Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fitting Room Review: H&M Sale Items

Happy Holidays and belated Thanksgiving! The past few days, I've been running around Disneyland, several beaches, and eating my fill of San Diego seafood. I think I've put on a good 10 pounds or so, and that's probably an underestimate. My family and I started cooking pretty late at 5:30, but we ended up with one heck of a proper American Thanksgiving meal by 9:30, complete with honey smoked turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry pecan bread, pumpkin and apple pies, scalloped potatoes, cream corn, cranberry sauce, apple cider.

As many of you have requested in your giveaway entries, here is another fitting room review. I went to H&M a couple of weeks ago twice in the same weekend, the first time mainly looking at sale rack items. This is what I found : ) I am wearing my nude Aldo Pumps (size 35) with everything. I ended up buying the tank and a cape and cowl sweater on impulse (worn in this outfit post), but in the end only kept the tank.

First off, my outfit for the night. It's been super chilly in St. Louis, thus the hefty use of scarves and tights under everything.
1) H&M Satiny Drape Tank in Taupe (Euro size 2), USD $24.95
I first saw this tank reviewed by Jean and absolutely loved the shade and texture and how it looked with fall colours. The draping sides almost look like pockets. For me, the neckline fits fine and perks out a little oddly, but it doesn't create an unsightly hole when I lean over. The straps are just wide enough to be formal enough to wear under something for work or a light cardigan and they stay firmly in place. This top also comes in a Blush colour which I tried on but decided that I didn't need two of the same pieces.
- Verdict: Purchased
2) H&M Cargo Skirt (Euro size 2 or 4), sale $5
The material is pretty see-through and there was a large gaping hole in the waistline. The tie doesn't help much either. If the material were a little thicker, I would have gotten it for a feminine twist to the military look.
- Verdict: Pass, despite the price
3) H&M Flare Tiered Dress (Euro size 2), sale $10
This dress reminds me of a morning glory flower. At first I thought it would be really cute, but without any kind of belt it's quite shapeless. This taupe-ish colour also looked a little bland. I think there were pink ones too but none left in a small size.
- Verdict: Pass
4) H&M Camel Cardigan (Euro size 2), $29.95
For its price, this cardigan didn't impress me. It tends to bunch up a little and looks unsightly. The material isn't even as soft as cashmere. I like it better unbuttoned.
- Verdict: Pass
5) H&M Plaid Strapless Dress (Euro size 2), sale $20
I dislike wearing straplesses because there's nothing more annoying than having to heave your dress up every 5 minutes at a school dance because your bra doesn't hold up like it should. In pictures, this dress is absolutely adorable. It's a nice length too, hitting a bit above the knee. There was dark blue/green and gold sheen to the dress, with a metallic feel.
- Verdict: Pass because of price

6) H&M Floral Ruffle Side Dress (Euro size 2), $25 or $30
I don't know what I was thinking when I picked this up. It screams Grandma harder than that yellow blazer on Chictopia Rewards that looked like a couple sheets of tablecloth and curtains sewn together. The trail of ruffles all the way down is definitely not me. I remember really wanting one of this style when the Garden Collection came out too but now I'm glad I refrained.
- Verdict: Pass
7) H&M Camel Long Belted Peacoat (Euro size 2), $99
Sadly I ran out of time and the store was closing before I could try this on. It's a gorgeous camel colour but judging by the length this is a definite no for petites. Also, the price is out of my budget for coats. It is made of a wool-like material.
Life-sized books at the new Apple Store. This is one of my favourite window displays I've seen.
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ahoymichelle November 27, 2010 at 6:15 PM   said...

Ahh! I just went to H&M today and I got the ruffled tiered dress also! I got it in pink. I didn't see anything else that you tried on :O I guess my store was cleaned out because of Black Friday D:

Elle November 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM   said...

I got the pink skirt that you modeled, it was too big for me too and I got it for $10 (boo!). I didn't try it on so hadn't realized that it was too big until I got home. Love these posts! :)

Jade Purple Brown November 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM   said...

i wnat that grey dress so bad, it looks so cute on you!

Banhannas November 27, 2010 at 7:37 PM   said...

