What and How to Shop at Zara

What and How to Shop at Zara

what to shop at zara

This is requested post by Ankita. πŸ™‚

When Zara opened in New Delhi, India a few years back, I was at the mall attending a makeup event. And I didn’t go to Zara. Β Why? Because Zara had more people in their store that day than a celebrity would attract. It was INSANE.

But now Zara is my favourite store to shop at. It took me a while to really figure out how things work at Zara but now I have a mini Zara store at my home only. lol!! What can I say, I am addicted. πŸ˜›

Let’s start with what all you can buy from Zara and then I’d cover little tips and tricks.

Basic Tees: Zara offers the most amazing collection of tees that you may find. Their TRF section is a hub of all kinds of tees. I feel for tees, it is best to wait for the sale season to stock up on them. They go to as low as Rs 200 or even less during sale season. You’d find a variety of materials in tees but I like the ones that are of flowy material. They don’t snug at all the wrong places, they fall beautifully and are very comfy. When looking for printed tees such as THIS, I look for a thin material. And these stay as it is after tons of washes. I have some tees that are two years old and I still wear them.Β 

Zara Basic Tees

Denims : Whether it is your regular denims or coloured denims, Zara does it all and it does it amazingly. I always look for the coloured denim section for any new colors they may have introduced. But even some of their regular blue denims have amazing fit. Now Zara introduces one fit of denim in many colours and they are all stacked at the same place. The best thing to do is that if you find a great fit in one color, you can always pick up another shade in same fit.

Regarding regular denims, I would say it is tough. Out of the 5 trips to Zara I’d probably have one trip where I’d find one pair of denim that I really like. But when has a jean shopping been easy??

Coloured denims zara

Blazers : You gotta pick up blazers from ZARA ALWAYS! They could be your best investment pieces.Β Printed, plain, sequinned, long, short… they have it all. And sizes don’t vary too much in Zara blazers. I go by the same rule, if I like the fit of one style, it is highly probable that I’d pick up another one in a different color/ print. The hot pink blazer in first pic is the variation of the black blazer that I am wearing in the 3rd pic shown below. The material and quality of blazers are really good.

Zara Blazers Shoes : Some of my favourite heels and flats are from Zara. With heels, I would always try and walk in them. If I am finding any difficulty walking in them, I wouldn’t buy them. And 95% time of the time I have not found any variation in the size. I have bought a lot of wrong heels but this tip of walking has helped me come a long way.

Zara Shoes Accessories : Zara offers some of the cosiest, softest and prettiest scarves all year round.

Always keep a check at their Accessories section and you may find some stunning statement neckpieces. In fact Zara stays bang updated with the trends. I was hunting for THESE rings since April and finally found them in Zara in July.

zara statement neckpiece

Some basic tips for shopping at Zara:

  • Zara keeps its stock very updated. So I personally check their stock every 10 days or so. And if you visit Zara too often, you’d somehow know which section to find the best pieces.
  • If you like something A LOT…I mean A LOT, buy it the same day or get it reserved for a day. Atleast in Delhi, Zara’s stuff moves at a speed of thought. You’d like something and you’d think you’d buy it later on… in most cases it wouldn’t work. It’d be sold out.
  • One of the most amazing policies at Zara is refund and exchange within 30 days. Just keep the receipt safe. Don’t do the refunds too often because I am not sure what would happen in that case.
  • I am not a huge fan of button ups at Zara. In most cases the buttons are poorly sewn. I liked their silk shirts during winters but summer cotton shirts have not held up too well for me. A mix material is the best option to opt for. But I still keep a lookout for something that I may like. I fix the buttons at home. Regarding sizing, if I am buying a shirt that is cut in a curvy way from the sides, I’d buy a size up. If it is a regular button up , I’d buy it in the regular size that I wear. This helps prevent straining around the buttons and your shirt would fit properly.
  • Zara is well known to bring designer inspired stuff to its stores but sometimes it gets way too close to the original stuff. Which pretty much is a plagiarism of sorts. If I am aware of the original product, I just cannot buy the ‘inspired’ product from Zara. But if I am not aware of the original product, I might as well end up buying the copy and hope that I don’t get aware of it. πŸ˜›
LV-zara-chequered
Left Louis Vuitton, Right : Zara
valentino red shoes
Left Valentino, right Zara
    • Regarding sizing, as I mentioned that you have to visit often. Zara comes up with set of clothes. For example, in a certain style of tee you’d have an option in terms of colors or prints. Β I rarely ever try on the tees or shirts now. I try my blazers, and shoes outside (once you find your size, you’d notice that there is not much variation is shoe or blazer sizes). But bottoms I just wouldn’t buy without trying no matter what. Sometimes if I am too lazy, I’d just buy it. Try it at home. If I like it, I’d keep it. If not, I’d take my refund or pick something else.
    • This tip came fromΒ @priyadarshini17 on Twitter :Β TRF section Β offers low costing options so you can scout that area if you are on a budget. And petite people can try the sizes in kids section- 13-14year old.
    • Zara offers excellent collection of bags as well. But now I don’t buy them until I really really like something. I look for clutches now. Zara offers some amazing budget options for everyday wear. TRF is the place to look for. They are mostly hung on stands or on hooks. Main bags are on the top shelves in the main store. Also check the tags for the material. You may find some excellent pure leather bags that would last you seasons.
    • I am not sure if this tip would be helpful or not. Let’s accept that Zara is an expensive store. But I have noticed that if you are willing to pay a little more, you would be able to find very good quality stuff. So may be you are able to pick up just one thing, it would last you long and would look more expensive than what you might have actually paid for.
    • I go shopping alone because I need to THINK when I am shopping. πŸ˜›

