How to Find Out About Zara Sales Before Everyone Else Does

We all live for the Zara sale, but with employees keeping mum on the exact start dates, how's a girl supposed to plan for some shopping?

Thankfully, we have an insider who gave us some valuable tips on how to shop the Zara sale in the UK so expertly that you'll be guaranteed to get there first (and find the pieces you've been eyeing up all season). First up, you need to know that Zara's sales start online at 10 p.m. the day before the in-store sale begins. Right now, there isn't a sale on the site, but that only means you have loads of time to prep before the big mid-season sale.

Monikh Dale wears a checked midi dress from Zara. 

In the meantime, we've got some great tips on what you should buy. Our intel is that you should go for the things that'll be the most popular first. So opt for the higher-priced goods that will sell out quickly (e.g., cashmere, handbags, shoes and coats). "Other pieces like shirts are likely to still be around for the second markdown," recommends our insider. Just remember to try everything on beforehand so you know what to buy. And maybe even research trends for the upcoming season so you can see what will last.

If you're worried you won't be able to nab what you're after, there's good news: The stores often open early on sale days, so check with your favourite location. Also, if you don't live in the capital, you're more likely to find those popular pieces in the stores outside of London. Finally, don't forget to sign up for the Zara newsletter and follow the brand on Instagram, as these platforms will keep you updated on sales.

"Customers will always ask, 'Will you be getting more stuff like this?' Honestly, the staff will have no idea what the rest of the season will look like," our inside-Zara source tells us. "Yes, there are key trends, but since Zara design, create and produce items and have them distributed within just a few weeks, there is no way you can predict what’s coming in. Managers will only know what’s coming in when they do the order for next week's stock." The message here? Don't rely on something going into the sale.

Jessica Skye wears a pair of leopard-print trousers from Zara.

Although not technically sale merchandise, Zara does have a more affordable range called Special Prices—which will make you feel like you're buying discounted Zara goods thanks to the seriously friendly price-tags we can see here. Think £16 for a wear-anywhere jumper or £30 for a lightweight coat. 

Ready to see which pieces you'll want to put on your Zara-sale list? Keep scrolling to see our favourite pieces right now.

These heels also come in a gorgeous mustard hue, so chances are we'll be buying both. 

This souped-up trench will breathe a new lease of life into your failsafe jeans, T-shirt and trainers outfit. 

This leather bag has already been added to the Special Prices section on site—fingers crossed it gets given another markdown. 

Wear this with a chunky knit and loafers now and with a knitted vest and sandals come summer. 

Chances are you already have a few striped jumpers to your name, but, should this one find itself in the sale, it would be rude not to invest in it. 

This blazer will look the after-dark part with leather trousers, metallic heels and a slick of berry lipstick. That, or…

… wear it with the matching trousers and finish with a pretty embroidered clutch for springtime weddings. 

If you fell hard for basket bags last year, consider upgrading this season with a brightly coloured option. 

This midi can be dressed up or down dependant on your choice of shoes. Trust us, you'll find any excuse to wear it. 

Until the weather truly heats up, keep your toes covered with a pair of pointed mules.

This top will look effortless with denim cut-offs and tan accessories when summer kicks in. 

We've clocked this puff-sleeve dress on so many influencers. 

Fashion's hair slide obsession is still going strong—to be honest, we'll probably snap these up regardless of impending discount. 

Zara's jersey is always one of the first things to enter the sale, and this cut-out tee already looks significantly more expensive than it actually is. 

Comfy and chic in equal measure, make like the e-com model and wear this playsuit wth black leather sliders for added edge. 

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has recently been updated.