Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fashion for a Fraction

It could cost you over 2 months rent to acquire the latest Venetian lace Prada dress. However there is a way to afford something similar and still be able to eat more than ramen noodles and keep your apartment heated this winter. Zara currently has a dress for sale that could be a dead ringer for the Prada; the cost obviously being a fraction.

Zara has been a staple in Europe for years and stateside for a bit of time. However, on my recent visits I noticed a quality make over. Zara takes inspiration straight from the runways and translates it for the fashionable everyday woman. Like H&M, the styles are current and similar to what Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s is selling. But unlike its competition, Zara’s garments feel like a million bucks. The quality is great. The wools are plush, the silks soft, and the leather supple. Due to an increase in quality the prices will be a bit higher.

On my most recent visit there many items stuck out to me. There was the lace dress I discussed above. If you are in need of a winter coat, try on the tweed one that is similar to a classic Chanel. In need of the latest heels? There are a pair of gladiator heels that look strikingly similar to the Christian Dior’s Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City the Movie. There are silk color block dresses that were all over the runway. Wide leg trousers come in every color way imaginable. If you are able to get into your nearest Zara, there is no excuse for dressing poorly this season.

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