Wow—32 Zara Items That Look Designer Without the Price Tag


Zara; PICTURED: Slim Poplin Blue Shirt ($50)

I don't know about you, but my shopping price point is nowhere near the ready-to-wear range. As a fashion editor, I dream about burying myself in Bottega Veneta coats and Khaite tops. But when it comes to actually buying the brands I love, my dollar only stretches so far. Instead, I often look to snag items from luxury fashion houses via their lower-priced offerings, like small leather goods and accessories. Sometimes, however, I find myself salivating for a runway-ready look straight from the rack. Surprisingly, that's where Zara comes in. 

The Spanish retailer has a bevy of trend-forward styles reflecting what major design houses are putting out every season, often in more wearable styles with much less expensive price tags. While the feel of the fabrics may not be exactly the same, Zara's affordable price point means it's much easier to curate a thoughtful aesthetic based on your style. Naturally, the most conscious thing to do is to be mindful of your spending habits, so it's essential that you use each piece of clothing you buy as often as possible, whether it be from Zara or another affordable retailer. But given how elevated and timeless these picks feel, that shouldn't be a problem. Besides, who doesn't want to look like the epitome of luxury?

Ahead are 32 items from Zara I instantly bookmarked because they look expensive but keep my wallet happy. Honestly, I'm shocked they're not sold out yet. Shop them all below. 

Wear this dress alone for a sleek statement or under a sweater for a cozier look.

Elevated knits are a staple among the fashion crowd.

Wool blazers are the perfect entry-level investment into fashion.

Can we talk about this maxi skirt paired with the blazer? I've never seen anything prettier.

This sleek top looks so good for being under $50.

You heard it here first: Metallic accessories will be everywhere this spring. 

If there's one you need to know about luxurious-looking styles, it's that French women are the blueprint behind them. What's more French than elevated stripes?

The detailing on this sheer top looks so high-end.

Who What Wear editor Eliza Huber bought zebra Bottega Veneta heels on sale, and I've been thinking about them ever since.

A matching vest always looks luxe.

These olive pants go with everything.

You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat for the spring.

Hot take: Luxury-looking shorts may be spring's biggest upcoming trend.

Heeled thong sandals are going to make a major comeback this spring and summer.

Asymmetrical pleated skirts are a favorite of fashion's younger rising designers.

The asymmetrical closure on this blazer has stolen my heart.

Sheer skirts may be my favorite spring trend.

You're sure to get a ton of compliments on this jacket. 

This is the belt that we need in every color.

Simple '90s-inspired silhouettes are my fave.

I'm all about the quiet-luxury look at the moment.

A simple way to make shirts look more expensive is to add good tailoring. Case in point? This deliciously draped tank. 

Another incredible skirt set for your troubles?

Relaxed jeans are an editor favorite.

The sharp tailoring on this bustier is out of this world.