We all live for the biannual Zara sale—but with employees keeping mum on the exact start dates, how’s a girl supposed to plan for some shopping? Thankfully, we have an insider who gave us (and you) some invaluable tips on how to shop it expertly so you can get there first and find the pieces you’ve been eyeing up all season.
First up, you need to know that both the winter and summer sales start online the day before the store at 10 p.m. Right now, we imagine you’re prepping for the winter sale—it’s worth noting that the winter sale always starts in stores on Boxing Day, not sooner.
As for what to buy, our intel is that you should go for the things that will be the most popular first. So opt for the higher-priced goods that will sell out quickly e.g., cashmere, handbags, shoes and coats, “other pieces, like shirts, etc., are likely to still be around for the second markdown,” recommends our insider. Just remember to try everything on beforehand so you know what to buy. And maybe even research trends for the upcoming season so you can see what will last you.
If you’re worried you won’t be able to nab what you’re after, there’s good news: Stores often open early on sale days, so check with your local branch. Also, if you don’t live in the capital, you’re more likely to find those popular pieces in the stores outside of London.
Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the Zara newsletter and follow Zara Instagram feed, as this will keep you updated on Zara sales. Ready to see which pieces you’ll be putting on your Zara sale list? Keep scrolling to see our favourite pieces right now.
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This piece has been updated by Elinor Block, November 15, 2017.