Apr 11, 2012

Shopping in the boy's department

Just a random quick post on a great deal that I found that I had to share!  I'm not one to usually shop in the children's section.  I know that I can maybe fit into the stuff but there's always something that's a little off about the fit so I just don't even bother trying.  Anyway, I've been traveling and forgot to refill my travel kit (I always keep a toiletry bag full of stuff so I don't have repack it every time) and I ran out of toothpaste so I ran into a Target to get some when I walked by the little boy's section and a chambray shirt caught my eye.  My first instinct was to keep on walking but then I thought "why not?".  I wasn't sure what size I would be and they only had a M (which looked too small) and an XL (which looked too big).  I looked around and nearby were these cute plaid button ups that were similar so I took a chance, grabbed one Medium and one Large and tried them on.  And guess what?  I was quite pleasantly surprised how well they fit!  The shoulders of the size M were perfect on me and the problem that I always have with women's button up tops, the chest gap, wasn't even an issue!  OH and the best part?  They are $12.99!  Here's a few pictures of the fit.

Here's the Medium in this cute purple plaid (sorry for the blurry pictures, I had coffee and nothing to eat so was a bit jittery).  The length is a bit short but since I plan to always tuck it in, it works fine and I'm really happy with how it fits in the shoulder.  Sleeve wise, it's also bit short but that works to my advantage since I always roll up my sleeves so I have less fabric to roll up.  I didn't love this color/pattern (I felt way too businessman-ish) so I didn't end up getting this one.

And the Large in this awesome blue plaid.   I actually really like this one but the fit was pretty baggy which is okay, if you want to wear it super casually like with shorts in the summer which would be cute, but I wanted something more fitted so went back to grab the medium.

Read more for which ones I end up getting...

So I went back to the rack and unfortunately they didn't have the blue in a M but they did have it in grey which I bought and I went back to grab the Chambray one in M, which I had initially thought would be too small but turns out it's the perfect fit!

You'd be surprised by the quality of these as they are lightweight but not too thin and stiff enough for the collars to lay flat and for the sleeves to stay rolled up.  Compared to some Forever 21 shirts that I've tried on, I'd say these are better quality.  And something else that I noticed are the buttons are sewn on really well.  I hate when I get button up shirts and half the buttons feel like they are ready to fall off.

And another detail I love is the inside of the collar has a fun surprise!  Such a cute and unexpected detail.
So anyway, I was just so excited to find these kind of shirts that I usually pay way more for (like the ones I get at Madewell and J Crew) for such a great price and wanted to let you guys know too!  Let me know if you guys try them out too!  There are more colors online than in the stores too!  I think I may be ordering the blue one.

27 comments:

  1. oh wow! soo many more possibilities!!!!

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  2. I go into the boys (and even girls0 department all the time.
    Everything looks so great on you Tiffany!

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  3. Awesome - great finds! I sometimes shop the kid's section too and usually head straight for boys since 1) they run larger but 2) I like the stuff better. All the girl stuff has frills and too many bows. I prefer skulls :)

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  4. Great finds! I've totally done this before, but I never purchased anything because I was always unsure of the colors/prints. But the chambray and grey ones you found are great!

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  5. I love shopping in the boys section at Target. Always seem to find something plaid there that I love.

    Now I have to check out their chambray and see what they have :)

    xo Annie
    http://inspiredbythesethoughts.blogspot.com

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  6. I haven't shopped the boys department in some time, but may have to give it another look. Those were some cute button-downs!

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  7. What great finds!!! I want to give it a shot, but I am worried they won't fit across my chest.

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  8. hehehehee....sorry, I just had to laugh a little....hehehehehe.

    I can just picture you going through the boy's department as if it was a candy store and then going back and forth for more. Super funny and cute :D

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    1. don't worry I laughed at myself too! I was like "what am I doing here?" but once I tried it on, I was happy for my little experiment :)

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  9. What a fantastic idea! Those shirts you got look great on you :)

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  10. those are some nice shirts!! Target has really upped their clothing line and I love their clearance racks!! You look lovely and the best part about the shirts are no chest gaps.

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  11. How cute! I need to stop by to check these out. That blue one is adorable.

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  12. That's so cool! I used to do this with my sister but we became more woman-shaped ;)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

    PS, I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested :)

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  14. Oh wow! This is unbelievably creative! I love that you did this - too amazing! They all look super cute. I might just have to make a trip to Target soon! :)

    xo-Nadine
    http://www.girlsguidetoseattle.com

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  15. aren't you worried that it'll be obvious that you're wearing a boy's shirt? boys and mens shirts button over from the opposite side. I wouldn't want to be caught dead making that faux pas!

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    1. LOL! I find it hilarious that you are even concerned about this. If somebody is staring at which side my shirt buttons and wants to judge me on it, well so be it. It's not like if somebody asked me where I got my shirt I'd lie to them. I would be fine telling anybody that I'm wearing a boys shirt. I guess I just don't care about making this "faux pas" (that I personally don't find to be a faux pas") but to each her own!

      People will judge people no matter what you wear so I don't think wearing a shirt from the boys section is going to be anything worse than what I normally wear.

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    2. I agree with you Tiffany! Besides, from looking at the photo, it looks like it buttons from the regular women's side. I'm going to go hunt for that Chambray shirt at the boy's section!! LOL!

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    3. I think it's cute! And you know, a lot of women are wearing men's everything these days! Female patients at my office often times buy frames from the men's section anyway!
      http://www.aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  16. I think my son and I might be wearing the same shirts very very soon! Thanks for the heads-up! Love the Chambray!

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  17. I'll be going to Oahu later this month, so I'll definitely be checking the boy's section. hehe. Thanks for the tip, Tiff!!! I hope you've been well.

    xx Love & Aloha

    p.s. I'm such a lame-o.. I still have that lovely surprise for you (and Savvy)... I NEED to send it.. just gotta find the time... currently sewing away like a crazy person for two upcoming fashion shows! eep!

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  18. My favorite buttondowns are from the boys' department, so it's good to know that Target has some great ones. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  19. What great finds! I love the aqua plaid button down, so I'll definitely be checking out my local Target. I also think the shirts are so well made is because they need to withstand normal kid use since they can wear the heck out of their clothes.

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  20. You know something I've always Looooooved? Men's ties. I mean, the new fabrics they're using for those things are GORGEOUS!! I need to think of something to do with them, a way to incorporate them to my wardrobe, I was thinking maybe a head band? I'm on to something, I'm on to something......

    I'm not against wearing men's clothes. I'm 5'9 and plus size so I feel for you when you struggle to find your size, I thought it only happened to 'plus' people! I've had my fair share of men's clothes options myself because back in the day (high school class of 2000), plus size clothing was NEVER available unless I dressed like my mom :( Even now that there are more options, I still find some items from men's apparel appealing (app app, ha!).

    Oh and fashion faux paus? pffff! I think faux paus are a thing of the past, nowadays EVERYTHING is a go, if you can make it work ;) (sorry, I have to still say no to tacky stripper clothes, that's STILL a faux pas)

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  21. I've never thought about trying the boy's department, super idea and you look darling!

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  22. some of my favorite button down shirts are from the boys dept of gap! hope your doing well tiff! xx

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  23. That's awesome! I think I gotta check out the boy's dept at Target from now on!

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