The sun is out, your swimsuits are already on heavy rotation, and due to the plethora of festive summer outings filling up your social calendars, your desire to shop has increased tenfold. We get it. You need a cute little top to wear with jeans to that picnic, a flowy dress to wear with sandals to an outdoor dinner, and your array of summertime basics is in need of an urgent update. Does that thought process sound familiar? Thought so.
Now, instead of spending tons of money on what can sometimes be very little fabric, we like to head to Zara during the summer season for those last-minute pick-me-ups, and so do some of New York's most stylish editors. If there's anyone who understands the heat and pressure to look chic at all times during the summer, it's the women ahead. These constantly on-the-go, trendy, social ladies know how to shop, but they also know how to save, and according to their lengthy list of products currently in their Zara shopping carts, they are not ashamed to admit they too sneak into a fast-fashion store every once in a while for fashionable yet affordable finds.
Ahead, check out what some of New York's most stylish fashion and beauty editors are buying from Zara to get them through the rest of summer 2019.
"I'll never not want a statement top, especially one that shows a little skin, like this knotted, cropped situation. With this exaggerated bow, I won't need much else, which is very much so my vibe: doing the most with a little. (If you're extra and you know it, clap your hands!) I'm also into the versatility of this blouse and could rock it with denim, trousers, or even a silk skirt."
"Like the rest of the world, I've hopped on the strappy-sandal bandwagon. I'm putting myself on punishment and not buying any more black shoes. I have way too many. This vibrant blue shade caught my eye and will present lots of cool color-blocking opportunities for my wardrobe."
"The silhouette of a suit makes me feel so powerful. In the fall and winter, I always have pantsuits in rotation. But this summer, I want a fun suit dress like this. I can wear it buttoned up for a flirty leg moment. Or wear this open, which feels more casual and will instantly elevate the look of something simple underneath."
"Recently, I discovered how much of a cool factor a good hat can add to such a simple lewk. When the weather warms up, I like to experiment with brighter hair colors (e.g. the blonde box braids I'm wearing right now), and this popping pink bucket hat will pair well with my summer styles."
"Zara's most underrated, best-kept secret is the kid's section. Children's sizing 12 through 14 and 14 through 16 will actually fit adults sizes small and medium. For simple white tanks and pointelle tops that I wear on rotation, I always browse the kid's section at Zara. They are basically half the price and some even come in packs!"
"If you know me at all, I love a good mule. They are my go-to shoes whether I'm at the office or out on a Saturday night. These animal-print mules are a subtle yet chic way to introduce print into my otherwise monotonous wardrobe."
Michelle Li, Fashion & Beauty Editor at Teen Vogue
"After all of the runway shows, it was undeniable that the '80s were still a thing. I never thought I'd get on board with it until I saw this top at Zara. I'd pair it with my vintage Levi's and a gold hoop and be ready for the weekend."
"That hot, humid New York summer weather is about to hit, and there's really only one thing you can wear to work: a linen dress. I love the simplicity in the florals of this one, making it a new neutral in my closet."
Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor at The Zoe Report
"I'm obsessed with bubblegum pink right now, and these fun lace-up sandals will be an easy way to the rock the shade with everything from cropped denim to midi skirts and even wedding guest dresses for a bolder pop of color."