5 Zara Pieces, 5 Different Ways To Wear Them

Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
For an online shopping addict like me, Zara is a black hole of trouble. Every time new pieces arrive, I feel a magnetic pull to sort through its seemingly endless pages for treasures I just can't pass up — a few clicks later, I've ordered three or so more items that I probably didn't need (Note: I typically buy them through Try.com so I can at least see how they look before I pay).

Lately, however, I've been attempting to ween myself off of these habitual, mindless-feeling purchases, and narrowing in on the ones that actually add something to my wardrobe (preferably, in more ways than one). To do so, I've started using the trick where, if I can't picture myself wearing something three different ways, I can't justify buying it.

So, with this particular Zara shopping haul, I challenged myself to buy five pieces I could wear together, making five distinct looks. Click on to see what made the cut, and how they all work together.

Outfit-repeating, it was nice knowing you: This year's all about cutting back and getting more creative with my styling in the process.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
For this challenge, I decided to hit up Zara IRL, instead of on its trusty mobile app, which I tend to use quite often. After sorting through basically every item in the store, I landed on the following pieces:

1. The Sheer Top, $15.99
I wear turtlenecks underneath everything come winter, and this sheer iteration is a great way to change (and dress) things up. Plus, it works on its own, too.

2. The Mini Skirt, $35.99
We have the current '80s resurgence to thank for mini skirts coming back in full force. This one looks good with bare legs, leggings, and layered over pants.

3. The Bra Top, $9.99
This is the ultimate unsung layering piece. Everyone should own one.

4. The White Shirt, $35.99
Does a simple button-up even need an explanation? (Answer: No).

5. The Leather-Effect Pants, $29.90
I must be channeling my inner rockstar, because somehow these pants made the cut. The faux leather is surprisingly high-quality, and this shade of red is both bold and neutral.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
First is that skirt-over-pants combination I mentioned. I layered the black mini over the leather leggings, and paired it with just the sheer turtleneck the other tops will come in later). This almost gives a dress-over-pants illusion, since the two black pieces just about blend together. Then, I rounded the look out with a more casual shoe: my favorite pair of checkered Vans.

Zara Tulle High Neck Top, $25.90, available at Zara; Zara Mini Skirt with Bows, $49.90, available at Zara; Zara Leather Effect Leggings, $29.90, available at Zara.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
For the next look, I ditched the skirt and added the velvet bra top over the sheer one for some texture-play. Then, I threw on a pair of velvet platforms for a look that's perfect for going out (which, maybe I will do in 2017. Maybe...).

Zara Tulle High Neck Top, $25.90, available at Zara; Zara Velvet Top, $9.99, available at Zara; Zara Leather Effect Leggings, $29.90, available at Zara.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
To wear this outfit yet another time in a different way, I tried the white button-up as the outermost layer (though, if it's cold where you are, I still suggest adding a jacket) and tugged it slightly off-the-shoulder for that perfectly disheveled look. (Oh, and extra-long-sleeves for the win). This one's an #OOTD pic just waiting to happen.

Zara Tulle High Neck Top, $25.90, available at Zara; Zara Leather Effect Leggings, $29.90, available at Zara; Zara Shirt With Metallic Detail, $35.99, available at Zara (shop similar here).
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
One of my favorite pairings was layering the velvet bra top over the button-up. For my style, the tank can feel a little too club-y on its own, but when styled with an oversized shirt, it adds just the right amount of interest. I could dress this up with a dangling earring or just wear it with jeans and sneakers.

Zara Shirt with Metallic Detail, $35.99, available at Zara (shop similar here); Zara Velvet Top, $9.99, available at Zara.
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Photographed by Megan Madden. Designed by Anna Sudit.
Let's not forget that the button-up can be worn completely open, too. So, I broke up this black-on-black outfit by wearing it more like a jacket — it's a little bit Risky Business with the bare leg, but I don't mind it one bit.

Zara Shirt with Metallic Detail, $35.99, available at Zara (shop similar here); Zara Tulle High Neck Top, $25.90, available at Zara; Zara Mini Skirt with Bows, $49.90, available at Zara.
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