I can’t help it. I’m a glutton for luxury. So, when I have the opportunity to get an investment piece from a well-known designer for a reasonable price, I seize it.
I bought into the hype that was ALTUZARRA for Target and immediately scoped the line to see if I there were some pieces, which might be right for me. I saw quite a few things I liked, but the piece that stood out to me was this snake-print empire waist dress.
/Side Note:/Upon thinking about how I would style it, I pictured these fabulous jewel toned sandals.It’s not the least bit chilly where I live so I thought they would bode well for a Fall aesthetic, while being realistic about what it REALLY feels like outdoors (It's still HOT!).
I kept the rest of the color pallet simple, playing with the rich metallic undertone in the pattern, using it as a neutral that tied things together quite nicely.
Right before the line dropped, I read a review in which one blogger stated the pieces ran small. She had the privilege of trying on a few items before they hit stores.
While shopping, I stuck with only trying on my dress, in order to keep my eye on the prize. Based on fit, I have to agree with her.
I’m a 16/18 and can easily lean towards the latter size more easily these days, especially on my bottom half. This dress only went up to a 16, as do all the pieces in the line. I was nervous at first but my saving grace was, in fact the, empire waist and the full skirt.
I admit that I had issues with the top part of the dress, as it is not made for fuller busted women, (I definitely suggest wearing a push-up bra or a minimizer to help with this conundrum). With the help of a kind Target associate, I was able to get it zipped. I noticed after the second and third try-on, the dress had a little more give, but still kept it’s shape. This is an indicator of quality.
Also, the sleeves were kind of tight at first try-on, but they seemed to loosen, a bit, the more I wore it. I did not have an issue with this because as a short person, sleeves tend to be too long in general and do this ruching effect around my wrists. The tightness of the sleeves boded well for this issue.
Dress: ALTUZARRA for Target!/Earrings: Forever21/Necklace: The Avenue/ Clutch: Rue21/Shoes: Vince Camuto via Ross