Overall , Β I am a hugggee fan of Zara. I have tried almost everything from their store. I have found prettiest of blouses, dresses, skirts, trousers, coats… and just about everything clothing related at Zara. You can get some really unique picks as from their shelves.. such as THESE pants. Β It’s actually about spending a bit of time at the store. You would be able to find something that suits your needs and demands.Β 

Hope you find this post helpful. If you have more queries, let me know in the comments below. I’d try to help you out. πŸ™‚

And if you also have some tips on how to shop at Zara, please do share. πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend everyone. :))

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Also Read:
Zara Distressed Jeans Outfit.
My Zara Flat Furry Court Shoes πŸ˜€
Blue Zara Dress and a Proposal Story
Zara Sheer Polka Dots Shirt, Golden Vero Moda Necklace
Sequins Play : Red Zara Jacket
Chilly Winters : Zara Big Shopper’s Bag
My Top 10 Heels from Zara

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50 Responses to What and How to Shop at Zara

  1. Renji says:

    A very informative post for all those who wanna explore ZARA for the first time and some tips for all those who shop already from ZARA. I fall onto the first category… I love all your outfits!! I so wanna shop a lot Rati πŸ™‚ Next month, its my bday coming up!! Is there a ZARA store in Hyderabad?

  2. Krithi says:

    Very good and informative post Rati,i was so looking fwd for this post from yesetrday πŸ™‚
    I agree with you ….I didnt like Zara for almost 2 years ,i would go there but wouldnt like anything…
    But then i started spending more time and realised what best works for me.
    Now i only shop in Zara mostly and love their denims,basics,dresses and Shoes ….just everything …
    They r expensive but instead of buying 2-3 cloths i just pick…
    thank u for this post,i will book-mark it

  3. Krithi says:

    I also wanted to add one more thing which I typically do .
    I check Zara India website which has prices for their latest stock and u also get an information on what is new ,What is the price etc.
    It has really helped me to decide and come to a conclusion what fits within my budget and requirement.

    • Rati says:

      thank you so much krithi and what a great point. :)) I agree you do end up picking up some really good stuff if you stretch yourself a tad bit more. πŸ™‚

  4. pinky says:

    i loveeee u r white sarong pants rati they are truly uhhhhmazing πŸ™‚ i loveeeee to shop in zara but we dont have an outlet here in hyderabad πŸ™ and you have one of the most sizzzzzling collection of zara stufff rati dude and the new neck piece is awesome in the first pic waiting for u to do a post soon πŸ™‚

  5. priyadarshini says:

    Awesome article rati!!it’s very helpful.. And thanks a lot for taking in my tip πŸ™‚

  6. jomol says:

    Such an extensive post on Zara…..I am gonna bookmark this and use it when I go shopping at Zara. I agree with you completely that jean shopping has never been easy, I have bought 7 pairs of jeans after rounds of trying, and now I like only 3 of them πŸ™ I love your Zara clothes, accessories, bags, everything πŸ˜›

    and t-shirts going as less as rs. 200 is insane…..must assign you this task next time πŸ˜›

