Secret Police Fitting Room Review: H&M stripe skater dress

Striped skater dress from H&M

The Fashion Police’s undercover officers are infiltrating fashion retailers around the country in order to bring you honest, unbiased reviews of the clothing and footwear they find there. Here’s their first report:

Officer: Chief of Police Forever Amber

Height: 5’4

Item:  H&M stripe skater dress, £12.99 (other colours available)

Ths is my usual “H&M dress size”, which is one size larger than I wear in other high street stores due to H&M’s habit of sizing everything down. It was still pretty snug – I’d have tried the next size up again, but this was the only one they had! The main issue for me, however, was the length: this dress is WAY shorter than I’d be comfortable wearing with bare legs (unless I was on holiday somewhere hot, and headed to the beach!) so it would definitely need thick tights or leggings if I was going to wear it.

Pretty good for the price: this is a stretchy, t-shirt type material, but it’s fairly thick, isn’t see-through, and felt nice to wear.

Officer’s Comments:
 H&M’s sizing is different from most other UK stores: for instance, in most stores, a UK 6 will correspond to a European 34, but in H&M it corresponds to a 32, and so on. So if you’re usually a size 8, you’ll probably be an H&M 10, if you’re usually a 10, you’ll be an H&M 12, etc. (I say “probably”: the sizing in this store can be random, and I normally only have to size up in dresses and trousers – tops are generally true to size for me.)

(Aside: The strange sizing at H&M has always been a bit of a puzzle to me: I honestly don’t care what the label inside my clothes says as long as they fit properly, but for most stores, “vanity sizing” means making the clothes LARGER than the label suggests, so shoppers can feel smug about going down a size: at H&M the opposite rule applies!)

Sizing issues aside, I loved the shape of this dress and I also liked the stripes, which are a favourite of mine. The length was the deal-breaker, however: a real shame, because it’s a great dress for £12.99, and if it was a few inches longer, it would definitely have found its way back to Fashion Police HQ!

Click here if you want to buy this, or take a look at the gallery below to see the other colours available.

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