April 12, 2007

Zara SS07

First of all I have to say I am a HUGE Zara fan so excuse this somewhat biased and overly-enthusiastic post. OK, so I love Zara -it usually sells clothes that are totally fashionable and right on the mark. But the great thing about Zara that I like above all the other high street stores is that Zara's high end 'inspired' clothes don't look like cheap and cheesy copycats. The clothes look classy and expensive when in fact they're very affordable. The first time I saw Zara's SS07 collection was when I was on family holiday in Barcelona (where quite frankly, there were no other shops worth looking at so you can imagine how long my sister and I stayed inside Zara.) Zara's SS07 collection is totally loveable and wearable:
See what I mean? Seriously stylish. Sidenote: Zara always has clothes which are very Marni-ish, like in this picture.
When in Zara, look out for its silk tops and dresses. They look much more expensive than they actually cost and are the way to go to look classy. This dress (and similar ones) are available in other prints. The only reservation I have is that it is very obviously from Zara, plus you could easily clash with someone you know.\
And here's a beautiful silk top. Such a pretty summer top for day (and possibly night) wear! I'm currently considering buying similar tops (from Zara).
This Gucci-inspired dress is what I mean by 'on the mark' fashionably in a classy way. I read in a recent article that this dress was sold out within hours of selling in the the Oxford Street store. It's also available in other prints and colours. How I wish I bought one now (or at least tried it on since I'm not sure how it would look on a short person)!
And finally, there is of course officewear, which Zara has tons of.
I bought a black, double-breasted jacket from Zara last fall and absolutely adored it. However (just to balance this post out), there were two problem:
1. Loads of other people have bought the same or almost identical jackets. I'm not one of those people who are crazy about unique-looking clothes, but this is a problem when you're walking around a tiny campus and every other girl has the same jacket on.
2. The buttons are sewn on very losely so be careful! One of my buttons fell out and since Zara is a high street store, no extra buttons were provided and now my jacket looks wonky. *hopes someone in Zara'a HQ reads this!*
What do you think of Zara's SS07 collection? And any thoughts on Zara in general?
Photo source: www.zara.com


Anonymous a.g. said...

i am also a huge fan of Zara, i just there about 4 days ago. they do have excellent suiting and are for the most part right on the money when it comes to the new fashions without being overly trendy, overly cheap looking, or overly priced. however, while all the dresses looked adorable on the rack, none(including the yellow dress) looked good on my body (5'3" size 2-4), so if you are petite, the proportions might be a little off. overall, i too am completely partial towards zara, its fabulous.

4/12/2007 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Stefania said...

The "top" in the third photo is actually a dress :) I bought it a few weeks ago.

4/12/2007 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


These promo photos were shot in Capri, Italy!! I can recognize it! Definitely!

What an adorable place....

4/12/2007 8:10 AM  
Anonymous mimi said...

i presume zara is a UK/Europe shop? we don't have it in australia, which is sad because these clothes are gorgeous!

4/12/2007 9:57 AM  
Blogger missx said...

I've never shopped at Zara, but the around 54th and 5th seems to always be calling out to me. For myself, I am much more at home in H&M. Which is surprising, since H&M stores are usually trashy and cluttered.

4/12/2007 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also got that "top" that is in fact a dress. Although it looks like silk it's just polyester and cotton (but nobody has to know). It's so cute and comfortable.

When me and my friend go Zara shopping, we spend hours at the store.

4/12/2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Zara but,we don't have in seattle.When I go to Vancouver or Istanbul,my hometown,I definitely shop at Zara.

4/12/2007 11:24 AM  
Anonymous shopdiary said...

i LOVE zara. i was so happy when they opened a store near work. compared to other fast fashion chains, their quality is so much better. MANGO in contrast was a disappointment to me. At least the spring collection is.

4/12/2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger 24X7ShopGirl said...

This season's Zara is STELLAR! There are loads of pretty, super mod silk print one piece dresses. Super digging it. I so wish that they have an online store as well :(

I do agree though that they do a really bad job with buttons, they always seem to fall off.

When you were in Barcelona, did you check out Massimo Dutti, also part of the Zara chain? What do you think of Massimo?

4/12/2007 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Zara, but sizing is a little iffy. I mean, maybe it's just me- I'm short and petite, so it's hard for me to find something fitting there. Plus, small sizes sell out FAST, and the store is a little jumbled up sometimes so it's hard to find something.

I agree that their clothes are very distinguishable though.

