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What to Buy at H&M

What to Buy at H&M

H&M has been my not-so-secret resource for trend-right pieces and wardrobe fillers for years. I can always depend on them to have a few things to create chic, modern outfits every season without breaking the bank.

And this time of year, when we transition from summer to fall, they have so many gorgeous things. 

In every What to Buy at post, I review each stores new arrivals; in this case, almost 700 items. 

That’s the challenge with H&M; the sheer volume is overwhelming.

But in the sea of bizarre items and some oddly styled looks,  you’re left with many chic, fun, and easy to incorporate pieces that anyone can wear. 

If you haven’t considered H&M before, take a look at our curated line-up of top picks. 

And PLEASE do not think that you are somehow too old to shop here. You can shop wherever you want.

What to Buy at H&M

What to Buy at H&M in August for Fall

A few things to remember before we get started.

1. Be sure to look at the image of just the item, not the outfit. Otherwise, it is almost impossible to break down their styled looks to see if something is wearable in your real life. 

Also, please read the reviews; they can help you decide on the correct size. 

2. Where I think they do an excellent job is knits, blouses, jackets, coats, novelty pieces, and accessories. 

3. Their quality and fit is impressive. I have several pieces in my closet from the past few seasons and am always impressed with how they wear. 

4. In terms of sizing, they run true, but if you are in between, go up one.

I don’t love how they handle plus and petite sizes.

They DO offer inclusive sizes, but it’s a little confusing. Most items are available in XS – XXL which is about an 18 – 20. Then some pieces go to 4X, but they are a different item number. 

There is a plus size category and petite options too.

Let’s go shopping.

Gather Sleeve Jacket

Gatehred Sleeve Jacket in Gray

Gathered Sleeve Jacket, $50 

H&M has offered a version of this jacket for a few years now, and every season it sells out. This updated style feels slightly oversized (but not extreme) has one button and gathered sleeves. Available in black, tan and grey. 

I like this with a pair of slim lined jeans or black cigarette pants and pointed flats. 

Great for the office or any business casual event. 

Sizes range from an XS – XL. 

Textured Weave Jacket

Textures Weave Jacket in Black

Textured Weave Jacket, $75 

One category H&M kills it is their novelty blazers. Anything with texture and buttons is a winner. And as someone who LOVES a good blazer but doesn’t have nearly enough occasions to spend on one, H&Ms price points are hard to beat. 

This option is one of the best I’ve seen. Available in black and cream, in sizes XS – XXL

Fine Knit Striped Collared Sweater

Striped Sweater in Navy and white

Striped Sweater, $25 

I’ve been dressing like a “Coastal Grandmother” since I was 19, so I have some experience taking this style from Summer to Fall. 

Take this blue and white stripped knit sweater and pair it with a wide leg jean and loafers. 

Or use it as a layer and hang it over your shoulders. 

Available in sizes XS – XXL.

Cream Knit Sweater

Knit Sweater in Cream

Knit Sweater, $20

H&M makes great knit, and this simple crewneck option is no exception. 

This is especially nice if you plan on wearing a version of the very popular Lug-Style Boots, like these featured below. You’ll want something on top that matches the weight of the boots to balance out your outfit. 

Also available in green in sizes XS – XXL.

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots in Beige

Chelsea Boots, $40 

Early in every season I try to provide as many options of popular styles in a range of price points.

For me, I have a few colors of this kind of boot, so I spend less for more variety. 

I also find that a lighter neutral works with more in better my wardrobe.

This pair is $40 and available in suede beige and matte black

Satin Wrap Dress

Satin Wrap Front Dress, $40 

Two things you need to know about this dress. 

One, it looks WAY more expensive than it’s $40 price tag.

And, two, unless you are 5’11 you’ll probably want to have it hemmed. But I’m really trying to normalize alterations. Once you get in the habit of taking your clothing to a tailor, you’ll have so many more options. 

It’s a really powerful resource to make clothes fit exactly how they should and it elevates these less expensive pieces. 

Also, this isn’t a dress for the office, it’s a statement dress for an occasion or date night. 

Pair with heels, clutch and your favorite jewelry. 

Available in sizes XS -XXL also in green.

Corduroy Cap

Corduroy Cap in Beige

Corduroy Cap, $15 

The easiest way to cover up dirty hair at morning drop off is a baseball cap. I LIVE in mine this summer
So I picked this one up in beige for the fall, also available in black and cream

Beige Scarf

Woven Scarf, $13 

I also ordered this $13 scarf to pair with my trench coat for a monochromatic look. 

