No really. I have the Zara bug and it’s got me hard. I admit that I tried to stay away from Zara and the concept of “fast fashion,” because honestly I not much into cheap quality, throw away, over-by-next-month trend clothing. I see it as frivolous and wasteful, and I’d much rather spend my hard earned money on something of better quality. I resisted Zara for a few years after it’s ubiquitous arrival in the Pacific Northwest. Not surprisingly, the PNW seemed like the last place for Zara’s arrival. The Spanish retailer obviously had been doing well around the world, so it was only a matter of time before it made it’s way to our rainy city.

The first Zara store in the Seattle area opened in downtown Seattle. Not exactly the place I go to shop. I prefer free parking or sitting on my butt in sweatpants on my computer, clicking my mouse and waiting a few days for the package to arrive. Even though I love fashion, shopping on foot, especially in a noisy, wet city, really isn’t my thing. But when Zara opened in Bellevue where the old J.C. Penny used to be, and my friend drug me in there, I was immediately sold. I guess I was expecting another H&M, but in Zara I found more fashion forward finds, as opposed to watered down versions of the latest runway fashions. I could tell that Zara designers don’t copy other designers, but they do take the trends and make them their own and unique. I admire that about Zara.

This outfit is made almost entirely of Zara finds, with the exceptions of the shoes, bag, jewelry, and beret. The beret I scored on, one of my other favorite fashion forward websites that doesn’t break the bank and always has unique items. This entire outfit minus the non-Zara items cost less than $250. I love the simple plaid pants with the high-waist (a favorite pant style of mine). The sparkling “Femme” shirt goes perfect with all the feminist motif fashions out there at the moment. And the jacket…THIS jacket! It’s one of my favorite pieces I’ve bought this year. Not only is it stylish, it’s also incredibly warm, which always comes in handy during these next few dark, wet, and cold months here in Seattle. I’m going to do my best to stay out of Zara because it’s one of those stores that sucks you in and leaves you with some gorgeous new clothing you (probably) don’t need. Zara…I’ll see you this spring for a revisit to see what you have for the new season. For now, I’ll do my best to stay away from you and keep my wallet hidden from your temping clothes.

Xo -Kelsey

Kelsey Colliander