4/12/2007 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely Mango for basics and Zara for "distinguishable" pieces

4/12/2007 1:27 PM  
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4/12/2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I love zara!!
It actually began in spain (to whoever said it was from uk/europe)
I went first in israel- they're all over there- and found a huge one in SF.

I learned that the reason that they're so on top of fashion is because they have over 400 designers and renew the clothes in their shops every few weeks-- meaning they make small supplies of everything, so buy fast!

4/12/2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Fashionistakay said...

My top two Zara picks are: the first pic and the pic where the model is wearing a yellow dress. Its very Betsy Johnson...I think it looks similar to her 2006 Spring/Summer collection.

4/12/2007 1:51 PM  
Blogger That Fashionista said...

I giggled a little reading this entry because JUST today, my friend took me to the mall for the sole purpose of introducing me to Zara. I never went inside, and I always walked right passed it because I thought it was too expensive for me. To my dismay, it was pretty affordable and I really like their collection! Great post, I agree 100%.

4/12/2007 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Leia said...

I like ZARA, but I'm really carefull when buying items from that store. Some blouses I bought there had tiny holes in them. Nothing serious but still it makes you think of the quality of the clothes.
As someone said earlier- sizing is a bit strange there. I never buy pants in Zara just because I can never find my size.

4/12/2007 2:23 PM  
Blogger Debbie Shiamay said...

i love zara! i did a similar blog post about it too. Their shirts and trenchcoats are my favs

4/12/2007 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

I'm studying in Spain for a semester, and in Galicia to be specific - that's where Zara is from and I just love that store so much. I used to go twice a week until I got robbed and lost all my money.

The silk top that everyone keeps saying is a dress - it is both a top and a dress. I know because I tried on both. *grin*

4/12/2007 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zara is great. i love it and have to disagree on the buttons.. yes, they are most of the time loose, but they always put a bag of extra buttons near the outside or inside tags! always! (that also happens with other apliqués, like sequins, beadings, etc).

if you want the yellow dress, there are tons is lisbon - it only looks good if you're really flat chested, ohterwise you'll just look inflated!

did you now that zara has a lot of other chains, aiming different targets?? in london you only have massimo dutti (my fav, but more expensive - whatch out for the puuurfect bags) and berskha (youthfull and slutty), but in other countries you can also find pull&bear (youthfull and sporty), oysho (which has definitely the cutest underwear), stadivarius (even more slutty) and springfield (casual men's wear, started doing nice women's basic clothing last year).

that explains why zara's owner is one of the top 10 richest men on earth by Forbes magazine...talk about empire!!

4/12/2007 4:48 PM  
Anonymous sophie said...

i love zara with a oassion..a few years ago my sister in law who lived in france used to talk non stop about zara, but for some reason i always thought it was a very expensive store..
I just go that yellow dress 2 weeks ago in georgetown,d.c and when i actually got ther they were all sold out except the one on the manequin. i had to literally speak to the manger to get the dress from the manequin lool
anywhoo i love how the dresses fit me! the jeans i could not fit in even though i wear 26 in waist n 35 in lenght...
other than that i just they had a better website.

4/12/2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger caroline said...

i think i know which double-breasted jacket you're talking about, because i think i've got the same one in charcoal! i bought mine in october, before it started getting cold, and then saw everyone in the same coat all around campus, just in different colours! and yeah, i have to agree, the buttons were really loose, i lost one from the sleeve as well, so i had to sew the rest one tightly to reinforce them

4/12/2007 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE Zara! I discovered it first on my vacation in Portugal. And then Zara came to Holland! :D I currently live in Spain where it´s very hard to walk past the store without going for a quick peak/shopping spree..

4/12/2007 7:04 PM  
Blogger thedaydreamer said...

i lurveee Zara. their fashion are up-to-date and very affordable like you said. and they have a certain standard of quality tooo.
its oone of my top fave shops!

4/12/2007 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Venusia said...

I also love Zara, especially the Zara Woman and Zara Collection lines. Most of Zara Basic looks very cheap (kind of like H&M), but then they are mostly trendy disposable pieces.

When they first opened here a few years ago, by the end of the season the whole store would be empty with one or two racks of clothes. Bizarre way to do business! Now, they renew very frequently.

I tried those sack dresses and they didn't work for me at all. I looked like an overgrown 4 year old. But I bought a wonderful form-fitting Zara Collection brown dress that looks way more expensive than what I paid for it.

4/12/2007 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Kiki said...

