H&M pleated dress (and free shipping code)

handm brushstroke dress5H&M; dress (wearing sz 2, use code 1991 for free shipping until August 10th)
Zara pumps (similar starts in sz 5+) + bow shoe clips from eBay, Theory trench (old, similar)

I was drawn into H&M; recently by this pretty combination of mustard, navy, and cream. These colors are great for end of summer, plus will be easy to pair with tights going into cooler weather.
handm brushstroke dress1The style of this dress is nothing new – I think I reviewed it a year ago in red, before it was brought back repeatedly in solid navy, bright yellow, and more. Combined with this new print, however, I thought it was a good buy for work (wore it twice already with a cream blazer or this navy cropped cardigan) plus is fun enough to wear outside the office. handm brushstroke dress

handm brushstroke dress4Fit: H&M; doesn’t make petite sizing so most of their designs are intended for someone taller than me (at 5 feet tall). This dress has the typical issue of the torso being a little long, armholes slightly low, and the waist falling an inch or two below my natural waist. Usually this is an easy alteration of shortening the shoulder straps, but the neckline is high here so that would end up chokingly tight. A tailor would need to re-cut the neckline lower when doing that alteration (which I plan on asking mine about), or one could just wear a belt high like shown here, to visually cheat and raise the waistline. I think this dress is doable as-is belted and with heels on someone my height, but the proportions would look ideal on someone a little taller. The width was a good fit throughout.
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Measurements of a sz 2 (shown): 15″ across the armpits, 12.25″ across waist, 35.5″ total length. If you’ve never shopped at H&M; before, please note the sizing is European and runs about 2 or 3 sizes smaller than American numerical sizing. Material is 93% polyester / 7% spandex with decent weight, and is unlined with a concealed back zipper. Back view:
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While at H&M;, I also saw two racks of this crinkle full skirt in a taupe-lilac as well as basic black. Online there is also a beautiful jewel-toned teal perfect for next season. I love the dramatic silhouette of a fitted waist and a very full-shaped skirt, which is great for parties and special occasions. I brought the taupe color home to try on and will snap photos soon.
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The length is midi-length and hits me squarely in the calves, which means hemming will be needed for shorter ladies. The waist however was a perfect fit at about 12″ across on a sz 2. The material is an embossed spotted texture with good weight, with a concealed back zipper and pockets.
dotted blouse
If you’re looking for anything else to get with the free shipping code 1991 (no minimum that I know of!), I’d recommend this tie-neck dotted blouse (reviewed here) or these cute bow hooks (several colors) that I picked up for my kitchen towels. Please note that the last time I checked, H&M; does not accept online returns in stores so they would have to be mailed back.

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  1. Thumbs up with the beautiful dress blended with the beautiful coat. It's perfect!!

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    Posted 11.19.14 Reply
  2. I really love your dress especially your coat. Find accessories that will add beauty to your outfit.

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    Posted 11.18.14 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I adore your mustard dress! I think I saw something similar in Anthropologie too! I hand make citrine jewelry to match http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com

    Posted 10.21.14 Reply
  4. Jenny Yun wrote:

    May I ask where you got that dark blue trench? It looks very nice on you.

    Posted 10.13.14 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi there! This dress came back in stock and I just ordered. If you had to pair it with tights, what color would you do? Or would tights not work with this? Thanks!

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply

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