Hands down, Zara has to be my favourite high-street brand, and I know I’m not alone in my adoration. In fact, I get a little too excited when the weather starts to feel like autumn because it means that Zara—an expert in winter dressing—will be providing me with a reliable rotation of cool pieces to get me through the rest of the year.
Zara has been my go-to for basics that stand the test of time. Great knitwear, beautiful dresses and brilliant footwear are just a few of the categories I’ve gone to Zara for in the past, and these pieces still serve me well now. I know I can always rely on the Spanish brand whether I’m looking for something trendy or something a little more understated and classic.
I’m building my autumn/winter wardrobe at the moment, and you already know where I was keen to head to first for some inspiration. I went to Zara to check out what its latest drop had to offer and tried on a few bits that tickled my fancy. Of course, there were some failures during my try-on, but I narrowed it down to eight key pieces I’d buy in a flash! Check out my review of the chosen items below.
1. CHECKED KNIT DRESS
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The checked pattern is a big trend for this autumn and winter, and it’s a motif that comes back time and again, which makes this dress a clever trending item that has plenty of mileage.
I already own something similar but in a different colour way from Warehouse, and I get plenty of wear out of it, so it makes sense that I instantly gravitated towards this dress.
I think the sage green and cream complement my skin tone very well. This will look just as good in the summer months with sandals, too.
2. KERMIT-GREEN BLAZER
This shade of green is having its moment right now. This was the first item I spotted and grabbed to try on because the colour is just stunning.
I like how it really stands out against a plain black outfit, but this could work just as nicely in a more vibrant look, too.
Zara is well-loved for its tailoring, but I would love this blazer even more if it was made of a thicker and more structured material.
3 & 4. THE KNIT SET
This co-ord is definitely a chic alternative to the usual sporty tracksuit, and I love it. It’s super comfortable and so nice to move around in. It’s a pairing that can be dressed up or down.
This exact iteration isn’t available online at the moment, but there are similar pairings around. I’ve included the closest alternative below.
I love how this water-repellent quilted jacket has a leather look without the associated price tag. I think this style of jacket works well when paired with wide-leg trousers.
6. JACQUARD TROUSERS
Speaking of trousers, I’ve recently been living in anything that has a generous, wide-leg fit. I’m not usually one to take a second glance at a houndstooth textile, but I was swayed by this particular pair of trousers because of the fit. They create a really cool silhouette when paired with a slightly cropped jacket.
7. OVERSIZED SHIRT
I gravitated towards this classic striped shirt because of its slightly oversized fit and material. It feels great against the skin, and I love how it hangs off the body. It’s so simple but so useful to have in your wardrobe.
It could work in a smarter look, but pairing it with some knitted trousers created a great weekend-downtime look.
8. CROPPED BLAZER
I’ve never thought of owning a cropped blazer until I tried this one on, and I think I’ve been converted. It’s definitely something you can take from day to night.
For a daytime look, I’d opt for a turtleneck and wide-leg, high-waist jeans. And for an evening look, I’d pair it with a cute mini skirt and heels.