Hide the bags #4: Zara haul

I know you might be thinking that I was supposed to be on a budget (Ker-chinging in the changes: Mum on a Budget) since being made redundant. But you know what comes with being made redundant after 14 years service? A very happy payday. And I do need an outfit for Dangermouses christening…and a new coat (since Mr G spotted the 60-odd year old market trader off of Eastenders has the same one as me, which is falling apart).

So, I decided to do a spot of shopping that for once, did not involve Primarni or a food shopping trip turned clothing section accident.

1. Feather Anorak, Grey £89.99

I spotted this coat on a friend of a friend last winter, and had that fatal connection in which you know you’ll subtly ask where it was from, then barely be home before googling if you can get your hands on it. I did however resist as spring was around the corner, but I held that thought. As soon as the flip flops were kicked off at the end of summer I unparked the lust and was dead chuffed to see Zara had restocked this perfect school run coat. Long, feather padded, super snug. Yep, this baby was mine. I have to admit I’m a little unsure about the removable fur collar – but that’s the beauty of removable! In my opinion the coat looks better without it, but when those frosty mornings kick in it might just be a lovely bonus. I’m very happy that this long term, distant love affair has finally come to fruition.

2. Printed Dress, £39.99

As I’ve mentioned, I needed a mother of the baby christening outfit. I had tried on half a dozen other dresses in other stores before stumbling across this one. They were all either a little too risque for church, or aged me about 20 years. The words ‘I’m not feeling this seventies trend’ had barely passed my lips, as I picked up this patterned dress to try on, among 5 others which appeared more hopeful. This little number was certainly the dark horse – it was a ‘this is the one’ moment. The print is stunning, the fabric is floaty, the cut is so flattering, the dress hangs in the most gorgeous way, with a slightly longer hem at the back – perfect. On the hanger, this dress shouldn’t work, but it just does. It’s elegant, appropriate yet somehow trendy, and made me feel a million dollars. I’m so pleased I tried it on, and I cannot wait to wear it next Sunday.

3. Elephant print shirt, £25.99

Okay, shirts weren’t on the pre-agreed shopping list. But they are everywhere right now aren’t they? So easy to wear at this time of year when the weather is between seasons, and some beautiful prints on the rails which to me are like a moth to a flame. I figure I’ll never be able to afford nice things again, or for a while anyway, so just couldn’t resist trying this on. It’s side details are really unusual and this looked gorgeous with some skinny leg trousers*.

4. Body shaping leggins, £19.99

*Skinny leg trousers, I really do need some of those, don’t I? These are described online as leggins, but they are thick fabric with a front pleat, much more similar to skinny trousers. There will be no see through bum moments in these slacks. The wide elasticated waist is *hallelujah* to us post baby Mums, and they are cut in an ankle grazer length, perfect for ankle boots or heels.  I’ve been looking for a pair like this as I have so many nice tops and jackets, but don’t have any smart ‘up to date’ trousers to pair them with. Jeans are my usual go-to, but It’s nice to go a little smarter sometimes. And what If I need to go to an interview? I can’t wear those Topshop synthetic boot cut trousers from 2002 can I? That’s the perfect justification. Sold to the lady already carrying a coat, dress and shirt.

I was really pleasantly surprised at the range and quality of the stock in Zara (obviously) – it’s not one of my regular go-to’s. Lets hope it doesn’t become one either. Whoops. #Hidethebags




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39 thoughts on “Hide the bags #4: Zara haul

  1. Laura's Lovely Blog Reply

    I LOVE that dress, I kind of want that dress… great choices 🙂 xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Laura, you deserve that dress 😉 Whats worse is that they sell it in two equally gorgeous patterns…this one had the slight advantage of being more ‘twirly’ than the other. Looking forward to linking it up tomorrow… x

      1. Laura's Lovely Blog Reply

        Ha ha ha don’t tempt me 😉 and thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

    2. mackenzieglanville Reply

      I agree that dress is stunning!

  2. joey Taylor Reply

    That dress is stunning – nice purchase, you will look amazing in that dress!

  3. confessionsofanaggingmother Reply

    Stunning picks, I love the elephant shirt, so pretty 🙂


    Gemma xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Thank you, it is isn’t it. I have zero willpower! x

  4. littlebug Reply

    Zara coats are the bomb. I have one and couldn’t quite work the fur collar either so being able to remove it is ace. I *love* those body-shaping leggings – I’ve found myself a maternity pair of these which are amazeballs but am favouriting these ones for when I’m no longer pregnant (in many, many months). #marvmondays

  5. Kaye Reply

    Gorgeous picks! I’m so terrible at shopping but you’ve given me some lovely ideas. I absolutely love Zara but always buy A clothes and never look for myself though I’ll have to now. Absolutely love that coat, they’re definitely worth spending money on as hopefully they’ll last you a good few years! Thanks so much for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  6. mamamim.com Reply

