My Grammie Dianne has taught me many things: A love of convertible cars, that Elvis really is king, and, most of all, a sense of style. We've been keen shoppers for as long as I can remember, and she's always been sure that I knew my own tastes.
My confidence—or perhaps, stubbornness—in knowing my style came directly from my Grammie. With every birthday gift my family gives her, we ensure there's a gift receipt obviously attached, knowing full well she will choose something better. She knows what she likes, and I've always admired her strong sense of personal style.
I am always trying my best to shop less and shop better, but there are some (increasingly rare) occasions when I find something in Zara I know my Grammie will love forever. We always fawn over each other's outfits when we see each other, and there is often a surprise Zara element to each of our looks.
Despite our different styles (and, yes, our generational age gap), we do agree on the pieces we always buy from Zara. We appreciate that there is something for both of us, no matter our mood or fashion craving. We don't go there for everything, but with our keen eye and decisive shopping style, there are certain Zara pieces we can rely on.
We recently realised what those key items are: Both of us return to Zara for winter coats, knit dresses, statement tops, and accessories—and we always make sure that the fabrics are durable so they are long-lasting. Keep scrolling to shop the new-in pieces we both approve of from these specific categories for summer 2019.
We keep our eyes on Zara's new-in section for coats because (over years of both owning a few) we have each discovered they have a consistently good cut and fit for our body shapes. We're both loving the oversized coat look this season and are looking to investing in wool versions that will last us.
We are obsessed with staying cosy and chic all winter long, and the best way to do this is with a knit or a jumper dress. My Grammie bought the sleeveless khaki one and is recently wearing it with a yellow leather jacket and a gold necklace.
We would both describe our personal style as classic, but we do like to poke around the accessories for fun additions to add a twist to an outfit. We both love gold jewellery, which Zara has plenty of. My Grammie particularly loves to match her scarves and bags to her outfits so she has them in many colours. I like to channel Emmanuelle Alt by belting my pieces through winter.