The sun is out, your swimsuits are already on heavy rotation, and due to the plethora of festive summer outings filling up your social calendars, your desire to shop has increased tenfold. We get it. You need a cute little top to wear with jeans to that picnic, a flowy dress to wear with sandals to an outdoor dinner, and your array of summertime basics is in need of an urgent update. Does that thought process sound familiar? Thought so.
Now, instead of spending tons of money on what can sometimes be very little fabric, we like to head to Zara during the summer season for those last-minute pick-me-ups, and so do some of New York's most stylish editors. If there's anyone who understands the heat and pressure to look chic at all times during the summer, it's the women ahead. These constantly on-the-go, trendy, social ladies know how to shop, but they also know how to save, and according to their lengthy list of products currently in their Zara shopping carts, they are not ashamed to admit they too sneak into a fast-fashion store every once in a while for fashionable yet affordable finds.
Ahead, check out what some of New York's most stylish fashion and beauty editors are buying from Zara to get them through the rest of summer 2019.
Maya Allen, Digital Beauty Editor at Marie Claire
"I'll never not want a statement top, especially one that shows a little skin, like this knotted, cropped situation. With this exaggerated bow, I won't need much else, which is very much so my vibe: doing the most with a little. (If you're extra and you know it, clap your hands!) I'm also into the versatility of this blouse and could rock it with denim, trousers, or even a silk skirt."
"Like the rest of the world, I've hopped on the strappy-sandal bandwagon. I'm putting myself on punishment and not buying any more black shoes. I have way too many. This vibrant blue shade caught my eye and will present lots of cool color-blocking opportunities for my wardrobe."
"The silhouette of a suit makes me feel so powerful. In the fall and winter, I always have pantsuits in rotation. But this summer, I want a fun suit dress like this. I can wear it buttoned up for a flirty leg moment. Or wear this open, which feels more casual and will instantly elevate the look of something simple underneath."
"Recently, I discovered how much of a cool factor a good hat can add to such a simple lewk. When the weather warms up, I like to experiment with brighter hair colors (e.g. the blonde box braids I'm wearing right now), and this popping pink bucket hat will pair well with my summer styles."
Anny Choi, Market Editor at Vogue
"I love the new elevated Zara Studio line. Little white dresses have always been my go-to for summer, but this year I plan on stocking up on some summer-appropriate LBDs like this one."
"Zara's most underrated, best-kept secret is the kid's section. Children's sizing 12 through 14 and 14 through 16 will actually fit adults sizes small and medium. For simple white tanks and pointelle tops that I wear on rotation, I always browse the kid's section at Zara. They are basically half the price and some even come in packs!"
"If you know me at all, I love a good mule. They are my go-to shoes whether I'm at the office or out on a Saturday night. These animal-print mules are a subtle yet chic way to introduce print into my otherwise monotonous wardrobe."
Michelle Li, Fashion & Beauty Editor at Teen Vogue
"I've been trying to up my necklace game for a while, mostly with dainty pieces, but I've started to appreciate the value in a good statement necklace."
"Every summer, me and my shorts have an up-and-down, moody relationship. These look super comfortable and easy to wear. Black shorts that aren't athletic ones are also always a must for me."
"This bag is currently in my shopping cart. It's not too in-your-face shell-y but still encapsulates that shiny beach vibe. The size and wooden handle are also perfect."
"I'm not really a big flowy-maxi-dress person, but the tiny tie detail on the back of this is what really differentiates this dress from all of the others."
Adrienne Faurote, Market Editor at Marie Claire
"When it comes to summer in the city, you can truly never have enough sandals. These low-heel, strappy sandals check all of my boxes for the perfect summer shoe."
"After all of the runway shows, it was undeniable that the '80s were still a thing. I never thought I'd get on board with it until I saw this top at Zara. I'd pair it with my vintage Levi's and a gold hoop and be ready for the weekend."
"That hot, humid New York summer weather is about to hit, and there's really only one thing you can wear to work: a linen dress. I love the simplicity in the florals of this one, making it a new neutral in my closet."
Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor at The Zoe Report
"I'm in desperate need of shorts that I can wear to the office, and these sporty-yet-polished ones are at the top of my list."
"Anything delicate and lacy is a must for me. I love the barely there feel of this linen top."
"A simple kitten heel can instantly transform a pair of jeans and a T-shirt into a sophisticated look."
"It's time to swap heavier leather for this lightweight blazer in a cool, neutral tone."
"I'm planning to make the most of my bare ankles."
Nicole Eshaghpour, Market Editor at Who What Wear
"Already bought this—whoops! I think it's the perfect light layer for summer, and it adds polish to any outfit."
"I also already bought four of these because our resident Zara expert, Lauren (yes the one writing this story), told me to."
"My love of long shorts knows no bounds this summer."
"This looks like a really cool tank. Not too cool where you'll never use it but just cool enough."
Laura Lajines, Senior Fashion Editor at PopSugar
"I'm obsessed with bubblegum pink right now, and these fun lace-up sandals will be an easy way to the rock the shade with everything from cropped denim to midi skirts and even wedding guest dresses for a bolder pop of color."
"What did I say about big sleeves? Catch me in this dress with barely there heels at summer parties and with flat sandals and a basket bag on vacation."
"I can't get enough of the baroque pearl trend, and this pair of drop earrings is a super-affordable way to rock the trend and elevate any summer outfit."
"I live in easy, white dresses in the heat, but this belt is a simple way to add interest to simple cotton and linen silhouettes while defining my shapes."
Madeline Fass, Associate Market Editor at Vogue.com
"A retro headscarf is a one-stop-shop accessory that gives even my most repeated summer looks a twist."
"Tops that blur the lines of office dressing and going out, with the appropriate styling of course!"
"Backup, packable sandals that I can throw on and wouldn't mind losing or getting wet."