Last night, after dropping my sister off at class, I went to the mall with the intention of going to J.Crew and checking out the new Madewell store that just opened in Towson Town Center. I ended up getting completely sidetracked, and by the time I made it to the fourth level, the doors at J.Crew were already closed. The sweet sales associates at Madewell were more than happy to let me shop around after 9pm, but I knew they were itching to go home for the evening.
For once, I went to the mall with very specific items in mind. Although I was in search of black dresses, an awesome pair of sequined Kate Spade flats caught my eye. I walked past them and continued on my search. Okay, I might have tried them on then walked away, but at least they didn’t end up in a shopping bag. That counts for something, right?
As I exited Nordstrom, the bright red H&M sign was staring back at me. Forever21 and H&M are usually places that I overlook, simply because their clothing is of poor quality and I don’t like wearing the same thing as every other girl in the 13-35 demographic. However, something tempted me to go inside H&M and I’m actually glad I did as they had several items that I needed.
I even tried on the various pieces that I picked out—quite a rarity for me! For the past several years, I’ve had the tendency to just buy what I like then take it home and try it on when I have the proper accessories, am wearing the correct bra, and am in better lighting.
This awful picture just proves that the lighting is horrendous in dressing rooms (and that I’m a terrible photographer).
For a better look at what I got, here are two of the dresses that I found on H&M’s website.
I also loved this dress, but there was only one left and it was too big.
Confession: sometimes I try on and even buy clothes that are seven sizes too big. When I fall in love with a piece, I just have to have it. If it’s a cardigan or an unstructured dress, I can usually make it work by belting it or layering it. The technicolor dreamcoat was a total exception in this case. That thing could not work, no matter how much I loved it.
Even though this dress was a size 10, I thought it just might work because H&M’s sizing is totally skewed. Does anyone else feel like Shamu the whale when they shop there?? Unfortunately, the dress actually was too big, but I did buy a similar sheath dress (which I couldn’t find online) in a size 8. It’s no secret that a lot of companies have vanity sizing, but come on. I think a size 8 is pushing it!
At the end of the day, I realize that the number on a tag doesn’t matter. What’s the point of squeezing into a smaller size when it’s completely unflattering? I think a lot of people struggle with this concept—it’s more important to worry about the way something looks, rather than the size that it is.
So what’s with all of the black dresses? You’ll have to wait to find out! I have a huge announcement that only a few people know about, but it’s an exciting one! Stay tuned!
Do you shop at H&M? If so, do you usually size up…by a lot?
Do you like to try clothes on in a dressing room, or at home?