If you’re a fan of global mega-brand H&M you’re probably already planning your first look and the new store at Sylvia Park that opened it’s doors for the VIP shopping preview last night.
Guests were not disappointed. The red carpet was rolled out, shopping bags, champagne flutes, gorgeous canapes and wonderfully helpful sales assistants were everywhere in abundance. Mum and I were among the first through the doors so we got straight to work before the 500 other guests rolled in!
The store is huge, do not visit if you’re in a rush or have small children – you will either lose them or wish you could lose them lol. I’ve been to H&M in Sydney in a hurry and left feeling overwhelmed and far too old to shop there, when in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You just have to have time to look and be selective. The Auckland store is spread over two spacious floors, Ladies and Menswear on the ground floor, more ladies, intimates, activewear and kids on the 2nd floor.
Mum and I were methodical and brutal, if we weren’t sure on size we grabbed two so we wouldn’t have to hit the changing rooms more than once – that’s where the lines were. I’d say most things are true to the sizes that we know here in New Zealand. I loved the women’s wear, the little boys section was cute but I wasn’t wowed and the men’s department was pretty great to be honest. Not entirely to Dave’s taste but this is where I’ll be bringing Ethan to shop from now on.
The price? Ah-mazing, pretty much exactly what you’d pay in Aussie. My favourite pair of jeans are from H&M and they were in stock at $29, the same price I paid in Sydney earlier in the year.
The Best Nest Shops H&M
L-R Off-the-Shoulder Dress $29.99, Chiffon Blouse $29.99, Jersey Top with Perforations $24.99, Skirt $59.99, Vest Top with Frilled Sleeves $24.99, Jersey Top with Puff Sleeves $14.99, Jersey Top $19.99, Patterned Cotton Cap $12.99, 5 Pack Socks $14.99, Printed T Shirt $12.99, Blue Hat $7.99, Mustard Skirt $59.99, Palm Tree Shirt $19.99, Cactus Shirt $29.99, Men’s Cap $14.99
So here’s most of my H&M Auckland haul, the red dress and Mustard skirt are definitely the stand-out pieces for me, the rest is mainly just comfy casuals. Little things like nice socks for little boys that aren’t in goofy colours or overdone with patterns was a welcome respite and I LOVE the scorpion, desert-themed tee I picked up for Nix!
It was a really excellent opening party and I’m pretty sure 99% of those attended had a fab time – Mum and I sure did!
Good luck if you’re heading out tomorrow, it’s going to be absolute bedlam! Have fun!