Fast fashion brands are undoubtedly most women's number one source of trend-driven pieces that they may want to try but not necessarily splurge on. And as you know, Zara, in particular, does trends really well. But there's another area where it's equally adept: investment pieces you'll wear for years. Hear us out. The definition of investment, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is "the act of putting money or effort into something to make a profit or achieve a result." Nowhere does it say anything about having to invest a certain amount. An investment could be as small as a penny if you're going to get something in return.
When you invest in fashion, that thing you get in return is either a profit, if you ever choose to sell the item one day, or, in this case, multiple wears. And among Zara's plethora of ultra-"trendy" pieces are also a plethora of investment-worthy pieces that will work for a variety of occasions and that you can easily mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe.
Just for fun, we thought we'd take this opportunity to rank the top investment-worthy Zara pieces at the moment since the retailer's now freshly stocked with new fall arrivals. These 20 pieces are sure to have you thinking I'm so glad I bought this each and every time you reach for them.
Read on to shop 20 Zara pieces you'll wear for years to come, and be sure to scroll or click all the way to the end to find out what we think is the number one investment-worthy Zara piece for fall.
Sure, this is a bit trendy, but pink and ruffles are two trends that aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so you'll get plenty of wears out of this pretty top.
Considering how flattering it is, the paperbag-waist trend is sure to stick around a while longer, and we predict gingham will continue to surge in popularity next summer.
You'll want to wear this with jeans pretty much year-round—trust us.
This soft pink color is almost nude, making it surprisingly versatile. We plan on wearing these to work quite often.
Sure, red is a major color trend for fall, but it's also quite classic. Additionally, jumpsuits seem to be here to stay at this point.
Invest in these now and you'll be getting a head start on the slouchy-boot trend, so there will be plenty of opportunities to wear these beauties in the future.
Perfect for fall date nights when a summery white dress just doesn't feel right anymore.
This flattering trouser style will look so chic with an oversize sweater and kitten heels this fall.
Zara shoppers were so crazy for this dress in navy that the store released it in red. Try repurposing it as a robe but unbuttoning it and layering it over jeans and a tee.
A pair of black boots that are a subtle take on the sock-boot trend is the way to go if you want longevity.
This blazer is classic enough to swap in for your black one and special enough to wear day to night.
Fifty dollars is money well spent for this chic little black leather bag, in our opinion.
One can never have too many crisp white shirts.
Black skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple, and this is one of the best pairs we've seen from Zara.
Yes, velvet is back again, and yes, these pumps are perfect.
A top this versatile, pretty, and timeless should not be passed up.
Good luck finding a genuine leather jacket this good for a better price.
True story: With a simple footwear swap, this flattering LBD would feasibly work for an evening out, a job interview, a travel day, and everything in between.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you—these vintage-inspired jeans could pass for a pair that's triple the price.
Given the amount of use that you're likely to get out of outerwear, it doesn't get more investment-worthy than this. We love that this trench coat is classic and devoid of all the bells and whistles that would potentially make it look cheap.
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