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10th Commandment: August 25

I’m done buying summer clothes.  With Labor Day just around the corner, there’s no point.  This week, the morning post will feature retailers who sell under-$150 items and their best pieces for fall.  First up, Zara.


Zara Boatneck Tube Dress ($80)

Dresses. This dress is a versatile piece for day-to-night.  Add a white blazer for work, then switch it out for a chunky necklace and chic sandals for happy hour.  This cable-knit sweater dress is also a nice choice.  I adore this bold-pink, textured dress with short sleeves.

Tops. This black-and-white mixed fabric blouse is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine.  This combined rib top with banded sleeves is very cool.  I also love the brushstroke print on this funnel-neck top.

Pants. Yes, pants.  These pale pink trousers are awesome.

Handbags. This bucket-shaped tote is awesome.  I also love this Bordeaux-colored city bag.  And do not miss this bowling bag with knotted handles in a soft pink or a basic black.



  1. Yousaucyminx says:

    I love the Zara dress, but im way too hippy for it.

    Side tip, I just bought the greatest dress at Old Navy- a tank fit and flare with zip back made of a nice ponte knit. I got it in a tall to ensure a work appropriate length (I’m 5’5) and it’s awesome for $30. I wear it now on its own, but come fall will pair great with a blazer, cardigan, Or blouse under it. Perfect for curvy/hippy girls (I’m an 18)


    August 25, 2014/Reply
    • Rachel says:

      Have to second this – I live Zara’s clothes when I see them on the rack, but they are one of the least hip- and bust-friendly contemporary brands I have ever encountered. It’s a shame.

      August 25, 2014/Reply
  2. LongTimeLurker says:

    Are Zara leather purses worth $100+?

    August 25, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I think so. I have one of their City Bags and it’s pretty well made.

      August 25, 2014/Reply
  3. Cate says:

    How long do Zara pieces tend to last for you? I’ve never bought anything from there because I find that whenever I walk in to the store, there are always several items that are already ripped or falling apart. The clothes look great online or in the window, but I just always end up leaving disappointed by the quality. Any tips on what you look for?

    August 25, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I think part of the reason for that is that a few of the customers are young people who were raised by wolves AND the clothing is so tightly packed on the racks. I have several Zara pieces (jackets esp.) that have been worn for two years with regularity.

      August 25, 2014/Reply
    • Helena says:

      I recently ordered two Zara pieces online, so they were, presumably, fresh out of the factory when I received them. Both fell apart after one wearing.

      August 25, 2014/Reply
  4. BigLaw Midlevel says:

    If you are thinking fall, and like Zara, it’s time to look at Massimo Dutti. It’s all dreamy.

    August 25, 2014/Reply
  5. Joules says:

    That sheath dress is a real gem. It looks a lot like one I picked up from Target this weekend, very simple and chic!

    Style by Joules

    August 25, 2014/Reply
  6. Lisa says:

    I rarely post, but I LOVE the pink pants. However, can someone explain these? https://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/trousers/drop-crotch-sweatpants-c269187p2167014.html

    August 25, 2014/Reply
    • Anna says:

      Just the name is enough to wtf? that.

      August 25, 2014/Reply