I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Zara is a veritable crystal ball when it comes to trends. However, I’ve recently come to realize that Zara’s fortune-telling prowess isn’t necessarily about the what, it’s about the how — how to wear the trends, that is. While the trends themselves are often molded by high-end designers six months prior, Zara’s real genius resides in the styling of them.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited Zara.com and promptly screen-shotted a dozen or so styled looks from the website in a frenzy of inspiration. I even get a little jealous that I didn’t think of putting this with that or that with this first, but as satisfying as it is to have a completely original styling idea, I’m amenable to doing something second when its debut is so spectacular it demands a Xerox machine. Below are five styling ideas from Zara I plan on copycatting with my wardrobe all spring.

1. Pairing Suits With Sandals

Like all great styling tricks, this one is a lesson in contrasts. Given the formal implications of a suit, injecting casual flat sandals into the mix is the sartorial manifestation of a raised eyebrow and a wink. Oh, and feel free to skip that trip to the tailor to get your trousers hemmed while you’re at it. Slouchy is THE THING for SPRING.

2. Leaning Into Mom* Accessories

*MY mom. For as long as I can remember, my mom’s spring/summer uniform has involved a rotation of different wide-brimmed straw hats and colorful, oversized earrings. I will always associate this particular combination of accessories with her as a result, which is why I couldn’t help but grin when I saw it all over Zara last week. She’ll be delighted to hear how trendy her styling preferences are shaping up to be this season.

3. Using a Sheer Cocktail Dress as a Beach Coverup

Honestly this idea is genius and I can’t believe it’s taken me 26 years to entertain it, let alone try it, especially since my ideal beach style persona is “nautical black-tie.” While I can’t in good conscience recommend bringing any nice (i.e. pricey) dresses beachside where they might very well commingle with sand, salty air and seaweed smells, if you have or can get your hands on one in the sub-$50 range (the Zara one pictured above is $36), why not acquaint it with some sea breezes?

4. Getting Matchy-Matchy With Knits

This spring, I vow to shed my hesitancy around matching and embrace coordination with the passion of an octogenarian perfectionist on Easter Sunday, especially when it comes to knits. I must admit I’m already really into the idea of knit shorts, which Zara is making a case for in spades this season, so the thought of pairing them with a synchronizing top or sweater isn’t an unthinkable next step. After all, I did tell Haley I wanted to start cultivating an adult baby cowboy aesthetic, and wearing a coordinating knit set plus cowboy boots sounds like a great start.

5. Wearing Jean Jackets as Tops

I love any styling trick that eliminates a step in my getting-dressed routine, and this one does exactly that. Every time I decide to wear my jean jacket this spring, I can eschew the subsequent task of figuring out what top to wear underneath it. Why? BECAUSE ACCORDING TO ZARA JEAN JACKETS ARE ALSO TOPS. THAT’S WHY. Having already attempted this once, let me leave you with three parting words of advice: wear a bra.

What styling ideas are you wearing (or copying) this spring, from Zara or anywhere?

Photos via Zara.

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  • Rachel

    But this all looks like a diluted Jacquemus. So sad to see his aesthetic be propagated by fast fashion

    • Mary

      #2 isn’t even trying to pretend! #3 as well. it’s just such an obvious rip-off it’s off-putting. i know thats what zara does but jacquemus seems like… a smaller operation than say, gucci or dior, which makes it more offensive?

    • Liz Lagno

      100% could not agree more

    • Jacqueline Hanley

      I just commented that I should’ve scrolled down first

      😂

  • Roshni

    At the moment, I wear metallic gold or silver shoes all day every day (they’re actually a neutral):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7968e17868c391be73035d341c39444aef1e39ec91cd29ac30fd5ee8335211cb.jpg

    • Hannah Betts

      Seconded.

      • KEJR

        A millionded

  • Hannah Betts

    Nautical black-tie ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊

  • I’m really into this trends! Also I’m really into the Zara dresses inspired by Jacquemus, that country and beach vibes, very nostalgic to me! <3
    Kiss*
    http://www.fine-alchemy.blogspot.pt

  • Emily M

    I’m sorry…I just can’t see the intentionally slouchy trouser look without thinking of Nathan For You: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c83c118bb9055cb897bea86230fae2762ea2395fc84201715ee39c5bdc63800.jpg

    • Harling Ross

      hahahahah

    • Caroline

      Hahahaha I’m dying, this is too good

  • I’m not sure I can get down with the suit sandals, but I’m here for a cocktail coverup. I think it would make me feel like the leading lady in a romantic 1990’s ~ beach flik ~

  • Kasey

    The sheer dress is my favorite but I also like the matching knits as a nod to the 70’s. And again MR back on pushing the cowboy boots 😉

  • Clara

    Try Pull & Bear
    https://www.pullandbear.com › …
    Its Zara’s teenage sister. I don’t Know if you have it in the States but it is definitely very popular here in Spain.

    • Paige Kay

      Popular all over Europe! I dont think it exists in America though, other than a rare pop up shop. Same for Bershka

      • Mackenzie

        We’ve just gotten our first Bershka store in NYC thank gad

  • Harling! I am into the “adult baby cowboy” idea! Please, grace us with a post on that! Also, the necessity of a bra when sporting a denim jacket as top look can not be stressed enough. Seriously.

    This spring I am taking notes from the Bratz dolls of yesteryear. Here’s attempt number 1:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bbe9cfd91ec3d4fffbf9c6cdd0962453147ea21233b0f729ae91ff115234218d.jpg

    http://www.shypony.com

    • Olivia

      I love this!

    • Julia

      Coooool boots!

      • They’re Durango! They make a variety of fun boots.

    • Harling Ross

      this is a DELIGHT

    • Cynthia Schoonover

      Fun outfit!

  • ByeBeckz

    omg that striped knit set! just looked at the shorts though and you need legs a mile long clearly ahhhh

  • Brit

    Can we also take a moment to slow clap for Zara’s hair and makeup team?! A bare face + bold lip really does it for me 🙂

    • Harling Ross

      same

  • M. Catastrophe

    I think you should know about #amanciocentrate. Could be translated into something like ‘Amancio, please, focus’ and brings together crazy/impossible ideas from Zara and sister brands..

  • Léa Bory

    It feels like the trends 2 & 3 are linked to the collection “La Bomba” by Jacquemus :O

  • bryn hagman

    I love Zara. such a great way to plan and wear trends without blowing your entire paycheck, though I’m usually an exclusive vintage/consignment girl (#conscious). We’re actually releasing a beer with my husband’s company this month called ‘Fast Fashion’ based on our conflicted love for it! 🙂 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ccf55ddf1a4d4a963fa47a6652e8a9528da6284ccd14d55704bb2942a61f737.jpg

  • Curse Zara for eschewing the RewardStyle revolution. I want to click through to those actual pieces!

  • Jessica

    Sandals are the only shoes I feel work with those big slouchy trousers and I love it, but there is a major downside – if you are walking around outside, your feet will get SO. DAMN. GRUBBY. Carry baby wipes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • KD

    The shorts in the cover photo…zara too?

  • Victoria

    YES! Also, Roberto Collina is such an underrated but AMAZING Brand!

  • Jacqueline Hanley

    I kinda feel most of this is just Zara’s take on Jacquemus’ “La Bomba” collection. Right?

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  • Anna Impson

    jean jackets as shirts is one of my favorite things.
    imma say zara stole it from me.