I Just Popped Into H&M and Came Away With These 5 Things


First things first: Mum and dear readers, I’m sorry, I know my hair looks a mess in these selfies, but it’s basically hailing outside and I’ve just been stuck in glacial wind and rain for a good half an hour trying to get back to Who What Wear HQ. It’s windy too, so there’s all kind of wet, matted gorgeousness going on here. 

That aside, I have had a rather successful morning. On my rainy journey I walked past H&M and had to do a double-take, turn back around and head into the store. Things were looking fresh and bright and ready for spring—the very opposite of the British climate right now, and so I felt compelled to try some items on. As always, I like to take as much into the changing room with me as possible as hedging your bets will undoubtedly pay off in the end. The more you can power through and try, the more likely you are to find something you’re really set on. 

I’m not a huge high street shopper. Heck, I’m not a huge shopper of any variety. I don’t buy my considering I’m an editor, but when I see something I appreciate and feel good in—and it has to feel expensive no matter its price tag—I’ll snap it up. Boy, did I have a fruitful time in H&M! Keep scrolling to see what I came away with…

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The weight of the fabric on this striped dress is mighty fine for the high street. Rather than the super-flimsy polyester satin slips and slinky midis you might find elsewhere at the moment this hangs so well, looks flattering thanks to the diagonal line falling on the bias, and feels ultra-comfortable to wear. At £40 I’m thrilled. 
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Ideally I’d wear it with a waist belt (such is my way of styling almost everything) and for the time being it’ll need a top on underneath because there’s a back-slit that reveals a bit of skin. Note to people over 5’1″ this will be a typical mid-length hem on you, but on me it’s more of a midaxi.
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With its contrast print and block colour stripes, and an asymmetric hemline, this skirt has a lot going for it detail-wise. I’m a bit fan of navy all year round, so this could work in the winter with boots and a roll neck or in the summer with sandals and a little crop top on holiday. It has an elastic waist so the sizing is quite generous—I’d usually be a medium but opted for a small. It also comes in H&M’s plus-size range, so anyone who likes to consider themselves bohemian.
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Sometimes I find it hard to find just really plain, form-fitting tops in neutral colours. Why does everything have to be off-the-shoulder? Or in a chunky cable knit? Or have random embellishment on it? So this ultra-minimal sweater ticks the boxes for me, ta. On H&M’s website this is describe as off-the-shoulder, but it isn’t really IRL, more of a slight scoop neck.
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What can I say? Stripes are a classic trend and these two dresses not only feel right for now but I know I’ll wear them for years and years to come. I enjoy the offbeat colour combinations here, and although at first I was tentative about wearing washed-out yellow, this really lifted my complexion when I tried it on—even if the bright, bright lights of the changing room.  As with the first striped dress, the largest contributing factor towards me purchasing this was the quality of the fabric. If this was a thinner jersey the shape wouldn’t hold and all of my lumps and bumps would be far too obvious for my liking. This thicker, ribbed knit feels luxe and easy to wear.
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It’s definitely a summer throw-on dress rather than something I’d wear now, so I’ll keep this filed under Looking Forward to Wearing. When the weather’s right I’d pair it with strappy sandals (either mid or high), and I think there’s scope to dress it up enough with jewellery and makeup for a more casual wedding.
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As I mentioned previously, I’ve been on the lookout for slimmer knitwear. However, one a cold day like today one can always feel a pang of desire for a warm roll neck. This satisfied that craving but will also be a classic, loose-fitting knit I can come back to time and again. 
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Camel tones work with almost everything, but the silhouette is also versatile. Tuck in for a neater line, belt and wear long for a more retro look or simply pair it as is with jeans. I always think a marl knit (one that has flecks of another colour in it) look more expensive.
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Not bad for a total of £129, right? And the additional couple of quid was spent on a lint roller, because H&M’s are the best!



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