October 15, 2015

Rating The Wearability Of Balmain x H&M

Balmain Cover

IT HAS ARRIVED. After swooning for months over the sneak peeks of Balmain x H&M worn on the red carpet by Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn, the full look book has finally surfaced! The collection is full of VERY intense beading, embroidery, textures, and faux fur that has us full of “ooh’s” and “ahh’s”.

Now you’re probably thinking, “Can I pull this off?”. Not to worry, because as always, FORA’s got you covered using our state of the art rating system.

If you just ‘literally can’t’ right now due to overwhelming anticipation to join the #BalmainArmy, get your calendar out and plan to camp out at your nearest H&M on November 5th. This is one of H&M’s best designer collaborations yet and is predicted to sell out in record time; just like Versace did (can we beat 30 seconds?).

Before you make your shopping wish list, we rate the everyday wearable status of 5 looks from the collection. The 3 tier rating scale is as follows:

Two mini pink hearts = People are staring… not in a good way.
Growing pink heart = Not for everyone, but you look good.
Heart with bow & arrow = You are killing it.

Rated Balmain Embroidered Dress

1. Balmain x H&M Embellished Velvet Dress & Over the Knee Boots
Approximate Price: Dress – Unknown; Boots – $395
Is it wearable?: If you’re feeling brave

This outfit may not work for everyone, but it is definitely not out of the question.  If for any reason you have a special event to attend or want to look better than your friends on any given night out, this could be your go-to! However, in our opinion, these boots are always OK.


Rated Trouser

2. Balmain x H&M Silk Trousers & Rope-Strap Sandals
Approximate Price: Trousers – $99; Sandals – $238
Is it wearable?: Definitely

No one can argue you with a pair of trousers that make you look like you tried really hard and yet they feel like track pants. Olivier Rousteing nailed it with this piece from the collection for some serious everyday street style.


Rated Wool Coat

3. Balmain for H&M Women’s Black Double Breasted Coat with Metal Buttons & Gold Necklace
Approximate Price: Coat – $278; Necklace – $117
Is it wearable?: Definitely

Although definitely wearable, perhaps this jacket is not entirely worth it. Yes, it’s from the Balmain x H&M collection, and yes it is nice… but it’s nothing compared to the rest of the pieces. Regardless, this jacket is perfect for those who like to keep their wardrobe classic.


Rated Faux Fur

4. Balmain x H&M Fur & Leather Jacket
Approximate Price: Jacket – $196
Is it wearable?: Not quite

This may be one of the pieces that you can buy, keep in your closet and/or wear it around your house (just for fun). Being one of the more bold pieces released, perhaps it is more of a collectors item. To actually wear in public… no comment.


Rated Stripes

5. Balmain x H&M Black and White Striped Shirt & Jeans/Trousers
Approximate Price: Shirt – $97; Jeans/Trousers – $117
It is wearable?: If you’re feeling brave

We keep hearing that stripes are the new black. This matching set of black and white striped shirt and jeans feels slightly Beetlejuice-y but with the right laying, we’re confident that you can make it work.


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