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Marimekko for H&M Review

I stopped by my local H&M over the weekend in hopes of finding a cute bathing suit with Marimekko's cheerful, retro-fabulous patterns, but alas, all they had were a few skimpy bikinis that could have been from just about anywhere, i.e., they were nothing special.

Some colorful cotton tops and a graphic black and white sundress were instantly recognizable as Marimekko designs, but the quality wasn't up to snuff. Other pieces in the collection included white pants, black shorts and some solid color camis to complete the looks, but it was kinda like, what's the point? We came for the prints!

As for accessories, there was a black and white graphic tote, a beachy white bucket hat, two different styles of signature-print scarves and a blue & pink print coin purse. I was tempted to buy a Marimekko scarf to use as a wall hanging or something, but decided it wasn't worth the $24.90 pricetag. Who knows, though…I might go back for something just so I have a sort of "souvenir" (as strange as that may sound).

Overall, I was bummed. The Marimekko for H&M collection wasn't bad - it just could have been so much better. Perhaps they can team up with Target and do a line of home furnishings. And then we'll call it even.

I checked it out too. I got two scarfs. I like that you can wear them as a sarong, a shirt, a many options. I was planning on a post later today about the collection.
#1 Chic and Charming (Homepage) on 2008-04-14 07:27 (Reply)
I so admire people who can work a scarf multiple ways - now I wish I had bought one! It would look beautiful simply tied to a tote, too. Looking forward to reading your post later :-)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2008-04-14 11:01 (Reply)
The scarf was super cute, but I too could not justify a $25 pricetag. I did pick up the short, black-and-white linen sundress. I like the print a lot and wanted something Marimekko!

I'm returning the colorful halter sundresses. A little too flimsy and not enough up-there support. :-)
#2 Campbell on 2008-04-14 12:55 (Reply)
Flimsy is a good way to describe the fabrics the same time, it's perfect for covering up at the beach or pool-side!
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2008-04-14 15:14 (Reply)
Thanks for inspiring me to get down to H&M. I'm soo excited about the Rei Kawakubo collection for H&M.
#3 nic (Homepage) on 2008-04-14 20:36 (Reply)
Oh oh. I missed the arrival. I have to go check it out. But, you know, I am most interested in that cute bathing suit you posted earlier (definitely not the skimpy stuff).
#4 psyche (Homepage) on 2008-04-16 12:31 (Reply)
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