On a recent trip to Zara three key pieces caught my eye and haven't left my mind since...
Velvet is one of those fabrics that I absolutely despised growing up, but since studying fashion and learning to truly appreciate the properties and visual aesthetics of a fabric, it's now up there with my favourites. Then there's embroidery, as someone who normally opts for a Bohemian edge to each outfit I am a huge fan of special details like embroidery, and it's hard to find on the high street without designer price tags.
Velvet and Embroidery combined, Zara have found a match made in heaven with a Gothic and Baroque feel that reminds me of some of the works of Balmain and Dolce & Gabbanna. Just add a red lip (Mac Ruby Woo being my go to) and you can achieve a high fashion look for any occasion.
The first of the pieces to draw my attention was the shorter dress. It costs €79.95 and falls short in length. It has loose, easy butterfly sleeves and an embroidered square cutout at the neckline which peaks into a high collar and fastens around the back of the neck. I tried this on during my lunch break last week and loved it, but unfortunately I'm not in the predicament to spend this money at the moment with Christmas and a holiday coming up. I will however be stalking this dress in hopes that some day it will end up in Sale.
The second piece to catch my eye was the Velvet Kaftan which is priced at €69.95. A key wardrobe essential this season, this lazy, easy to wear kaftan can be thrown on over opaque tights or even skinny black jeans or paired with some heeled boots for a night time look. The shapeless silhouette is the perfect contrast with the embroidered details that embellish the front of the dress and give it a special, Baroque feel.
The third piece, which I also got a chance to try on during my lunch break, is this cropped Velvet top with an embroidered bib detail on the neckline. This top is priced at €49.95 Unfortunately Zara in Stephens green don't stock this top in anything smaller than a Medium, and I sometimes have to opt for XS in there as I find their clothes quite a generous fit. I tried it on anyway and unfortunately it didn't sit right, but if it did this would definitely have been a buy for me. Although styled over a white top on the website, I'd wear this over a black bandeau or even just a black bra if I'm feeling extra brave. The high neckline and slits in the sleeves allow this top to be perfect for both day and night looks.
Apart from these three pieces not much else has caught my eye in Zara this season. I tried on another two pieces which unfortunately didn't drape as nicely as on the hanger. I am however extremely impressed with the three pieces above. I love it when high fashion clothing is made accessible to regular peeps like you and me in high street stores.
Have any of these pieces caught your eye? How do you feel about Zara's current A/W collection?