Hands down, Zara has to be my favourite high street brand and I know I'm not alone in my adoration. In fact, I get a little too excited when the weather starts to shift into autumn, because it means that Zara—the experts in winter dressing—will be providing me with an reliable rotation of cool pieces to get me through the rest of the year.
Zara has been my go-to for basics that will stand the test of time: great knitwear, beautiful dresses and brilliant footwear are just a few of the categories I've bought into in the past, and these pieces still serve me well now. I know I can always rely on the Spanish brand, whether I’m looking for something trendy or something a little more understated and classic.
I’m building my autumn/winter wardrobe at the moment and you already know where I was keen to head to first for some inspiration! I headed in-store to check out what the latest Zara drop had to offer, and tried on a few bits that tickled my fancy. Of course, there were a few fails during my try-on (saving you plenty of time and heartache, no doubt) but I narrowed it down to eight key pieces I’d leave with in a flash! Check out my review of the chosen items below.
1. CHECKED KNIT DRESS
The checked pattern is a big trend for autumn/winter for sure, and it's a motif that comes back time and again, making this a clever trending item that has plenty of mileage.
I already own something similar but in a different colour way from Warehouse and get plenty of wear out of it, so it makes sense that I instantly gravitated towards this…
I think the sage green and cream complement my skin tone very well. This will look just as good in the summer months with sandals too.
Zara Long Checked Knit Dress (£30)
2. KERMIT-GREEN BLAZER
This shade of green is having its moment right now. This was the first item I spotted and grabbed to try because the colour is just stunning.
I like how it really stands out against a plain black outfit, but this could work just as nicely in a more vibrant look too.
Zara is well-loved for their tailoring, but I would love it even more if it was made in a thicker and structured material.
Zara Straight Blazer With Pockets (£80)
3 & 4. THE KNIT SET
This co-rd is definitely a chic alternative to the usual sporty tracksuit and I love it. Super comfortable, so nice to move around in, and it’s a pairing that can be dressed down and dressed up
This exact iteration isn't available online at the moment but there are similar pairings around, with the closest alternative below…
Zara Knit Tunic-Style Top With Vents (£28)
Zara Knit Straight Fit Trousers (£30)
5. WATERPROOF JACKET
I’ve been spotting this quilted style of jacket everywhere recently and for a good reason—these styles are not only practical but they make every outfit look that little bit cooler and more laid-back.
I love how this water-repellent quilted jacket gives off a leather look without the associated price-tag. Again, I think this style of jacket works well when paired with wide-leg trousers.
Zara Water-Repellent Quilted Jacket (£60)
6. JACQUARD TROUSERS
Talking of trousers… Right now I live in anything that has a generous, wide-leg fit. I’m not usually one to take a second glance at a houndstooth textile but I was swayed by this particular pair of trousers because of the fit! It creates a really cool silhouette when paired with a slightly cropped jacket.
Zara Wide-Leg Jacquard Trousers (£20)
7. OVERSIZED SHIRT
I gravitated towards this classic striped shirt because of its slightly oversized fit and material. Feels great against the skin and I love how it hangs off the body. So simple but so useful to have in your wardrobe.
It could work with a smarter look, but wearing it with some knitted trousers felt like a great downtime, weekend kind of look.
Zara Striped Oversize Shirt (£26)
8. CROPPED BLAZER
I’ve never thought of owning a cropped blazer until I tried this one on, and I think I’m converted. It’s definitely something you can take from night to day.
For a daytime look I’d opt for a title neck and wide leg, high waist jeans, and for an evening look, a cute mini skirt and heels.
Zara Cropped Checked Blazer (£50)
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