Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fit for Royalty, Priced for the Ordinary

Ever since the Royal Wedding madness began, people have been obsessed with Kate's, and now her sister Pippa's, fashion sense. The morning after the wedding both sisters were photographed in Zara, prompting me to pay a visit to my very own local Zara. (Photo courtesy of

On Saturday I picked up a great basic trench coat for $99, which is, in my book, a steal, seeing as similar styles cost upwards of $250 in retailers like Banana Republic and Club Monaco. A word of advice, though: make sure you look carefully at every item before you make your purchase; in my experience this brand tends to keep items that have marks or other minor issues on the racks. I came home with my new coat only to have to return to the store the next day to exchange it due to a small black mark that I had failed to see the day before. Still though, for the price, the quality is as good as you can expect, and many of the styles that Zara carries are timeless.

I also spotted some great brightly coloured blazers and summery dresses, like Kate's, which would be great for a wedding, though certainly not a royal one. The Vancouver Zara was absolutely packed, though, so I recommend heading to one sooner rather than later to snag these affordable goodies just in time for the beautiful weather we will hopefully have soon.

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