Treasures From The Zara Discount Bin

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I fancy myself quite the lover of neutrals. I like my coffee and my turtlenecks as I like my soul, I say to my invisible fan base, black. I figure that wearing neutrals can only further my image of the Cool New Yorker.

That, and finally learning that not all subways connect their downtown trains with their uptown ones. But the latter is a work in progress.

So this recent introduction of vibrant colours to my wardrobe has come as somewhat of a surprise to probably no one—the problem with an invisible fan base is that it tends to be, well, invisible—except me. I’m the only one readily scrutinizing and picking apart my clothing choices. I’m my own biggest fan. My own 11th like on Instagram.

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Anyway, a good case for the start of my somewhat-recent colour love affair can be made for when I found this shirt. It was 12€ in the discount bin at Zara and it was calling my name. Wearing it made me feel like an escaped disco dancer from the ‘70s.

One (alleged) friend told me not to buy it, cautioning that it made me look “retro and not in a good way, in like a TV dinner kind of way”. I ignored her and disco-pointed my way to the checkout counter.

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I’d love to tell you that I’ve since worn it with reckless abandon, possibly in pursuit of starting my own underground disco business in Midtown Manhattan. But what actually happened was I forgot about it, leaving it shoved into my drawers to rot (not literally) (I don’t have pests, mom, I promise my apartment is clean) until I impulse-bought a pair of mustard yellow trousers in a fit of autumnal-related passion. That same fit is how I ended up with a pumpkin spice-scented candle. I don’t want to talk about it.

Something I’ve been super into lately is monochrome looks, IE where one dresses head-to-toe in one colour so as to resemble a crayon. I don’t own a mustard yellow top (but the season is still young), so I instead turned to my once-beloved striped top from the Zara discount bin that fortuitously includes stripes of mustard.

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The trousers included a tie belt which I am not into, so instead I repurposed it as a headband. Grey-blue kitten heels and a dark blue bag that can literally only fit my phone and maybe like half a sandwich finish off the look.

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I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure this outfit makes me one drug addiction away from a 70s disco dancer.

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13 Comments

  1. Wow! This look has got to be one of my favorites! I LOVE the color on the top and your yellow pants! Really digging the 70 vibes here! I need to try out a look like this! It’s soo fun and cute. 🙂

    xo, Chloe // https://funinthecloset.com/skye-footwear-sneakers/

  2. I love the mod, 1960s, retro vibe of this look! The mustard yellow is so pretty with your hair!

  3. Southern & Style

    Those colors look amazing on you! I’m all for neutrals, but sometimes we have to have pops of color too 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  4. These pants are gorgeous! I love this look girl.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  5. Those pieces are absolute scores! Not everyone would be able to see the possibilities but you have created the most amazing 70’s goddess outfit.

  6. Love this look, so retro!

  7. I absolutely love that top! You seriously pull this look off so well!

  8. OMG you look so 70’s chic. Your looks are always fabulous.
    Tori || Victori Media

    https://www.victorimedia.com

  9. These look great on you! They’re more bolder colors, but still have that warmth that compliments your tone– great outfit!

  10. This is such a gorgeous look! Very autumnal and the mustard color is right on-trend!

  11. Loving this entire outfit! Everything from the top to the shoes. You look so great in it! What awesome finds!

  12. This look is so cute! That yellow color looks great on you!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

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