I also went shopping in H&M for summery linen trousers, because it's the only place I know of that does linen trousers for £15 or £20. I got three pairs, all of which I love, but can I just briefly ask WHAT THE FUCK IS UP with H&M's sizing? I am normally a pretty solid size 14, sometimes even squeezing into a 12, but the size 14 trousers from H&M were skintight, and I had to buy two size 16s, and (horrors!) a size 18 instead. I admit that I have freakishly gigantic thighs, and I like a loose-fit in my trousers, but still - what the hell? On the same shopping trip I bought an H&M skirt in a size 14, which fits me perfectly, and is even a little loose around the waist. Seriously: who do they design their trousers for?
On a positive note: there was a time when having to buy size 16 trousers - let alone size 18 - would have reduced me to a state of self-loathing and enforced starvation. On Tuesday, I just shrugged my shoulders and accepted that it was H&M's problem, not mine. Progress indeed.