7 Weird Things I've Learned From Being a Zara Addict
Hi, my name is Lauren, and I am addicted to Zara. You may remember me from my exposé on my unhealthy love for the fast-fashion brand, and if you don’t, you’re in for quite a treat. For the record, Zara does not pay or incentivize me in any way to promote the site—I simply do it because it brings me joy. Yes, chatting with customer service, getting on every waiting list, and staying up late to shop new arrivals are all activities I choose to participate in solely because I think it’s fun—weird, I know. The good news is that throughout this obsessive Zara journey, I have gained some insider knowledge on the brand, and I figured it was time to pass my secret pot of Zara gold onto all of you.
The weird facts you’re about to read cover a broad scope of information regarding the brand, from its eco-friendly endeavors to how to score items no one else will have. Need help with customer service? I’ve got tips for that. Craving some fresh Zara styling techniques? I know the Instagram accounts you should follow. And don’t you dare think for one second I left out my favorite Zara items of the moment (I would never do that to you). Consider this the CliffsNotes version of the latest and greatest Zara features, products, and more. Now, are you ready to learn some strange facts about the brand?
Go on to read the weird Zara facts I’ve learned, thanks to my personal obsession with the brand, and shop the new arrivals you should consider adding to your cart ASAP.
Typically, Zara gets handfuls of new arrivals each week. When the influx of new product starts to dwindle, that’s a sign that a sale is approaching.
Some Zara stores have a warehouse at the same location as the actual store. While you can’t necessarily shop the warehouses, you can check to see if an item you want is in stock in the warehouse if it’s not available in the store. Zara will call in the item and hold it for you (free of charge, including shipping fees) so you can try it on before you buy. This process takes around 24 hours.
TRF stands for Trafaluc, which is the brand’s teen section. The actual word trafaluc doesn’t translate to anything, but it’s a word made up by Inditex (much like Bershka).
CUSTOMER SERVICE HACKS
Zara’s website has an online chat feature that allows you to talk to real people in real time about any Zara concern you may have. I have chatted with them about everything from returns to the definition of TRF. Zara also has a Facebook and a Twitter dedicated solely to customer service. Zara might be big and mighty, but it’s also determined to treat its customers well. The Inditex site also informs us that, “further enhancing the quality of [its] customer service, Zara stores also include radio frequency identification technology, using cutting-edge systems to track the location of garments instantly and making those most in demand rapidly available to customers.”
Looking for Zara items no one else will have? We have two sections for you to shop: the loungewear section of Zara Home and the menswear accessories section. Zara Home has great shoes, pajamas, and sometimes even swimsuits, while the menswear section has great accessories ranging from sunglasses to bandanas.
Zara prides itself on eco-friendly stores and unwavering sustainability. Everything from in-store clothing recycling containers to the brand’s participation in Earth Day (the store shuts off its window lights for an hour) proves that this brand is here for the long haul.
As previously stated, Zara is big on all that is eco-friendly, which apparently extends to its shipping boxes: The retailer challenges its customers to reuse their Zara boxes with fun DIY projects. Seriously, click here, and scroll down to see what we mean. Get creative enough, and maybe the brand will feature yours.
There are more than a few Instagram accounts solely dedicated to Zara. Besides the one my co-worker/BFF and I run, @thedevilswearzara, there are tons of others to follow to get inspiration for your next Zara purchase, including @zara_daily, @zarausa, and @zara.mania. Because once you become obsessed with Zara, there’s no turning back.
Keep scrolling to shop my favorite Zara products available on the site now.
Zara Beaded Minaudière ($60)
This functions so sweetly as a crossbody bag or as a purse with a handle.
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