If a Fashion Girl Skipped Zara, She’d Try These 25 Items

We certainly don’t need to sit here and go over our fascination with Zara. After all, we routinely serve you with a healthy dose of the latest finds we’re loving from the retailer. That said, as we covered recently, we do also tend to hit up other affordable shops that offer trendy merch when we want to diversify a bit and take just a little break from the Zara overhauls.

Some of the stores in question? H&M, ASOS, and & Other Stories. Actually, you can also find quite affordable (talking under $100 here) merch at some of the larger department stores like Nordstrom as well. To showcase the forward range available at said stores, we rounded up 25 chic and cheap clothing items we bet fashion girls would love, even if they’re used to uncovering affordable gems at Zara.

Keep scrolling to scoop up one (ahem, or a few) of the below pieces to round out your wardrobe.

The knit cardigan-and-tank trend matters right now. Oh, and don’t forget to complete the set here.

Yep, polka dots will be the print du jour this spring.

The perfect straight-leg jeans are always a good idea.

Our editor in chief is all about this versatile blazer. 

An A+ going-out top.

A blush blouse is perfect for work or play

The dinosaur buttons are everything.

The lace, the pleats, the puff sleeves—yes, yes, yes.

Ruching is bubbling up as a key trend of the season.

This detailed leather skirt seriously looks far more expensive than it actually is.

Knit polos are so trend-forward right now.

Perfect for that half-tuck look.

Team this square-neck bodysuit with jeans or a skirt—so many options.

Wear this knit dress on its own or layer a blouse underneath for extra dimension.

Yet again—a knit tank is not complete without a coordinating cardigan.

A beige turtleneck is basically a wardrobe staple at this point.

If you’ve been on the hunt for that ideal slouchy black blazer, look no further.

Go on and make that statement.

The textured detail on the skirt makes this LBD feel even more special.

A reworked trench is worth the investment this spring.

The back detail on this ribbed dress—perfection.

Leather-like trousers will elevate any fit.

Very into a cowl-neck RN.

Cool jeans for $30, anyone?

Sleek for that 9-to-5 to 5-to-9 life.

Next, check out five shoe brands to try if you love buying footwear at Zara.

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