Lusting After...

This is the second installation of lusting after, a peek into what's on my wish list. I decided to leave my love of Topshop to source out other high street shops to see what's on offer. Zara's fall/winter collection is absolutely beautiful. Prepare yourself to fall in love with almost everything on their website, like I did. Zara has always been a favourite of mine, whenever I am in Europe I definitely stop in because of their on trend items. However, I rarely go into the Vancouver location while I'm visiting the mainland because I find the European versions of Zara have way more to choose from with better styles. Now that I live on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island and am far away from any Zara, I have to look online:

Here are my top five pieces from their new fall/winter collection. It was definitely hard to choose just five, since their knitwear section is swoon worthy. I have one sweater: Sweater with Side Slits I got there in the late summer that I wear at least once a week, either to work or casually. I am seriously considering ordering it in a second colour since it is only $19.90, a bargain I really can't pass up since I'm worried I'm going to wear through my favourite sweater. If you haven't checked their new collection out yet, you should. There is definitely something for everyone. 

This Velvet Bodysuit is to die for. With it's batwing style sleeves, faux pearl buttons down the front and velvet fabric. It is the perfect top for that holiday party you don't have anything to wear to yet, and it's available in black, which I always lean towards or a beautiful gold. I love bodysuits because they give the illusion of a perfectly tucked in shirt but I find sometimes they can be too tight and uncomfortable, but not this one! 

This whole outfit is the perfect boho chic but the vest definitely makes it. I love how unique this vest is and I could definitely see it paired with a pair of skinny jeans and a plain white tee for an edgy, cool girl look. However, it works perfectly over this dress. Another reason Zara always gets it right, with pieces like this, that are still affordable but bring an outfit up a notch to look more pulled together and expensive. 

I guess you could say Vancouver Island is rubbing off on me since I fell in love with this plaid top. However, it isn't your average plaid top that everyone has here because of the embellishments. I love that the brooch-like embellishments take an average, casual plaid shirt and elevate it enough to want to wear it for a more dressed up occasion. I can definitely see it tucked into a skirt for a date night or with jeans for brunch with the girls. 

Polka Dot Print Blouse  , $49.90

Polka Dot Print Blouse, $49.90

As you saw in my post earlier this week, polka dots are very on trend this fall/winter and I just can't get enough of them. This top is the perfect polka dot style, the blue and white combination is very french girl style. It would be perfect to wear with a pair of black trousers for work or on the weekend with jeans and booties. I have had my eye on it for awhile and am in love! 

Plaid and check patterns are everywhere this fall, especially in terms of oversized blazers, which Zara has an abundance of, that I love. However, I can't justify buying a blazer while living on the west coast, as it isn't the most dressy place. Instead of going for the check and plaid suiting trend that is everywhere at the moment, I love that Zara has included this in their tops and dresses. This plaid dress is such a fun piece for fall. It can easily be dressed up or down, depending on your style and would look perfect with a leather jacket or oversized cardigan over top.