Like many young women who enjoy wearing cute clothes but don’t have a ton of cash to burn, I have a total love/hate relationship with H&M. I was reminded of this the other day when, finding myself in Manhattan for an event, I decided to get my subway fare’s worth and pick up some summer staples at the mega-chain’s Soho location. I arrived in a pretty good mood, having just stalked, and met, Bret Michaels at Petsmart. (Don’t ask.) Two hours later, I left feeling grumpy and raw, but with a bag of spoils raised triumphantly over my head. I had obtained clothes! But at what cost? In this slideshow, I will explore the pros and cons of shopping at the Swedish fast fashion leviathan, from the patently frivolous to the sorta important.

Photo: H&M[ITPGallery]