Disclaimer: I still love Zara. But so does everyone else. It only takes so long until I run into another inevitable blue-dress fiasco or find its trend offerings start to blur together no matter how many times a week I refresh the new-arrivals page. If you've ever experience Zara fatigue, know you're not alone.
The good news is Zara isn't the only option out there delivering fresh trends for reasonable prices. And no, I'm not just talking about H&M, Topshop, and Mango. There's a whole horde of affordable brands that continue to fly under the radar. For those who are ready to move on from Zara, at least temporarily, I've thrown together a list of 11 brands to bookmark instead.
So the next time you're in search of a dress that five of your co-workers won't already own, shop my recommended alternatives below.
The Line by K
Founded by blogger Karla Deras Chambers of Karla's Closet, The Line by K was set up for success from the get-go. Since launching in 2015, the brand has amassed a cult following for elevated basics with a hint of Deras's own personal style—a mash-up of body-con pieces, simple tees, and a love of all things satin.
After scratching his namesake brand, Project Runway finalist and CFDA-approved designer Daniel Vosovic launched The Kit, a low-cost line of separates that are both trendy and office-friendly.
Charles & Keith
If you've yet to put Charles & Keith on your radar, now's a good time to do so. The Singapore-based accessories brand, approved by stylists and editors the world over, is a one-stop shop for trend-driven shoes, bags, and jewelry. Its offerings are so good you'd never guess that all of its items run well under $100.
Farrow by Need Supply Co.
Need Supply Co. is chock-full of exclusive brands. Some of my favorites include Stelen, Just Female, and Farrow. I shop the latter of the three so often I've even added it to the front of my browser's bookmark bar. While Need Supply Co. has wisened up to the budget-friendly brand's popularity and upped the price this last season, Farrow's trend-inspired offerings are still insanely affordably for the end product.
Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason teamed up in 2017 to finally bring the plus-size community the fashion line they deserve. The OG fashion bloggers turned influencers dreamed up Premme, a size-inclusive line that prioritizes a fashion-forward aesthetic, streetwear-inspired collections, and affordable pricing.
Petite Studio is every under-5'4" female's best friend. The New York–based womenswear line is dedicated to serving the latest trends to petite women, ensuring that oversize blazers will actually fit their frames.
Seeing as it's so in tune with emerging Australian trends, it's no wonder this fast-fashion shop is based out of Brisbane. Verge Girl is a mecca for finding Instagram's most popular trends.
If you love Zara's sister site Bershka, then you'll love Pomelo. It's the mega-affordable, Asia-based retailer you're not shopping—yet. Head here for all of the season's most current trends, often available for under $50.
This Brooklyn-based shop has been our best-kept secret for discovering affordable indie designers. We figured it's about time we finally share it with the world.
Our Second Nature
Our Second Nature is a female-owned brand based out of Singapore that offers comfy, everyday pieces in unexpected prints and patterns.