How to curate a capsule wardrobe at Zara Feb ’21

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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.

Shopping outfit

When I go shopping, I like to wear layers and pieces that I can potentially try on with other clothing.

Shopping outfit at Zara
Shopping outfit: V neck sleeveless silk tank top in quicksand pink from Lilysilk. Long pink waffle cardigan from SheIn. Cream trousers from Uniqlo. Grey suede heeled knee high boots from Nine West. Anna foldover clutch in red from Coach.

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)
Zara try on white batwing sweatshirt, yellow floral cropped sleeveless shirt and light denim wash high waisted paperbag bermuda shorts
Zara try on: Darted sweatshirt in oyster white (left). Printed cropped shirt in yellow (right). Paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue (right).

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.

Zara try on black high neck tank top, yellow floral cropped sleeveless shirt, light denim wash high waisted paperbag bermuda shorts and white high rise cropped carrot jeans
Zara try on: Halter neck bodysuit in black (left). Paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue (left). Printed cropped shirt in yellow (right). Hi-rise carrot fit jeans in oyster white (right).

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.

Zara purchases

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:

  1. Sleeveless top
  2. Long sleeve top
  3. Short bottoms
  4. Long bottoms
  5. Casual shoes
  6. Dressy shoes
  7. Accessories
  8. 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.

  1. Flowing top with pleats in oyster white from Zara
  2. Darted sweatshirt in oyster white from Zara
  3. Paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue from Zara
  4. High-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara
  5. Converse Chuck Taylor all star leather high top in cream pebble from Platypus
  6. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery
  7. 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.

TEA BREAK!

  • 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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Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white pleated shoulder tank top, high waisted light denim wash paperbag bemuda shorts and black waist belt paired with cream white high top Converse chuck taylor sneakers
Flowing top with pleats in oyster white, contrast belt with double metal buckle in black and paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue from Zara. Converse Chuck Taylor all star leather high top in cream pebble.
Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white shoulder pleated tank top, high waisted light denim wash paperbag bemuda shorts and black waist belt paired with mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
Flowing top with pleats in oyster white, contrast belt with double metal buckle in black and paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue from Zara. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.
Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white pleated shoulder tank top and cream high waist belted tailored trousers paired with cream white high top Converse chuck taylor sneakers
Flowing top with pleats in oyster white and high-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara. Converse Chuck Taylor all star leather high top in cream pebble.
Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white pleated shoulder tank top and cream high waist belted tailored trousers paired with mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
Flowing top with pleats in oyster white and high-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.
Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white batwing sweatshirt, high waisted light denim wash paperbag bemuda shorts and black waist belt paired with cream white high top Converse chuck taylor sneakers
Darted sweatshirt in oyster white, contrast belt with double metal buckle in black and paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue from Zara. Converse Chuck Taylor all star leather high top in cream pebble.

Psst! If your belt’s too wide, it doesn’t have to go through the belt loops. Just wear it over.

Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white batwing sweatshirt, high waisted light denim wash paperbag bemuda shorts and black waist belt paired with mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
Darted sweatshirt in oyster white, contrast belt with double metal buckle in black and paperbag denim bermuda shorts in light blue from Zara. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.
Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white batwing sweatshirt and cream high waist belted tailored trousers paired with cream white high top Converse chuck taylor sneakers
Darted sweatshirt in oyster white and high-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara. Converse Chuck Taylor all star leather high top in cream pebble.
Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white batwing sweatshirt and cream high waist belted tailored trousers paired with mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
Darted sweatshirt in oyster white and high-waist trousers with belt in beige pink. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.

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.

Capsule wardrobe curated from Zara items white pleated shoulder tank top layered over white batwing sweatshirt, black waist belt and cream high waist tailored trousers paired with mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
Flowing top with pleats in oyster white layered over darted sweatshirt in oyster white, contrast belt with double metal buckle in black and high-waist trousers with belt in beige pink from Zara. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.

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!

Meanwhile, Winnie…

Cute little fluffy pomeranian dog chewing on a bully stick treat

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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8 thoughts on “How to curate a capsule wardrobe at Zara Feb ’21”

  1. What a beautiful capsule wardrobe, JC. The colors are so pretty. I love these soft shades of pink on you. I am on a bit of a Zara kick right now because they apparently sent a whole ton of excess pieces to my local thrift store. I have purchased about 6 Zara pieces recently, new with the tags, for thrift shop prices! Thanks for linking with me.
    Shelbee
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    • Thank you Shelbee, and thanks for hosting. That’s amazing, totally winning! Look forward to seeing those pieces on your blog x

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