My mom & i made an impromptu visit to a mall that is about a 20 minute drive from my house, we justified going there by saying i 'need more practice driving'. ;) I know, i know, i know i've been saying i'm going to try to save my money & not shop as much, but i think once school starts i'll have less time to go shopping (as i won't have as much free time!) and therefore my spending habits will calm down a bit. Well, here's to hoping at least.... haha :l
H&M is quickly becoming my favorite store, i talked about this in my last H&M 'haul' post, but it's very much ~my style~ and their autumn/winter stock they have in at the mo is so nice! After making two returns, i had a very long look around the store (i literally look through every single rack of clothes, sometimes going over the same ones multiple times.. i probably look like a mad woman), tried on a lot of things, and tried to narrow my choices down! Aaaaand here is what i ended up getting.
Collared top - $17.95, striped pocket tank top - $12.95
Once i spotted the top on the left, i knew it had to be mine! I didn't really have a top like this in my wardrobe, and i kind of gasped when i saw it. It's so simple, but i love the black collar & how the black continues down the front. It's slightly longer & drapey. Will look awesome with jeans. Don't really like baring my arms, but i might layer this. Not sure how i the whole collar + sweater/cardi suits me though!
The striped tank top is another basic, and i know i'm going to wear the crap out of it! It's actually perfect. End of really. :)
Denim shirt - $24.95, red cardi w/ black elbow patches - $24.95
I actually tried this denim shirt on during my last H&M visit, but decided against it because it is so massive. I'd been thinking about it since then & when i saw it there again, i just had to pick it up. It was all on it's lonesome so i couldn't find a smaller size, but i'm in love with it. The wash is amazing & feels really nice, i know it will hold up for a while. Love it with the sleeves rolled up & maybe that striped tank underneath with some black jeans? :)
And omg, THIS cardigan. I am, for some reason, completely entranced by elbow patches & have always wanted a sweater/cardigan with the lovely, 'grandpa' detail. I stumbled upon this cardigan and immediately decided i had to get it. I literally want it in every color & pattern (they had black & a few other colors, as well as black & white stripes), but i think i'll have to save that for another time. It was a tough moment letting the other ones go... Haha.
Blazer - 34.95 (my mom actually treated me to this, bless her :'), dress - $9.95
I ended up stocking up on a lot of basics (and all in black, coincidentally!). H&M has a great basics range - tank tops, dresses, etc. in various different colors at very reasonable prices. Two more-'wardrobe staples' i got were the blazer jacket (which i just saw Lily has as well - i'm not copying her with the sweater & the jacket, i swear haha :) & the dress - both can be used to layer and can be used in many different ways - hence, basics!
The blazer is actually perfect, it's not made of the typical, heavy 'suit' material, it's actually a lot more lightweight & a thinner, so i think i will get a lot of use out of it. It's casual, but still very smart. :) I actually had to get a small in the dress as my typical medium was quite large on me, i think it's just H&M sizing tbh! Can be very hit & miss.
Looser, longer black racerback tank - $12.95, basic lace cami - $7.95
Two tank tops! The one on the left is a loose, drapey one that i love layering with, and the length is a bit longer so i think shorter girls could get away wearing it with leggings. It's a really nice material as well, i know i'll get a ton of use out of it. The tank top on the left is to replace one that i've had for a while & has gotten a bit worn out (pun intended). I wear these kinds of camis under everything, i think i have about three or four in my wardrobe now!
Treggings/black jeggings - $12.95
These jegging thingys i'm a little torn on. They are slightly too short & the waist is quite big, but i'm in need on black jeggings & these were only $12.95. I'll have to try them on again & make up my mind, but for now i think they're quite cool. I love the seaming detail that runnings across the thigh (i tried to photograph it but kinda failed) - it runs down the top of the thigh then curves inward & reaches the knee-area. I already have black skinny jeans, but they are so uncomfortable & they're super low rise, i'm hoping to replace those with these!
Red suede ballerina flats - $12.50
White & pink crochet flats - $5.50 each
I ended up stopping by Wet Seal briefly to look at the shoes they had as i actually quite like what they have for shoes most of the time & they're all super inexpensive (apologies for the very wordy sentence). I've been on & off the search for some awesome red flats for a while, and i think these are perfect. The price can't be beat either! I bought a back up pair of my white crochet flats as i absolutely live in them, and they were on a "buy one pair, get another for a penny" deal, so i got the pink as well! So i ended up getting three pairs of shoes for less than $25. That's insanity, in an awesome way of course. ;)