    • Rati says:

      yeah jomo, Jean shopping is the toughest thing in universe… lolll!!! Jomo, I am not taking the task. youa re coming to Delhi. πŸ˜› Thankoo :-*

  7. Ankita says:

    Thank you very much Rati for writing this πŸ™‚ this post is going to be very useful to me… πŸ™‚ the jeans that I bought from them looked so small that I did not want to try it but surprisingly they were stretchable and I was able to fit in easily. But it just makes me think, really overweight people might no be able to find their sizes coz the size that I bought itself was almost bordering on the largest that they have πŸ˜› I must say I was a little intimidated coz it was the first time I was visiting zara and I got so confused there… πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      ankita, for plus size people I feel marks and spencer offers the best clothing. And regrading the curtains in trail rooms, it’s the same at all the stores these days..I guess I have got used to them now. πŸ˜›

      Don’t be intimidated. Just take some time in your hand dig through their treasures. You’d start enjoying it. Thank you :))

      • Ankita says:

        Thanks Rati….actually I stay in Noida n zara is in Gurgaon n select city walk…both very far away from my place..so going to zara is a big task πŸ™‚ else I would have gone there every weekend πŸ™‚ but I would surely try zara more…thanks to the lovely fit of the jeans that I bought πŸ™‚ curtains I will take time to get used to πŸ˜› I m used to shopping mostly from pantaloons, lifestyle n shoppers stop and thank god there are doors there πŸ™‚

        • Rati says:

          hahha!! I guess now I would find it weird if I find doors in stores. πŸ˜› The worst trial rooms are of vero moda.. The curtains are hung somewhere midway. *shudder* yeah as krithi mentioned do check out their site. You’d get an idea. :))

  8. Bhumika says:

    Thats a real nice post..agree with the points..I just got printed pants in this sale from Zara..wanted to check out shoes but the crazy rush πŸ™

  9. Manu says:

    Honestly speaking..i have come to know of ‘zara’ brand from your outfit posts rati πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ How i wish they had a shop in hyderabad..i really like the blazers and the blouses and the neck accessories in the posts..now when i go to delhi next time ill defly go and heck out :-)thanks for the informative post.

  10. Rama says:

    I wish someday i get a chance to shop frm zara..either travel upto Delhi or Zaracomes down to chennai. πŸ™‚

    and this statement is VERY TRUE…” go shopping alone because I need to THINK when I am shopping. ” hehehehehe
    Friends n men confuse us a lot..I either do it alone or take my mom..

  11. Ramya says:

    A MUCH awaited post Rati!!! πŸ™‚ all points were extremely helpful. I have recently started shopping at Zara and the sales there gave a new meaning to “crazy” πŸ˜›
    I love their clothing, just that any purchase from there makes the rest of my wardrobe look blah 😐 I never got blazers from them, need to check out! I love their basic t-shirts, But I can’t carry some of their funky ones, I am just not stylish enough! πŸ™

    • Rati says:

      Thank you ramya. :)) You should def check out blazers. You’d be addicted once you get one from them. πŸ˜› awww I guess you should experiment. Fashion is afterall having fun . :))

      • Ramya says:

        I am surely buying a blazer from them πŸ™‚ I did take a look at them every time I went there but decided that I didn’t know how to pair them… Rati, u know what my friends r totally loving the way I have changed my dressing style nowadays n it’s ALL thanks to u guys solely!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am slowly n steadily, experimenting!

        • Ramya says:

          Oh! I have a rather dumb doubt: I would love to buy one of their sheer shirts but they r huge on me!!! R they supposed to be like that? Or is there a way to wear them, like tucked in maybe?

