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All Things Fashion DC | April 19, 2014

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My Trip to H&M to Check Out Their New Plus Size Line

My Trip to H&M to Check Out Their New Plus Size Line

by ATFDC Contributor Dionna Humphrey

Some years ago, H&M rolled out some plus size options to the limited masses. I was pretty excited because I am a big fan of their style. I recall so vividly schlepping out to Dulles Town Center (the only one in our area to carry plus sizes) and walking over to a rack (ONE), only to find multiple pairs of khakis, leggings and a pink plaid button down shirt. The disappointment! The hour in traffic! The letdown! Ugh. Thankfully all that’s changed, and in a big way. I saw a few of my favorite fashion bloggers had quick access to the line since it was in quite a few metropolitan areas, and I liked what I saw. So I decided to call them up and see where in our area the line was available.

Good news: it’s available in our area. Bad news: that area is all the way in Gaithersburg. Better news! The line will be available at the Silver Spring location which opens in just a couple of months. Why it’s not being sold in the H&M locations in DC is an odd decision for H&M to make, but downtown Silver Spring is just a quick ride on the red line.

Now the best news of all- they had some pretty cute stuff! It was a small but substantial section, and by the time I had finished looking through the entire section I had 12 pieces in my hand- no joke. There were lots of super cute blazers, tops, bottoms and dresses to choose from. Armed with my potential new wardrobe I headed to the dressing room to try things on.

I pretty much loved everything I took in with me. It took extreme will power and a wallet reality check for me to put back a lot of the items I tried on, but here are the favorites:

This polka dot mesh top was quite comfy and at the same time, a little sexy. I tried it on with a black skirt that I grabbed off the rack. While I wasn’t a fan of the fit of the skirt (a bit too generous in the cut), I thought for someone taller it would look great with the top. The top alone would look great with jeans, or even a cream or red pencil skirt for work or a conservative holiday look.

Polka Dot Mesh Top

The second thing I loved were these print pants. I’ve been in the market for print pants for a long time, and they were just what I was looking for. One thing I love about their pants is that, unlike most retailers, the length wasn’t out of control. I’m 5’3 and these would not need to be hemmed. I paired it with a coral hi-low top with a lace racer back top. I’m a big fan of color in the fall and winter, so this really stuck out for me.

Coral Hi-Low Top

Another thing that caught my eye was this really fun, fuchsia tank shirt dress. I loved the super vibrant color, the fit was very comfy and overall super chic. The back of the dress is sheer, so keep that in mind. But you can wear a slip underneath, or like I do here with gray leggings. It’s such a simple dress that can be styled easily with some chunky, colorful jewelry.

Fuchsia Tank Shirt Dress

Finally, my favorite outfit was a pair of floral print leggings and this mint colored top (on sale!). I had to size up on the jeans as well, though more so for the length than anything. I am so excited to wear these, and even though the weather is starting to get chilly, I’m going to throw on my cream blazer from Fashion to Figure to make it weather-ready.

Floral Print Leggings & Mint Colored Top

Overall, I ended up with the dress, floral pants, coral top and a couple of accessories. All that for $115– not too shabby. It was hard to put back the print pants and a plaid blazer I also tried on, but I know I will be back.

The H&M location in Silver Spring is scheduled to open in December 2012. If you can’t wait until then, rent a Zip Car if you don’t have one of your own and head down to the Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg.


Dionna Humphrey is the owner of Body Conscious Beauty, a style consulting company serving the Washington, D.C. area. Body Conscious Beauty styles women of all sizes, including plus size beauties. For more information visit us online at



  1. Brenda


    Are there ops for plus size models in our area. I know how to walk on runway.


    • hey Brenda I don’t know, but I bet if you did a search for plus size modeling agency you may find more information. Hope that helps1

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