My Best Summer Sale Finds from Zara

As we appear to be firmly on the roadmap out of lockdown into our “new normal”, I’ve realised that I’ve gained a few pounds which are,  errrr, taking some shifting. Instead of beating myself up with a wet flannel, I’ve decided to keep on with my exercise and just try my very best to stay fit and healthy, accepting that my midlife body shape is the way it is.

I will most definitely keep up my fitness routine, which is the most important thing, for both physical and mental well-being. My family and I love the whole occasion of eating wholesome, good food. And, the thought of watching every morsel I consume and having to work out for endless hours, doesn’t fill me with excitement.

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Like most, I lived in joggers, tees and comfy workout gear throughout the last lockdown. They have served us all extraordinarily well, but I am slowly weaning my way back into keeping my “ comfies” at bay, and introducing normal dressing, once more. By normal dressing, I mean wearing something which lifts the spirit and is a great enhancer.

Mint Velvet Jacket with my bargain Zara Skirt – Having a wander in the city

In today’s post, I’m wearing some new sale additions which have pepped up my wardrobe. As you know, if you read my blog, regularly, I love a bargain and I very rarely pay full price. I’m always aware of considering my wardrobe consumption and don’t buy a lot – just a few additions, here and there. I also love the concept of renting clothes, too – especially if I have a special occasion to attend. I’ve had a quick peek and there are some stunning outfits on offer.

Wearing my woollen tunic with a summer dressA few years ago, I wrote a similar post showing a few bargains I’d found in the sales (check it here). I listed the questions I ask myself when I purchase anything new (I still do this). Here’s a reminder.

Before I jump in and buy, I ask myself

· will I get a lot of wear from this?

· will it make the transition to early autumn or the following season?

· will I still love this in six months, or, a year or two’s time, and beyond?

If the answer is yes, yes, and yes, then I’ll go for it! Here are a few bargains I’ve picked up.

1st choice – Zara Midi cream, button-up dress. Was £49.99 – bought for £20.00 Size M

I saw this dress at full price and rather fancied it but thought I would wait to see if it was reduced in the sale.

This year, Zara lowered the prices of their sale stock, incrementally. There were a few pounds knocked off at the beginning and so on……. Hence, I waited to pounce. Then, I spotted the Medium in store. The changing rooms hadn’t opened at this point so when I got home and tried it on, I realised it needed a slip underneath because the eyelet detail was quite see-through.

To the rescue came Marks and Spencer’s (above) with their waist slip in the colour, nude. It comes in various sizes and lengths and has a back vent which is perfect for this dress – it is buttoned up (front) and has a small vent. So, I wear the slip back to front and it does the job perfectly. I also got the needle and thread out to put a little stitch in the bosom area as there was a slight tug, there, forcing a little gap between the buttons.

This sorted the problem, nicely. The Marks and Spencer’s slip is such a great addition to my wardrobe. I used to have one, years ago, but, it must have been thrown out, by mistake. It is great for any garment that is remotely see-through, and I have recommended it to a lot of people – at £16.00, can’t really complain.

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2nd choice – Zara Green Tie Dye Dress – was £49.99 – bought for £20.00 Size xx

There is a theme, here, Zara, being it. It’s simply coincidental as I do love a browse around the shops and the Zara sale is one that came out tops for me, this year, Hence, these great bargains.

Again, I had spotted this maxi boho dress earlier at full price. I remember it prompted me (mid-shop) to drift off to a hot sunny beach where I was sipping a pina colada – oh well!   As this hasn’t materialised, yet, I’ve managed to wear it to a few outings, and it’s received some lovely compliments. It’s such a vibrant colour.

In these pics, I have paired it with my Levi denim jacket. But, on Sunday, we were out to a restaurant and I wore it with my cream linen jacket, and it looked great.

Keeping it simple with my black tee, Radley bag and bargain long white skirt.

3rd choice Zara White was £49.99 – bought for £5.99! (What a bargain) size M

I have looked for a long white skirt for quite a few years and they are always on the pricy side. Then, I spotted this on the sale rail. On closer inspection, it still had the full price showing. So, I zapped the barcode with the Zara app and, to my astonishment, it showed a reduction of £5.99! So, this most definitely came home with me. This is a medium. I would have preferred a large as I like to wear skirts like this low on my hips, but who can complain about this price?!!

Monochrome is one of my favourite looks I was loosing the light in this pic. In these pics, I have paired with a simple black tee and a black blazer which were great for a recent trip to Newcastle. The weather being in-between British warm one-minute, then cold, the next. This is a wardrobe staple which will last me for years. I’m so chuffed because it is 100% cotton with a beautiful lace edge. So, I guess it did warrant its original price tag.

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The golden hour! Wearing my cream Zara dressThank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed reading this post!

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Take care.

