2 and 3 :-). It's so cool that you were able to scored the dress in XS. I ordered mine off the site but only manage to get Small. The dress look super cute but a tad big for you :-). I got some items on the mail still so I can't wait to get it and do a blog post on it. Nice to have you back ^-^

  • Kandice February 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Jean, I don't think any of the pieces look that special. If I were you, I wouldn't keep any of them. But if I had to choose one, I would vote for the mesh top; it's a tad better than the others.

    I went to Target at 7:45 this morning and there were 30 people before me. Unfortunately, this store has no limit per person, so all of the small sizes were gone by the time I got into the store. But it was ok because I was not impressed by the designs. Some look very average, and others look geriatric. The quality is not that great either. And most pieces have very roomy midsections, not great for ladies with small waists. Overall, disappointed by this collection.

  • With Each Passing Day February 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Welcome back Jean! Can't wait to hear more about your trip. I like the navy dot blouse and the floral sleeveless top. My store have a limited selection. I tried on 10 pieces and decided bring home the navy dot blouse to think about it.

  • BKDolceVita February 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I'm not really impressed with this collection. However, I do like the way the pleated dress looks on you when belted.

  • Victoria February 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Hmm this collection seems rather disappointing πŸ™ The first dress is way too overwhelming on you, I like the blue blouse on you, but I feel like the blue floral mesh top is a little too teen/forever21-cheap looking. :/

  • Rinny February 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I love the dotted blouse and the mesh floral top on you! I wish more of the items were available online – a lot of the things I wanted are in stores only and I don't want to put up with crowds πŸ™

  • Lissy February 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    My favorite is the dress (#1) on you. I saw it in person and thought it was darling. I went to the Target at South Bay this morning and there were people there but no limits on how much you could buy.

  • Zizi February 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    love your style! X

    Zizi: http://www.zizistyling.blogspot.com

  • Our Wired Lives February 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    oh darn. I like how the floral sleeveless looks on you. I passed on it b/c of how it looked on the hanger. Good for you for taking the chance.

  • Liliana Costa February 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I agree, I think the 1st dress has potential πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa February 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Jean,

    I like the navy blouse and the dress. I was at my Target before 7 and it was a good thing because by 8 there were about 50 people. I knew everything would be too big but I'll get the stuff I like altered. After seeing the dressing you, I kind of wish I'd picked it up. I got the floral blouse and matching skirt (very big on me in a 2), the tie neck button down in pink and the button down nude as well. I was lucky to get the smallest sizes. It was crazy though! Within 5 minutes all the accessories were gone, even thoughmy store had a 2 per item per style limit for accessories.

  • Ana February 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I also feel that the collection is not what it was touted. I didn't even wake up early. By the time I rolled around to Target around 10ish, there were none of the black pieces I'd wanted to look at (the dress, pleated skirt and trench) but I found the clutch I wanted. There were two but the craftmanship was so shoddy on one that I ended up leaving it anyway. I also posted photos on my blog of it, but my review is more of why designer collaborations just…fail.

    I would not pay more than the $30 I paid for my clutch, but that is just because I wouldn't pay more than that for a straw bag from Target to begin with! I think that people really do expect more, but the tag itself says "Made in China" and it's not a great deal if you have to shell out a ton of money for alterations. I encourage people to NOT buy from the resellers on eBay and wait to buy the pieces for the regular price once all of them have to return their wares.

  • Jessica Adams February 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I do love the two blue blouses surprisingly, especially when you belt the mesh topped one – the color belt you chose looks great! I think the dress would look fabulous after alterations. Surprisingly, I am liking this collection a lot after seeing these pieces on you, thanks for making a dash for them!

  • Angie February 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    In any case, I think everything looks good on you! I'm jealous, I wish we had a Target in the Netherlands. xo


  • Annie February 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Keep the mesh floral top for sure! The blue dotted top is quite nice as well πŸ™‚ I hope you had fun on your trip!

  • kali February 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I wanted that dress! And I bought the navy top. I wish my store had enforced some rules. I had a group of re-sellers in front of me (4 to be exact) and I was the 5th person. The girl was having all her friends grab everything for her.. They pretty much robbed the store. Everyone was left with some sloppy seconds.. smh. But I did leave with some nice items -just not what I wanted MOST. =( I really wanted the light blue skirt.

    You scored some nice things! Love the dress on you and the dotted mesh top is really pretty.

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    The mesh top looks the best on you. It's too bad that this line is not petite-friendly. I bought quite a few items online and can't wait to see how they fit. I am about your size as well so I am certain I will return most of the items. For those who are interested, a fellow Jason Wu shopper created a page on Facebook where everyone can either swap, buy, or sell. This could be a great alternate to eBay/Craigslist where people are adding ridiculous premiums! https://www.facebook.com/groups/280868738646433/. Enjoy!

