Monday, December 27, 2010

A Love and Hate Relationship with H&M

Today I braved the post-Christmas rush at our local mall, and let me say that I'm glad I quit retail a long time ago! I stopped by Express, Forever 21, H&M, Macy's, Nordstrom's, and Sephora. After trying on countless garments as well as a perfume and body cream testers, I was only able to narrow them all down to one purchase - a black H&M belt with a buckle. Since I'm very petite with curvy hips and a small waist, finding a fitted belt has been tough. Below is my purchase:

Approximate measurements:
  • Total length: 32.5 inches
  • Smallest hole setting: 22.75 inches
  • Largest hole setting: 30.5"
  • Each hole distance: 1 inch
As you can see, this belt is very petite friendly, especially for those of us with smaller waists.

I also tried on the smallest knee-length skirt I could find. I know that Jean from Extra Petite discusses how fitted H&M size 2 skirts are. Unfortunately, I didn't have any luck, and most of the smaller sizes were raided. Here's the fit on me. And yes, those are salonpas (plasters?) on my legs.

Verdict: I prefer fitted skirts that sit at my belly button or higher, and hit right above the knee. I like that the there's a zipper in the back, but I would need to hem the length as well. The slight ruffly fabric is quite nice though. It's not itchy, and has a bit of stretch to it. Even when this skirt sits at my lower waist (hip bone), there's too much waist gap, to the point where I can fit at least one fist at the elastic waist. I would need to take in the hips as well, since it's a little too loose for my liking. This is great for petites who are a bit larger than me in the waist, hips, and butt.


  1. I am your first follower. Yay! I love H&M. Size 2 at H&M fits me perfectly most of the time.

  2. Hi, Christina. Just found your blog from meet up picture in Kelly's blog (Alterations needed. You are prob. the same size as Jean, so tiny. :) I have the same belt in green. I like the fit. Anyways, just want to say hi.
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