Ok. So not the best picture ever but I totally stalked this dress and was too excited about it! I snapped this pic from my blackberry to send to my good buddy Tracy who helped me hunt this thing down.
The backstory: Have you ever had a moment where you saw a dress in a store and you suddenly knew that dress is oh so you and you HAD to have it? That's how the stalking of this dress started. I saw it in the store front at H&M on themannequinand immediately walked inside looking for the dress. They were all of out my size on the rack so I asked a sales associate about it. Apparently this dress is part of the very hard to get H&M Trend line (if you haven't heard of it, the Trend line is H&M's higher quality, higher priced, but also more amazing line). Most H&M Trend items are hard to get ahold of and they don't even sell them at a lot of the H&M stores. The sales associate told me that out of all the H&M's in So. Cal this dress was only being sold at my local store (South Coast Plaza), Beverly Hills, and Glendale. He called around and they happened to be out of my size at all of those locations. In a moment of desparation I looked at the tag from the dress on the mannequinn: SIZE 2!
Yes! It's my size!...but not so fast, they told me they aren't allowed to take anything off the mannequinns until H&M has told them they can change the front windows (something about a very strict policy on what needs to be displayed in the store front). I was basically told: Sorry you're out of options right now, but that they would be changing the displays soon so check back again later. So I came back to the store later in the week to see if they had switched out the front display, hoping this dress would have been placed back on the regular racks...nope, not yet.
Then I went back the following week and they still hadn't switched it out. I asked one of the sales associates about it again and she told me they could reserve the dress for me and I would be given a call once they took it off the mannequin (apparently this is a standard practice! they even had a specific binder at the register for this to reserve clothing on the mannequins, why hadn't the guy mentioned it to me before? Obviously I was in LOVE with this dress!). Anyway, long story short...too late....she looked in the book and somebody else had already reserved it, but she told me to call back the next day at 1pm and if the other person hadn't picked it up yet they would give it to me (wink, wink).
So I called the next day right at 1pm and they had it available! yes! With all this effort I was really hoping the dress would fit me right, I ran over to the store and here's the result! Sorry, such a long story but I really love this dress. It has the tiniest shoulder pad to give a little pouf on the sleeves, and it's perfectly tailored (I love the paneling on the sides), and I even like the zipper up the back.
This dress totally turned me into a stalker, but it was well worth it. I'm sure I will wear this with every chance I get. :)
Now please tell me I'm not totally crazy and you've seriously obsessed over something like this before too. Well ok, yeah I know I was a women obsessed...I couldn't even enjoy looking at any other dress until I knew I had this one. We all have our moments right?