  • Jackie February 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I'm not sure if I'm liking this collection. The only piece I might keep is the last shirt and I'd definitely get it slimmed or something.

  • rjs February 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I'd say return all of them. The best fitting/looking piece is the blue floral top with the mesh. Even that, I think the blue does nothing for your complexion and it's reminiscent of something you'd find in Forever 21. AKA not worth it! Good luck with your decision. I'm so impressed that you did this post on your first day back. Even though Canada doesn't have Target and this is of no interest to me, I still appreciate the effort behind the post!

  • Essence Brown February 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Keep: the navy floral

    Loose: The whole tacky oversized lace-like skirt & rayon top

  • L February 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    wow you got so many pieces, Jean! the target i went to didn't limit pieces so two grandmothers ahead of me in line snatched quite a bit. i really liked the floral one with mesh but felt it was a bit box&short; so i ultimately left with the rayon bow tee. it looks like the dotted bow tie blouse fits you best! i also like the look of the mesh one belted!

  • boredstephanie February 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I'm so jealous you got the pink dress! the target I went to was crazy, I was like 30th in line and I couldn't get any of the things I really wanted =( if you decide to return that dress, could I buy it from you instead of you returning it to the store?


  • Kalei February 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You are back, yah!!!

    I think you can wear anything and make it look good. That said, I wouldn't keep anything you don't love, no matter the price.

    Wish my store had the 6 piece limit. I saw some people bartering this morning, pretty funny…

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    A definite no-no on the nude top and lace skirt. I like the dotted blouse with jeans look. That dress is not my favorite dress in the collection…

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Jean!
    Welcome home! I really like navy printed tops on you. They look a little big when untucked and unbelted, but once you bring them in with a belt or tuck them in – I think they look adorable on you. I have to be honest and say that these outfits are not my favorites on you, but you still look pretty darn cute in them! I would consider keeping the blue tops. I can see them being worn all sorts of ways throughout the Spring. They would look cute with white jeans and some cute sandals, or a skirt for work – or even some white sailor type pants? I don't like the dress for some reason. I know it's your favorite piece, but it just swallows you. It's so cute, and I know how it is when you really love a piece, and want it to work but I just don't know if you should keep it. I can't tell you how many times that I have fallen in love with a piece of clothing on the hanger and convinced myself that it really looked good on me (just because I loved it soooo much) when in reality it didn't. I'm just not sure about the dress. If you absolutely love it, then keep it, but I have seen other dresses more flattering on you. Let us know what you decide to keep!


  • uponbluemoon February 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I like the blue dotted blouse on you. I like the concept of the dress but agree that you'll need to make several alterations, not really worth it πŸ™
    I'm so glad to see you post this because it definitely killed my lemmings!

  • thatdamngreendress February 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the timely reviews! I had my eye on the blush and yellow striped shift as well, and ordered it online this morning. Unfortunately I thought the sizing would be similar to previous collaborations so I sized up to a small on the dress for more length. I'm not extra petite though, so I think if the XS fits you alright it seems I might be okay with the S afterall! whew. It's the most striking design in the collection I think!

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I like the blue shirt with the bow!

  • Carla Krae February 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The only thing that enticed me from the collection is the bags, and I don't want to pay $30 minimum for purses that aren't leather.

  • Small Town Gal February 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I'm voting for the dress. With a little alteration, think it will be a great summer dress. I had my eyes on the tops with bows but after you pointing out the twisted ribbon part on the collar, it kind of look awkward to me now. I live in Canada and unfortunately we can't have Target shipped anything to us. Have to go to ebay for ridiculously-priced ones. I am only thinking about the stripe tee/stripe dress now.

  • Annabelle February 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    #3 is a keeper for me — such a cute print, and fun for spring. It's nice to see how the collection is on a real person — I was too lazy to haul over to my local Target this morning and it's less than 1/2 mile away1

  • Carrie February 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    these are all so pretty! i love how each top looks sophisticated.
    i need to check these out pronto.


  • Cici February 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I managed to snag the Poplin dress with the red and pink stripes on the bottom. It was the only thing I wanted from the collection and I had to stalk the fitting rooms for anyone leaving it behind. Glad I got it. It is going to be my post baby dress goal πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The blue floral with the mesh looks like best.
    On another note, doesn't this outfit look familiar?

  • Wendy February 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    The JW collection was sold out in my Target store by 8:15 this morning. The first 2 ladies in line grabbed ALL the scarves and purses. They left nothing for anyone. One lady commented that a button fell off as she was trying the blouse on.

