LOLElle : Draped Front Dress from the H&M "By Night" Capsule Collection

December 06, 2010

I don't know what's wrong with me, but some of my recent purchases just don't fit. The startling thing about all this is that they weren't all online purchases. I have been yearning for this H&M dress for some time now and had given up on finding it since none of the stores I visited had the "By Night" capsule collection available by the time I finally figured out it even existed (I am notorious for being three steps behind everyone else).

Then, when I was just casually browsing the local H&M (the one that doesn't have a Divided section and has a mediocre selection), I saw this dress among a bunch of these dresses. I quickly grabbed it off the rack, and from the condition of the tag and the slight threading at the bottom (and the fact that I have been to this store 6 times in the last 8 weeks), I am guessing this was a return (I also saw two Lanvin x H&M dresses there, both returns from the NYC stores...I hesitated for a day before they were gone).

Sophia, who is really really slim, also tried this dress on and the size 2 didn't fit her. Without trying it on I knew it would never fit me. But I also knew I wasn't going to find it again in a smaller size so I bought it anyway. I am determined to take it to a seamstress and have it be let out (quite) a bit. As it stands now, I can't zip the dress up past about 2 inches above my waist so the seamstress has her work cut out for her.

I was going to take a picture of the mess that is the back view...but will save you all the trauma of seeing it

I know, what is wrong with me? Thankfully, it's only $49.95 and even with alterations it will still be much cheaper than this J. Mendel Mousseline Strapless Dress that I was planning on buying in its absence. Hopefully the next time you see this dress it'll actually zip up all the way.

p.s. if you ever see this dress in a small size (size 2 or 4), please pick it up for me. I will pay you back. Another lovely petite who is extremely sweet is also looking for it. Thanks!

In unrelated news, it's the last day to enter my Reader Appreciation Giveaway. Not too many entries so still a pretty good chance to be one of two winners.


I just bought the Free People Remembrance Coat that Ping rocked...sadly only available in size 6 (what I got) and bigger at this time. I should have gotten it weeks ago but I keep putting it off hoping I would get it as a Christmas present but at this rate this coat will sell out before the end of next week. I wear a lot of clothes in the winter so the size 6 probably won't be too bad. 

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  1. Wow- you always find the best stuff at H & M! Your store must get all the good new stuff! LOL

    This dress looks and fits amazing! I wish I had somewhere to go to with it- I'd buy it right away!!! Wow!

  2. this dress is really beautiful and does look at lot like the fancier J. Mendel Mousseline Strapless Dress. hopefully your seamstress will be able to fix it up for you so that you can zip it up. it would look stunning on you!

  3. That is such a pretty dress. Look at all the cute details, I love it in pink too. Hope you can get it altered and it fits you the way you want. You have so many cute dresses.

  4. I'm jealous of your dress collection! I'm sure it will fit beautifully after it's fitted to you!

  5. you have great calves. i just noticed that.

  6. That dress is beautiful though it would require some effort to have it fit you perfectly!

    p.s. Wow, great legs!

  7. Oh, Elle, sorry to hear about another dress that has fit issues! I hate it when that happens! I've gone through patches like that too! And again, such a fabulous dress! And you would definitely be welcome at any party we would have! I guess we both need to make opportunities to let our party dresses shine! ;) Good luck with the seamstress!

  8. You pick the prettiest dresses! Hope the seamstress will be able to let it out because it would be a shame to not be able to wear this beauty!

  9. Annie - this dress is so hard to find right came out in October or something. :( I wish I can find it in a bigger size but no such luck.

    Matt - definitely. dresses are meant to be seen!

  10. Booo @ the sizing. Is the cost for letting out dresses the same as altering them smaller? For some reason I never thought to buy smaller sizes to have the tailor let them out!

    The Free People coat looks like the Express one that we have, coat twin ;)

  11. Lol! You are a sucker for cocktail dresses, for sure!! That dress is super gorgeous! I would not have guessed it was H&M!

  12. Cee - I have been getting SO MUCH wear out of that express jacket. I wear it everywhere and it's so comfy, how do you like yours? :)

  13. Michelle - I sure am. :) It's pretty bad for the wallet but I enjoy looking at them.

  14. i have tried on that dress too! the size too is so tight. i zipped it up with the help of my bf. i wore it for 2 mins and it left a mark on my chest because of the boning!! im so glad u got the coat....i'd love to see pics. thanks for the shout out btw ;)

  15. this is super pretty! :) is it as light as it seems in the model picture?

  16. LOVE h&m. like, if i could move in, i would! i'd be known as that creepy girl who lives in the mall. it'd be so worth it though!! :)

  17. You always find the prettiest dresses! I love this one too... don't forget about smaller ol' me if the alterations don't work out (*insert evil speculative laugh*) lol :P


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