It’s been awhile since I bought anything so I went for a little shop at Zara (Castle Hill, Sydney) and picked up a couple new basics.
COME SHOPPING WITH ME AT ZARA FEB ’21
Whenever I go into Zara, I either love or hate everything. This time it was love, love, love.
In Australia, it’s currently nearing the end of summer and we’re entering autumn/fall soon.
Fashion is so fast-paced these days that there’s multiple seasons within one season and I’m finding it difficult to describe this current collection. Let’s just go with Feb ’21.
Their current collection is full of classic style basics and soft natural colours. Lots of beautiful lounge wear, comfortable fabrics and cushy everyday pieces that you can wear over and over.
When I go shopping, I like to wear layers and pieces that I can potentially try on with other clothing.
Do you like my shopping outfit? It’s not the most practical, but it definitely helps me to remember the colour palette I’ve got going on at home.
Zara try on
I tried on 5 items and purchased 2:
- Darted sweatshirt in oyster white (size S)
- Paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue (size EU 34 / AU 6)
- (see FAQ for my measurements for reference)
I really wanted to get the cropped yellow floral blouse. It’s so darn adorable and the material is dreamy but I concluded that it’s too loud so I’d never wear it.
As I’ve mentioned before, there’s only one rule you really need to learn for minimalist fashion, and it’s to stick to basics.
Items that are loud are not easy or versatile to wear, so if you want to get the most wear out of your purchases, you need to stop buying loud clothing.
It’s also a good idea to make a list of items you need and to set a goal of shopping for these particular items rather than just going in with an open mind and allowing yourself to purchase whatever catches your eye.
As much as I liked the black high neck bodysuit, I decided that it was too similar to the black high neck crop top I already own.
I’ve also been looking for white jeans and thought I might have finally found my pair but unfortunately they were too tight around my bum and bunched weirdly in the crotch area.
I was so bummed about this as I really liked them otherwise. I never really thought my butt was that big but this fit problem seems to be a recurring theme and this is why jeans must be tried on.
Now, onto the purchases I did make.
The darted sweatshirt in oyster white is a round neck sweatshirt with long balloon sleeves and darted cuffs. It’s made of a thick soft material that can hide your nipples if you want to go braless.
The paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue are high waisted, wide leg bermuda shorts that feature side and back pockets with folded up hems. They’re also available in white and light grey.
I also bought the contrast belt with double metal buckle. I wasn’t allowed to bring it into the changing rooms to try on, but it’s a thick black symmetrical waist belt that can be adjusted on both sides.
As you’ll see in my outfit photos below, the buckles are a brassy orangey gold that I quite like, but the camera was not able to capture this accurately.
Together with some older pieces I got from Zara, I curated a 7 piece capsule wardrobe with 9 different outfits.
7 PIECE CAPSULE WARDROBE CURATED FROM ZARA FEB ’21
When putting together a minimalist capsule wardrobe, I like to have:
- Sleeveless top
- Long sleeve top
- Short bottoms
- Long bottoms
- Casual shoes
- Dressy shoes
- Outerwear (I chose to omit this item for this collection)
This is my bare minimum approach to capsule wardrobing that allows different pairings and versatility for many different occasions.
- Flowing top with pleats in oyster white from Zara
- Darted sweatshirt in oyster white from Zara
- Paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue from Zara
- High-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara
- Converse Chuck Taylor all star leather high top in cream pebble from Platypus
- Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery
- Contrast belt with double metal buckle from Zara
My pair of high-waist trousers with belt (4) is at least a couple years old. I’m not sure if beige pink is still available, but these trousers seem to be a staple item at Zara and available in many different colours with new colours being introduced frequently.
I’ve never bought shoes from Zara before so I can’t comment on their footwear and the 2 pairs I’m showcasing here are purchases made elsewhere.
- Rest your eyes
- Take a deep breath…inhale peace & exhale happiness
- Make a small wish for someone you love
- Get up & stretch your legs
- Hydrate & energise
- Set an intention to live your best life
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Psst! If your belt’s too wide, it doesn’t have to go through the belt loops. Just wear it over.
And of course I layer my basic tops for this last one, which also turns out to be my favourite outfit from this minimalist capsule wardrobe.
Now I know these outfits are very similar looking and that it can be boring to wear basics, but this is why it is so important to find basics that you love and feel so comfortable in that you can literally live in them.
Be picky about your basics!
I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how you can minimalise your shopping and get more wear out of your wardrobe staples.
Please let me know if you enjoyed (or disliked) this kind of come shop with me and build a capsule wardrobe post. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated.
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