  • Shy February 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Welcome back! You were missed. I live in small-town USA & was shocked to find my local stores picked over by 11:30, when I arrived. I tried on the same dress (above) but passed as I wasn't in love w/ it on me. It looks better on you. I also passed on the knit bow shirts you mentioned. I came home w/ a blush/white polka dot short sleeve bow button down. It looks just like your blue one above. I too thought it looked huge on the hanger but better on. Haven't decided if I'm keeping it yet. I think it was 37$ – a bit expensive. I would've liked to see the purses in person. Only had totes & scarves left by the time I arrived.

  • Erica February 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Oy… sorry, Jean, but I don't think any of those pieces look good. πŸ™ I've never been impressed by any of the collaborations Target has had with well-known designers, and this is no exception. They look like clothes you'd find in the clearance rack at Ross Dress for Less. Not that you can't ever find good things at Ross… but you know what I mean.

  • Amy Liu February 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I'm so glad you got your hands on some stuff – I went this morning and nothing was left but L and XL! I wanted to smack the guys holding multiples of JW dresses who were clearly just eBayers. But after feeling the material of the clothes, I would say this line was overrated and not really worth it … I probably would just eBay everything just like all the scavengers (hypocrite!) πŸ™‚

  • emily rose February 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! Now I don't feel like I missed out by not being able to go to a Target store (not the most convenient in NYC!).

  • Laura February 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    You had great luck! I wish all Targets had a limit of 6 pieces for collections like this. I got to Target 5 minutes early and there were 20 people in front of me in line. Thankfully we were different sizes so I still got to try on most of what I thought I wanted. I tried to order online last night, but Target's website was still having Missoni-esque problems. In the end, I ordered a dress that will probably be too big in some areas. If you can alter the dress to fit you, will you show how you fixed it on your blog? I would love to learn how to do that. It's hard to pay to get everything altered, especially for something like this. I also love the two blue blouses on you!

  • Tang February 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Agree on the Target in Canada! One year to go!

  • Tang February 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I'd say keep the sleeveless floral blouse. I was surprised that I didn't love the look of the other pieces as much as I wanted to!

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Just feel that they do not look nice on you, compared to other clothes you had

  • Karen C. February 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I like #2 on you. Despite the awkward twisted neckline the overall look is still cute. Plus, you don't need alterations. On a side note… I just checked ebay. As of now, there are over 10,000 listings under "Jason Wu Target"! These ebay vultures are terrible to hoard so many pieces and then sell them for like 5x the original price! I really hope more people read your (and Ana's) reviews and realize that the quality is not worth those exorbitant prices! It feels like ticket scalping to me! If ticket scalping is illegal, shouldn't clothing scalping be too?

  • dietingfashions February 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I went to Target at 9:30AM just to grocery shop before Super Bowl. And I only saw a handful of stuff on the racks. Like 2 Cardigans, 1 dress, 1 sleeveless blouse, 2 tees etc. I did purchased the Tie Neck Blouse in Blush and the Floral Chiffon Dress with Belt.

    I think numbers 2 + 3 are good for you. It is something you could wear over and over. I'm not sure about number 1. It is different from what you normally wear but how often do you think you'll wear it?

  • Rosie February 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I considered dragging myself out of bed to Watertown but was too lazy. Looks like I didn't miss much. Everything looks lovely on you but I do hate the feel of polyester — especially when it's dry and full of static in the winter!

    I ordered the light blue pleated skirt and the lace skirt online. I'm curious to see how they fit.

  • sariaz February 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    i thought they all looked good on you, especially the dress, but # 3 seems the most versatile and unique! πŸ™‚


  • Justine February 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I went this morning at around 8 (right when my local target opened) and almost everything was gone. I mainly went for that one white dress with the black belt and the black and white satchel and it wasn't there at all. I don't know if they ran out right away or if my local target wasn't carrying it. I went to another Target and they didn't even have the collection at all… I was so sad πŸ™ I wish I went before 8 like you did !

    Anyway, I love all that you got ! I hope they restock or something…lol.. Also, they all look so nice on you ! I especially like number 2 and 4 πŸ˜€

  • The Little Dust Princess February 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Welcome back! Glad you're both home safely. : ) You look a little darker!

    As for the pieces, I honestly don't like any of them except for the lace print skirt and the sheer dot blouse. Between #1, 2, & 3 though, I'd choose the sleeveless top for you because I can see you wearing it multiple times.

  • Callandra February 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Awesome! I checked out our local Target too today and came home with the same dress. It does fit big and boxy but it looks really good belted. I tried on some other pieces but didn't like them well enough to purchase. Thanks for this review, it's great to see these pieces on another petite πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I really dont think you should keep any of them! The colours and patterns arent that flattering. For the same prices, you could get better clothes from hnm.