    I literally love everything. I WANT everything! The printed dress is beautiful – hee hee ‘see through bum moments’ – always to be avoided!! Mim x #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      It’s every Mums worst fear isn’t it?! x MMT

  7. This Mum's Life Reply

    Gorgeous choices!! I have a thing for coats, I’ve got loads! But still working on getting most of them done up…! Love the print on the dress, and I love love love the shirt!! I like that you mentioned ‘between seasons’ weather. Whenever my mum tells me what she’s bought at the shops, she says ‘I got a jacket, some shoes and a load of inbetweeny tops, for you know, those inbetweeny weather days.’ It always makes me smile! Zara is fab, it was my favourite high street store before my post baby body decided it was only going to look good in leggings and oversized baggy t-shirts/sweaters ever again!

    1. MMT Reply

      it’s a good job oversized t shirts are in fashion ( they are are ‘t they?!) The shirt is a pretty loose fit and the leggings have an elasticasted waist so I’m with you In spirit! thanks for reading and the comment…your mum sounds like a bad influence, I mean great shopping buddy x x x

  8. agentspitback Reply

    I want that jacket too! Now you’re making me want to go to Zara’s now. Hmmmm….nice choices! #coolmumclub

  9. Kyles Reply

    Uh oh. I really didn’t need to see this! I’m supposed to be on a budget too! These things are way too cute. I really LOVE the elephant shirt!! And the dress is amazing. And I actually really do need those leggings. Just heading into Summer here so probably don’t need the coat at this point in my life… or do I? #coolmumclub

  10. mackenzieglanville Reply

    Really fab choices, love the dress and the anorak just stunning #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      We all have to treat ourselves every now and again…just don’t forget to #hidethebags! X

  11. Complicated Gorgeousness Reply

    That dress is so gorgeous – I think I need it for Christmas Day – look great with Christmas bed socks 😉 off for a nose xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Have to dress up on Christmas Day! even if it is to get splattered in cooking fat 🙂 happy shopping, don’t forget to #hidethebags! 😉

  12. newmummyblogcom Reply

    I love that dress! We’ve been unable to get everyone together all year, so hoping to get H christened early in 2016…. I’ll definitely check out Zara when I start dress shopping 🙂 Thansk! And hope your little ones christening is a lovely and very happy day xxx

  13. bloodsugarecmomagik Reply

    Love the dress and coat! Hello redundancy pay #coolmumclub x

  14. Rebecca @ AAUBlog Reply

    lovely choices. The dress is so gorgeous #coolmumsclub

  15. Habiba Reply

    That printed dress is gorgeous!! #coolmumclub

  16. Mum in Brum Reply

    Great choices! I love that coat – so practical and stylish. Also really like the ‘leggings’/ ‘trousers’. I really need some smart black trousers and reckon I’d get so much use out of these! #coolmumclub xx

  17. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods) Reply

    Some great buys there. Unfortunately at the moment my circumstances mean that I also cannot go further than Primarni but if I came into some money you can bet your bottle dollar I’d bet having a mass wardrobe overhaul. It’s way overdue. Love that dress by the way!

    Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  18. Kat @ Eat.Love.Live Reply

    Sounds as though you deserve both a break and s shopping spree. I love all the bits you brought X #coolmumclub

  19. sairish Reply

    ive been searching for a coat and i love that anorak!

    1. MMT Reply

      It is a little bit spesh isn’t it…more so without the fur, in my humble opinion! X Ready steady SHOP

  20. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Mmmmm you got good taste my fabulous co-host! x #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      And bad will power….

  21. occupation:(m)other Reply

    Ooo nice. I do like Zara…well mostly I think I do then never find anything, but when I do find something it’s always lovely. Nice haul! #coolmumclub

  22. Robyn Reply

    Love to see what’s in the shops in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s like a sneak preview of what we’ll get here in NZ next autumn. Love the dress, something feminine and special like that might give me back the mojo I’ve lost since pregnancy/baby! Happy christening 🙂 #coolmumclub

  23. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby Reply

    What a fab haul! I’m amazed you made it out with just those pieces! 🙂

    1. MMT Reply

      So am I! I knew it was time to get out quick lol x

  24. thesparklenest Reply

    Fab haul! I don’t go in Zara either, I always end up finding things to buy. I love the dress and the coat looks very cosy 🙂 #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be avoiding Zara for a little while I think! X

  25. Katie Haydock Reply

    I love a good quality printed dress – especially when they’re under £40! But I never know what to wear on my feet with them. I feel like I put knee boots with everything in winter x

    1. MMT Reply

      I think tan knee boots would work?! I went for tan shoe boots. Dress went down a storm at the christening today. So many compliments and people asking where I got it! Bargain x

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