As another week goes by with new COVID-19 movement restrictions to keep us safe at home, I can’t help but think about what travel plans the summer will have in store for me and those around me. I am determined to find ways to make this summer feel “normal.” And just because I’m not jumping on to a plane just yet, doesn’t mean I’m not shopping for things that make me feel like I’m going somewhere exciting. So, I’ve turned to one of my favourite retailers, Zara, to load up on budget-friendly dresses, tops, trousers, sneakers, mules, and more that make me feel like I’m somewhere sipping a pina colada in the sand (even though it’s just my balcony). Are you curious to see what I added to my cart? Watch my video and keep scrolling to see what I bought to feel ‘summery’.
WATCH THE VIDEO: VIRTUAL TOUR OF ZARA SPRING/SUMMER 2020 COLLECTION
LOOK 1: Check Print 2 Ways
Check prints and gingham are well represented in Zara’s Spring/Summer collection. You can style up this blue and black check dress with aqua mules or make it a casual day look paired with white animal print sneakers.
Check Dress, PRP AED 129, available at zara.com
Crossover Leather Mid-Heel Mules, PRP AED 299, available at zara.com
Animal Print Sneakers, PRP AED 129, available at zara.com
LOOK 2: Volume Here I Come
The Spring/Summer 2020 collection cuts are all very feminine with a lot of volume shoulders inspired by Rotate Birger Christensen. This voluminous taffeta dress is a favourite and sure to make you stand out in a crowd (in a good way). It’s fluffy, stylish, easy-to-wear, and super comfy. Here, we choose to go casual and paired it with multi-coloured sneakers.
Voluminous Taffeta Dress, PRP AED 289, available at zara.com
Multi-Piece Sneakers, PRP AED 269, available at zara.com
LOOK 3: Crop Top Casual Chic
Imagine a summer night out in Europe, just chilling with a pair of sneakers but still keeping it a bit sexy with high-waisted trousers and a puffy crop top, again an inspiration drawn from Rotate Birger Christensen.
Crop Top With Smocked Detail, PRP AED 169, available at zara.com
High-Waist Trousers With Belt, PRP AED 199, available at zara.com
Animal Print Leather Sneakers, PRP AED 369, available at zara.com
LOOK 4: Crop Top Day Casual
If denim is your favourite, take Look 3 and make it more day-casual with high-waisted denim jeans but still keep the look feminine by pairing it with mules. There are a lot of denim jeans in different cuts to suit everyone’s style in the Zara Spring/Summer 2020 collection.
Z1975 Baggy Paperbag Jeans, PRP AED 169, available at zara.com
Block Heel Mules With Square Toe, PRP AED 199, available at zara.com
LOOK 5: Lilac Suit 2 Ways
This Spring/Summer 2020 collection is inspired by the natural vibes of Jacquemus who works with a lot of neutral colours like beige and white, but also with lilac which has to be THE colour of 2020 because we just love it so much. Here, we combined lilac tailored cropped trousers with a funky Smiley t-shirt. Adding an oversized blazer in the same colour ups the style factor but still keeps it on-trend.
You could also make this look more casual by swapping the tailored lilac trousers with a pair of high-waisted jeans from Look 4 and you’re still totally trend-ready for Spring/Summer 2020!
Smiley® Print T-Shirt, PRP AED 99, available at zara.com
Basic Blazer, PRP AED 199, available at zara.com
Cropped Trousers, PRP AED 129, available at zara.com