  • Karen (littlepiecefnb) February 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I say keep the navy blouse and floral sleeveless one. I totally missed this launch today! =(

  • Claud February 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Jean! Is this your trick to beat the jet lag? you are brave πŸ™‚ I went to my target this morning but nothing was left in my size at 8:15 a.m. And really the only piece I was eyeing was this top: http://www.target.com/p/Jason-Wu-for-Target-Collared-Cap-Sleeve-Pleated-Blouse-in-Gold/-/A-13840183
    which I later realized that was only sold online. Don't really excited for any of the pieces of this collection as I was thinking they will require major alterations.

    btw…#1 you make this dress look 1000% better than the model. It did not really caught my attention until now ^.^

    Welcome back!

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Everything looks amazing once you style it, particularly the mesh top. That said, I'm quite disappointed in how they fit you! Can't believe those are XS >,< If you do alter any of the pieces yourself, please share what you did. Fit is so important as a petite woman. Take care Jen! -Lily

  • Lori February 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I wish we had Target here! I love ALL of the pieces! Especially the dress and the dotted blue blouse. So cute and pretty for spring!

  • Jacqueline February 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    with initial glance I liked all of them on you, but now that I read through your reviews more indepth and thoroughly, (and examined pics more closely) I think #2 looks best! and is the most flattering.

    Youre pretty wearing anything tho, but my favorite for you is #2

  • FashionableAsians February 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I loved the style and some of the fabrics but the fit is a bit wide on most of them, which I wasn't to fond of. But I think I'll keep most of what I bought just cause it fits my style

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I am totally and completely disappointed in Jason Wu's line for Target…I have been waiting for months. It is generic and completely uninspired. Although I think everything looks beautiful on you Jean….but it's not you. it's his god awful clothes. What a bummer!

  • Alejandra Palestino February 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Your reviews are always good, but… I got Milu t-shirt, the gray one and the white with the riboon and love all of them, yes… they feel thin, but that's what I love of them πŸ˜€


  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Jean, you always look fantastic, but I don't think any of these pieces are flattering or worth the money.

  • A Bigger Closet February 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    You look great in everything, but the first dress would be my pick. It seems like it might be a tricky alteration though, so not sure if it's worth your time. Depends if you love it.

  • R.L. February 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the reviews despite your jet lag!! If you decide to keep any of them, I'd have to vote for #3. I'm not sure if the mesh top makes it inappropriate for work, but I can see it as versatile day or night top for the weekends. I picked up sheer blush dot top in XS. I'm still undecided whether or not to keep it. I'm in love with the dainty collar and although wide, it drapes okay when tucked in. The problem is the long sleeves which don't role up as nicely.

  • kris February 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I like the blue dotted blouse the best. I think it would be a great blouse for both casual and office wear.

  • Edwina February 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I'm not a huge fan of this collection but thought the 2nd blouse looks quite nice πŸ™‚

  • my mini bag February 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I like the third top the most. It looks best on you. The rest kind of look plain and doesn't seem like you.

    I didn't get ANYTHING! I woke up too late and everything was pretty much gone by mid-afternoon. Don't know what I was thinking!! To think there would be anything left after 15 minutes after launch. Oh, well maybe next time.

    I did manage to find one dress but didn't feel like the dress lived up to my expectation. But I don't know. I'll wait for target to restock and then decide from there what I really think of the collection.

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I'm in Austin too! Which stores did you try? I do think the bow tied blouse is cute. I live hw well trained Nick's fashion eye is…most men would just have no clue!

  • Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    id say keep the dress. i got the dress and im
    an xs as well. im just going to shorten it a bit and i think it'll be absolutely adorable! i love the color combo. to tell u honestly, when this dress ran out, quite a few customers told me how lucky i was to get it! the other dresses looked too 4th of july theme-ish to me.

  • Cee Cee February 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I'm really loving the mesh top, the dress is cute but it would look way too baggy on you

  • Quyen February 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Curious to see how the dress will look after alterations!

    I went to the Target in Framingham and they didn't have a limit on the # of items. There were two lines formed at both entrances so my friend and I split up between the two. Good thing we did because I was able to make a bee line for the women's section and grabbed 2 of the smallest size of items that we had earmarked for weeks. Everything was gone within 30 seconds. The fit of the cream dress w/the pearl collar is very giving in the bodice and not petite friendly at all. In fact, it looks almost like something Fraulein Maria from the Sound of Music would have worn. Hope others had better luck with the dress πŸ™‚ Save for the printed pleated skirt and the kitty t-shirt, sadly everything else will be returned (the dress, the pleated black skirt, & the pink dotted shirt you passed on Jean). For the price and quality, I don't feel it's worth it. I did try the one in South Bay hoping they might have the blue canvas skirt (the color is just so beautiful). Spotted the last skirt in a size 10. If anyone is interested, the material is as described in its name. It's like you're wearing a blue dyed L.L. Bean canvas bag with the material just as thick and stiff!

