Target Clothing Return Policy: Ultimate Guide


With close to 2000 stores in the USA, Target is one of the US’s most loved super stores stocking everything you could ever need.

They now stock an excellent selection of clothing and apparel items, including everything from shoes to underwear.

If you’ve purchased clothing from Target but perhaps aren’t happy with the fit, the aesthetics, or the quality, you’re entitled to make a return for a full refund or exchange.

You won’t be alone there as clothing is by far the most returned item in the US with 88% of returns coming under the clothing category.

However, like most stores, Target has a limited return window in which to return items and it’s vital that you don’t miss it if you want your money back.

To help you there, this article will cover Target’s return window, how to make a return, whether you can return worn clothes, their no-receipt policy, and much more.

Let’s take a look…

What is Target’s Clothing Return? The Short Answer

In short, you can return clothes to Target for a full refund or exchange within 90 days of being invoiced. You can return them in-store or using the mail-in process explained below.

You can return clothing to Target for all manner of reasons such as:

  • If it fits poorly
  • If you’re not happy with the aesthetics
  • If it’s the wrong item
  • If the item is defective or of poor quality
  • You’ve changed your mind
  • Duplicate orders

Almost any reason will do.

Can You Return Worn Clothes to Target?

Yes, you can return worn clothes to Target but they must be in like new condition. Target may refuse a refund or exchange if the item is damaged or has clear signs of wear.

In other words, wearing it once and finding it doesn’t fit well or you’re not happy with the quality will usually be fine.

If you wear it twenty times and leave it looking like an old rag, then you probably won’t be fine.

However, if the item develops a fault (even outside the 90 days) we’d still recommend taking it back as Target will still probably refund or agree to exchange the item for you.

How to Return Clothing to Target?

The easiest way to return clothes to Target is to return them to any of their nearly 2000 stores. This is the fastest, albeit not much convenient way of securing a refund.

The other option is to use the mail-in process.

To initiate a return:

  1. Go to your Target account
  2. Find your purchase in the orders history
  3. Pick the return option
  4. Print off the UPS label and drop off your clothing at your nearest UPS drop-off point

Target provides a pre-paid UPS label so there is no charge for returning clothes to Target and they do not charge a restocking fee.

You will also be refunded any initial postage costs you paid.

Can You Return Clothes to Target Without a Receipt?

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If you don’t have a receipt or proof of purchase then Target will usually refund you via a merchandise gift card with a store credit to spend in-store.

However, it’s important to remember that most sales can be traced if you paid on card, particularly if you paid using:

  • Discover card
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Target Red card

What to Do Outside the 90-Day Window?

If the 90 days window has already lapsed then there are still something you can do:

  • If the item has developed a fault, you should still be able to return it for a refund or exchange provided it’s not developed a fault through general wear and tear;
  • If the 90-day window has only just lapsed, then we’d still recommend speaking to a manager at Target as they may be able to extend the window slightly
  • Another option is to simply sell your garment on a site such as:

How Does Target’s Clothing Return Policy Compare?

We’ve done some analysis of the market to see how Target’s return policy compares to some of its main competition.

This might help if you’re thinking of shopping elsewhere or for future purchases.

This is what we discovered:

StoreReturn Window Length
CostcoReturn any time (100% satisfaction guarantee)
Amazon30 days
NordstromReturn any time (100% satisfaction guarantee)
Walmart90 days
Macy’s30 days

Final Thoughts

Target provides a fairly middle-of-the-road return policy next to the competition. It’s not the shortest we found but it isn’t the most generous either.

However, Target stocks an excellent range of clothing for all ages and does provide free returns on every item it sells.

About the author

Oliver graduated from law school in 2008 and has practiced exclusively in the field of civil litigation for the last 10 years. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in litigation involving large financial losses and a special interest in consumer law. He has achieved numerous 7 figure settlements and has been involved in multi-billion dollar class-action consumer lawsuits against companies such as the Volkswagen Group. Away from the law, he is a consumer information and personal finance writer, having been featured in key publications such as Yahoo Finance, GO Banking Rates, NewsBreak, MEL Magazine, and many more.

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