|(L) H&M Brass Statement Necklace
Many statement necklaces are bright and colorful which is fun, but they can be difficult to match with clothing. This metallic one, however, will go with pretty much anything!
|(L) H&M Striped Wool Infinity Scarf
Two infinity scarf options. They come in additional colors/patterns as well. My favorite is the black and white stripe!
|(L) H&M Waist Elastic Belt
H&M offers great faux-leather belt options. Here is a classy waist belt to wear over dresses.
I find clients are hesitant (with good reason!) to spend a lot on sunglasses since they can break easily or get lost. Here are classic aviators for $7.
|(L) H&M Faux Leather Bag
2 roomy faux leather bags. If you’re vegan or looking for a cheap black bag for work, these are for you!
Many of my clients, especially younger ones, are unsure how to choose a blazer. Blazers can seem old, stuffy, and aging if you’re not used to wearing them. The key is to find a modern cut, like the current tuxedo blazers! They typically come in black, white, or white with black lapel, and they have slim lapels with usually 1 low-placed button. Today I’m sharing 4 tuxedo blazer looks to inspire you. Vote on your favorite below!
Taking care of clothes and shoes can be such a bummer – not fun at all! But it really makes sense to look after your wardrobe items to make them last longer, look better, and fit better. One way I stay on top of this is to handle wardrobe maintenance on items that I’m not wearing regularly. For example, I like to take care of Fall/Winter items in the Summer!
What do I mean? Well, here are 2 ways I prepare for the Fall/Winter:
- Boot treatment – If you’re buying quality leather boots, you can make them last many years but you have to look after them. Over time, boots get dirty, need leather treatment, and have heel damage. I like to take my boots to the shoe repair shop during the Summer for an overhaul. When Fall comes around, I’m ready with what feels like brand new boots!
- Jacket/coat/sweater dry cleaning – Jackets and coats can get smelly, and wool can fuzz up, but during the Fall/Winter I need those jackets and sweaters on a regular basis to keep me warm. The Summer is a great time to take those in!
What about you? Do you plan for the Fall in terms of taking care of your wardrobe items?
We’ve gone through shoes and pants. Next up I’m sharing my current favorite H&M dresses offered online:
Comes in yellow, olive, and blue. I’m eyeing the yellow one. Here’s how to wear colored pencil skirts.
This dress is a perfect example of why to shop H&M’s office-attire section. At first glance it’s a plain black dress, but the cut is very flattering, and the eyelet provides an interesting pattern/texture.
| H&M Lyocell Sleeveless Shirt Dress
Sleeveless dress in olive and denim. The belt adds waist definition but you may want to swap it out for a better quality belt. If you work in a formal environment this might be too informal, maybe nice enough for a casual Friday.
| H&M Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress
Classic and elegant. This silhouette is flattering on most women. It could easily be your professional little black dress – a wardrobe workhorse!
|(L) H&M Boyfriend Jeans
At $39, here is your chance to try out boyfriend jeans. Love the light shade.
(R) H&M Jean Shorts
Offered in white, blue, black and grey flower pattern for $20.
|(L) H&M Slouchy Pants
Slouchy pants are in – perfect for inverted triangles and pear shaped women.
(R) H&M Dress Pants
Simple, basic black pants with a slim leg. It’s surprisingly difficult to find dress pants that aren’t wide, these are worth checking out!
| H&M Ankle boots
Love these burgundy ankle boots (also comes in black) – great price point at $50.
| H&M Wedge Sneakers
These sneakers will give you height but without the bling of most wedge sneaker styles out there – simple and sleek. Currently $35
| H&M Colored Sneakers
Fun colored sneaker option for $15! These will show their wear quickly but great for 1 summer – You may tire of the color anyways.
| H&M Socks for Flats
Those of you who wear flats frequently may want to check out the slip on socks that protect your shoes from sweat and your feet from blisters – very cheap at H&M!
