This dress is from H&M "Trend." Trend is their more expensive line, distinguishable by more fashion-forward styles and noticeably better workmanship. I adore their styles, but unfortunately, from my experience their trendy stuff is usually cut for taller women (long hemlines, super structured shoulders, over-sized, flowy styles). But this dress - not really trendy, plus I thought it fit great:
Dress: H&M Trend sz 2 (fits like sz 00 and also comes in black)
Cardigan: Martin & Osa XS (can't wait for my long LOFT cardi's)
Brooch/pendant: Vintage "Peri" Cameo pin from eBay
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I became obsessed with brooches and chains after watching Khatu's DIY video. I found this 1960's cameo from eBay. The chain is some cheapy one from A.C. Moore.
QUALITY: As with my other H&M Trend stuff, I am pleased with the quality. The materials are not premium by any means (polyester / viscose / elastane blend) but the details speak for themselves: the gorgeous lace panel that crosses over the shoulders onto the back...the grosgrain ribbon waist...the delicate pleats and draping down the front...the generous pockets...love it all. Plus it's fully lined with a back zipper closure.
VERSATILITY: Not sure what type of occasions I can wear this to. I can see it being nice for a wedding, or on casual occasions with the long cardigan. What do you guys think?
VALUE: One part that is holding me back is the $59.95 price tag. A little much for H&M, but I've paid $40 before for my "Trend" skirts which have held up nicely. I am just biased because H&M stuff is usually so cheap, but if you think about it, dresses from BR and Ann Taylor retail for at least twice as much, plus they don't usually look nor fit too well on tiny petites.
PS - Hautelook (click here if you need an invite) is selling a number of beauty brands this week. Stila is up today, and the smokey eye palette I got last time is there even less this time around for $18 (retail $40). I love this palette and have been wearing it almost every day. It's small and perfect for travel. Here are some crappy swatch photos from my phone:
this video, but ever since Stila arrived I have been neglecting it. And on Wednesday, they are having NYX cosmetics which is loved by beauty gurus all around. I don't have anything from there so I'm excited to see the offerings.
Readers - I'd love your thoughts on the dress!