First day of September! I'm a victim of online-window-shopping addiction. Every since the beginning of August, stores have been bringing out their fall pieces in resplendent thicker fabrics and neutral earthen tones. I have also been drooling nonstop wondering when this weather will dip below 90 degrees (like right now, It's 104 Fahrenheit - I walked in that for 1.5 miles on the way to school and ended up sopping sweaty in my first class). H&M has a gorgeous lookbook online and I've been wanting to try out some of the popular pieces other bloggers have been featuring lately, like the lace shell dress and orange swing jacket. Thus, commence fitting room review, H&M Fall Collection 2011 edition.
Bonus: If you sign up for H&M's online newsletter, you get a 20% coupon off a single item! A bunch of brand-new items right now is $10-20 off right at the counter.
1) H&M camel tweed double-breasted coat (Euro 4), $30 USD
Reminiscent of Burberry but at a fraction of the cost, I initially thought this coat would be too light and thin for St. Louis colder weather. However, fall is a gorgeous time and there's room to layer underneath this (I've figured out by now wearing 4 thin layers is warmer than 2 thick ones). It's nice and structured with a bit of A-line which flatters small petite frames. I also like that it emphasizes my shoulders. It will even look great over a short skirt and knee high rider boots.
- Verdict: Buy! With my 20% coupon and $10 in returns (pretty sale pleated chiffon dress but unflattering chest-area poofing), total = $14! What a nab for a stylish fall coat, right?
The fit is great - there were many back buttons that I couldn't reach, but regardless this is a flattering shell dress with a hint of drama. It looks much better belted to accentuate the waistline (found a cute bow detail camel ultra-skinny belt for $13 that snaps into each hole) but H&M has this "no accessories inside the fitting rooms" policy they're not enforcing - most inconvenient.
- Verdict: Pass. I do have way too much black lace and dresses, so I reluctantly put this down. It's just not "everyday" enough to get enough wear in before winter starts.
Fit: this store ran out of XS and S is boxy on me. However, the little gold buttons are endearing, and this piece looks nice over a dress, but I have wayyy too many orange pieces in my closet from summer. There's no need for another pumpkin piece. It can be worn many ways. It's also expensive for a tiny jacket, though the fabric is nice quality and thick.
- Verdict: Pass, pricey and already have lots of orange
This is the shirt version of the lace shell dress. It's less elegant as a top, but still nice with a Victorian touch. Again, S too boxy, XS good.
- Verdict: Pass, don't love
- Verdict: Pass, too many sundresses.
Very cute, poofy, super girly. Tried it on for fun and the twisties.
- Verdict: Pass, already have a similar one but wish I would have gotten this one instead!