How To Survive The Alexander Wang X H&M Rush

How To Survive The Alexander Wang X H&M Rush

It's the collaboration we've been waiting all year for, so you'll definitely want to make sure you get yourself a piece of the Alexander Wang X H&M action. Here's how...

It was at the start of the year that we first heard whispers of H&M's more prolific designer collab and ever since the news was confirmed that Alexander Wang was officially teaming up with the high-street giant, we've had our calendars circled on November 6th. 

Now, that day is almost here. 

A with every other H&M designer collaboration before it, Wang's offering is more than likely to sell out. Fast. However, with our ultimate survival guide at hand, you'll double your chances of getting your paws on the pieces you really want when the stores open tomorrow morning at 9am. This, ladies, is your best chance... 

Timing Is Everything
Stores will open at 9am sharp and the brand say the online sale time is the same. However, being seasoned online shoppers, we know that this can sometimes change for one reason or anther. We advise you get the H&M homepage up on your phone when you go to bed and, for the really hard-core among you, you might just want to set your alarm for 5.30am and then every half an hour until you get up and check it intermittently. Also, make sure you follow and keep up to date with the brand on Twitter and Facebook; they're sure to be the first to let you know when it's live.

Work Out EXACTLY What You Want First
When you're battling against thousands of other people, it pays to know exactly what you want to buy. Unlike Glastonbury, where there's only one item on offer, the Alexander Wang X H&M range consists of 65 pieces across clothing, accessories and footwear. So, an on-the-spot decision is not a good idea. Acquaint yourself with the full collection here, pick our your fav bits and home in on them tomorrow. Oh, and if you've got the time after work, we seriously advise that you get yourself to a H&M tonight and try on clothes in a similar shape to what you want to buy; that way you'll get a good idea of the sizing of the range and are more likely to get something that fits from the off. 

Refresh Fingers At The Ready
Can't make it to a store? Then hitting H&M's online store is a good bet but your can practically guarantee that you'll encounter the spinning wheel of death/temporary website shut-downs and items 'disappearing' from your shopping bag. Speed is again key, but sometimes there's only so much you can do. Just breathe and don't let the refresh button out of your sight... 


A Cold Queue Is Inevitable
If you're going down to your local H&M store in person, it goes without saying that it pays to get there early. A queue WILL be in place and you WILL have to wait your turn to get in. Apparently they'll be policing it by letting groups of 20 in at a time. In short, wear your cosiest coat and make sure you've got your head-phones... 

Sadly, There Is A Shopping Allowance...
If your BFF has to work and you've agreed to pick her something up be warned; you'll only be allowed to buy one of each item, even if it is alternative sizes. Yep, it's every woman for herself. It's kind of like The Hunger Games but, sadly, we're not as kick-ass as Jennifer Lawrence. 

...And You Will Be Timed
Once you're in, you'll only have 10 minutes to shop. Sure, it might sound harsh but it's the most effective way to keep the queue moving and gives more people the chance to get their Wang fix. Our advice? Grab what you want, find a quiet corner for a swift try-on sesh then get straight to the till. 

Changed Your Mind? It Pays To Know Your Return Rights
A lot of people don't know this but if you buy Alexander Wang X H&M from store, you'll only have THREE DAYS to take it back should you change your mind. For online orders, you'll still have the full 28-day refund policy to go by... 

It's Only Stocked In Selected Stores
For those of you who live in Edinburgh, London, Birmingham or Manchester, you'll have the chance buy your items in the flesh from store. Otherwise, it looks like we'll see you at the online checkout. H&M has listed the respective stores here; take a look to ensure you end up at the right one.

Sold Out? Hope Isn't Lost... 
It's definitely not fair but a lot of the items are sure to turn up on eBay so, if there was something you had your heart set on, it's worth checking there. Also, returns do happen - more than you think - so you'll want to keep an eye on-site and in your nearest store in the days after the launch as we can guarantee pieces will come back... 

We've done all we can; now, it's over to you. Best of luck for tomorrow, kids. 

By Maxine Eggenberger

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