Meet Lauren, Who What Wear's fashion editor and co-founder of The Devils Wear Zara. Lauren is so obsessed with Zara that we started calling her The Zara Scout. Now she's turning the nickname into a franchise so she can regularly share her insider knowledge of the brand, including all her hacks, secrets, and must-haves with you.
Mimi Postigo and I know Zara like the back of our hands. While some might champion that as an accomplishment, it's more often than not our biggest weakness, as it results in us spending way too much time and money obsessing over the retailer. Instead of keeping all of our Zara knowledge to ourselves, we started sharing our changing room pictures regularly on Who What Wear (along with our Instagram account The Devils Wear Zara) as a way to inform you on the latest and greatest happenings in the Zara world.
Today, we're back in the changing rooms photographing some of our favourite finds from inside brick-and-mortar Zara stores in New York (Lauren) and Los Angeles (Mimi). The theme this time around is summer trends. Each season, Zara tends to stock up on not only trends that are bubbling throughout the industry, but also micro-trends that are unique to the brand. Ahead, find out which trends out of the ones we tried on were winners—and we considered taking out of the changing room and to the till.
"I saw this top in the window and instantly knew I needed to try it on. The material is light and breezy, and the way it ties is flattering despite its oversized shape. I also tried it on sans my miniskirt for a bit of Jacquemus flair, and it looked just as cute. This would be great over a bathing suit, with some jeans or even over a silky slip dress for a fresh touch." — Lauren
"This one was a little harder for me to pull off because of the low back and my personal preference for not enjoying going braless. However, from the front, this top looks so expensive, and when paired with these wide-leg trousers (shoppable later on), you have yourself a chic and comfortable summer look." — Lauren
"Another linen dress because apparently I am addicted to linen dresses. This feels appropriate for summer and is also the perfect length for a minidress. It would look cute with high-top Converse, too." — Mimi
"Zara had this top in a few different colours, but in case you haven't noticed, I was most drawn to white and neutrals this shopping trip. I like that this one has some tailoring to it, making it feel more elevated than your regular one-shoulder tank." — Lauren
"I'm late to the green trend, but I'm pretty sure it's still going strong for summer. I like the idea of wearing this with the perfect pair of vintage jeans and strappy heels for a summer night." — Mimi
"Co-ord sets are one of my favourite categories at Zara for many reasons. The main one being you really get the most bang for your buck. This looks like a dress when worn together with the matching skirt (perfect for weddings, brunches, etc.), but when worn separately, you have yourself a cute summer top to wear with all your jeans and shorts and a printed midi skirt to wear with tanks and tees and more.
"Hot tip: Buy these sandals too. They are so comfortable. I wear them almost every day here in New York." — Lauren
"Okay, I know this looks a little bit odd over the jeans—hence I tried to unbutton it halfway to look more intentional—but I plan to wear this over a bikini top and with denim shorts this summer. It's the perfect breezy fabric that works as an elevated cover-up. Definitely one of those pieces you'll get a lot of wear out of on summer weekends." — Mimi
"I have been looking for the perfect scarf top, and I think I finally found it. I love that this one comes to a true scarf-esque point in the front and ties in the back without being too complicated to put on. This top is the perfect thing to wear with denim, but I particularly love it with these wide-leg trousers. There's something about the colour combination and the overall contrast between the two pieces that really got me." — Lauren
"I literally only tried this on because Lauren did, and I thought this story needed a twinning moment. Zara, will you make this in two different colours so that we can have a Mary-Kate and Ashley moment this summer? Thank you." — Mimi
"Suits are all I can seem to talk about (and purchase) this spring/summer. My blazer collection quickly rose from a few to way too many in a matter of months. So do I need this blazer? Yes. Why? Because it's linen, and linen is the failsafe material of the summer. I love that this linen here is a bit heavier, which will hopefully help with the whole wrinkle situation. The pants didn't fit me nicely, but if they had, I would have grabbed the entire suit without thinking twice." — Lauren
"I swear every time we do one of these stories, I try on some type of linen dress. This one is a swing dress, so it legit has no shape to it. However, with a cool chain belt, I think this could be a look. It's made really well and not see-through at all. I'm sold." — Mimi
"One more linen piece because this one was truly stunning. The way it nips at the waist made me feel so confident, and the big buttons (you can barely see them here, sorry) feel so cool and make the cuffs feel forward for what's basically a wrapped blazer." — Lauren
"Full disclosure: I'm holding up this dress in the photo, but it's so stunning in person and makes for the ideal summer maxi dress. It's definitely worth tailoring so that it fits just right. It feels like the type of dress you'll get 100 compliments on. Take it on whatever summer vacation you're planning, or better yet, buy this dress, and then book said vacation to wear it on." — Mimi
"I won't lie—I secretly prayed that this would be in the store because I've been dying to try it on ever since Zara dropped its Dress Time collection a few weeks ago. I think the back is so stunning and fun, and the front feels classy and timeless. For £70, this party dress is truly a steal." — Lauren
"Last but not least, I couldn't leave without trying on one of the many '80s-inspired pieces on the Zara floor. This skirt came with a matching top, which seemed like a bit much for me, but paired with this tank (that everyone in our office owns, by the way), it feels weirdly cool and like a great summer party outfit." — Lauren