Why write a story that references Zara but doesn't actually include it, you ask? Because if you're anything like me, you get stuck in shopping ruts, heading to the same retailers over and over again without ever branching out. For me, that store is Zara, and whenever I am on the hunt for new yet affordable pieces, that's pretty much the only place I go. While there's nothing wrong with that, it does limit me, and I can attest to never regretting sleuthing on other affordable retailers for the latest and greatest hidden gems.
Zara lovers, if you're still with me but also still a little skeptical, don't abandon me just yet. Ahead, I have shopped out a hearty assortment of fun summer finds from places like H&M, Shopbop, and & Other Stories (just to name a few) that are just as good as Zara. From breezy dresses to wear-with-everything sandals, get ready for a fun and cheap summer shopping guide to the newest pieces I am currently loving.
My biggest regret in life was not buying this in black before it sold out, so yes, I just added this to my cart.
Buy this in all the colors, and you'll be set for the rest of the season.
Cover-up, daytime dress, loungewear—whatever you want this to be, it will be chic.
These come in more "basic" colors like white and black, but there's something about the baby blue that really speaks to me.
Another very necessary (and affordable) basic tank to add to your collection.
A one-piece wonder if I've ever seen one. Okay, sorry, the dad jokes are over.
If you're going to wear a blazer in the summer, make it a linen one.
Distressed jeans are one of summer's biggest denim trends. See?
There's nothing better than a classic ribbed-knit that fits you like a glove.
Very Carrie Bradshaw summer vibes, no?
One more asymmetrical top in one of summer's newest color trends.
Next up, read all about the six summer denim trends that will last the test of time.
"Copy (200 words): Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Where and has worked at the company for nearly seven years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Sydney Sweeney, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.
She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, and Milan, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Elle.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and Vogue.co.uk. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.