I find also the Zara sizing weird. I´m tallish (scandinavian), and apparently have long limbs, so I hardly ever find anything fitting. It's like they only add width to the clothes when the size gets bigger and no lenght at all. So with tops, all the waistlines are way too "high" and way too "big" when I put something on. Also, I have problems getting my hands in to the sleeves. When I once complained about this to the salesgirl, she just looked at me, and sniffed "maybe you should stop going to the gym then if you have too big biceps!" Hilarious!

4/12/2007 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you have two of the same blogs? Or are they the same blog with different address? Sorry, just confused.

http://fashion.bloggingit.info ----is this yours?

4/12/2007 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Micaela said...

i love zara! i first discovered it in high school, but i never bought anything until i lived in paris and there were TWO within three blocks of my apartment. the quality is much better than other high street chains, in my opinion, and the shoes are adorable!

the yellow dress looked horrible on me -- i'm 5'4 and a size 2. i think it's made for a taller figure, like many of their clothes -- their pants are always at least a few inches too long in the inseam. otherwise, i love everything about zara!

4/12/2007 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE Zara as well!!! I never LOVED it until I moved to Tokyo and found it quite difficult to find clothes in my size. I'm actually quite tall so Zara has clothes that are long enough for me. I definitely agree that their clothes are very stylish but, yea, sometimes, you see other people wearing the same thing which it a bit annoying.

4/12/2007 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love zara too! I always shop in zara (in Denmark), and yes, they have such good clothes!

4/12/2007 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zara is the best! I LOVE ZARA! But am still a poor student studying overseas so I can't afford them :(

4/12/2007 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Zara too!! The clothes in there are always fashionable and most of it is affordable without looking cheap. The only problem i have with Zara is the sizes!!! Small is too tight for me and medium is too baggy!! They need to make an in between size, then this shop would be perfect!

4/12/2007 11:52 PM  
Blogger lluviaschick said...

´m also a Zara FAN.... but i have to say (and you have to admit) that the quality has changed a lot (to bad... pretty bad sometimes) in the last to years... they trust too much in "made in china"... know what i mean? and some clothes look like, as u said, chessy copycats... but u always find cute items

lovely yellow dress, but not made for petite girls... believe I try it!

4/12/2007 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Fashion Today said...

It's true, Zara makes adorable wearable clothing. Now they just need to ad some more in between sizes.


4/13/2007 2:24 AM  
Blogger ENID P. said...

I have never entered into one of these stores...


4/13/2007 3:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Although it looks like silk it's just polyester and cotton"

Cool! I was just thinking what a cute shirt/dress that was but bummed out that it was made of silk since I'm a vegan. Now I could actually wear it!

4/13/2007 3:51 AM  
Blogger mel said...

im wearing the yellow ruffle dress to my school leavers day, i got it last friday on oxford sreet and there were still 3 XS dresses there if anyone was interested

4/13/2007 4:03 AM  
Blogger WindWhisperer said...

All of the clothing is exceptional in that line...love the office wear.

4/13/2007 4:46 AM  
Blogger The Shopping Nerd said...

I love Zara...I definitely agree that a lot of their clothes are pretty Marni-esque. I actually tried on that yellow dress, though, and it looked AWFUL on me. I didn't like it at all. I really like that silk butterfly one, I'd like to see it in person.

4/13/2007 4:52 AM  
Blogger Felice said...

I am a Zara dependent. I also write about zara. Como check it out...I guess we share the some opinion and I would like to know what do you think.

Great blog.

4/13/2007 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Georgia said...

Does anyone know if you can buy Zara online???? Hope so!!

4/13/2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger Fashionista said...

I love-ED Zara. I used to by all my clothes there when I was younger. But now, it's like, everybody ends up wearing the same stuff.

I have to say, the clothes are nice! These people behind this store obviously have talent, so why not try setting their own trends?

Now, I just go there for my basics, they're great for those too!

4/13/2007 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Tania, Fashionising said...

Zara do some fantastic stuff - I love that butterfly tunic!!

4/13/2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I have the silk poppy print dress in the top picture. As soon as I saw it I had to have it!
It sold out super fast but I managed to get one in a small. I could have done with an extra small but with a waist belt it looks fantastic. I'm short at 5'2" but I can pull it off with leggings or skinny jeans with heels or wedges.
I love Zara, and I'm so proud of this dress.

4/13/2007 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree the clothes are poor quality for the price. Whenever I buy something from Zara it starts looking worn out within a year.

Very cheaply made clothes.

4/14/2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger mighty twisted said...

