Clothes from Target Do Not Fit -Is It Only Me?

Updated on June 13, 2011
J.T. asks from Marblehead, MA
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Whatever clothing item I tried from Target, it does not look good on me. Is it just me? What is the problem?

We have a Target store close by, and I would love to be able to pick out a few items whenever I can, but they just do not fit me well.

I am 5'4'' and a size 6. I have a smallish bulging belly that I am trying to get rid of, but it is not that bad; I can still fit in size 6 (or juniors 7) clothes. I guess I am on the shorter side, I am not sure if that is the problem? The tops from Target just look weird when I try them on. Maybe it is the type of clothing they use, or they are more for taller women, I just cannot figure out what the problem is.

I thought I had a problem only with their tops but I purchased a pair of PJ bottoms last week without trying them on. Then I came home and tried it on. It just looks ridiculous on me! I need to return it. I am at a lost! It is just a regular PJ bottom and I never had any problems with simple items I bought from Walmart, Kohls, JCPenney and the like. What is it with Target clothes that do not fit me???

EDITED: I am a women's size 6. I fit well into size "6Short" jeans, and size "Small" tops from Kohls and JCPenney. I rarely ever shop from juniors department. Sorry for the misleading post above, I edited it ;-)

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answers from Dallas on

I have noticed that when Target went to using all big name designers, things are cut a little differantly. Shirts seem shorter. Pants are tighter in the thigh. I have noticed. I don't really like much of thier clothes anymore. Sad, I used to get really nice slacks and things I coudl wear to work. They were a bit nicer than other dicount stores. Now, the looks on the poster are very nice, but the clothes dont look the same on me.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Lots of people can't buy clothes from a particular store! I never find anything at Target either. If you can't get anywhere else--shop online!

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answers from Seattle on

What I have learned, being an unusually sized woman, is that it is NOTHING to do with you.

Clothes merchants are businesses, businesses are out to make money, therefore the cater to a certain range of styles, sizes, and prices. It has NOTHING to do with you as a person... it just has to do with the percentage of people who have bodies that are identical to you.

I'm 6'1. I need an extra 4-6 inches of length on shirts than most people (maternity shirts are AWESOME... the ones that just add length). I have a 37" inseam. People look at me and say they "Wish blah blah blah". Really? Try on a dress. Is the bulgy area for the boobs over your sternum with your breasts skooshed into the area meant for the ribcage? The wide area for the hips over your waist making you look pregnant? The narrow area for the legs over your hips? ((I call 'off the rack dress shopping' the "lasagna noodle effect... curves are in all the wrong places)). EVER see a pair of pants in the women's department with a 36 or 38 inch inseam? My best friend is FIVE two. She has the opposite problem in things being sized for "the majority". If she shops outside of the petit department she gets the lasagna noodle effect as well!!

I can shop maternity and I can shop in the boy's department in the US... otherwise ALL my clothes come from the EU (mostly the UK and Italy). Purely because those are the only places that I can buy clothes sized for 6 foot tall (Scandinavia, yay) women. If I was "shrunk" down to 5'1 instead of 6'1 my proportions when I was thin would have had me at a 0. Instead I was a 9/10. At my middling weight I'd be 6/8 but instead I'm a 16/18.

There are SOME stores here in the US that have tall sizes... but they come out looking "weird" on me (SOOOOOOO weird). So I shop at stores that have clothes that look good on me. It has nothing to do with ME... it has to do with their stock.

If you have half a dozen options aside from Target, shop there :)

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answers from Salt Lake City on

I have never had this problem with Target I am 5'2" however I cannot buy a single item at Old Navy everything there just looks ridiculous on me

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answers from Cincinnati on

I'm 5'9" and a size 8 or 10 and the only clothing that I have ever been able to wear from Target are their swimsuits. I could never wear their maternity pants ( or reg. Pants for that matter) because they're too short. Shirts run too small and I can't wear them.



answers from Duluth on

target clothes are wierd on me too. its so wierd. its like they were only made for supermodel girls under 18 or something. it looks so good on the rack, but never on me. just dont shop their for clothes. shop where the clothes look and feel good on you. dont waste your time on a store that doesnt! :)



answers from Sheboygan on

Odd sizes, like 7, are junior sizes. I'm pretty sure they cut junior sizes differently. I'm normally a size 8. If I try on a juniors size 9 pair of jeans they will be too small...and usually don't cover my butt. They are made to fit a teenagers body, not a women's. Try staying away from the juniors department and you might have better luck.



answers from New York on

I think Target is very overrated. I am taller than you and thought the maternity clothes were aweful. Some of the regular tops are ok but the jeans are terrible. The pjs seem to run small but I have a question...why are you wearing a juniors size? Women's sizes are even, juniors are odd. You can get away with shirts but don't wear juniors for pants unless you have no curves.



answers from Washington DC on

I can't wear Target and sometimes Walmart is iffy, but Kmart and Sears are OK. Some Kohl's and usually Penney's, Macy's and Belk's.
My daughter can't wear anything from Target but Old Navy is just fine.


answers from Richmond on

I love Target! 90% of my wardrobe is from there, LOL... I'd say everything but jeans (although I have ONE pair from there that I LOVE)... Jeans I get from Charlotte Russe because they're cheaper there and fit a shorty like me ;) Target tops, I love... granted, they're mostly 'wife beaters' in every color, but whatever! I LOOOOOVE THEIR DRESSES!! To each their own... but I love Target :)



answers from San Francisco on

Well that would make sense, because I am tall, with a really long torso and target is one of the only places I can find long enough shirts! I can't buy shirts from any of the other places you mentioned because they all sit too short on my torso. Just count yourself lucky that you can get stuff from those other places :)


answers from Dallas on

I totally agree. Every bra, shirt, pair of shoes run small and I have little feet! Kohls is my favorite place to shop. Sometimes a lil more exspensive but worth it!



answers from Boston on

Nope you are not alone. I have tried stuff there and while it is affordable, the shapes are off. I do better at JC Penneys for affordable work clothes and even casual stuff. I also like Lands End clothes that I can return to Sears if they do not fit right and save shipping costs. Kohl's has quite a few nice lines as well. I am 5'7" and a size 10. Kohl's also have those 15-30% discount coupons they send me all the time since I signed up for the Kohl's card, and they have their Kohl's dollars (or some such name) where I was able to get a whole stack of new towels for free just on money-back I got from my husband's summer shorts-and-tees buying spree.



answers from Savannah on

No, not the only one. Target clothes annoy me. Even my SON'S shirts don't fit him "the same".


answers from Tampa on

Target seems to cater to the long and lean woman - not the majority of American women who are shorter or having more curvy or roundness to their bodies. I've noticed it too - - even their maternity and plus size section is horrible!



answers from Dallas on

I can't buy Target pants - they make them only for tall women. I am 5'2". The tops are fine most of the time, but I do sometimes seem to need a 1/2 size bigger/smaller. The material their vendors use do seem to be on the cheap side. However, I have always had luck in the boy's and men's departments.



answers from Milwaukee on

Their clothes never fit me right. Always small even when I was tiny.

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