I love receiving my usual seasonal catalogues from Hush, Baukjen, Me&Em, Mint Velvet, The White Company and Atterley Road (you can tell my age can't you). But, I also love receiving the H&M one too. It might be addressed to the daughter, I don't remember, but whatever, I always take it out of it's cellophane wrapper, ponder, mark the pages and then pass it on. I loathe the actual shop and avoid it like the plague but online shopping is a different matter altogether. There's always parcels going backwards and forwards. We have that kind of relationship me and H&M.
So here are my top 6 basic wardrobe staples from the current range. Things that will work day and night. I won't buy anything unless it works with several outfits, says she who has a 'difficult' jacket in her wardrobe and only one top that actually goes with it.
The Slouchy Knit
I have this in a beige in the slightly longer version which is no longer available. I have to confess that when I first opened the parcel, I thought they'd sent me a 'dud' one with two fronts stitched together. You see there's a little v at the back too which is kind of cute but a little drafty. It's thin enough to wear under jackets, slouchy enough to pop a shirt on and can be worn dressy with a pair of heels and black trousers. Also comes in light beige, navy and black and white stripe. The Boxy Knit Knitted Jumper £14.99
I can't tell you how much I love this colour, claret, burgundy, ox-blood whatever, it's a stunning shade for this season. The boxy shape is great for breaking up a long body if layered with a longer v-top or white shirt. I haven't seen this in the flesh but it's pretty much a standard H&M sweater in an on-trend colour. So, again dress down with jeans or up with a smart white shirt, black or charcoal cigarette pants and a pair of pointed stilettos. Keep you warm in the pub on a Friday night!
The Wear It Any Time Jacket
If you're exploring the world of jackets, you can't go wrong with H&M. Some may scoff but every jacket I've bought from there has been well made and stood the test of time.
This jacket would work really well on mousey or blonde haired girls particularly if you want to achieve the tone-on-tone look. I'm thinking greys or darker beiges or even nude pinks. For ladies with a stronger look (dark or grey hair) you'll probably need to add a deeper colour...berry, black, navy for a bit of oomph. And red-heads might want to add orange, coral, forest green or brown. I'd wear this jacket with jeans and boots, black trousers, thin knits, denim shirt. The possibilities are endless.
A Lace Top
It's not only a summer piece. Just because it's winter, I won't stop wearing mine. I'll layer it under a jacket and wear a scarf. A good all year round piece that looks sensational with distressed denim.
A Versatile Dress-Thingy! Short Dress £24.99
I'm guessing the model on the website is a giraffe so on us mere mortals it will be slightly longer. Wear with tights and stilettos, pleather leggings or even jeans. And of course, bare legs and flat sandals in the summer. I'd probably wear this more on an evening as the black lends itself to dressy but it also comes in teal (currently £12). I actually want to cry as it also came in blush, cream and grey all reduced to £8. Obviously all sold out. Don't click on them, you'll cry too! Sucking Everything In High Waist Leggings Leggings £9.99
I know, they look vile don't they so we will have to use a little imagination. Of course any 'lay-dee' will ensure both front and back bottoms are covered. In fact, I like an extra few inches on top of that too...just for insurance purposes. I didn't wear leggings at all last year but will be embarking on this territory again. You may as well get high waisted, no one will know that they cover your naval and of course you get a great silhouette under clothes, smoothing out lumps and bumps like you'd never know. Would look great with the dress above as well as slouchy (long) thin knits, a blazer, ankle boots and bobs your uncle. Well not quite on Bob - it's a figure of speech. So there's my top 6 basic picks from H&M. No patterns, very little colour but bloody good wardrobe staples.
And to prove that I actually do love H&M, here I am earlier today wearing a marl-pink sweatshirt and navy blazer (sadly no longer available).
Are you a H&M fan?