Happy late Thanksgiving! I hope you had lots of fun at Disneyland. =0D

I actually really LOVE that flared tiered dress, especially it poking out of that cardigan! LOL and I actually bought the plaid H&M dress 3 months ago. I will debut it on a blog post soon. =0D

Anonymous November 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM   said...

I really like your shopping outfit! Love how the scarf adds colour to your outfit. : ) Great haul as fave item would be the drape tank.

xx The Little Dust Princess

Lulu November 28, 2010 at 1:18 AM   said...

wow those are some awesome deals!!!

Unknown November 28, 2010 at 1:42 AM   said...

what a cool post! love that marchesa inspired dress <3 everything looks so good on you!


Kathleen November 28, 2010 at 2:02 AM   said...

these are always my faav posts from you! :) always interesting to see what things you find at your shopping trip, it's like I'm shopping with you! :). and the shearling shoes I bought, I wanted first the camel ones too! haha, yay we have the same taste ;).

<3, Kathleen.

Unknown November 28, 2010 at 2:06 AM   said...

Love the outfits on you, especially the drape tank one. :-)

Ken November 28, 2010 at 2:09 AM   said...

i just noticed how skinny you are because u were wearing white and u still look really slim!

Ping November 28, 2010 at 2:19 AM   said...

love your shopping outfit-- the yellow scarf is a cute pop of color. my favorite is the taupe drape-y tank.

PetiteXXS November 28, 2010 at 3:01 AM   said...

Love the drape tank on you! The silhouette of the plaid dress is so flattering as well. And lol the flower dress looks like it's eating you aliiive! :P

Unknown November 28, 2010 at 3:48 AM   said...

i love the first one, your real outfit~~ :)

Nicoline November 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM   said...

Love your blog!
Hope you will visit mine:)

michelle_ November 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM   said...

i love fitting room photos :)
you were really good at styling these outfits !

bisous ! xx
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Unknown November 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM   said...

I like your shopping outfit with the mustard scarf and jacket!!!

I like these fitting room posts!!! you look great in the drapey top!!!

Unknown November 28, 2010 at 2:25 PM   said...

love the first dress xxxx

PinkOrchids November 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM   said...

I just so love your style!!! Thanks for the ideas!! You always look so great =)

cocoabee November 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM   said...

;O cute cute cute!

Hana Tralala November 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM   said...

haha size 35-i have too size 35...lately i wanted to buy longsdale or steel boots and i coudn´t find size 35 to it..thei don´t really expect 5 feet tall girl with size 35 to but steel boots :D and i hate and love HM fitting can see yourself from behind and i see how gross i look from behind, but i´m thankful for that , because i needet to see that :D

Jean November 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM   said...

Very nice fitting room review but my eyes are drawn to those Aldo nude pumps! I love the color and the shape of the toe. I'm bummed I didn't find those.

I'm glad you found the top too...mine is still waiting for alterations as it's way too gappy on me at the chest. I'm jealous of your longer torso!

Keri November 28, 2010 at 8:10 PM   said...

Love every piece! So cute! I wish I had as much luck on the sale rack at H&M :)

Liana November 28, 2010 at 10:20 PM   said...

angie you look so good in anything, you should've bought them all! i kinda like that flowery dress, even though it is a bit grandma...and that tulip looking one too. :P
thanks for all your great comments lately, sorry i've been such a slacker at commenting back and replying! know how it is :P

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Unknown November 29, 2010 at 12:45 AM   said...

Aww I actually really like the plaid dress on you! It gives you a nice hourglass shape :)

StuddedLilly November 29, 2010 at 1:23 AM   said...

nice post! its fun to try on stuff, isn't it! i also saw that camel coat at H&M when i stopped by on black friday for $20!! however, i didn't get it because like you said, the length is definitely not flattering(on my 5'4 frame) and the wrinkles worries me..they seemed permanent lol

ABIGAIL NY November 29, 2010 at 2:20 AM   said...

Love the picks! Great outfit combinations!
Real cute blog!

☆RabbitoBonbon☆ November 29, 2010 at 4:35 AM   said...

What a pretty clothes o(*O*)o And you look pretty as usual~~ (>w<♥♥)

Anonymous November 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM   said...

glad you picked up the satin top, it really flatters you!! love these kind of reviews... so much fun to read!

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