Plus Size Tie Belt Coat

Tie Belt Coat, $75 

H&M makes a really nice coat, often in classic cuts. I’m sure they will have a ton of options as we move into the season, but sizes tend to sell out fast.

So if you are between a Large and 4X, you might consider this timeless wrap coat in camel. Priced incredibly well at only $75. 

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Tracy Gray

Monday 22nd of August 2022

I love all of your posts and have made some great purchases. But for some reason I can’t get the correct size at H&M. I love some of the ideas you have presented but for some reason as a petite size I can never get the right fit. But I’m going to check out a couple of the suggestions you presented and fingers crossed I can find a great fit. Thank you! I look forward to your posts.

Samantha

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Your comment about the baseball hat reminded me of something I'd love to request - how to look pulled together while out watching those sports games. I also spend my weekends at my kids' games, but I'm just never sure of what to wear. I love the concept of athleisure, but sometimes it's just not feeling pulled together enough. Suggestions would be so welcomed!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Aw, yes, welcome to every one of my weekends in the spring :) I try to keep it simple and practical. I LOVE layering a vest, like the amazon essential one, or a denim jacket over a hoodie, cute sneakers, fun sunglasses. It's the details that will make you feel pulled together. :)

Barb

Monday 7th of February 2022

Learned something I was not aware of today, so thank you. I did not realize H&M, carried petite sizing, so good for me and I appreciate pointing out that information. Any time I have been in the store I have been impressed with their options. Thanks.

Megan Kristel

Monday 7th of February 2022

I'm glad it was a helpful tip. I do hope that they continue to expand their assortment in both plus and petite, but it's a good start :)

Judy

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I took your advice in the Spring and shopped (online) at H&M. I was really impressed with the quality of the pieces I chose, and I love that you have featured them again. You make my shopping so easy and I really appreciate that!

Megan Kristel

Monday 22nd of November 2021

So happy to hear that Judy! Thank you!

Lynn

Thursday 12th of March 2020

I just found your website and find it helpful, except for a couple of points. Those of us who are not a size 4,6,8,10,12 cannot copy your capsule wardrobes or what to buy where easily. Also, those of us over 60 AND having challenging weight issues can't either. If you don't plan to address these readers, it would be really helpful to know that. We don't all have your measurements. At this time, I'm not aware of any over 60 plus size style blogs. Do you?

Ingrid

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

@Megan Kristel, it's great that you're doing this--thank you. I do want to support Lynn in what she said, because within minutes of joining here I realized it's not a good fit. I read a few of your posts and felt invisible, the opposite of included. I'm sure you're not doing this on purpose. The truth is that that doesn't end up mattering to the person on the other side. I'm just over 60 and I'm not at all interested in trends, but rather in quality classics which look good on most women and which aren't likely to end up in landfills for a long time. I hope you'll take in what Lynn said and what I'm saying. For the record, I don't feel dismissed by retailers. But I'm quite happy if H & M wants to dismiss me (which clearly they do). There are so many details in these clothes which don't fit with adult women living practically, getting lots accomplished, being badasses. I realize H + M is working hard on sustainability, which is great. I wanted to like them. After seeing a post about them in a Swedish FB group I follow, I came here to give these recommendations a second try. But no. Again, thanks for providing tips for the women in the same niche market as you. It's a generous thing to do.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 12th of March 2020

Lynn, I'm just a woman, doing my best, sharing tips and advice, for free. I don't claim to be a site specifically for plus size women over 60. What I do claim is a pure intent to help women who share a similar style as me, navigate retail and find pieces that make them feel confident. Your frustration should be directed at the decision makers in stores, not a one-woman show trying her hardest every day to do something positive.

If you spent any time on this site you would see that the overwhelming majority of my posts include as many sizes as possible and almost always include plus and petite options. In fact the Spring Wardrobe Capsule goes up to a 3x.

Additionally, this post features H&M because they offer sizes up to 3X and petites.

I receive dozens of emails a week from women well over 60, with all different body types (and all women feel challenged by their bodies) thanking me for being inclusive. Maybe you just need to read through our content more. I would encourage you to join our Private Facebook group where you'll met hundreds of other women who share similar frustrations and find this site helpful.

These kind of outwardly aggressive comments are so unfortunate and discouraging, especially when I put everything I have into building this community and so much thought into our content, but I'm going to assume it's because you feel dismissed by retailers, and I hope you'll see that I'm trying to do the opposite of that and try to include as many people as posible.

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