H&M Spring Review: Double-Placket Shell & Floral Skirt

Holiday sales flooding my inbox this morning:
Ann Taylor: 40% off your entire purchase with code ENTIRE40
LOFT: 40% off full-price styles and 50% off sale items with code SHOP40
Gap: 60% off lots of sweaters including the lambswool cable crewneck which is now $23.99 (review coming soon – the knit is smooth, heavy, and not itchy). *UPDATE 12/18 – use code GAPCHEER for another 30% off, making this sweater $16.79*
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^Update: Here’s Petite XS on me in Lagoon Teal, worn with Payless Pumps (use code 59863 for 40% off).

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Blouse: H&M; sz 2, item #030395, $17.95   Skirt w/ belt: H&M; sz 2, item #057592, $24.95

Accessories: YSL Arty ring, MK watch, Revlon Vixen polish, J.Crew earrings (old)

H&M; is currently having their winter clearance with many items marked down to $5 – $15. Jaded by the older merchandise, I was on my way out when a teeny tiny rack of floral and brights caught my eye. I ended up getting two double-placket shells and an emerald green dress. I see the tops going fast, so in the interest of time I’ll review the shells first and the dress in a later post.
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I was immediately drawn to this blouse in kelly green. It looks and feels exactly like something that will pop up at Ann Taylor next Spring for 4x the price. After grabbing the green, I ran around the store asking if it came in a softer color like ivory. Sure enough – a SA showed me the ivory hanging on a completely random rack, on a different floor.
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The fit of this blouse is generous but not overwhelming. A sz 2 measures 15.5″ wide (straight cut) and about 24″ long. Smaller ladies may need a simple slimming on both sides, or you can wear it casually draping. The blouse material is 100% polyester – it’s heavier and not flimsy, yet still drapes nicely. I love the elegant details including the little collar, the double-placket front, and the mother-of-pearl buttons. I find it to be noticeably better quality than some of H&M;’s other poly items, and a great buy at $17.95.
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I also tried on this twill-cotton skirt in taupe with floral print. At $24.95 including a chic faux-croc belt, it’s a pretty good deal. I love how you can get a full work outfit at H&M; for under $45. Unfortunately, I did not love the material or the fit on me. I’m wary of twill or cotton bottoms because of potential wrinkling and creasing across the thighs. Also, the fit was a bit straight-cut from the waist down to the hips. The butt area fit snug on me in sz 2,  yet there was a sizeable waist gap. If you are more straight-cut, then this skirt may be for you (or you can use the belt to conceal the waist gap). This skirt also came in solid khaki, navy, and black:
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Here’s the full length of the blouse and how it looks with jeans:
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I don’t like to purchase duplicates but with this nicely-made, value-priced blouse I couldn’t resist. I love both colors but will be carefully evaluating if I should return one. The ivory is crisp and elegant and will get tons of wear, but the green is striking and I don’t have anything else in that color.
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Readers – Did anyone else get this blouse? Which color do you like better?

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    possible send to Brazil?you send me?
    mey e-mail : priscila_ss_pri@hotmail.com

    Posted 5.17.12 Reply
  2. BAM wrote:

    Great minds think alike…I got both of these back in December too 🙂

    Posted 1.25.12 Reply
  3. Wow you don't wear a cami or tank under sheer blouses? I have a whole drawer of "underpinnings" since I love the look of sheer blouses but also just for modesty when a lot of tops can be slightly low cut. I could never get away with just wearing a nude bra – likely since my bras don't actually FIT me well so I may inadvertently give a show if I had nothing on top of my bra LOL!

    Posted 12.21.11 Reply
  4. Kristin wrote:

    I bought the floral skirt too and after trying it on at home, I realized it was a horrible fit! So disappointing!

    Actually, I've been meaning to ask you. You know those H&M; mustard high waters you have, do those fit you well? Every time I wear them, the waist stretches out SO much!

    http://longenecker-storyshort.blogspot.com/

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    thanks to you i now own both of these blouses! =D got the last size 2 at h&m; yesterday!!

    Posted 12.20.11 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, was the lambswool cable crew worthy keeping?