  • Gjee February 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

    2 & 3 are my favorites. both looked best tucked in and both seem like good choices for when you don't want to think too much about your wardrobe and you want an easy, casual day out. the mesh blouse looked so darling with your blue skirt (without the belt). very feminine but not too overdone. its a good balance. the blouse looked great with the pants and will probably look even better if you slim the sides. i just love simple shirts like that where you can look together without a lot of effort. throw it on with some skinny jeans and you can be out the door in seconds!

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  • grace February 6, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I ended up just getting the sheer blush dot blouse in a small… it's quite long on me (I'm 5'), but tucked into jeans or a skirt, it looks great!

    Thought it would be good if you shared this video though:
    2 people in a store in Miami bought out ALL of the Jason Wu collection to "resell"… very unethical, we should all be boycotting e-bay sellers who are raising the prices substantially. Spread the word!

  • Girlie Blogger February 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I like how you belted the boxy dress. Very nice.

  • Ping February 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

    welcome back to the states! looks like you got a tan!
    i think my favorite are the 2 blouses, but they definitely need slimming though. i think everything else is just okay.

  • Elle February 6, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Welcome back, I missed your more frequent posting schedule! πŸ™‚

    I braved the crowds this morning and my first attempt (at 9am) was a miss. I got some breakfast and went back to sleep…and then on the way home stopped by another Target and almost walked out again disappointed when John materialized with the long sleeve sheer polka dot blouse in xs. So that's what I came home with! πŸ™‚

  • The Key To Chic February 6, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Love your photos, and the way you've styled each piece! Keep the floral mesh top, the polka dot navy blouse, and the striped peach dress. I liked the attention to detail with the dresses, but did not like the loose threads that I saw on many pieces. Also, some of the dresses were a bit flimsy. Overall, I thought the prints were fun, and I got the cat tote, floral flap bag, a few tops, and the dot dress in cream. I also wrote a review with my shopping experience and some tips on my blog.

  • Krecipe February 6, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Everything looks great on you πŸ™‚ keep them all!!! Lol Thanks for the detailed super fast review. Now I should decide to bidding on eBay or not. This morning's target tour was very dissapointing. Cause I know none of Hawaiian is that early bird for this kind of clothes. Those people must be retailers… Jason wouldn't happy about them selling target clothes four times more expensive than he priced!! But I'm happy that you found those πŸ™‚

  • Christine Annan February 6, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Wow you are so beautiful! Cute outfits too! πŸ™‚

    If you have time go checkout my blog xx

  • PetiteLittleGirl February 6, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Welcome back, Jean! Looks like you had a tan. I went to Target late last night (around 5:30pm) and most of the pieces were still available. The only item that I am interested in is the navy dress but I don't think it's available in stores. Everything else looks big on the rack. I like the floral sleeveless top on you the best. Have a great week and I look forward to hear more about your trip!

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I like the concept of higher end designers making clothes for Target. It's interesting seeing what Jason Wu's clothing line for Target look like. However, putting to practice what you've taught us about assessing the quality of fabrics, the cut and patterns, these clothes don't seem to flatter you. It must've been easy and cheap for them to mass produce these clothes, if they all have a boxy cut. If you had to choose any piece to keep, it would be the mesh top.

    Maybe if you were to reassess these clothes pretending that they weren't Jason Wu's line and a no name brand instead, it would help make your decisions easier.

    Bela Anzu

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I like the idea of higher end designers making clothes for Target. It was interesting seeing what Jason Wu offered. However, putting into practice what you taught us, the quality of the fabrics, cut and patterns don't look flattering. It must've been easy and cheap for them to mass produce these clothes, particularly since you said that most of them had a boxy cut. If there was one to keep, it would be the mesh top.

    If you pretend that you didn't know these clothes were Jason Wu's and were a no name brand instead, it may help make your decisions easier.

    Thanks for sharing them with us Jean!

    Bela Anzu

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

    P.S. For some reason, the dotted bow blouse looks like something someone in a nursing home would wear. It may be due to the pattern and loose fit.

  • Amanda February 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hello! Yay, new pictures! It's funny how some things drives us to stay awake even after a long day/flight. I'm from the UK so there's no Target here :-/ I really like the blue top with the daisies but otherwise not very keen on anything else. The materials used don't look very appealing to me. Maybe I'm just a bit picky what my clothes are made of.

