Inflated high street or discounted designer?

I headed into H&M for a browse on Friday after seeing their new Studio line arrive online. I have to say I don’t really get it. I often see items from H&M on other blogs that grab my attention, and then when I see them in real life they seem overpriced for the quality – especially over here in dollars. Paying $200 for a coat from H&M is just something I would never consider. It got me thinking about several high street retailers who now offer ‘higher end’ lines – like Zara and their Studio range, and J.Crew with the Collection range. Their prices are inflated – in fact often extortionate in the case of J.Crew Collection. Personally I would much rather spend $200 on a heavily discounted piece of Isabel Marant on than in a high street store. How about you?

I did grab a couple of mohair knits from H&M that I am extremely happy with – very little, clothing wise, makes me happier than an oversize grey jumper! Sorry I can’t see it online but this is a small – it fits HUGE!

grey jumperThis khaki cardigan made me feel like a young student again so it came home with me too! It’s described as ‘yellow marl’ online but it is definitely green!

kahkiThese are a couple of items that I liked from the Studio line but still wouldn’t part with my hard earned cash for them.

This weekend bag is well made and large but $349!

IMG_5115I love the colors on this coat, but again I think it’s expensive for H&M at $199. Plus to those of us in the know it is easily recognizable as H&M.

IMG_5116Fall has arrived in Atlanta and we are enjoying amazing clear skies and sun. I’ve even had to dig the cardigans out this week for a couple of cold mornings.

blazerJacket – Linen regent blazer J.Crew // Jeans – J.Crew (25% off with SHOPNOW) // T-Shirt – ASOS // Shoes – Vince Nina // Bag – McQ (similar here)

If you are partial to a pair of snakeskin shoes I spotted these in H&M which are fab! (Can only see this version online)


camel cardiganShoes – TopShop Kaiser // Jeans – J.Crew // Top – Mango (similar here) // Cardigan – ASOS // Bag – Rocco (similar here)

kiwi blazerDress – AllSaints Pia (old similar here) // Sneakers – Golden Goose // Jacket – Linen Regent blazer J.Crew // Bag – H&M


4 thoughts on “Inflated high street or discounted designer?

  1. schoolgatestyle

    Great post Joanna, I completely agree…..I think for me, H&M are low cost and I don’t want to have a premium range from them….surely that’s what &OtherStories is for? I hope it’s not a way of them subtly upping the average prices in their stores and therefore allowing them to gradually increase prices across the board?
    Loving the snakeskin pumps – and that outfit is my favourite….adore the colour palate.
    Hope you’re having a great week lovely lady, Ax

  2. Fashion40ish

    I am with you on this. I think some of the collaborations have been cool, and worth the extra cash, but not this sort of trick. I am always disappointed when I visit H&M but, as you say, I see so many bloggers with fabulous finds. I have given up trying to order online, deliveries take an age. I love the college cardi. Takes me back! H xx

  3. Michelle Lee (MyFashionable40s)

    I would most certainly get much more of a buzz from finding a designer bargain on The Outnet than I would bagging a designer collaboration piece from H&M!
    I do love an H&M knit though, I think they are great quality for the money and they do seem to stand the test of time! How gorgeous are those snakeskin shoes BTW!! J’adore! xx

  4. Beth Goodrham

    Hi Joanna – I’m totally in agreement with you when you talk about the “higher end lines” of High Street stores being over inflated price wise. Like you say, much better to grab a designer bargain elsewhere. Love your warm woollies though – we are heading that way too – probably with added rain!! x


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