8 Items Our Editors Would Never Buy From Zara

Hold up—there are actually items Who What Wear UK editors won’t buy from Zara? I know—we can barely believe it ourselves, but it’s true. Just like everyone else, we have pieces we find ourselves gravitating towards and others we avoid at all costs. And today, we’re here to share exactly what we prefer not to buy from the fast-fashion retailer. Admittedly, while the “don’t-buy” lists are significantly shorter than the “must-buy” lists, the reasoning behind each editor’s answer is worth hearing out, especially if you're on the fence about purchasing one of the items for yourself.

What Not To Buy From Zara: @theindiaedit wears a top from Zara



Now, we aren’t saying you shouldn’t be shopping for these at Zara. (Heck, some of the items our editors would rather not buy might be your favourite Zara section, and that’s okay—we all have our preferences and opinions.) Truly, in this situation, there’s no right or wrong answer, because at the end of the day, you know we all have an unhealthy obsession with the brand, so who are we to judge? We just thought it would be interesting to find out what these knowledgeable editors steer clear of when it comes to shopping affordably at Zara.

That said, we're not in the way of being unnecessarily negative, particularly when you might like shopping the items we prefer to swerve, so we thought we'd balance this out by charting the items our editors love to buy from Zara. This, naturally, was significantly harder to whittle down. Read on to find out which items our Who What Wear UK editors would never buy from Zara, then continue on to discover the items currently on their wish lists. 

Hannah Almassi, Editor in Chief

Would Never Buy From Zara: Trousers

Loves to Buy From Zara: Dresses

"I don't buy trousers from Zara, as they never fit me! I'm a size 12, and unless they’re stretchy or feature an elastic waistband, it's simply a no-go. Although I love the styles on offer, even the size L doesn't seem to work for me, so rather than make myself feel fed up, I've just stopped even trying them on. Why put yourself through that only to be disappointed? That's my logic. Instead, I always opt for dresses, especially those that are fitted at the waist but fuller on the bottom. That kind of silhouette seems to fit my hourglass figure far better when it comes to this store. Whenever I wear a Zara dress, I always notice I receive more compliments. And I don't think that's any sort of coincidence." 

Shop Zara Dresses

No one does embroidery like Zara. 

The belt detail makes this shirt dress look so stylish. 

Emma Spedding, Editor

What Not To Buy From Zara: Jewellery



Would Never Buy From Zara: Statement Jewellery

Loves to Buy From Zara: Blouses and Blazers

"In my lifetime, I have spent a lot of money on costume jewellery from Zara—big earrings, statement hair accessories and OTT necklaces. We've all been there on a Friday night, haven't we? But I find it's better to buy better-quality, quieter jewellery that I will wear for years and years, so now, I'm trying to avoid buying jewellery that is too trend-led, tempting as that may be. Instead, I tend to buy blouses and blazers from Zara, the latter of which are proving incredibly strong this season and provide an easy pairing to my favourite jeans."

What Not To Buy From Zara: Instead, buy Blazers and tops


Shop Zara Blouses and Blazers

Leather blazers are still high on the style agenda. 

A classic cream blazer will open up so many outfit opportunities. 

Elinor Block, Assistant Editor 

What Not To Buy From Zara: Trousers



Would Never Buy From Zara: Trousers

Loves to Buy From Zara: Jeans (Yes, Really!)

"Despite what the other editors say about Zara denim, I'm very into it. I'm between a size 10 and 12 and find that the brand's jeans fit me the best of any other high-street brand. I do have a few caveats to ensure that they fit my 5'3" frame: They need to be of the cropped variety and high-waisted to fit properly, but Zara often hits the mark. Conversely, I find it hard shopping in Zara's general trouser department, as all the styles come up pretty long. I know I could get them tailored, but I feel strapped for time as it is. I'll stick to Zara's cropped jeans, thank you!"

What Not To Buy From Zara: Instead, buy Jeans


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The blue tone of these jeans make them look so premium. 

The Marine cut is the one I'm gravitating towards. 

The comfiest jeans you'll find. 

Remi Afolabi, Video Content Creator

What Not To Buy From Zara: Trousers



Would Never Buy From Zara: Tailored Trousers

Loves to Buy From Zara: Blazers and Boots

"To be honest, there is not much I wouldn't buy from Zara—it has grown to be one my favourite high-street shopping spots. However, I used to be a fan of Zara's tailored trouser styles (especially the wide leg), but after some weight gain, I've found they just don't fit right, so I'm avoiding those for the foreseeable future! When it comes to blazers, Zara definitely knows a thing or two. It offers such a great variation of colour, fits and lengths, which I appreciate. Its boots are my weakness, too; I don't think I could ever stop buying them from Zara—I've accumulated quite a collection so far."