I’m a fan of H&M. They’re based out of Sweden and their aesthetic reflects that – european, chic, simple and modern. They have a great selection of affordable, on-trend pieces, but with the affordable prices comes spotty quality and fit. Today I’ll share secrets to help you navigate H&M quality to make the most of your shopping experience, including shopping their new online store!
Take advantage of:
- Accessories – This is one of my favorite stores for scarves, fun bags, shoes, and accessories. They offer a great selection and it changes often.
- Trendy pieces – If there’s a trendy item you’re on the lookout for, check out H&M. Trendy pieces can sometimes only be worn 1-2 seasons so it’s best not to spend a lot of money on them. Save your dough for quality pieces you’ll wear often.
- Coats – H&M consistently has an excellent coat and jacket selection. They may not last forever, but they’ll be stylish and keep you warm at a great price. Perfect for those of you looking for a good buy.
- Affordable office-wear – H&M has a professional clothing section. The quality can be hit or miss but you can sometimes find a unique dress or blazer at a great price. Be careful to consider whether items will wrinkle easily or show their wear quickly.
- Short season pieces – By short season, I’m referring to weather that only lasts a few months out of the year. This depends on where you live. For example, in Seattle, hot weather only last 2 months, 3 if we’re lucky! It makes sense to spend less on those items because you won’t wear them often but you may still want variety. H&M is a great store for this because of the price points.
- Basics – At the checkout counter there’s often a bin of socks, tights, and patterned/colored umbrellas for less than $10. Stock up!
Be cautious of:
- Quality – The most frustrating part of shopping at H&M is that quality varies significantly. Be wary of items that wrinkle easily, catch fuzz, or show their wear quickly. You may find items are thin and require an extra layer so underwear lines aren’t visible.
- Fit – Fit goes hand in hand with quality. Sometimes corners are cut and fit suffers. Armholes and sleeves may be large, shirts may be boxy, coats lining may be skimpy. Be critical.
- Sweaters – While you may get away with a cheap blouse or woven shirt, I find that poor quality sweaters do you no favors. They can make you look wider/fatter, stretch easily, and generally make you look the opposite of polished. Be very, very picky when it comes to knits and know that you’ll need to care for them (wash in cold water, don’t put in dryer).
Online store – Check out my previous post about the new US H&M online store
- Stick to accessories – The online store return policy will cost you a pretty penny if you don’t like the items, so be careful. I suggest sticking to accessories for now. I suspect they’ll soon provide the ability to return items to their stores so you can save on return shipping, but as it stands now you’ll pay $5.95 both ways. ($5.95 x 2 )= $11.90 just to try on items! It’s hard to justify that cost when you’re buying lower-priced pieces.
With this shopping information, you’re ready to shop H&M! I’ll be sharing my favorite pieces from the online store (though I still recommend trying them on in person to save on shipping). Stay tuned!
This post is for those of you who love flats but need some variety. Maybe you find yourself reaching for the same ballet flats over and over? Even worse, the same black flats? Maybe it’s time to spice things up and look at alternative closed-toe flat shoes. Here are some ideas and in-store options to get you out of your style rut!
1. Athletic flats – These are a combination of ballet flat and sneakers. Puma, Nike, and other athletic shoe companies will have options. They create a more sleek look than running/athletic shoes and can be incredibly comfortable.
2. Oxfords – Oxfords have been in for a couple of years now and they’ll be around for years to come. Very practical, comfortable. Can be worn casually or formally depending on the style. Wear oxfords with a feminine pieces, such as a blouse or skirt, and you have a nice juxtaposition of masculine and feminine – very modern. You’ll find oxfords everywhere and in an assortment of colors.
3. Loafers – Loafers can be tricky to style because they are associated with a mature, older look. Consider a bright color loafer and wear with trendy pieces so as not to date yourself or look older than you are!
4. Fashion sneakers – Think Toms/Keds/Converse. Iconic casual sneakers, not clunky, heavy sneakers. Pair them with unexpected pieces: blazers, skirts, feminine blouses and you’ll create a sophisticated look.