  • Annapurna February 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Don't think you need to keep any of it … you probably have far cuter things in your current closet and the year has just begun! Cute as some of the clothes are, they are not special or different enough to keep and the colors and cuts seem kind of dated already (tie neck blouses, nudes, all scream 2010-2011, KWIM). I agree with you that everything looks H&M; quality (not a bad thing, mind you) but would you give them a second glance if they didn't say "Jason Wu" on them. If you returned everything, you might use the $ towards a new Jason Wu item (on sale, of course!).

    You look very fresh from two long overnight plane trips. I returned from Asia last Monday and I did not look nearly as perky as you! Still don't. Hope you had fun and wlecome back.

  • Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife February 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love your choices! I definitely saw some E-Bayer's as well and was also glad to hear about the limit of 6 rule.

  • Panina(nana) February 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I woke up so early for this collection and couldn't believe how many people were waiting in line at 7:45am outside my Target! It was insane. All the bags and scarves were gone in matter of seconds. I was dumb and followed the wrong group over there so by the time I got to the clothes, most of the xs tops were gone. I tried on the nude blouse with the lace skirt (the only things i wanted for weeks now) and neither worked for me. I ended up buying the shift dress you got, a navy floral dress, and a robin's egg blue cap sleeved blouse. After trying on everything at home, I decided to only keep the floral dress.

    I say keep the navy floral top! Everything else looks too big/wide, which was my problem too. I agree with one of a commenter above, forget that this a Jason Wu collection… what would you really pick up if it was a no name brand?

  • Sandy a la Mode February 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

    i have the pink dress and i love it! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Sorry, but none of this looks very good on you. :/

  • pjlatte February 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Love all the pieces you picked up! You look lovely!

    Visit me & my bags, shoes, and all things dainty at:

    or on Bloglovin'

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Hi Jean –

    I think you should keep the dress.
    I was at a Target South of Boston at 8:00 sharp and only 5 people were with me in the store. I bought the cat t and almost bought the cat bag but decided not to. Really wanted the cat scarf, but both targets I went to were sold out. I'm a cat lover ! πŸ™‚ I bought the same dress you did in extra small and although I don't particularly like the yellow in the dress, I think its cute on. I have the same nude pumps and I also paired with a black pair of strappy pumps. I'm 4ft 11 and the extra small fits me well as long as its belted. I also bought the black pleated skirt in size 2. Wish they had the white dress but none of the stores in the area were carrying it. There is one person on ebay selling that dress for $249! Insane….I tried on the blue and red t shirt dress but the extra small was just too big on me. I found most of this dresses and shirts were a little matronly and a little too big for my size. Love your blog!

  • siutaitai February 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Why keep any of these if only for the Jason Wu name? You can do so much better with pieces from other brands/stores.

  • Love and Company February 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hi Jean, I think you should definitely keep the dress. It looks so gorgeous!


  • β™₯ Natalie February 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love the blue and the nude blouse! so pretty β™₯

  • SS February 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I like navy blouse on you. The best fit all of them, but probebly need a little slimming.

  • Petite-ish February 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I went a little crazy shopping online (shopping under pressure is never a good idea), and ended up getting six things: 1. gold peplum blouse (a super popular item online, both xs and s sold out as I was checking out, so ended up with a medium :-/), 2. dot print shirt dress, 3. white cap sleeve pleated blouse, 4. navy floral pleated skirt, 5. straw clutch, 6. flap satchel. I think I'll get it at the end of the week, but based on your reviews, I'm not holding my breath.

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I know you've got a lot of comments already but count me in for the "don't keep any of them" vote. I agree with what the others said that if you take away the brand name, these clothes won't probably attract the shoppers waiting in line at Target. The armhole on the yellow dress looks too big on you and as for the rest, you'd end up spending a lot of money getting them all altered. Better to just splurge on a good fitting high quality item.

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I'd like to add my vote to those who said "don't keep any of them". These items look unflattering and the materials are of poor quality.

    Why the brand name blines so many people?

  • Benjamin + Trang February 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Jean!

    All your pics look great but my absolute favorite on you was the Jason Wu for Target floral sleeveless top w/ mesh (#3)…I was in store and bought a couple of these actually, and I agree the quality seemed not worth it, and my husband and I were considering it should be returned as well. But after seeing how you styled it, I'm really reconsidering…

    I went to a Target in Austin right at 8AM…there were about 15 of us waiting outside at 7:40, but I was able to leaves with loads of stuff. I'm surprised you were only limited to 6 items! Luckily, I was able to get my husband to help as well, but he wasn't as good as getting items as I was πŸ˜‰ We'll be doing a review of our Jason Wu items as well on our blog soon too πŸ™‚

    Love your blog!