What Not To Buy From Zara: Trousers


Shop Zara Boots and Blazers

I sized up in this blazer for a slouchy fit. 

Cropped blazers are everywhere this year. 

Maxine Eggenberger, Acting Assistant Editor

Would Never Buy From Zara: Swimwear

Loves to Buy From Zara: Shoes and Bags

"In all honesty, there are very few items I won't buy from Zara—the only thing I can think of is swimwear, which I seldom buy from any high-street store. With my larger bust, Zara's swimwear is a complete no-go, as I find it grossly lacks in support. Zara shoes and bags, however, are another story. I don't know who the buyers of each department are, but my bank balance owes them a debt. I have a couple of designer bags in my collection, and honestly, I feel like some of Zara's more premium bags are of the same quality and aesthetic. As for the shoes, Zara helped me fall in love with pretty pairs and has brightened up my footwear line-up tenfold."

Shop Zara Shoes and Bags

I've never met a basket bag I didn't like. 

I don't ordinarily do sparkle, but I'm really into these mules. 

I also love this sparkly pair with a wedding guest dress. 

The perfect way to make any outfit summery. 

The Zara heels everyone wants. 

Joy Ejaria, Social Media Editor

Would Never Buy From Zara: Jeans

Loves to Buy From Zara: Outerwear

"My friends can attest to the love I have for Zara—I can say at least 80% of my wardrobe is from there, and I know the app like the back of my hand. Looking for a sold-out Zara item? I can tell you how to get it. I love the brand especially for its outerwear because the pieces are often timeless. Its blazers, jackets and coats are one of the best on the high street in terms of quality. While I do think Zara does amazing denim, as a woman with a big bum, finding well-fitted jeans can be pretty hard. Zara's was one of the few I could wear without any gaping at my lower back. That, however, was before lockdown, though—now, I'd be lucky if I get a pair to go past my thighs, as we all know its sizing is on the small side. So that's one item I'll be avoiding for the foreseeable."

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The beading on this coat is just beautiful. 

There's never a bad time to buy a great coat. 

Green is trending hard this season. 

This embroidered trench has already been spotted on Instagram. 

Emily Dawes, Affiliates Editor

what not to buy from Zara: @emilyjdawes wears a check dress



Would Never Buy From Zara: Dresses

Loves to Buy From Zara: Coats and Suits

"I'm sure some of Zara's dresses are top-notch, but I'm just not a dress person, and I find on my 5'2" frame, Zara's midis can often look frumpy. I really struggle to find dresses in nice materials on the high street, whereas coats and suits are much more my bag. Zara's wool coats and trenches in particular have a heavy feel to them that makes them seem much more expensive than they really are. I've also found some great suits there recently, so it's become my go-to when I need an all-in-one outfit."

what not to buy from Zara: @emilyjdawes wears a Zara suit


Shop Zara Suits

The longline blazer and slouchy trousers compliment one another perfectly. 

Such a gorgeous colour to liven up a vest top. 

The satin texture makes this brown suit feel all the more '90s.

The perfect shade for summer. 

Harriet Davey, Fashion Contributor 

Would Never Buy From Zara: Coats

Loves to Buy From Zara: Co-Ords

"I love a Zara buy as much as the next person, but I usually go there with a few specific items in mind. I tend to stick to brands such as COS, Arket and H&M for basics, so when I head to Zara, I'm often on the lookout for more statement pieces. The issue with this, though, is that everyone ends up wearing the same. And this is why I would never buy a coat from Zara. It's an item you wear on heavy rotation living in the UK, so chances are you'll bump into someone wearing the same one. Instead, I'm a big fan of Zara's co-ords (including suits). Sure, I can still end up wearing the same set as someone else, but I won't be wearing a co-ord as often as outerwear, so I can put up with this."

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I'm loving a bandeau-top set for summer. 

This soft suit is a chic way to do animal print. 

I'm a huge fan of this shade right now. 

I would definitely wear this on holiday. 

I would also wear this with chunky flat sandals. 

Next Up: I Just Tried On Zara's Newest Dresses, Jeans and Blazers—Here's What Stood Out

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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