September 21st, 2006
Hennes and Mauritz (aka H&M)
By Claire

“I was so upset when Daddy told me I had to get a job that I went shopping to calm down”–Reese Witherspoon as Jill Green on Friends

I was having a bit of a bad day, so I ventured into the sunshine for a bit of retail therapy. I didn’t have time to, say, go to Loehmann’s to search through their racks (or the money to even think about Saks), so I settled for H&M because I knew that I could possibly find something cute and not spend a ton.

I have a dinner and a bachelorette party to attend on Friday, so I wanted to find something tame enough to go to a nice restaurant, but still flashy enough to wear for a night out.

These are a few things I tried on:

Both dresses were $39.90….and they looked it too. I passed on them.

I also tried on this saucy ‘fit:

The skirt with suspenders and shirt were $24.90 each. I think this looked better than anything else, but something about it made me feel that I might’ve been skirting the line between fashion forward and fashion faux pas (and skanky v. saucy).

Even with all the great stuff H&M had to offer, I ended up not buying anything (Maybe I had the thought of my winter coat in the back of my head)

Still there are some great things about H&M:
1. I brought 11 items into the dressing room and nobody raised an eyebrow. They just gave me a little paddle thing with “11″ on it and I was on my way.

2. Is it just me or does H&M play the BEST music???? I was jamming to Ne-yo, Chingy, and Beyonce waiting in line for the dressing room.

3. They always have sort of fashion forward look. In a talk during fashion week, Andre Leon Talley said that he’d seen girls in the tents that had jackets from H&M he could’ve mistaken for Fendi or Prada. And this is from the editor at large of Vogue, people.

4. The prices! Dresses for $40 sometimes look like $40…but when they don’t you’re getting a heck of a bargain.

So basically H&M’s the bomb.
I chit chatted with someone who works there who told me that they get new shipments at 2, 4, and 9 pm everyday (I think stores close around 9pm, so come in the morning as well). Stop in at those times to catch the new stuff!

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3 Responses to “Hennes and Mauritz (aka H&M)”

  1. Sefa says:

    I liked the purple dress – what was the material?

  2. Mia says:

    I love h&m! you can always find a two time wear bargain there.

  3. Archel says:

    Accidentally hit the “LAST” button and I’ve gotta say, I’m so inspired by where you are, where you’ve come from, and where you’re headed! Who would have known you used to take pics of yourself in the fitting room?! xx

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