Disclaimer: I still love Zara. But so does everyone else. It only takes so long until I run into another inevitable polka-dot dress situation or find its trend offerings start to blur together no matter how many times a week I refresh the new-arrivals page. If you've ever experience Zara fatigue, know you're not alone.
The good news is Zara isn't the only option out there delivering fresh trends for reasonable prices. And no, I'm not just talking about other fast-fashion stores like H&M, Topshop, and Mango. There's a whole horde of affordable brands that continue to fly under the radar. For those who are ready to try something other than Zara—at least temporarily—I've thrown together a list of 11 brands to bookmark instead.
So the next time you're in search of a dress that five of your coworkers don't already own, shop my recommended alternatives below.
1. The Line by K
Founded by blogger Karla Deras Chambers of Karla's Closet, The Line by K was set up for success from the get-go. Since launching in 2015, the brand has amassed a cult following for elevated basics with a hint of Deras's own personal style—a mash-up of body-con pieces, simple tees, and a love of all things satin.
2. Pixie Market
While cool-girl brand Pixie Market's prices may skew ever so slightly higher than Zara's, its chic, modern, and of-the-moment pieces have a similar aesthetic to Zara's.
3. Charles & Keith
If you've yet to put Charles & Keith on your radar, now's a good time to do so. The Singapore-based accessories brand—approved by stylists and editors the world over—is a one-stop-shop for trend-driven shoes, bags, and jewelry. Its offerings are so good you'd never guess that all of its items run well under $100.
4. Farrow by Need Supply Co.
Need Supply Co. is chock-full of exclusive brands. Some of my favorites include Stelen, Just Female, and Farrow. I shop the latter of the three so often I've even added it to the front of my browser's bookmark bar. While Need Supply Co. has wisened up to the budget-friendly brand's popularity and upped the price this last season, Farrow's trend-inspired offerings are still insanely affordable for its quality.
This Spanish clothing brand is known for its trend-forward and contemporary pieces and very favorable prices. Since it's one of Zara's sister brands, you can be sure you're getting a similar feel in aesthetics.
6. Petite Studio
Petite Studio is every under-5'4" female's best friend. The New York–based womenswear line is dedicated to serving the latest trends to petite women, ensuring that oversize blazers will actually fit their frames.
10. Pull & Bear
While Pull & Bear skews a little younger than the Zara customer, there are definitely a ton of cool sartorial gems to be found. Known for its on-trend pieces and budget-friendly prices, just like Zara, you can find complete fashion-forward looks without breaking the bank.
Fast-fashion brand Arket has finally made its chic wares available to buy here in the U.S. You'll a similar selection to Zara's including accessories, shoes, and contemporary clothing but with a slant towards minimalist styles.