Houndstooth H&M Blazer

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent mine in Los Angeles, celebrating an anniversary with the boyfriend (Mmm…lobster dinner. Yum!), and catching up with a friend who was in town from Chicago. Now it’s off to San Diego again to start the week!

In the meantime, I wanted to share this H&M blazer I picked up on Friday, and have already worn twice! If like me, you enjoy blazers in fun fabrics, you might want to check this one out. I am pretty picky about my blazers, but when I found this little guy, I was really impressed at the quality and style. Even the boyfriend raised an eyebrow and said, “Whoa! That’s nice!”.

The details, fabric, and seaming all make this blazer look way more expensive than it actually is, even though for an H&M piece, it’s on the expensive side ($50). I’ve seen way less good looking blazers retail for upwards of $300, so this blazer is great value for the price.

Buttoned:

H&M BlazerButtoned

From the side. Note the fitted back (shown buttoned), and the coolest thing of all…the elbow patches actually rest at my elbows! Usually, they’re down my arm, well past where my actual elbows are.

H&M Blazer Side ViewExcuse the unsightly camera lens cap in my back pocket :)

The details:

Three functional flap pockets and one chest pocket (perfect for pocket squares…hehe) that just need to be carefully opened with a pair of scissors or seam ripper.

H&M Blazer Pockets

The elbow patches are faux-suede, that also lines under the collar, in case you’d like to wear it “popped”.

Functional inside pocket…I love this detail!

Working sleeve buttons that look expensive in a faux-horn.

Beware…the lining in the sleeves was done a little sloppy on some blazers. If the sleeve isn’t laying flat or looks warped, check the lining. It may have been sewn in funny. I switched out the first blazer I grabbed because the sleeve lining make the sleeve look twisted near the bottom.

This blazer also comes in grey, but the fabric looks way less expensive than the brown. The grey is similar to the dotted suiting fabric that H&M has every season (that I really dislike), but the brown is a small pattern, houndstooth check that has been really well done for the price point. I’m really hoping H&M will release this same blazer in more fabrics/colors!.

Last but not least, here is the tag.

This blazer is cropped, so it’s normal length on short lil’ me, but there is another fabulous grey herringbone blazer also at H&M (can’t find it online) that I’m drooling over, but the length is just ridiculously too long on me. It would look amazing on taller or long torso’d ladies!

My First Impressions:

  • Looks WAY more expensive that it actually is.
  • In a perfect world, the sleeves would be a little slimmer on me.
  • Sleeves also need a hem on me, but I wear my blazers rolled to 3/4 length anyways.
  • I love all the details, and think they are all really well done (like the welting around the pockets).
  • The faux-suede isn’t as bad as I thought faux-suede would be.
  • The bust seems to run a bit smaller than a lot of H&M jackets. Busty gals may have to size up, or only wear it open.
  • I really wish the grey was done in a better fabric. I almost picked it up, but the fabric just wasn’t as nice as the brown.

Product Info, size 2 (laying flat):
Length: 20″
Shoulder: 14″
Bust: 15″
Waist: 12.5″
Sleeve: 23″

 

 

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