1. Lorna

    September 6, 2006 at 8:56 am

    There was a similar discussion a while ago. I have to say, it depends on the store. The kind of finds also depends on the location, as they target some of the stores for the trendier pieces. I’ve learnt to know my local H&M, when to go (thursdays afternoon when it’s quiet and they get the new arrivals), where to look, etc…

  2. Alice Olive

    September 6, 2006 at 8:57 am

    Yes, she looks great! The hair too. Love the line of the blouse and the cute little cuffed shorts. I’m wondering what shoes she was wearing.

    My sister always manages to find something good at H&M but I rarely have the patience for a good search. The general messiness of all the clothes is so offputting.

  3. Maria

    September 6, 2006 at 9:08 am

    To look that polished in summer plus keep the rocker is kind of a challenge. I would find shorts even more simple, the button on the side is kind of redundant.

  4. kiarella

    September 6, 2006 at 9:11 am

    Absolutely agree on shopping at H&M, the store in Milan is messy and crowded, but if you go to the store in Genoa, you will be surprised: it is huge, well stocked it has a coffee bar on the first floor and the overall atmosphere is pleasant . I always find real gems without the hustle.Yes,sometimes the quality is so good and inexpensive that i wonder if they are really losing money on certain items.

  5. Rafe

    September 6, 2006 at 9:24 am

    Wow, she’s channeling Pat Benatar or Sheena Easton. The 80′s are definitely back.

  6. Shopaholic D

    September 6, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    pi love it! great look!

    …wish we had h&m here!

  7. Teri

    September 6, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    Absolute agree with you about H & M. But I love shopping at H & M. As you said, you have to fight through to find something good coz the store is messy. However, Not like other stores, there is no limited numbers of clothes for fitting room. You can take as many as you can carry and try it on in the fitting room. I Love it!
    I also love the top on her and the way she wears it. Love H & M, Love the top and Love your blog the most.

  8. atticus_finch

    September 6, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    she looks great!!! Hard to believe its H&M.

  9. Anonymous

    September 6, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    I guess with H&M as with most other cheap/trendy stores you have to decide whether you want the ‘cheap’ or the tidy ‘price’. They would have to employ hundreds of personnel just to pick up and put away clothes that people (here especially teenagers), leave untidy. Then it’s wouldn’t be cheap anymore, the goods wouldn’t move and so neither would they be trendy and some time after they would be closed.
    My H&Ms are very tidy and not too large.

  10. Kelli

    September 6, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    I feel the same way about going to Century 21 in NYC – if you have the patience and determination you can find great pieces.

    She looks like a cross between Gina Gershon & Pat Benatar. She’s sexy and makes it look effortless.

    I am also curious about her shoes!

  11. Elsa

    September 6, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    Wow, I really love that top.

    And I really love the concept of H&M loss leaders!

  12. Kathleen

    September 6, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    The shorts are fabulous – good on her for having the guts to wear them: she should, they look great on her.

    If I am feeling energetic and ready for some work, I enjoy riffling through H&M-type stores – for me, it’s akin to a good op-shop/thrift store trawl. But you have to have high energy levels and I agree with the whole picking-the-good-time-of-day thing.

    What sh*ts me, however, is never being able to find the right size. It once took me about half an hour to find the world’s best denim skirt in my size…and then there was a huge queue for the dressing rooms. When the sales assistant told me I couldn’t try it on over my clothes on the shop floor, I gave up and left. Still regret losing the skirt (which I could naturally not find again in my size) but the fight-or-flight mechanism overtook me…

  13. lizzy washington

    September 6, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    i love the overall look–she has the legs to pull i8t off. i thin kher hair goes real well with it as well, i wonder what shoes she owre.

  14. Tamberk

    September 6, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Fab look!
    Love the detail of the pleats and it’s great to be able to get such a great top for less.
    H&M is full of treasures and each store is a little diffrent than the next. The shopping is not so glamorous, but it’s usually worth the trouble, I’ve found lots of fun, spontaneous, “impulse-buy” goodies there that look cute for as long as they need to, mix well with other clothes and don’t cost and arm and a leg.

  15. Anonymous

    September 6, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    I agree that it depends on the location of the H&M. Of the 5 or so stores in Europe and North America that I’ve seen some were brilliant, others nightmarish.

    As I do always walk away with something I’ll brave whichever I’m faced with…

  16. Irish Eyes on Tour

    September 6, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Scott… I’m in love (again)… Thanks man. Made me effin’ day. Georgeous… Bring back messy 80s creativity in the girls. Excellent. And that hair. But best of all – The Pout. She’s there… (Sigh…)

  17. Ghoti

    September 7, 2006 at 4:32 am

    It is nice, but at $2 a day, the labor involved would hardly dent the price.

    I love your blog. Attention to fashion has really slipped in the West. Your blog required reading.

  18. Anonymous

    September 7, 2006 at 6:27 am

    Great look. She pulls it off nicely, glasses, attitude, hairstyle etc.

    But the shoes? It is usually the shoes that make or break the outfit.

  19. Anonymous

    September 7, 2006 at 8:05 am

    love the blog,love the blouse. haven´t seen it in stores yet though, which is weird, cos I work at h&m.
    there seems to be a huge difference between the european and the us stores though.cos our music is hardly there,the stores are messy only on fridays and saturdays and you can only take 5 items to the fitting room(thank god!)
    queues are normal though, just don´t go shopping on the weekends, it´s empty during the week.
    and believe me-we try our best to keep everything nice, have all the sizes etc. but its so effing hard.
    especially with customers that treat us and the clothes like sh** , which they do a lot.
    still love my job though and love our clothes.. good thing is-I get them first . hihi..

  20. Nela

    September 7, 2006 at 8:34 am

    Here in Sweden, where H&M comes from, it’s clothes are also known for falling apart… One wash, then goodbye.

  21. Nia

    September 7, 2006 at 11:47 am

    Hey, Nela. Here in the US the “disposable clothing” store is Forever 21–things just disintegrate after one wash. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by H&M, most of my pieces from them have lasted for a few years now, although some have fallen apart–it seems you can tell by the feel of the fabric which is which, though, so it’s not so hit-or-miss.

  22. Anonymous

    September 7, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    pure Geena Gershon. Love it.

  23. Anonymous

    September 7, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    Hurray for fashion democracy. I’ve purchased expensive pieces (suits, tops) that haven’t stood the test of time like some of my H&M faves.

  24. Hanna

    September 8, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    H&M is great! here in stockholm we have an h&m-store every twenty metres (as it’s a swedish brand).. with all those stores you can always find something good and always with a great price. and messy? no?

    h&m in sweden – that’s the way to do it ;)I hope the stores in other countries will catch up soon :)

  25. Eva

    September 13, 2006 at 10:40 am

    I bought that jacket/top in june or july 2005, in Frankfurt. I still love it, it’s made of silk and goes with everything. I think it was on sale too!

  26. Anonymous

    October 13, 2006 at 1:00 am

    I remembered this thread when I went to an H & M for the first time. I was at the Oxford Street shop and I was pleasantly surprised that it was more affordable compared to everything else in London.
    Though there were a couple of stuff I particularly liked, I left emptyhanded because of the discorteous staff. I was turned off by the extremely snooty fitting room person and the oh-so-rude cashier.
    So nevermind. I don’t need the attitude, thank you very much.

  27. John Robie

    September 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I can only say that ths girl is beautiful.

  28. dcinDC

    August 6, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Same hair dresser as Debbie Harry!!!

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