  12. Surbhi says:

    Such a helpful post rati di πŸ™‚ Thanks πŸ™‚ u know I get confuse everytime I enter Zara.. next time m gonna keep these things in mind πŸ™‚
    I couldnt comment on ur previous posts’ but always checked those. How’s ur mom now? I hope she’s much better, after all u went to see her. Moms always get better wen they see their daughters πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      Thanks surbhi. Mum is better now but she’d take some more time to get fine.. Guess mums worry too much about things and end up falling ill. :((

      Thank you.And how is your college coming along? πŸ™‚

      • Surbhi says:

        Yeah.. I agree rati di.. my mom does d same.. πŸ™ dnt worry ur mom’s health will b perfect in a few days πŸ™‚
        Internship is a bit better now πŸ™‚ I m posted at an easy duty ryt now. N moreover, the weather is gud, so it makes things easier durimg duty. I had night duty on Wednesday n I ended up falling ill cz of insane workload πŸ™ so m resting aaj πŸ™‚ Thanks alot for asking.. πŸ™‚

  13. Sowmya says:

    Rati ,
    Just love your posts … This article is amazing n a grt help .
    Thanks a ton πŸ™‚

    Hugs,
    Sowmya

  14. aru says:

    what an awesome post and you look amazing in every snap. The tees and jeans are just such a fab fit on you. I liked the 3rd pic on your Basic category – the entire style is so me. with the right accessories its such a smart, casual and fun outfit.

    I have bought only thing from Zara so far.. (in Bombay ‘cos Hyderabad dosent have any). I love Marks and Spencer ..am not exactly a plus size but I do tend to go for the L and XLs time to time and have M&S really amazing for the fit.

    • aru says:

      *Basic tees category

      • Rati says:

        Thank you aruna. πŸ™‚ Yeah some days are basic tees and jeans. M$S is a fab place. I mostly like to do my pyjama shopping from there. But they do excellent sizes and it’s so great for women who are plus sizes or generally fit into larder sizes. They also keep their collections updated. πŸ™‚

  15. Rhea says:

    You deserve to get gift certificates or free clothes from Zara, after such an in-depth article on the store. I just hope their website starts online shopping πŸ™‚

  16. Vani says:

    What is the TRF section? I tried on a white faux leather jacket from ZARA and loved it a lot but I let it go coz I did’t want to spend that much then. I totally regret it now.. It was amazing and would have totally made my winters! πŸ™

    • Rati says:

      Vani, TRF is the more casual section of zara and the prices are great. πŸ™‚ Aww dont do that next time. Good luck. :))

  17. sahana says:

    Very helpful post. I find that shoes and pants are the best things to buy during sale from zara. They go on sale as low as 40% off. But all the other stuff(tee’s, dresses, skirts, blazers…..) pretty much cost the same during sale, maybe Rs.200 less than the original price. But I love zara too!

  18. puja says:

    Rati Di we don’t have Zara in Hyderabad….I love those Tees n blazers… I want them…don’t know wen thy will start a store in Hyd…if thy appoint u as a brand ambassador do ask them to open a store here…
    Marks n spencers is good in fact too good…but sometimes ull b surprised like hell thr….I got a T in 250 n the actual price was 3499. N sometimes a plain T thy will charge 2499…
    Hope Zara will b in Hyderabad soon πŸ™‚
    :-O… It ws just by luck I gt the T…

  19. Zara is finally coming to Chennai and what a wonderful timing with the post! I will love you till eternity for this πŸ˜€ I just can’t wait to get my hands on Zara’s stuffs πŸ™‚

  20. megha says:

    I bought a black top from Zara few days back and it was a defective piece πŸ™ πŸ™ I felt so badddddddddddddd…..

  21. amnah razzaq says:

    can anybody tell me the fit of zara shoes, i mean do they true to size or smaller or tend to go loose?? i am usually US8.5 , charles and keith 39 , what size should i get in zara?? i am asking because i dont have zara store in my area where i live and i will be ordering online!!!

  22. Shweta says:

    Hey!

    Great! Great! Post Rati πŸ™‚ love your post n a huge hugs fan.. So m on the heavier side n don’t find anything that fits in Zara.. M heavily busted as well n never find clothes that fit me..could you help with wr I could find trendy clothes in larger sizes n how should I dress… Cuz I only end up wearing men’s t-shirts .

  23. manika says:

    Was in Zara for 7 hours on sat and couldn’t buy much… Will revisit with the tips:)

  24. Charleen says:

    Hi, bought a skirt on Bali and the Zara over there says that I couldn’t refund it… Is this normal in Indonesia or just in that shop..? I’m really disappointed, in Germany you could refund nearly everything..
    Please Help :/

  25. amee says:

    zara should have some cosmetics too i want a matte lipstick buh i m unable to find.

    sob sob

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