Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shopping Fail--in which I do battle with H & M and lose

I normally avoid shopping at all costs.  But we've got a little trip planned and I wanted something light and summery because we are going to a place that doesn't require the dreaded abaya!!!!
H&M was my friend in Sweden. I frequently found cute, inexpensive clothes there. I bought my FAVORITE coat there when we first moved to Sweden. It lasted me through 5 winters and then was stolen the last month of our time in Sweden. I'm still bitter.
So I thought I would be able to find some decent clothes. I was also confident in the sizing of the store as I used to buy most of my clothes there. The sizing thing is a real issue here as you can't try on clothes in the stores. So you have to buy, then try. There were loads of darling summer dresses. I bought WAY more than I needed, thinking I would find at least 2 or 3 that would work.
Total FAIL. Not one dress fit properly. I thought the sizing was a little off in the store and choose a couple of sizes larger than I would normally. I have put on a bit of weight since moving from Sweden, but this was ridiculous.
So now I have to return all the stuff and I just found out they don't give you money back (even though I paid in cash) but give you a store card. Normally, not a problem, but I really don't want to buy a lot of stuff here.
At least the hat and glasses fit and look fabulous.

(In case you were wondering about what this post teaches you about Saudi Arabia. . . you cannot try clothes on in the stores so shopping is a lot of guess work.)


  1. It sounds like it might be easier to buy on-line! At least then you *know* there's a refund possible.

    (I hate shopping, full stop. I'm impressed you gave it a whack.)

  2. The postal service is a bit sketchy here. I'll have to ask around to see if people have good luck ordering clothes online.

  3. Oh that would be awful to not be able to try on clothes before buying them. I always think things will be cute and then they turn out horrible on. You know, I use to love H&M when I was in college and then I went just a few months ago and I couldn't find a single thing I liked. It was one of those moments that made me feel old--I realized I just am not trendy anymore. Which might be a good thing. Thanks or sharing your adventures!

  4. UGH! Ditto on the hating shopping, but SA sounds worse than Costco (they'd probably let me try on something in the bathroom if I asked nicely, but I never have yet). I am glad to keep up with your amazing adventures! Love and miss you guys!!!

  5. I love H&M (at least I did a couple of years ago)! What a pain in the rear! I know exactly how you must feel to be excited, and then have nothing work out :(. And men wonder how we can get so excited about finding a pair of nice fitting pants??