H&M Reviews: Tweed Jacket, Trench + Mint Sheath Dress

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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.

3. Sheer blouse with pleated bib, item #037371, $24 with coupon. The front of this blouse reminds me of 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.

5. Mint sheath dress, sz 2, item #059894, $40 after coupon. I fell completely in love with the color and shapely bottom of this dress. It’s from H&M; “Trend,” which is slightly pricier than their regular line, but I feel like the quality is noticeably better.

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?

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  1. Ingunn wrote:

    Mint. I have it myself. I love it!!!

    Take a look here: http://atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com/2012/03/minty-fresh.html

    Posted 4.10.12 Reply
  2. Paula T wrote:

    Love these pics, after seeing the trends from NYFW I must get myself some boucle/tweed and dogstooth print! That jacket is cute in both colours and I love mint for spring!

    Posted 2.17.12 Reply
  3. the trench looks great!

    If anyone is seeking a quality tweed jacket, I've just posted about one that Lastcall.com is now having on sale and I just ordered: http://dressedinpieces.blogspot.com/

    Not sure if it's petite friendly though.

    Posted 2.16.12 Reply
  4. jennyjk wrote:

    the mint, tweed and trench is so a must have!!! the skirts too but definitely the tweed!


    Posted 2.16.12 Reply
  5. Joy wrote:

    I'm thinking about hunting down the mint dress and make it sleeveless.
    The dress on its own looks quite granny, but you make it look cute!

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  6. Mint!! ^_^

    Yishi x

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  7. January wrote:

    I am loving mint right now, but I really think the emerald dress looks the best on you! It looks gorgeous with your skin tone….and I am not really digging the sleeves on the mint dress, no matter how great the color.

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Emerald is great. Fits you better 🙂

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  9. Diana wrote:

    OK–now that I saw the mint with the arms down, I like it much better & think it's more flattering. That said, I still think the emerald is a much prettier and more vivid color, and that the neckline of the emerald is much more flattering. So…I think I still vote emerald. But by a much narrower margin!

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  10. Ruby Girl wrote:

    Great coat!! love, love it! xoxo <3 http://www.rubygirlblog.com

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  11. Here's a review of the Zara Kids jacket at thepetitebow.com http://t.co/byjYWOKz

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  12. Monkey wrote:

    You have a lovely figure, but the dolman cut just looks awkward and ill-fitting somehow. I vote you return both and wait for something perfect.

    Posted 2.15.12 Reply
  13. Cecilia wrote:

    Emerald for sure! The mint colour is gorgeous but the dolman sleeves don't work with the material.

    Posted 2.14.12 Reply
  14. Shoppingisfun wrote:

    I love the emerald dress…not really digging the mint one, although I do like the pleat on the front. Mostly I just don't like the color! My vote is emerald, hemmed, with cami or mock cami for work.

    Posted 2.14.12 Reply
  15. Alice wrote:

    Ooooo, I like the blazer and the skirt. Unfortunately since the blazer is a bit large on you and the skirt fits you just right in the waist, there's no way they would fit me. Bummer. But out of curiosity, when you find a skirt that fits in the waist, if you hold it up in front of you without putting it on, does it look like it will fit? I feel like I read about people with my waist measurement (23") finding waists that don't need to be taken in, but when I go into stores, the ones I try on are way too large, so I just start breezing through by holding skirts up to me and the waists all LOOK so big that I don't even try on. But if that sort of assessment is completely off I'll start sucking it up and put them all on!

    Also, if anyone is more petite than Jean, Zara Kids is also selling a tweed blazer for $35. I just ordered it yesterday, so we'll see how it fits in person!


    Posted 2.14.12 Reply
  16. Khanh wrote:

    I love that mint dress on you! Its such a beautiful color and shape. I've been calling around to all my H&M; and none of them carry the Trend line sadly. I wish they had online shopping available or I wish I knew someone who lived near a store that does to have them purchase it for me.

    Posted 2.14.12 Reply
  17. S~ wrote:

    I wanted to buy that blazer in blue! I saw it one day, then realized I wanted it and went back for it the next but it was gone!! I've been calling my local H&M; since to see if they've had any new shipments, but so far no luck! Hope I can find it again…!

    And as for the mint dress, the sleeves just look off–someone mentioned the dolman sleeve doesn't quite fit, and I agree. The rest of the dress is fitted but the sleeve is awkward, I find.

    Posted 2.14.12 Reply
  18. Annapurna wrote:

    You have a darling figure so everything looks so nice on you. To echo another reviewer, you make cheap clothes look expensive!

    But my vote this time is to return both. The emerald green color looks dynamite on you and although the dress fits well, it is not that versatile and the material doesn't look that great and you might not want to reach for it after a few wears. As for the mint, I cannot really tell from the pic (maybe it is the H&M; lighting) but the mint does not appear to flatter your skintone. Also, are the shoulders padded? It looks like it.

    Posted 2.14.12 Reply

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