Most of the real fashion bloggers have already weighed in on Calypso St. Barth's Target line, so I'm behind the game. But I wanted to wait until I could get into the store to check the stuff out for myself, and that didn't happen until last night. So...better late than never?
Overall, I like the Calypso St. Barth collection a lot. The looks are fun, beachy, summery, and generally seem to be well-made. There isn't anything I liked enough to seek it out at full price, but there are definitely a few pieces I'll have my eye on once the sales start.
The Calypso line is marketed as three collections. The first, The Sea Collection, is a mostly-blue line of beach-inspired stuff. My favorites from the Sea Collection are:
The pink and orange Reef Collection is my favorite of the three Calypso lines. The looks remain beachy and casual, but the prints are a bit less sedate. My favorites:
The final collection, Shore, is based on a yellow/green/khaki palette, and it does the least for me of the three. I didn't find a single "can't live without it" item in it.
One thing Target seems to do with these special collections, which I enjoy, is to tailor some of the offerings from their typical lines to go along with whatever designer they are featuring. I saw a few pieces that weren't from Calypso, but had much that same feel (and usually a lower price). These included:
Merona® Straw Tote - Natural, $19.99
One final positive note: Most of the women's Calypso styles are available in plus sizes, often up to 28.