So I was resolved to not buy any more clothes and join Monkey on her challenge. But then I got my top from the Next sale and it's not a goer. Love the fabric, not so keen on the shape so back it goes. And then H&M sent me their new catalogue and I have decided to take that as a sign from the shopping gods. So, I will start the challenge AFTER an order to H&M.
I love H&M and I hate H&M often during the same online shopping trip. They have some Hits and quite a few Misses. Let's start with the misses.
Their catalogue had 157 pages dedicated to women's fashion. That's a lot of clothes. Guess how many pages detailed their BiB plus size range? 5. FIVE. FIVE.
And guess how many of those items I would actually buy? None. And guess how many actually looked like they were new for this season? About one, a tunic dress. Which is actually ok but a bit short for me.
Their BiB range is tiny and the sizing strange to say the least. The tops seem either to be too tight over the boob area or gigantic. As for their trousers, well I'm normally a 24-26 but I can't get their 28s to fit me.
Going to buy the BiB range instore is a nightmare (at least for me as I don't live in London). I spent one afternoon trudging from one Oxford St H&M store to another to find at last a tiny corner of a basement devoted to about 4 items. I did buy one, and it is nice. But I have never seen it on the website!
So given that their Bib range is so terrible why do I think they have some hits and why are they even one of my fav retailers? Because of two things. Firstly their accessories - namely their scarfs. I love scarfs and will do a post about all the scarfs I have collected over the years. H&M do a good range, in great colours and styles. And they are cheap.
Secondly because of this wonderful thing you can find online when you shop with them - size XL. Never found in stores but a lot of their clothes come in this XL 22-24 sizing. And it fits my size 26 boobs. Hurrah!
Some of my favorites from the latest catalogue
Love the pretty spots and nice shape.
And this one below is winging its way to me as we speak. It's not that exciting but I like the shape and in black it's a good top for wearing cropped chinos and black sandals.
And last but not least this one is joining its little friend on the long journey to the Eclectica household. I've ordered the powder pink one.
Oh and both tops are £8 each. Bargain.
So are any of you H&M fans?