Since I started blogging, there’s one store that kept popping up on my radar, and it was called & Other Stories. So many of my favourite bloggers would keep linking items from the high street store that looked great. I had a look on their website, but I really wanted to be able to try things on t get an idea of fit. I also only very recently discovered that they are in fact the sister store to H&M, which is one of my favourite budget high street shops. I’m sure you all already know, but a quick look into the history of the H&M informed me that Cos, Weekday, Monki and more are all part of the brand’s family. Every day’s a school day.
After a lot of waiting, I finally had a free Saturday and took a trip to the Regent Street store and was kind of surprised, but not altogether pleasantly. & Other Stories is quite a bit more expensive than H&M on average, and as such I expected to see higher quality and more luxe pieces. Instead, it seemed like there were a lot of cheap looking synthetic fabrics which really didn’t appeal to me. I like the store layout, and the staff were really friendly and helpful which is always a plus. There were a few tops I quite liked, and a dress that I would definitely have purchased if it had had a different neckline. Overall though, I was a little underwhelmed.
The one piece that I did really like was this pleated midi skirt. The way it moves feels so lovely and light, I want to twirl constantly! I also love the subtle but summery print. Weirdly, I had to size up in this even though everything else I tried fitted in my regular size. The fabric has no stretch, so the waistband is a very snug fit. Ironically, this is totally the opposite problem to my other pleated midi skirt which is too big on the waist! Perhaps my next purchase will be a perfect fit. Talking of fit, this is almost a maxi on my little legs, hitting just above the ankle. If you’re on the petite side (I’m 5’4) and you want an actual pleated midi skirt, then you might need to look at getting this taken up, or shop somewhere with a petite range!
This orange textured T shirt almost got sent to the charity shop in my last attempt at a ruthless clearout. I’m glad the hoarder in me kept hold of it, as it goes perfectly with this skirt. The bright orange picks out the print in the skirt and creates a bold look even on a dreary day. I also like the way it tucks in without being too tight – I think it keeps the outfit in proportion. With the pleats, the print and the bold colour, I’ve kept everything else simple. I’ve finished off the look with my favourite biker jacket and these gorgeous lace up flats from River Island.
I forgot to take a close up, but I’m also wearing a rainbow beaded necklace which adds the final touch of colour to the look. I keep meaning to update my Etsy shop with some new jewellery, but I’m forever short on time. Making jewellery is one of my favourite chill out hobbies. I find the process of working with beads and wire really therapeutic, so I should probably make the effort to carve out crafting time soon.
Skirt: & Other Stories
T shirt: H&M
Jacket: New Look
Shoes: River Island
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