H&M

The thread about Forever 21 made me think about H&M. Personally I think H&M is a bit overpriced for the level of quality. I bought a kimono type top for either $30-35 awhile ago, and thinking back that was way too much.
I like the styles that H&M has, but I can never find stuff that fits. I did buy buy a sweater from there to wear for Christmas, but that's the only thing I've ever been able to buy that fit correctly. I think it was somewhere around 15 dollars - pretty good price for it, if you ask me.
It seems like their sizes might run bigger in women's clothing, though.
At least, that's what I've observed.

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i like the way their pants fit (at least the ones i've bought in europe).

the quality is so/so for the prices. some things are better quality than others. i have a jacket from there that i rather like, and that is well made, but in general, it's pretty so/so.

i like zara a little better, though the quality is all over the map, too. if you look carefully and closely, you can find one or two acceptable things.

in spain they have massimo dutti, which is kinda like banana republic (and zara would be the equivalent of the gap, to me).

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I think H&M is better quality that Forever XXI. Both of them are places where you really have to look and try on individual pieces because the quality varies. H&M does size big, so I usually have to go down a size there. They have some nice stuff.

I find Zara way better quality (and more expensive!) than the Gap. Plus the style is different. Gap is more about basics - T-shirts, sweaters, jeans etc. and Zara has more formal type dresses, work wear etc. Plus most Gaps have the same stuff which is also on line, and each Zara is different in what they carry, which makes it kind of fun to shop there. Zara is one of my favourite stores, and I find lots of unique stuff there. Gap is just a regular, blah store to me.
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I love H&M and Zara. Neither may be the highest quality, but I have not had problems with any of the clothes I've bought there. I have the cutest little sundress from Zara...now I wish it were summer so I could wear it!

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I get my work pants at H&M. They fit really well in the waist and I've never had to get them hemmed. Very surprising. I think I paid around $30.00 for them and they've held up better than any pants I've had.

However, I've found that H&M's shirts/sweaters always run 3 sizes too small and are an absolute nightmare.
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amneris, i meant with regard to quality -

massimo dutti = banana republic.
zara = gap

in my experience. zara def has styles that are waaaaaaaaay more cute than anything at the gap, any day.

h & m would be the european equivalent to the gap, style wise (and i guess in quality, too).

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Is it me or has the quality gone down and the prices up at H&M.

I also have to buy clothes in a larger size. I am a 2 (sometimes 4) at Express, Limited, Gap, New York and Co, but a 6 at H&M.
I agree, the sizing and fit are a little odd. I haven't shopped there in awhile though.


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I find I have to go up in size with H&M clothing.

The quality is better than Forever 21, but not by much. I would equate them with Old Navy, rather than Gap.

I like their pants mainly. I bought a shirt there after Christmas; I'm wearing it for the first time today and already one of the hook and eye closures has broken. Bleh.
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Ya know, I have noticed that prices at H&M have risen big time. I remember when H&M first opened in NYC, and I never saw anything go for more than $20. Now I see simple, sometimes ugly sweaters and jackets go for $40-$100.

I haven't purchased much clothing there (a corduroy skirt, a denim jacket, a shirt or two), but I love their accessories. Their hairbands, earrings, rings, hats/caps, etc, always cute and cheap. I got an H&M card for Christmas and I have to see what they got that I'll like.
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i like the way their pants fit (at least the ones i've bought in europe).

the quality is so/so for the prices. some things are better quality than others. i have a jacket from there that i rather like, and that is well made, but in general, it's pretty so/so.

i like zara a little better, though the quality is all over the map, too. if you look carefully and closely, you can find one or two acceptable things.

in spain they have massimo dutti, which is kinda like banana republic (and zara would be the equivalent of the gap, to me).

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Originally Posted by mayim
Oohhh! They have Massimo Duttti in Sweden too and I love that place. It was always way too spendy for me though. It isn't like Banana Republic to me so much though. Different style, but kinda fancier type of clothes as Banana Republic so I see what you mean.

I never got all that much stuff from H&M in Sweden (it is a Swedish company from starters). Their quality wasn't all that great. Seems they kept up with trends and stuff well though. I wonder if H&M here has the same stuff as in Sweden... Or if they changed it some to fit another market.
Oohhh! They have Massimo Duttti in Sweden too and I love that place. It was always way too spendy for me though. It isn't like Banana Republic to me so much though. Different style, but kinda fancier type of clothes as Banana Republic so I see what you mean.
Originally Posted by Kurlee
that's what i meant in comparing them - the same as comparing zara to gap. not in terms of style (because i find the spanish aesthetic to be much more stylish and less utilitarian than anything one would find at the gap or br) but in terms of quality/price.

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Oohhh! They have Massimo Duttti in Sweden too and I love that place. It was always way too spendy for me though. It isn't like Banana Republic to me so much though. Different style, but kinda fancier type of clothes as Banana Republic so I see what you mean.
Originally Posted by Kurlee
that's what i meant in comparing them - the same as comparing zara to gap. not in terms of style (because i find the spanish aesthetic to be much more stylish and less utilitarian than anything one would find at the gap or br) but in terms of quality/price.

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Originally Posted by mayim
Agreed.
I just bought a knee-length jean skirt there that has a little flare right at the knee.

It's hot!
I like H&M because they don't just have the run of the mill stuff.

Their prices have definitely gone up as their popularity has grown.

Btw, GAP and many other retailers have faux sizing... That is to say that their size 6 is really a size 8 (or more extreme). There was a news stroy about this some time ago. The faux sizing is done to quell the women who would not be able to bring themselves to buy, heaven forbid, a size 8, when thye just know that they are a firm size 6! This seems to have coincided with the debut of size 00.

I like H&M because they don't just have the run of the mill stuff.

Their prices have definitely gone up as their popularity has grown.

Btw, GAP and many other retailers have faux sizing... That is to say that their size 6 is really a size 8 (or more extreme). There was a news stroy about this some time ago. The faux sizing is done to quell the women who would not be able to bring themselves to buy, heaven forbid, a size 8, when thye just know that they are a firm size 6! This seems to have coincided with the debut of size 00.
Originally Posted by CocoaCoily
Gap is at least 2 sizes off. I normally wear a 6 and I have bought Gap 2's that were loose on me. It's ridiculous - I know I am not a 2 and don't want to be. With H&M it is less extreme - usually I will be a 4 instead of a 6.
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I like H&M although I haven't shopped there in awhile. The quality does vary from item to item. I got a pair of pants and a winter jacket from H&M that both help up pretty well.

When you buy pants at Gap you definitely have to pay attention to the fit because different fits can make pretty significant differences in size/ For instance if a Curvy 2 is loose an Original or Straight 2 might fit. You have to experiment. I've noticed that Express sizes have gotten huge! I bought a 2 there and it was pretty loose. I've never had to buy a 0 in my life but I probably should have that day.
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I like H&M because they don't just have the run of the mill stuff.

Their prices have definitely gone up as their popularity has grown.

Btw, GAP and many other retailers have faux sizing... That is to say that their size 6 is really a size 8 (or more extreme). There was a news stroy about this some time ago. The faux sizing is done to quell the women who would not be able to bring themselves to buy, heaven forbid, a size 8, when thye just know that they are a firm size 6! This seems to have coincided with the debut of size 00.
Originally Posted by CocoaCoily
VANITY SIZING - I hate it!!!!! I can't find pants (all too big). I can't find bras (all too small) IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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