I'm a Picky Shopper, But I Can't Believe How Premium These Zara Buys Look

I don't think it's unreasonable to say that, as a shopping editor, I can be pretty damn picky when it comes to clothes. While it's not a prerequisite of the job, there is something about having an overview of the many collections and brands, both high-street and designer, that are available at any given moment that really focuses the brain on finding only the best possible pieces. Case in point: Zara is known for its generous online offering, which, while great for choice, is not always so good for concise edits. That's where I come in.

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I will happily while away hours scrolling through various online new-in sections, each page with the potential to yield a hidden gem. It's all about the thrill of the chase. My trick is to keep an eye out for prints, silhouettes or colourways that feel unusual (but not novelty) and fabrics that you know will look as good IRL as they do in the photos. Denim is always a safe bet, as are wool, leather and satin. 

Zara's Premium Collections are also a personal fave, as they typically combine classic styles with more elevated quality. For example, I think this powder-blue wool coat would look seriously expensive when worn oversized with a white tee and slouchy jeans. Trust me when I say that there's so much more where that came from. So if you're looking for a little guidance to making better investments on the high street, scroll down to shop my Zara 2022 edit.

Shop Our Zara 2022 Edit

Wear with slouchy tailored trousers and costume jewellery.

A draped bodysuit will feel so elevated with high-waisted, colour-match jeans.

I think this colourway will look so expensive when paired with shades of beige and brown.

A neutral suit is the versatile gift that keeps on giving.

Refresh your jewellery collection with this quirky colourful earrings.

I wear my leather trousers constantly in winter. Just add a chunky knit and woven pumps.

Knitted dresses are always good for throw-on-and-go appeal.

They might not be to everyone's taste, but I'm obsessed with these cowboy boots. 

A pop of pink will feel anything but saccharine in a tailored format.

Another Limited Edition coat, but this time in vintage brown.

The patchwork prints on this sweater make it stand out.

Now that's what I call a wardrobe classic. 

Such a cute addition to any dinner party outfit.

I love how Zara has styled the trousers with the matching blouse here.

Low-slung jeans are back—just make sure you stick to a wide-leg fit.

Orange is set to be 2022's breakout star. 

Channel your inner Succession CEO with this elegant draped blouse.

I can never say no to a vintage-inspired print.

A pair of platform boots will give any outfit some added oomph.

How beautiful is this dusty shade of blue?

A versatile staple to wear with everything from white tees to crew-neck knits.

I would style this with straight-leg jeans and tucked-in cowboy boots.

Suede boots are an easy way to adapt your summer dresses for winter.

I remember buying a black skort from Zara in my late teens, and I wore it constantly. 

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