Warning: do not be lured into an actual Zara store during sale season. Walk right past those big red signs in the windows and spend your lunch hour doing something less soul-destroying; like adding up the calories in your Boots meal deal. Earlier this week I did not heed my own advice and ended up in what I can only describe as something akin to the pits of hell.
The air conditioning was broken. So they’d hired portable units which were inexplicably pumping out HOT AIR. The queue was so long it merged with the one for the fitting rooms. There was shit everywhere, and yet about three nonchalant sales assistants manning the entire store.
So, do yourself a favour and buy yourself something nice online. Here’s what I’m eyeing up:
BIKER JACKET WITH STARS AND STUDS
Every wardrobe needs a black biker jacket. Mine already has one. But this is, like, cooler. It’d look so good with a little going-out dress and ankle boots.
DRESS WITH FRILLED SLEEVES
I’ve gone a bit mental for frilled sleeves recently. They’re strangely flattering — perhaps because they skew your proportions and make everything else look smaller? For twenty quid, this little beaut will do nicely for work, or after-work drinks.
LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT
I’m addicted to leopard print skirts. I have four and this one is destined to be my fifth. I need it to wear with the biker jacket anyway.
Here I go with my flouncy sleeves again, but this little knit is the perfect weekend staple – throw on with black skinny jeans and Gazelles and pretend you’re a Parisian blogger.
Annoyingly, a few of the things I’d seen in-store have sold out online, so I might just have brave another visit after all…