Hi everyone! Zara is definitely one of my new favourite places to shop. Whilst still considered ‘fast fashion’, I don’t really shop there unless they have big sales and whilst I don’t own much Zara, I wear even less Zara because I gravitate towards wearing the same things.
Recently, I’ve been ‘attempting’ a more minimalistic approach to shopping. Who am I kidding – I have made 17 ASOS orders since the coronavirus pandemic. I swear I return most of it!!
However, I’ve learnt to invest more in nicer quality and versatile pieces. Honestly, it sounds expensive but it’s actually cheaper in the long-run.
Zara definitely feels a lot more high end and innovative compared to its counterparts like H&M, Uniqlo and Topshop. The best way I can describe it is ‘avant-garde’. I went into Zara on the weekend and found some really cute pieces that I wanted to share with you all.
For reference, I am a AU/UK 12-14 for tops and a AU/UK 14-16 on bottoms and I’m 5’3 (160cm).
I picked the top up in a size L and thought this was right up my alley and I’m in love.
The ruched puffed detailing of this top makes it a perfect work blouse or dressy date night top. It feels incredibly high-end with the satin feeling and puff details.
Pair this with a pair of black wide-leg trousers and heels. I picked up the trousers in a size L and these are so well fitted and tailored. The material is really thick and knitted.
Since I’m 5’3, the trousers are quite long on me so I will have to tailor them but the quality is well worth the $70. Probably the best wide leg knit culottes I’ve bought for under $100.
Unfortunately, I could not find this one online. This gorgeous sage green puff sleeve blouse (noticing a pattern?) is so dreamy. It’s also a little bit out of my comfort zone but Zara is pushing me out of my boundaries. I could totally see this in a magazine editorial photoshoot.
I could definitely wear this for work or brunch. I am wearing a size M and 59.95 AUD. Well worth every penny.
This dress is my dream dress. I love everything about it. I love polka dots and puff sleeves. It will be perfect for spring and summer and it fits exactly how it looks.
However, what I don’t love is inconsistent sizing. I know Zara runs small (most stores do). I ordered a XL online and it didn’t fit so I actually came into the Sydney Westfield store because I noticed an XXL was available.
It still doesn’t fit (I can’t zip it from the back). Now, this is problematic. I am a curvy woman but I can’t fit into an XXL? And the XXXL is not available and probably doesn’t fit. And I’m a size 14. It’s like Zara doesn’t want to take the coin for plus-size women at all.
I think most clothing stores struggle with inclusivity and diversity. I recently wrote a post about why Brandy Melville is problematic by having a skinny white girl aesthetic. Worth having a read to gain insight.
However, I acknowledge that many brands at least try. H&M has a plus size section and Fashion Nova with all its drama has Fashion Nova curve.
I hate how I still bought this because i was like I really really do love it and it will be my dream dress to fit in and I’ll just hunt for the next size up (XXXL lmao). I acknowledge this isn’t an issue just for Zara nor is it for all Zara items. I wore a M/L in everything else so at least this isn’t the norm because I don’t feel happy buying clothes in XXXL when that clearly does not reflect my body shape.
This is a really simple just sophisticated dress that you could dress up or down. I like how the model has paired it with knee high boots. I also appreciate the pockets and how the dress is well-fitted. A dress like this could have looked like wearing a sack of potatoes and I am glad it didn’t.
Notice the jab I make on my snapchat. I’m such a comedy queen.
Whilst, I prefer the dress in cream – you can’t say no to a little black dress. It’s so versatile and I had to get it.
Well that’s the end of my spring Zara try-on haul. I hope you enjoyed it! This definitely gives an insight to fashion trends I love.
- wide leg trousers
- puff sleeves
- neutral palette (with the occasional colour – really loving sage green).
Zara is definitely on the more expensive end of fast fashion (hence, why I used to never shop there) but I do think if you buy the ‘right’ items, it’s actually really affordable and worth the money spent. Definitely worth a browse.