I always seem to forget that Zara exists, even though it's really popular here, and it certainly is present in the US - plus, the popularity has only increased with the interest in the Middleton sisters' wardrobes (they're huge fans of the shop, if you didn't know).
Zara is a fabulous place to get what I think of as proper wardrobe basics. I guess I'd call them 'classics', differentiated from the 'basics' I'd get from H&M: things like cami tops in every colour and t-shirts. Zara is somewhat like a more fashion-forward Banana Republic - well-made but inexpensive (relatively) workwear and knitwear. The fall arrivals at Zara are really no different. While the looks fulfill the trends for fall and winter, I could see these items in full rotation for years to come.
I've picked out my favorites here:
|Dress with Contrasting Sleeves - £40|
Mod-style shift dresses are 'bang on trend' (heh - that is the worst phrasing ever but I just had to use it), and I'm a sucker for a long-sleeved dress. I especially like how the sleeves are a different colour but don't stand out, yelling 'look at me! I'm a contrasting sleeve! (not literally, of course - a yelling sleeve would freak me out).
|Two-Tone Skirt - £25|
Pencil skirts = always useful. The side stripes add a little fun and are slimming to boot.
|Palazzo Trousers - £40|
See? Wide-leg trousers that don't have a wide leg. These drapey trousers are elegant, though, aren't they? Unfortunately, I can't imagine creme trousers faring well in London streets in the winter.
|Large Two-Tone Clutch - £90|
What a great splash of colour to add to any of the above items. Unfortunately, the price is a little 'gulp!'.
|Male Vigore Coat - £100|
I really don't need another fall/winter coat (as much as I would like to phase out my old black one), but I just can't stop going back to this one. Elegant and practical at the same time. Hopefully not too boxy in person.
Plus: hey! It's much cheaper than the Burberry Prorsum one.