ZARA is one of the best affordable clothing stores. I have a major issue with the sizes. It's definately no place for a petite person. But then again, no place is! :'(
I love their colours though.
I've purchased some shirts that are really great as dresses. And many accessories that don't overpower me completely, or make my lack of height too obvious.
Overall, ZARA is quite great!
(But for some reason I hate all their men's clothes. ALL of them. Don't ask me why, I don't know but I feel very strongly about it)

4/14/2007 10:38 AM  
Blogger the_kitten said...

I am a little confused by the love Zara gets here.. I often think how nice their clothes look but hardly ever come out having bought anything.. me personally have experienced that their quality is worse than H&M (which is even cheaper and I come out there with loads of new stuff), the bottoms of coats or jackets just aren't sewn on properly for example and the prices are ok but for what I get still a tiny bit too high.. Zara is an option but I don't like it..

4/14/2007 5:58 PM  
Anonymous EMMA W said...


4/14/2007 11:47 PM  
Anonymous kate said...

zara is great for cute trendy tops & coats...i was there today!

but i really prefer Massimo Dutti (as mentioned above!)....they have gorgeous clothes, shoes and bags, and the fit is so much better than zara

only problem is, no massimo in north america

4/15/2007 6:59 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

i always thought zara was for older women...
but these photos present a new perspective for me :) i love the stuff in the officewear photo, especially the vest over that blouse. and there's a strange allure from the butterfly dress.

4/15/2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

as with most high street stores, i'm always afraid that it's easily going to rip etc. but i guess a lot of brands ask a lot of money for items with not so high quality materials but pretty design.
so only if i really like it(design, color, fit) i'll buy it! i'm very picky that way :x

4/15/2007 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So I was visiting my friend who was helping with production of a lavender diamond music video and I saw the lead singer from io echo who was there making a cameo in a scene wearing the yellow zara dress. I've been stalking this dress, and consequently I'm really into this chicks band/style. I asked half jokingly if she thought the stylist would lend it to me and she said, "well i was my own stylist this time round, it belongs to me!" O well she was nice enough to let me get a pic on my cell. WHERE CAN I BUY THIS DRESS?????? There must be a Zara somewhere that hasn't sold out of it.


4/19/2007 3:21 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Until today, Zara was one of my favourite clothing stores, but given my discovery today that they will not allow returns of items purchased with a gift card, they are now dangerously close to falling off my list of places where I will shop. I have contacted their head office in the hopes that this was just a misunderstanding at a local store but I spoke to the store manager, and she said that in spite of the receipt's promise that I could return or exchange for 30 days, they would not allow the refund option for purchases on a gift card.

All I wanted was to put the credit back onto the gift card, or even just a store credit since I didn't have time to browse that day, but no luck. It seems to me that Zara has the most control over the gift card payment option, so I cannot fathom why they would choose a policy that would irritate their customer when I could get a full refund (not just a store credit) for any other method of payment. Any store that disrespects its customers like that loses my business...

4/23/2007 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Tin said...

The first time I saw Zara was 2003 when I went to Scandinavia. I love this shop! I'm back in Manila and I'm happy to say that we do have Zara here as well (just opened a few years back). Their pants are amazing. The shoes as well.

4/30/2007 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying to find the silk butterfly dress - I live in the UK can't find it anywhere - any ideas??? Thanks!

5/01/2007 8:00 PM  
Anonymous VogueGirl said...

I used to love Zara and its quirky fashion, but recently have found it rather boring and forgive me 'trying a bit too hard'. I have found their clothes to not be very fashion conscious instead there for tall sophisticated and classy people.

The shop is also too confusing for me, the difference between the cheap and expensive clothes is too big and they obviously dont know what audience or age range they want to cater for!

7/28/2007 1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Zara but hate the stores. Why doesn't Zara sell online?

10/07/2007 10:30 AM  
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11/22/2007 6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at ZARA yesterday and I bought a black ballon-dress, I love it!
This Blog is totally in style!

12/29/2007 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Dawnie said...

I first visited ZARA in Malaga, Spain on holiday. I loved it. I purchased several items and people are still asking where did I get them from. The problem that I have is that you can't shop online. They really need to catch up with the times.

1/08/2008 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does zara hav an online store?i sw a skirt i want the other day and want to order it!

12/08/2008 2:34 AM  
Blogger Coorly said...

I love Zara. I throroughly enjoy the inspiration it draws from themes of nature and the ocean infused with urban fierceness. All put together with a hint of animalistic tendencies and a pinch of haute couture! Its truly inspirational.
I also love cow print! it smells nice.

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