Riley and I had a date the other night… a trip to Washington Square, primarily to look at new frames for me from Sears Optical, but I also wanted to check out the new H&M clothing store that just opened up.
My initial reaction when I walked past the store front: “yuck! what the heck are the mannequins wearing?” It was all peasant-style outfits, faded denim skirts with lots of ruffles and tattered looking stuff. Gypsys and Fortune Tellers!
Then we walked inside and after I got past the first major display, I was in love! Amazing outfits. Amazing pieces. Great prices. Love the patterns, the shapes, the colors, the styles…wow I can’t wait to try some stuff on!
Riley’s first reaction: “OMG Mom I cannot wait to come shopping here when I get older. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all these clothes. I wish I could try them on and buy some. I’m going to come back with a hundred dollars when I’m older!”
Riley and I both loved this shirt….
They offered it in a smokey blue and I tried it on.
Riley loved it and begged me to buy it, but clearly the shirt was made for someone with a smooth body. No muffin tops or belly bulges allowed.
Here it is on their style model:
See what I mean? Even on her perfectly thin toned body you can see every contour~
I even tried it a size larger. Still no luck. I found most of their tops seemed to fit that way, sort of clingy and thin.
I did find one shirt that I really liked….a button up dress shirt with pinstripe detail- teeny tiny pinstripes in black and white. So teeny tiny that the shirt was almost gray. The blouse I tried on was a bit too small. It was my normal size 8 and it was busting *and I mean that in the boob sense* open.
Which brings me to another point in regards to H&M….everything runs really small. I normally wear a medium shirt, sometimes a small shirt. Not at H&M…I needed a size large. 90% of their racks contain size XS and S. So what does that tell you!?
We’re supposed to go back to the mall soon. I told Riley we could try the XS shirt on her to see if it fits her. At $12.95 if she likes it and it fits, I don’t see why she couldn’t get it? Hmm.
Their childrens’ department is definitely lacking, though. Only a 10′ square section for girls age 9+ and a slightly larger section for girls under age 10. Wonder if it’s because girls over age 9 can wear the adult shirts!! Ha!
Anyway, I’ll try them again some day. Definitely a place to go for dressy clothing, even dresses for that matter. Next cruise we book- I’ll take a trip to H&M first!
Rachelle and I went to H&M in downtown Portland a little while ago. It’s a big store (former Sak’s 5th Ave) -3 stories with children’s, maternity, men’s and women’s. Lots of crazy weird clothes, but again the farther we went back into the store the more normal looking stuff we found. I bought a few tees there for $6 each and love them! But yeah-buy larger and even then they are a bit clingy.