As regular Zara shoppers know, the store can be hit or miss. Many pieces look great in the website’s highly editorial photography, but fall flat or look downright cheap in real life, which makes online shopping risky. I aim to stop online buyer’s remorse in its tracks with these new picks.
This past weekend I took my monthly stroll through Zara to scout which pieces look more expensive than their super low price. I was excited by the overall direction of the looks in store right now. They are big on the ‘70s trend, which works well with Zara’s heavy reliance on polyester and other synthetic fabrics. But, I focused on finding timeless pieces that don’t feel overly trendy. Check out my favorite new Zara finds…
This orange-red dress is a knockout in person. It’s crafted from a super stretchy, but substantial viscose/ polyamide/ elastane fabric that hugs curves. But, the substantial nature of the material keeps it from showing every single bump and bulge. The color is exquisite, and the cut reminds me of a Victoria Beckham dress.
→ Buy the Zara Dress with Low-Cut Back, $49.90, at zara.com.
For a touch of ‘70s style, I love this denim tunic. The denim fabric is mid-weight, so it hangs really well, but super soft. The lower cut neckline is a great balance to the bell sleeves and tunic cut, without being so low that it veers into vulgar territory.
→ Buy the Zara Bell Sleeve Tunic, $79.90, at zara.com.
This jacket was the first item I saw when I walked in the store and I immediately gravitated to it. It has a classic blazer shape, but the construction is a heavyweight waffle jersey. So, it has the professional polish of a blazer with the comfort of a sweatshirt. Plus, the buttons are matte black, which always looks more upscale than the shiny plastic you too often find on inexpensive clothes.
→ Buy the Zara Tailored Jacket, $129.00, at zara.com.
I was blown away by this ultra-affordable blouse in store – it looks and feels just like silk. I actually had to seek out the inner composition tag to see what it was really made of: 100% polyester! I have my doubts about how well it will wash, but this price it’s worth the try.
→ Buy the Zara Buttoned Neck Shirt, $25.90, at zara.com.
Lace doesn’t fit well with my personal style, but this blouse caught my eye nonetheless thanks to its high-end look. The lace detail is flawless and doesn’t look the least bit like it came from a fast fashion store. I think it’s hard to get lace right on the cheap, but this top pulls it off impeccably.
→ Buy the Zara Combined Guipure Lace Top, $49.90, at zara.com.