Monday, August 27, 2012

Shopping at Zara

My friend Rebekah and I went to Zara for the first time yesterday. We were both really looking forward to it, having seen so many of their cute clothes on other bloggers. At the end of our shopping trip, we both concluded that we were disappointed.

Their sizing is inconsistent. I tried on one top that was an XS, and it was too big. Another top in a size small barely fit me. I also found the quality of the clothes to be inconsistent. Some of them seemed really well made, while others were more of a Forever 21/H&M quality with a Banana Republic price tag.

Let me walk you through what I tried on and purchased:

I liked the idea of these jeans...they were a really dark wash, and really skinny through the leg...but, I just didn't think they were flattering on any part of my body, besides my legs. I didn't purchase these, but for your reference, this was the size 2 (also marked 34), and they fit me well. I think these run small if you compare them to a size 2 at stores like JCrew or Banana Republic. These jeans would be more like a 0 or 00 there.

I loved this top so much, but didn't end up purchasing it. It's actually photographing better than it looked in real life. This was the XS, and Rebekah and I both thought that it just looked too large on me and bordered on sloppy, even though it's supposed to be loose fitting. I think this would look better on someone taller (maybe 5'5" or above).

This is another top I didn't purchase. This is the XS, and I think I would have liked how the size small fit me better, but I just didn't feel like it was anything great, especially for nearly $60.

I saw this top online and fell in love with it, but in person, it was so disappointing. This was the size small, and it just fit me. The sleeves were too short, and across the chest was just an awkward fit it wasn't made well. Rebekah pointed out that on the back, some of the embroidery was already unraveling. The quality was just not what I would expect from an $80 top. So sad!

I purchased these! This is the size small. They were a little long, but otherwise, fit great. I actually liked how the XS looked on me because the length was better, but they were so tight that I felt like they wouldn't be comfortable. They have seams down the front and back, which is really flattering, and the gold side zippers make them unique. They also have a really wide elastic waist band, which cinches you in. These remind me of the JCrew Pixie Pant, (seen on me here) which I adore, but I think I will hold off purchasing them, since I now have these Zara pants, and they were only $35.90, as compared to JCrew's at $88!

These are very similar to the Zip Leggings above, and again, the JCrew Pixie pant. I also bought these in a size small for the same reasons I mentioned above. The length on the XS was better for me, but they were just so tight. These pants have gold ankle zippers, no seams, and elastic patches along the hips and inner calves. They remind me of a riding pant. I know I'll get lots of use out of both of these pants this fall. They're a nice weight and the zippers just make them much cuter than a plain legging. These are also $35.90, which I think is very reasonable!

(I can't find this one online!)
It was a size small, knit cardigan but sort of looked like a blazer with less structure. I thought it was cute but decided that I just didn't need it right now. It was about $60.

Sorry, the lighting in this dressing room was horrific! This was the size small, but again, I felt like it was a bit awkward fitting through the chest. I didn't purchase it. I just decided that I wasn't that thrilled with the fit or quality for $60.

Lace Scarf (not available online)
I loved this the minute I saw it! I thought it was so unique and pretty. I know I'll wear it all the time throughout fall and winter!

Have you guys been to Zara, or purchased anything from them online? I don't think I will make a special trip to the store again, but if I happen to be near one, I would stop in to see what they have. I definitely cannot imagine ordering online, since I found their sizing to be so inconsistent. 


  1. in the spring/summer i was hitting huge at Zara...and then towards the end of summer it kind of sucked..I hope it gets better as fall rolls in :) for what it's worth, you look cute in pretty much anything!

    ps- not sure you are aware but you have to enter a captcha when you comment on your blog---you can go into your blogger options and change this...they are really hard to read sometimes and i find they deter ppl from commenting because it can be frustrating :) just thought i'd let you know since it's so easy to change in your settings :)

  2. Thanks Veronika! I was hoping the same thing...I thought maybe they'll have a better selection once we really get into fall.

    Oh thanks for the heads up! I didn't know that! They are so annoying...I"ll definitely change that setting!:)

  3. Rachel, I've had the same problem as you at Zara. I always go in with high expectations....and I've only ever bought one thing, one time...and that was a pair of ballet flats on sale. The sizing is really inconsistent and some of the quality is sorely lacking. I'm hoping to get lucky one day, but for now, I'm having better luck at consignment/thrift shops! ;-)

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  5. Do the combined ottoman leggings have the same waist band as the zipper ones?

  6. Hi Rachael. The ottoman leggings do not have the same waist as the zip leggings. The ottoman leggings have a regular sized, covered elastic waist....whereas the zip leggings have a super wide elastic waist that comes up to your rib cage. Hope that helps! I wore my ottoman leggings for the first time yesterday and loved them! They were comfy all day and held their shape really well!


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