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  7. Lise wrote:

    Oh dear…I went to h&m; today to hunt down the kelly green top after reading your blog. and also ended up with both the cream and the green.. lol

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  8. Jen wrote:

    Love the double placket blouses! They're so chic and both look fantastic on you. White is classic but the green would look great color blocked too. Thanks for these great finds, I am off to h&m; soon.. 🙂

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  9. Mello wrote:

    Who says to have to 'match'? Get that green top, and pair with navy, yellow, or purple!

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Could you do a post on where you buy your tights?

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi! I was wondering if you use an iPhone case?

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  12. Annie wrote:

    Keep both! I visited my local H&M; today but unfortunately I couldn't find the blouse. I'll have to look again because they look gorgeous on you!

    Posted 12.19.11 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    dont know why I am so strict about materials. I don't like poly while in love with cotton and silk…

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  14. @jo Whoops! That skirt is from a Korean retailer called Yesstyle. It's from at least a year ago. If you have an H&M; near you, they had those cute wool mini skirts with pockets in camel, gray, and orange.

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  15. I looove the sweater..and the blouse….. I'm not sure I can pull off the floral skirt like you tho! 😡

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  16. jo wrote:

    Jean,
    THe skirt I mentioned was the beige one you paired with navy sweater. That was the FIRST and SECOND photo of this post.

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  17. @e.p. I do have it semi tucked in the first photo, so I included the second one to show where it truly hits on me. It's not short at all on someone my height (5 feet) but could be for taller women. I did find it to be boxy just like other sweaters I've been trying on. The measurement across the waist is only slightly more narrow than across the chest. It's a great casual sweater, but I didn't find a color that I loved. They need more j.Crew colors or something classic…like cream or camel.

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  18. @Michelle Thank you, Michelle for reading! Btw, did you try the item finder if your size wasn't online? I used it and found many pairs in nearby stores.

    @elleandish I looked closely and yes, it is a raw hem. But a very sharp raw hem and I guess I don't expect better for $18. I think i will treat it with some fray-away or something just in case, but it might stain the color darker.

    @Winnie I got two cable crewneck sweaters a few weeks back for $30 each, but returned them because I didn't love the colors. They were only $23 in stores and now I see they are $16 something online!

    @Michelle Amusing, isn't it? I'm going to stop referring to them as the lambswool sweaters now : )

    @Anonymous Hmm, I just tested it and it worked. Maybe try again and make sure the items in your cart qualify?

    @jo The skirt is also part of H&M;'s new arrivals and I posted the style # and price after the first photo : )

    @Anonymous The olive jeans are Seven for all Mankind "Gwenevere" jeans in sz 24. A reader recommended the cut. I previously found some on eBay and these are from a sample sale site (ideeli, I think). They are very comfortable legging jeans and have real pockets, which I love.

    @SS If you don't already have a nude or flesh-colored bra, it's a must have. I wear mine all the time and don't have to worry about sheer fabrics.

    @firefly Sorry about that…I noticed that yesterday but checked today and it seems fixed. Are you using the latest version of browsers? I noticed that was a problem for me…my firefox was very outdated.

    @kam wam They're Louboutin Decolettes…a cherished gift. Ann Taylor patent perfect pumps are very similar and I wear them more often.

    @Y It's a great deal! I hope anyone who ordered yesterday can get a price adjustment.

    @lifeasthree As long as you're comfortable with the length and can wear it with confidence, I say go for it. You can also use opaque tights and same-colored heels to make shorter hemlines appear less risque : )

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  19. e.p. wrote:

    The green one looks great, but then again, I just have a thing for bright colors, so I'm probably biased.

    As for the Gap sweater, what do you think of fit? Some of the online reviews talked about how it was short, how it was too boxy, etc. Also, how did you get the sweater tucked in like that in the first picture? Whenever I try to do something like that the tuck just comes undone…Thanks!

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply
  20. JJ wrote:

    I love that blouse – what a pretty collar! I haven't seen that (or that dress, which I am seriously adoring) yet, but I did see the skirt, and I totally agree about the wrinkling/waist gap. It's a pity, because the print is really cute.

    And as for blouse color: if you're going to choose only one, I vote for the kelly green. It's so beautifully bold!

    Posted 12.18.11 Reply

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