Impressions of H&M?

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  1. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    I did a search through old posts but didn't get any hits on "H&M" so I thought I would ask. Does anyone here shop at H&M and have any impressions? From their website they have nice stuff and it is on the cheaper side. But how is the quality? I have one or two female friends that swear by the place, but well, they're buying women's clothing. I'm thinking of a suit.

    cheers all,
    bob
     
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    I visited an H&M this past Sunday.  My impression is that the clothes they sell are trendy, but cheap and disposable, which makes it the perfect source for womens' clothing.  I would advise against going there to buy a staple you plan to wear for many years, such as a suit.
     
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    I wouldn't buy a suit there, it's an inexpensive place to get fairly decent staples like slim fitting shirts and sweaters for a low price though, when I was in Europe, I bought a couple thin slim fitting sweaters that I still wear quite often.
     
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    Aaron Senior member

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    I've been there a few times, the men's lines leave a lot to be desired. The women's clothing, as Ambulance Chaser noted, is trendy, usually fits very well, and very disposable. The men's line are actually kind of boring (mind you last time I was there was around Christmas). Lot's of striped shirts, flat front pants, and suits in fairly boring and conservative cuts and patterns. They work well for disposable staples like slim-fitting t-shirts, socks, and solid colour sweaters. I've bought a bright red grosgrain belt (which I later found out was a women's belt, but it looks sweet so...) and a pair of socks, grand total $12.

    The quality of H&M is terrible (I guess that's part of the appeal), the suits especially (sorry). They're fused and from what I saw not cut very well (the word "tent" entered my head several times), plus they're around 300-400 CAD, not much of a deal. I would avoid them and if you really need a suit badly go to a department store, at least they have semi-competent people to fit you. Hope this helps.

    A.
     
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    I think the quality is very poor for the most part. I do have one slim fit shirt from there. The collar and cuffs are just awful really, but the shirt works fine for weekend casual wear. No doubt the drawing card to the shirt is the cut, which is actually quite cool. The fabric isn't that bad either. I think the quality is slightly below Gap for most items. I think the shirts are on par with Gap quality wise. I sewed MOP buttons my shirt and like it enough that I don't regret the purchase. But I wouldn't buy any more from there. I do, though, think that the store is a pretty good place to hit up if you are in high school or college. Once you are out of that age range, I'd hesitate before filling my closet up with too much stuff from there.

    Funny thing about the suits -- I actually saw a suit in there that was half-canvassed. That's was shocking, because even Hugo Boss's aren't half canvassed. Alas, the fit was awful (nice and slim, sure . . . but the collar stood off my neck by two inches, and the sleeves weren't pitched at all.). If you want a trendy suit for recreational wear, not a bad idea. If you are looking for a business suit for interviews and such, go elsewhere.
     
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    Regarding their suits, they are good for partying and other R&R but they are not something to get married in, interview in or 'looking proper' in any way.

    I use them for disposable fashion items. The fit is spot on and if they look dated I can throw them away.

    Half-fused . I'll have to fondle their suits on my next visit.

    B
     
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    I broke every rule in the book and got a black linen suit from H&M for a mere $130 CDN. It's pretty poorly made, but the fit of the jacket is absolutely awesome -- maybe I have a freaky body, but it's often the first jacket I reach for. Their shirts are pretty terndy and dirt cheap. The one trouble is that, of the two shirts I got, I experienced some pretty extreme shrinkification after the first wash. Oh well, they're only about $30 each, and I needed to lose a few pounds anyway. One final thought; I picked up a few things from the collection that Karl Lagerfeld designed for them. One was a plain white dress shirt with an extremely high collar (like the Karl himself). It's lovely and I wish I had bought five. The other was a slim fitting DB wool car coat, which is one of my favourite items of clothing. So, overall, H&M gets a pretty good vote in my book. In Toronto, the store is situated near to its competitors (Gap, Club Monacc, Zara etc), who, judging by the number of price reductions, are all in a state of blind panic. Rightly so, in my book; cheap clothes should be cheap, if you catch my drift.
     
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    Bjorn, only two of the five suit styles that were in the store were half-canvas. It was weird, since that is a pretty substantial addition to the quality of the suit -- and all 5 styles were the same price. One of the half-canvas that I specifically thinking of -- a dark grey pinstripe. You could even see the pad stitching on the back of the lapels.
     
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    Wow, thanks everyone. I'm definitely beyond college age--a professor in fact, so it sounds like I may treat them like I do Old Navy--for nothing more than t-shirts and maybe a pair of shorts (ugh). Cheap and for a bit of fun and not concern. Oh well, the guy from Burberry was at Nordstrom today so I ended up with a new suit from them at a very reasonable price (so it seems).

    Though this does keep me looking for a cheap summer suit (linen or cotton). Maybe H&M is the place for something ultra cheap that I don't have to worry about. But I'm fat, so maybe not from all of the slim-fit talk.
     
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