Alison xx

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30 Comments

  1. 3 September 2021 / 5:07 am

    Nice outfits! I had a between opinion about Zara products…they jeans are always great, is the best shape that fits me (from what I tried until now, of course) but some other clothes, especially t-shirts worn very bad.
    I don’t wear dresses so I can not say anything about them.

    Have a great day!

    • 3 September 2021 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you. I agree that the quality can sometimes be amiss, the items I’ve purchased are great quality and will last. Have a great weekend!

      • 11 September 2021 / 6:40 am

        Love the white eyelet dress and the white skirt…fab sales buys! For some reason I’ve never had much luck in Zara. I hardly ever go shopping in stores, and every time I’ve ordered online their sizes have been off. I’m clearly missing out, seeing what you and Trinny pick up there! Thanks for linking up x

        • 14 September 2021 / 11:42 am

          Ooh, I need to watch Trinny. I was very lucky, especially with the white skirt, I couldn’t believe my luck, know what you mean regarding sizes. I can range from a size 10 to 16! x

    • 10 September 2021 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Linda. Have a lovely weekend.

    • 10 September 2021 / 5:54 pm

      I intend to wear them for a little while longer if possible. I love the green one too, had my eye on this dress for a little while. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. 3 September 2021 / 9:41 pm

    You got some really beautiful pieces in the sales! I love that green dress the most, although the white pieces you got are lovely too – so nice you found a slip for under that dress!

    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂 We went to Australia Zoo yesterday, so much fun 🙂

    • 10 September 2021 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you so much Mica. I love the green dress too! That sounds amazing, have a brilliant weekend.

  3. 5 September 2021 / 7:21 am

    This makes me want to get a long dress to wear. I can see it styled with wollen sweaters and boots. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • 10 September 2021 / 5:58 pm

      You are so welcome. I love wearing woollens over dresses, especially when autumn arrives. Have a great weekend.

  4. 7 September 2021 / 12:39 pm

    Such fabulous outfits! I love the bright green dress and the knitted vest layered over the white dress. I didn’t know that you could check the price of items in Zara with the app – I’ll remember that tip for the future! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • 10 September 2021 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you, Emma. I love wearing cosy woollens with a summer dress or skirt. I saw someone checking the sale prices once in Zara. Hence, following a little detective work I found out what they were up to.😆

  5. 9 September 2021 / 9:11 pm

    Who didn’t put on a few pounds during that lockdown! I put on nearly a stone. It’s all the sitting about we did I think. I have just started to notice it coming off. Very slowly I might add but I think normal life living will sort it eventually. I love all of your finds from Zara, The skirt is really gorgeous. xx

    • 10 September 2021 / 6:12 pm

      It’s so easily done as in lockdown food became so important. You have a gorgeous figure Laurie, I can’t see any extra pounds . Have a great weekend. xx

  6. 10 September 2021 / 8:37 am

    WOW you got some serious bargains there! I was in Zara this week and totally fell in love with some of their new collection. I even bought a dress not in teh sale because I loved it so much lol. Normally I wait for the sale but I just couldn’t resist!
    Thanks for linking up to the Neverending Style link-up by the way!
    Hugs
    Suzy x

    • 10 September 2021 / 6:14 pm

      I’m totally with you. I have a Zara voucher to spend and it’s burning a hole in my pocket. I’m a sucker for the brand new stock. I love all the textures and colours which come in the cooler months. Have a lovely weekend. xx

    • 25 October 2021 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment Lovely. Happy Monday to you. xx

  7. 16 September 2021 / 1:38 am

    These are all such amazing finds, especially that white skirt! It’s beautiful! I love that incredible green dress, too!

    • 22 September 2021 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you, Laura. Can’t believe I managed to buy the skirt for that price. I was a bit shocked.xx

  8. 20 September 2021 / 3:10 pm

    Wow, I love every piece you picked! I am a blazer gal too! The white eyelet dress really caught my eye when you posted on IG, gorgeous cut and looks so lovely on you!> Love the fun way you added the knit vest. I have been buying recently all on Poshmark, as I only needed to add a few things this Fall as well.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • 22 September 2021 / 8:33 pm

      Than you, Jess. I had my eye on the eyelet and green dress, then couldn’t believe it when they were in store at the reduced price, had to pounce! The knitted vest is from last year, it’s a little on the large side but is great to throw over an outfit. xx

  9. 28 September 2021 / 6:49 pm

    I’ve put weight on too Alison, so have started the keto diet again. I hope I do as well as last time. Loving that pretty green dress, it looks lovely on you, as do the other outfits as well. Jacqui x

    • 25 October 2021 / 2:18 pm

      Oh me too Jacqui. Everything is a tad too tight. I was going to restart my fitness regime today but I’ve picked up the hubsters awful cold, so not feeling it. Have a fab week. xx

  10. 23 October 2021 / 5:50 pm

    I love the dress with the denim jacket! Thanks for sharing the My Big Fat Menopausal Life’s Share the Wealth Party – Have a fabulous weekend!

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