I stopped by H&M after work yesterday, and surprisingly found sooo much cute stuff in small sizes! I went to town on their "Trend" line, which is sold only at select stores across the country (available at the Newbury St. location in Boston). H&M Trend is a little more expensive than their regular line, but is more fashion-forward and better constructed, using better materials. After I discovered Trend, I rarely ever shop in the regular section anymore. I picked up several skirts today from H&M Trend, to be showcased later when lighting is better - stay tuned!
Today the focus is on a simple dress from H&M's "Divided" juniors line. The dress is belted with a nice sweetheart neckline, which I instantly liked for layering over tops. There were literally piles of this dress available in every size, re-priced (not on sale) from $29.50 to a mere $14.50. I saw it in black and purple, out of which I chose boring black. Apparently, in Sweden in comes in electric blue as well:
Worn plainly, with the straps removed. Replaced the original belt for a wider elastic one in size XS (also found at H&M today for $10!). Ankle-strap stilettos are from BCBG.
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Worn with Aldo peep toe pumps over Target juniors XS white pleated button-up shirt, $6. This looks exactly like something my boss' secretary would wear. In fact, I think she wore this today : )
To make this dress business-appropriate, I paired it over a black top (same top as above, just in black) and cropped BR 00p jacket to make the strapless aspect more conspicuous. The belt shown is the one the dress came with.
Worn with tights ($5, H&M) over a neutral-colored tee ($8, H&M), with plaid scarf ($15, also from H&M ... see a trend yet, lol?) and vintage flat boots. I think this dress would look better over a soft heathered gray long sleeved tee, which is on my to-get list.
Worn over Theory seamless stretch tank (one size, from Saks off 5th) and with Theory cashmere cardigan (size P, from eBay). Paired with diamond-patterned tights ($16, Banana Republic) and Nine West patent pumps.