30 Random Items That Are Zara-Level Good

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. 

If you've been looking for the perfect matching set…

My biggest regret in life was not buying this in black before it sold out, so yes, I just added this to my cart. 

This is a bikini, but I think it looks better as a top.

Buy this in all the colors, and you'll be set for the rest of the season. 

Mark my words: This top will sell out at lightning speed. 

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. 

Oversize button-downs are my personal heroes each and every summer.

Asymmetrical tops are trending, and this one is cheap and chic. 

Because one can never have too many breezy summer dresses. 

This top is selling out, so you best be quick! 

The perfect shorts for indoor lounging. 

If you're going to wear a blazer in the summer, make it a linen one.

A chic pair of slides that will level up any look. 

Your jeans will thank you for this top. 

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. 

Consider these your new naked shoes for the season. 

For when it's chilly but still warm. You know what I mean.

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