  • Benjamin + Trang February 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    My husband and I are in Austin too! We went to the Target down South off of 71…we got there at 7:20 and people started waiting outside at 7:40 since it was raining…we were able to get a lot of stuff actually…but it wasn't easy. It was definitely an experience…we'll be doing a blog entry on our experience soon too!


  • mirigoround February 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Beautiful tan!

    If you keep one- the dotted blouse. My favorite item from this post is not a Jason Wu, but the Old Navy jeggings. πŸ˜‰

  • Anita February 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Another shout-out to Austinites! I was able to see a few items at the Aboretum Target and the 183/Payton-Gin Target at 3pm yesterday. I feel like Austin's targets do not carry a lot of JW items. I never saw the nude/yellow/black dress in person.

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I assume your non-city Target is the one just over the river from Brighton in Watertown? If not, that's the close one to head to for Beantown city dwellers wanting to avoid high city prices!!

  • Arts February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Dear Jean

    I came across your blog while surfing for petite fashion. I'm impressed and inspired to improve my style after reading your blog. Although they may not fit on me the way they do on you (I'm only 4'9"), I'm feeling brave to at least try out some new styles.

    Do you buy these branded stuff all the time? Not sure if I can afford to, but I'd like to try, with coupons and such.

    thanks for being my inspiration


  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Love the review, and your photos, as usual. I agree with above that none of them fit perfectly. (It is the same result I get when I shop almost everywhere.) I like #3 on you though, especially how you styled it with the skirt and yellow belt. I think you could get a similar style, however, from a brand like Johnny Boden for the same price but with better quality…

  • Petite-ish February 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I think the sleeveless top looks the nicest on you, but I'm not feeling too woo'd by any of the pieces you tried on haha πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Hi, there! I actually bought my items online. I bought just the white dress with the circles/dots and the white satchel bag. There wasn't anything else I was really interested in.

    I did go to Target that morning to see what else they had, but there were about fifteen people waiting in line. I decided to forget it since it looked like it was going to be a small amount of items left. In fact, there was nothing left after 10 minutes. Oh, well, I went to get some groceries that I needed anyway.

    Jean, I do like what you did with the striped dress with the belt. The skirt was cute; I agree that it needs to be altered. πŸ™‚

    Oh, check out this Target Jason Wu customers that went kind of crazy in Miami:


    There's a video within the article too.


  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Walk away from the Jason Wu. They do nothing for you. You can do much much better.

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I agree, take it all back. Thanks for the review, though!

  • Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I don't think any of the items you got are worth keeping. They all look cheap, like something you would find at F21. I always ask myself this question when I buy so called "designer" brand items- if it wasn't for the designer name would I still have bought it? Ask yourself the same question and don't let the Jason Wu name cloud your usually good fashion judgement.

  • Mona February 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Hi Jean – I really enjoy your blog! This is a little (ok, a lot) off subject – but have any of your readers ever mentioned a good tailor in Chicago? I have spent 3 years dealing with so-so alterations from various dry cleaners. I'm ready to find a real tailor! Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Lien February 7, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Truthfully, I don't think any of these pieces are worth keeping. What a shame too because I was actually looking forward to this collection but I think they all have awkward cuts and after the costs of alterations, I don't think it's quite worth it anymore. (Speaking of alterations, I finally brought in some things to a tailor that has a pretty reputable name here in San Diego and paid major $ but needless to say, I was SO disappointed but that's a different story for another time).

  • Gigi February 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I agree with others who said take it ALL back. Your wardrobe will thank you, lol.

  • SewPetiteGal February 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    My definite favorite for you is the mesh top – the belted / peplum-esque look is so very pretty. Kudos to you for not only going shopping upon returning but also quickly organizing this detailed review post!

  • Arts February 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    hey Mona
    do let me know if you find someone. Do you live in the city or the burbs?


  • cushy February 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    great review and photos. i never had the chance to take photos on weekdays. i'm always in a rush in the morning and come home after dark πŸ™

    i blogged about my jason wu for target experience as well.

  • Alterations Needed February 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Here's a recommendation from the Alterations Needed Forum for a tailor in Chicago:


    Hope that helps!

  • Valencia February 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Jean!!
    I love your blog and I always read when IΒ΄m working! pls coul you tell us about Jason Wu accessories for target? IΒ΄d really like the white bag with a black cat …
    Valencia (from Brazil)!!!:D

  • Couture Coco February 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Jean, you have so much style you could make a paper bag look good BUT imho, none of these pieces do you any justice at all. The pieces themselves all look really disappointing to me and I honestly would not part with any money for them. I'm disappointed with this collaboration but that's bound to happen sooner or later…:-)

  • simplyvonne February 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    i vote for the pleated dress, I swear you look so good in his clothes! wish it would fit a just a tad better though.

