Shocking, I realize.
So, to close the loop on the 20 minutes I spent at H&M - which have since netted me paragraph upon paragraph of blog fodder - I did find one other thing I really debated and hesitated over, before deciding finally to leave it behind. Of course, I haven't stopped thinking about it since and it's probably long gone, which is just as well cuz a girl can't buy every little thing she tries on that looks cute.
Maybe I should tell you what it is, since you may not have ESP when it comes to random items at big box boutiques. Also shocking.
The item in question is a bubble-shaped, jersey sack dress ($39.90)- what an attractive preliminary description - sleeveless with an ecru tank at the top which converts, just above the bust, into a tulip shaped, knee-length affair. Oh, the tulip part (essentially the whole dress) is hot pink. With flat, pleated ruffles (there must be a technical term for these) postitioned off-centre along the left side of the front of the dress.
I know, it sounds hideous. And it was so avant garde I couldn't decide if, in fact, it was hideous (on closer consideration, I think not). It was compelling on one level - perfect for a hot summer day, appropriate for work, fine if I were 6 months pregnant - yet also begging the question "will I live to see this coming and going - ahem - more relevantly on twentysomethings all season long?". I tried to find a photo of it online, but could not. That made me wonder if it's really not all that trendy. Do they do a limited line of things at H&M so, for example, in Canada there may only be 50 of those floating around? Don't laugh.
Strangely, given its pricepoint, it felt nice. The drape was really good. The length was perfect for my legs. It managed, in its sackiness, to make all my limbs look long and slender.
Does anyone out there have this dress or know about it? If yes, I'd love to hear more...