If I’m being honest, I check Zara’s new-in section often (read: every day). I tell myself that it’s an integral part of my job and that it’s easier to keep on top of the new happenings at Zara if I take a small amount of time to do so regularly (as opposed to a once-in-a-while deep dive). The truth is I’m a little bit obsessed.
I don’t spend frivolously at Zara (or anywhere, for that matter). I give every potential purchase, be it a £26 shirt or an £850 Loewe bag, the same consideration. I ask myself: Is it worth it? Do I need it? Will it work with pieces I already own? And I really need this sort of self-control when I head onto Zara because it is all too tempting to fall into bad shopping habits when everything is so affordable and feels so current. This is why I try to stick to expensive-looking, somewhat timeless pieces from Zara—pieces I know I’ll wear often and can justify investing in.
Anna Borisovna wears a Zara skirt and sandals.
So what do I consider Zara’s most expensive-looking items? It differs with each drop. Now, I find myself drawn to its palette of neutrals—beiges, bright whites, earthy hues, and of course, the most expensive-looking shade of them all: black. Fabrications are also a key component in Zara’s more premium aesthetic. I think it creates the strongest broderie pieces—an embroidery technique that always looks high-end and a bit French—on the high street.
You’ll notice that my edit is almost entirely devoid of prints. Although this wasn’t deliberate, I don’t think Zara’s 2022 print offering looks the most expensive. (Although it does make a statement.) So instead, I’ve embraced crochet and different weave techniques, which break up the streak of block colours below but don’t take away from the whole vibe I’m going for. Scroll on to see my edit of expensive-looking Zara items, and hopefully, you’ll see something you like.
Shop My Edit of Expensive-Looking Zara Items