  • Gracie February 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Welcome back!

    As for the pieces, I agree with Couture Coco. The pieces look rather disappointing and oddly shapeless without some sort of waist cinching device, belt/sash/scarf. I suppose the style is meant for flow, blouse-y but it's just not as flattering with the print and cut.

  • Anonymous February 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    thumbs down for this collection!

  • Mona February 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Alterations needed: Thank you thank you! I will check it out.

    Arts: I'm in the city – River North area….

  • Anonymous February 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    keep 1 and 3!!
    they look cute on you ^^

  • Tara : Damon February 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I couldn't go till monday, because i don't shop on sundays, but they still had a couple things when i got there. i wanted a black pleated skirt, but they didn't have any good sizes. i did get that dotted bow blouse, I wanted the blue, but they didn't have any in my size so i got the blush one. the neck twisting bothers me a little too, along with the fact that after a bit of wear, the neckline droops a little, the bow is heavy and long for such a thin fabric and now i feel like i am readjusting to keep from giving everyone a show. haven't decided if i'll keep it yet, it sure is cute.

  • Kelly February 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    What a bummer – I was intrigued by this collection from what I'd seen of the previews, but after seeing their actual quality, I'm doubting I'll go check it out after all. (Thanks for saving me the trip to Target! hehe)
    At first glance, they all looked cute, but looking closer, they all seem to run way big (#3 hangs out the back a lot on you, which is a shame because it looks so cute otherwise on you!). They also all look like very cheap material, even without the close-up shots. I agree that they wouldn't last through many washings and that the twisted collars of some of the tops especially made them look bad/cheap. It's kind of sad because these could all be cute but they're so cheaply made, and you can better quality for the same prices at H&M;, or even department stores like Kohl's or Boscovs.
    Out of them all, I like the first dress best and would consider having that altered, but the material looks really thin and easily wrinkled, so it may not be worth it either.

  • el.vi. February 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Welcome back! I woke up early to check it out…and boy was I disappointed!!! Everything fit sooo big….and not as cute as online! I ended up just buying a regular dress from their non-designer items…haha

  • Karen February 8, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Hi Jean! I think the first TWO are keepers! Did you purchase a petite 0 or 0 short in the Old Navy Rock Star Jegging? I tried on the 0 regular in the store today and they were a bit high at the waist and there was too much fabric bunching near the ankle. Crossed on what size to go with. Thanks!

  • The life after February 8, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Lovely as usual!! I like the blue bluse with dots!

    The Life After

  • Elaine February 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Hello Jean, I found something similar to your 'short sleeve tee with tie' – which could be a better option. *wink*


  • Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I think I'm going to skip it. Thanks for the reviews! I "discovered" an amazing new blog- Brighton the Day- check it out. I think the blogger is petite. Amazing outfits. http://www.brightontheday.com/

  • Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm



    classic tweed jacket on SALE


  • d February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    So, I ordered some stuff online and it's on its way and this makes me nervous, haha. I am 5ft tall, 34-25-34, but am a 32 D bust, so I got the dress in a Medium thinking that I can have it taken in, I just wanted to make sure there is room in the bust area. I also got the t-shirt thinking it would be easy to tuck into pencil skirts and I'm not expecting too much quality-wise. It is Target.

  • Love and Company February 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The first dress looks gorgeous!!!


  • Plami February 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    You got your hands on some lovely pieces! Too bad we don't have Target in my country! You have such an impeccable style <3



  • Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    You always look so awesome! I was surprised at one of your comments on your legs(bow-legs) because it was something I never noticed on you. I avoid many fashions(dresses, skirts, shorts, straight-leg pants) because I am very conscious of the space between my legs(from center of one knee to center of other knee I measure about 17cm). I am 4'11 and about 106 lbs and feel I am well proportioned. Would love a response or some advice as to how to look more fashionable.

  • Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I opted to not buy in to the Jason Wu collab, although I love his style. I'm still quite traumatized by the insanity that was Missoni. I spent so much money on that collab and I don't even wear the clothing really, However I was very happy with the housewares and bedding. Thanks for the run-down APG, I do appreciate being able to see real pics of the pieces because I haven't been into target this week yet.


  • Halle February 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    unfortunately, EVERYTHING is sold out- in stores & online πŸ™ Make sure to stop by my blog & stay a while! Please, follow if you like!

    Best Wishes from,

  • Siblings Swag February 9, 2012 at 1:54 am

    So cute

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