I feel like I know Zara’s collection like the back of my hand—many an hour is spent studying the IRL and virtual rails of this Spanish high-street store’s vast stock offering in order to bring you the tightest edit of what’s actually worth buying. We all know Zara can knock it out of the ballpark when it comes to both classic, timeless pieces and trend-hitting ones, but (like any affordable retailer) there’s a lot of sifting to be done when it comes to separating the fashionable wheat from the less-than-favourable chaff.
Right now, Zara is on a roll across multiple categories. Its shoe collections are out of this high-street world levels of excellence (yes, I own a pair of those strappies), but there’s also a fabulous selection of capsule wardrobe pieces that will go the distance in both minimal and maximal wardrobes, as well as more cool co-ords that I can honestly convince myself that I need.
Most of all, it’s the dresses on offer that has my Zara radar bleeping: There are luxe bohemian styles at the extreme end of the bank account-destroying spectrum (mostly thanks to the more expensive Studio line) but also a few affordable midis and minis that look beyond their deceptively wallet-friendly price tags.