On April 17th, Target released the Marimekko for Target collection. Marimekko is a Finnish company that specializes in big prints and loud colors. Imagine if a 60’s flower child were to go to the beach—Marimekko for Target is exactly that. I decided to try on a few pieces so you don’t have to!
Background: I am 5′ 2″ and a true size 12. I hold a lot of my weight in my belly, thighs, and boobs; most large (L) pieces fit me from Target/Forever 21/etc. but sometimes I’ll get bumped to XL dependent on the style. I have abnormally small/muscular legs for my size (thx to my mom, genetics, and soccer 4x a week) and normal-ish sized arms. Now that you all know every intimate detail of my body, hopefully the feedback on fit and style will help a bit more.
Blue Two Piece Set: This looks like a romper on but it’s better because it can be worn together or separately (and TBH it’s wayyyy easier to go to the bathroom being two pieces and all). It’s super comfy, true to size, and hides *cough* problem belly areas *cough* well. The only piece I ended up buying for myself from the entire collection was actually this shirt. It looks hella cute with dark wash jeans and the sleeve length is just unique enough for my style. *Update* Wore the shirt to work and got 3 compliments. Score!
Flare Pants: LITERALLY only tall people can wear these. Short people, like my 5′ 2″ self, are eaten alive in them. Also don’t even think about trying them on if you’re chubby—the horizontal stripes alone made me wonder if I was pregnant for a fleeting moment in time. But to all my tall model friends, I’d love for you to try them on and comment about your experience with them! (T. Swift, that means you.)
Bathing Suit Towel/Cover-Up: This will be my most prized possession once it goes on sale. It’s comfy, serves a purpose (since it’s a towel), and is a perfect post shower/beach/pool/rainstorm/tsunami look. It runs larger but that’s because it A) combines sizes (i.e. S/M, L/XL) and B) is technically a bathing suit cover-up which tend to run big anyway. Cannot wait to flash my feathers at the pool and find my peacock soulmate in this.
Kaftan Cover-Up: This will be my second most prized possession once it goes on sale. Right now I can’t justify spending $35 on a house dress but once that ish is 30% off, it will be MINE. It’s beyond comfortable, very ethereal and airy (hello summer), and runs a little large—PERFECT house dress qualifications. I can already imagine myself now: hair tied, house dress, chillin’ with no makeup on.
BATHING SUITS: My dear friends, I won’t subject you to photos of me in these suits because they were not flattering and I think the below reviews reflect that.
Sporty Two Piece Bathing Suit: As a true 36 DD, the XL is too tight, too squished in the boob area, and rocks underboob in the least sexy way possible. I love the look of it but the execution did not work for my body. Ironically enough, the bottoms fit very true to size (size L) and are reversible. Very cute and convenient.
Sporty One Piece Bathing Suit : Far more flattering than the two piece set but the XL still has chest issues (ironically, Chest Issues will also be the name of my future memoir.) The one piece has some beautiful touches (the back, the print, etc.) but that was not enough to sway me to keep it in my cart.
Triangle Bikini: The fit for this makes no sense, tbh. It is loose and tight at the exact same time (believe me, I’m shocked too). I have a feeling it may have been designed and cut for smaller cup sizes. I also have a feeling that it may have been designed and cut by a man who has never had to deal with boobs before.
Overall: 6/10. The bathing suits, while adorable, were not as flattering as I had hoped. The bathing suit cover-ups on the other hand are A+. Overall, the collection is a little too expensive for what purpose it is serving in my life but the flamboyant/showboat version of me is living for it and I pray to the Finnish gods it goes on clearance.