A Different Kind of Retail Therapy

The first job I got out of college was working the retail floor at a Target store in Watsonville, California, and I cried in my car after the manager told me I was hired.  I didn't work my butt off at college for four years to get an entry-level job at a big box store, but the year was 2003, and the economy had just crumbled into dust, and I was competing for those minimum wage spots at Target with middle-aged men who carried advanced degrees.

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I usually worked in either the Health and Beauty Aid section or the Women's Ready-to-Wear department.  And let me tell you, back then, the women's clothes you could buy at Target were just awful.  Every garment was uninspired and poorly constructed, and I'm pretty sure the only items I bought while I worked there were a couple of red t-shirts to wear on the job.

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Eventually the economy improved and I got a job I love in public education. Naturally, I avoided Target for a number of years after I worked there.  Too many negative associations.  Years later, when I finally decided to invite Target back into my miscellaneous household supplies shopping rotation, I was kind of jazzed to find out that Target had significantly stepped up its womenswear game. Jonathan Adler! WhoWhatWear! Victoria Beckham! What a breath of fresh air.

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I don't know where the dress I'm wearing is originally from because it doesn't have any tags. However, if Twiggy and the Morton's Salt girl collaborated on a line for Target, I'm pretty sure this dress is exactly what their signature piece would end up looking like. It's equal parts mod and schoolgirl. Too bad it's totally polyester and it was about a million degrees the day I wore it. I love it's adorable angles, and navy is easily my favorite neutral all year round.

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Happy weekend, everyone!