Leave it up to H&M to come to our sartorial rescue, yet again.
We all know the drill. It’s three days after payday. The obligatory standing orders have left your account (eeps, always), you’ve probably indulged in a post-work friday ‘one’ drink that turned into five (with tapas), you’ve booked a ticket for that must-have festival that ALL your mates are going to…and uh-oh. It’s happened again. No pennies for clothes. And let’s face it. We LOVE clothes.
There is nothing worse. Especially when all the high street stores flaunt their lovely summer wares in themed windows that scream ‘you’re missing this’, and let’s not even get started on all the online treats we browse during our dreary morning commute. It’s our own private form of fashion torture, and we never seem to learn.
Enter those wonderful peeps at H&M, who have answered all our thrify prayers with a collection of super duper essentials for less than a tenner. Yes, that’s right. You can create your own little mini wardrobe update for less than the price of a cheeky takeaway – and we all know that makes good sense.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite H&M bits for you to peruse, and don’t forget to check out our daily Fashion Drop for other hand-picked items of high street loveliness.
A great shoulder bag is essential for summer. You want something with a good zip to keep all your bits and bobs safe, and with a decent enough strap length to leave your hands free to do all kinds of fun things. This beauty is the perfect size for sunny afternoon capers, yet the rich khaki green colour and gold hardwear makes it the perfect transition piece for when the colder months roll in. And at £7.99, it really is a bit of a steal. It’s no secret that we love a good pair of solid espadrilles, and these striped ones will lend an air of nautical chic to your classic shorts and white vest combo. Plus, they are super comfy. Winner.
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Because we all love a slogan sweat, this H&M offering pretty much fulfils our wish to nail everyday varsity cool, and the bonus is, you’ll get change from a tenner. Happy days. Wear with a textured snake print skirt and crisp white sneaks to rock a weekend brunch, or simply tie around your waist boyfriend style. Polo shirts are having a full-on limelight moment right now, and this salmon pink option works even harder as it’s part of H&M’s conscious collection. We feel better already.
Leopard print is the year round sartorial mainstay, and will always look super chic when paired with a boxy denim jacket and slim peg trousers. In foreign climes an animal print scarf can also double up as a nifty poolside cover up. We’re loving the Gastby-style cut of this classic straw cloche hat with it’s contasting black ribbon. All you need is a drop waist dress and you have a gorgeous vintage ’20s look ready to rock a summer wedding.
Yes, we know that black isn’t the colour you immediately associate with summer, but a pair of dark denims are a great way to take your outfit from day to night. Just throw on a pair of metallic heeled sandals and a vibrant lip and your skinny jeans are in timeless glam territory with zero effort required. Flippy skirt skater dresses just beg to be worn on a hot afternoon with sandals and retro shades, and this coral pink textured dress ticks all of our family BBQ boxes.