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I'm blogging less these days, but still tweeting as I go. Please follow me on Twitter for more timely coupon/deal updates and fitting room photos. Last week, I stopped by H&M and tried on the following (my only purchase was #5):
1. Tweed blazer, item #055671, $40 after coupon (see a size 6 on my friend styled with the silk Blythe blouse). Comes in peach or blue tweed with black trim, and runs about 1 size big compared to most H&M blazers. I'm trying a sz 2 - on me, the shoulders are a bit wide, torso is roomy and the sleeves are long and wide. Would look nice as a work jacket on someone who can fill it out more. The black trim makes these easy to pair with simple black pencil skirts or sheath dresses.
2. Trench coat w/ navy piping, item #032933, $48 after coupon, sz 2 . I'm not in need of another trench, but I wanted to show this for anyone who was. I was drawn to the dark khaki trench material, the expensive-looking tortoiseshell buttons, and the navy piping (love that they didn't skimp on this - it's all around the collar, on the front flap, front pockets, ends of sleeves, and down the back). Sleeves are long for someone my size. They can be shortened, but you'd probably lose the lovely piping.
an old J.Crew top that many readers have asked about. I didn't try this on because the color combo does nothing for me, but it might come in other colors!
4. Knit houndstooth pencil skirt, sz XS, $14.36 with coupon. No tag so I couldn't get an item #. XS fits me well but is not snug in the waist like a size 2 would be. To determine whether a skirt is too snug for the office, I like to look at the side view. If it has a tapered \ / pencil shape from the butt/hips down to the knees, then it's fine. If it's starting to curve in under the tush like an "S" shape or curves in the front by the tummy/thighs (like so), then it's too fitted for work.
I liked the shapely look and fit of this skirt (just needs a hem), but passed as I already have a black and white print knit pencil skirt from Ann Taylor. Also as an FYI, it's unlined with a back zipper.
Features include: Seamless dolman/kimono-style sleeves, single wide pleat down the front, side bottom panels, tapered below-the-knee pencil skirt, back zipper, and lower slit (the type that's actually possible to make longer when you hem the length). Material is a thick stretch ponte. This retro-inspired silhouette would be so effortlessly chic on someone taller. On my 5' tall self, however, a hem is needed plus high heels to balance out the wider top half.
Update: Here's how the sleeves look when the arms are down (& hem pinned up):
Between this mint dress and the emerald one hanging in my closet, I'm trying to pick one keeper. Both are below-the-knee pencil sheath dresses in a spring shade of green, and cost the same (after an additional discount for makeup on the mint). Here are my thoughts:
+ I don't own anything in that color, can be worn to work, stretch ponte is more comfortable
- Top half is trendier than what I typically wear & can overwhelm a small frame if not balanced out
+ More classic silhouette
- Can't be worn to work (due to neckline), pulls across the back on me, thin material so some lining shows
Nick prefers the mint because it reminds him of what ShoeMart (Filipino department store) salesladies wear. What can I say - I was inspired by our recent trip : )
Readers - Mint or emerald?