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H&M makes me feel hip.

  • Dec 10, 2009
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Remember the old days when your parents would take you to your local Sears or JC Penny's and would buy all the shirts that were under $15 and regardless if you liked them or not, those were the very clothes that you were to make last all year? Well those days have been long gone since I grew up, and it has definitely had its ups and downs. The moment I started choosing and buying my own shirts and jeans, I realized just how expensive it was to have what all the cool kids had. I remember my first 'on-my-own' clothing purchase: a Lacoste polo. $85 are you serious?! That would have been an entire year's worth of clothes in middle school!

I quickly realized that sporting my favorite styles wasn't going to happen overnight. But, that was until I heard about H&M. Now, let me say that my first H&M purchase experiences weren't impressive. The clothes I bought shrank ridiculous amounts and since clothes from H&M run smaller, I ended up not wearing up the first five shirts I bought from them.  But once you get familiar with how their sizings go, you'll be set. That $85 you would spend on Lacoste polos will turn into a number of outfits at H&M.  

Tips when shopping at H&M:

  • Check your size. Like I said before, H&M tends to run small (at least for me). I'm usually a large, but when getting shirts and stuff from there - I go straight to XXL. I used to give myself a guilt trip, but I've gotten over the size gap. Also consider the shrinkage that happens on many of their shirts.
  • ASK for what's on sale. On the day after Thanksgiving, I picked out some nice looking shirts from a generous sales rack. When I was checking out, the sales person let me know of all the items that were marked down and were on sale that morning. Surprsingly, there were no signs on any of the racks he was pointing too! They all looked like they were regular price, and I would have never known. Because I asked, I was able to find more deals before walking away.
  • Quality vs. Durability. You should know that H&M products aren't going to last you all  year. In fact, many times after as little as 4 or 5 months, shirts start fading and loose threads start unraveling.  With that said, you won't spend a fortune finding a nice shirt for an occassion in which you decide nothing in your current wardrobe will do. Find a balance between what you spend and what you expect.
  • Check out the accessories. One thing I find that is particularly fun to buy from H&M are their accessories. While jeans, shirts and jackets are things I always like to look at, I often find their sunglasses, bags, hats, scarves and belts are extremely cheap at H&M. Again, quality aside, they're a fun buy. If anything, they make fashionable gifts that can save you some money.

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February 10, 2010
H&M is where I get all my imitation runway pieces from at budget friendly prices :)
December 11, 2009
Great review! i've been shopping at H&M for going on 6 years now (holla east coast) and I've found that some clothing items will last barely a season while some will last for years! I have an H&M sweater that I've literally been wearing since 2005. It's gotten a tiny bit smaller and a button broke, but it still looks pretty darn good. Awesome.
December 11, 2009
Ah, the Angelo shopping tips!  Yes, your money does go a long way at H&M, but you do get what you pay for.  My dad shops there, too, and believe it or not, he actually dry cleans his favorite H&M clothes to prevent the fading and wearing that a washing machine and dryer would do.  So if you really dig something from H&M, dry clean!  Other than that, it really is a great place to find hip clothing for low prices :)
December 11, 2009
dry cleaning a $5 polo?! i will definitely give it a go!
December 11, 2009
My dad really likes the shirts he got there and he knows that H&M will probably never carry it again if wanted to replace it, so yeah, he though it was worth it! :P
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review by . February 20, 2010
H&M is a college fashionista’s savior. The store has low prices and great quality clothing. Many stores with low price points often sacrifice quality during production to keep the prices low, but H&M keeps the quality well intact. H&M is a one stop kind of shop as well. They offer everything from on-trend pieces to internship interview worthy ensembles. It is nice to know that you can purchase a lower priced trendy item and not have to worry that you may only wear it this season …
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Usually a really hit-or-miss store but I still like it!
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
My friends shop here all the time, but I can never find good stuff.
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Angelo Ignacio ()
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I'm a Filipino-American living life as a post undergrad making a start here in beautiful Los Angeles. I love the weather and diversity here and enjoy everything this city has to offer. I'm excited to … more
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H&M (Hennes & Mauritz AB) was established in Västerås, Sweden in 1947 by Erling Persson. H&M now sell clothes and cosmetics in around 1,700 stores around the world. H&M operates in 33 countries and has 68,000 employees all working to the same philosophy: to bring you fashion and quality at the best price.
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