These Zara and H&M Items Are "Fashion" With a Capital F

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Everyone has different approaches to online shopping. Maybe you rely on fast-fashion retailers for your trusty basics and then splurge on special designer pieces, or perhaps it's the reverse. But no matter what you have in mind, there's no denying that massive retailers can be incredibly time-consuming to sift through because of the vast selection. 

For this story, I decided to focus on the most fashiony pieces from two of our readers' favorite brands: Zara and H&M. I zeroed in on the items that have something unique about them, whether it's an asymmetric hemline or a bold color. Scroll down to shop my favorite Zara and H&M items that are "fashion" with a capital F.

I'm obsessed with this '70s-tinged geometric print. 

Crochet is one of summer's coolest yet most wearable trends. 

Halter dresses are surging in popularity right now. 

This reminds me of Cecilie Bahnsen's pretty confections. 

It's been a long 12 months—it's time to bust our your heels again.

Don't be afraid to turn heads in electric orange. 

Hot pink is a major color trend for summer and these $14 sandals are the perfect way try out the look. 

This crop top is about to be all over Instagram. 

These chunky sandals would look so cute with a floaty dress. 

This is giving me Carolyn Bessette vibes. 

Puffy sandals are extremely popular right now, and H&M's $30 price tag can't be beaten. 

Baggy jeans are unquestionably one of the biggest trends this year. 

I love a good basic with a twist. This one mimics a bustier but is more comfortable. 

This crocheted detail is so beautiful and makes this top worthy of a close-up look. 

The perfect dress to wear to the beach or pool. 

Try a striking asymmetrical top instead of a dress for your next night out.

Sheer tops are always a favorite of fashion insiders. 

Let your bra show under a sultry lace slip. 

Who can resist a great coordinating set? 

The ultimate going-out dress. 

This blouse is so polished yet so comfortable. 

Flatforms are still a favorite of fashion girls. 

You can never go wrong with classic black and white.

I'll never get tired of great matching sets. 

This corset-like top is giving me Bridgerton vibes. 

The pretty detail around the bust takes this white top to the next level. 

Open backs are very much on-trend right now. 

I have a feeling these slides will sell out incredibly fast. 

Swap your tan trench coat for a pretty gingham version. 

Crochet is definitely enjoying a moment in the spotlight this summer. 

This fun dress is from the H&M x Brock Collection collaboration. 

Not your mom's doily. 

I love the smocked detail at the waist. 

So many fantastic crochet pieces, so little time. 

In case you haven't noticed, platform sandals are all over IG right now. 

I love a good twist on a classic work shirt. 

Summer weddings, anyone? 

This dress touches on the highly popular cutout trend of summer 2021. 

The perfect strappy sandals that aren't too high. 

Don't overlook H&M's stellar selection of blazers. 

You can style this as a bra top under a blazer for a fresh going-out look. 

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