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Hands up, who’s already spent half their pay check in the Zara sale going on at the moment? Well, before you dole out any more cash – we’ve got the dirt on some amazing Zara shopping hacks from ex-employees.
Zara notoriously never do discounts, just sales, but we’ve got a few shopping hacks for you that could save you a bit of £££. These aren’t new, but you might have missed them as they’re not mega obvious. The girls over at The Devil Wears Zara and Who What Wear also scored some major tips from over a hundred ex-employees which we’ve included below as well – bring on the wardrobe updates.
Zara limited edition collections
Pretty much the only annoying thing about Zara is that it’s so popular that everyone ends up wearing the same stuff (yeah, like that Zara jacket that had its own feed). Which is where Zara’s limited edition collections come in handy, as there are fewer pieces.
These are generally marked as ‘new’ in the dropdown of the woman and TRF sections, so it’s worth checking in weekly. However, if you’re after something a little more classic, then try the Timeless collection, which is pretty much what it says on the tin: classic pieces which will see you through the seasons.
A Zara employee told Who What Wear, ‘Special pieces like a statement summer dress or coat that stand out from the rest of the products are probably only available in limited quantity and won’t be reproduced for sale, so definitely grab it.’
Zara special prices
Under the ‘woman’ section on the Zara homepage, you’ll see a dropdown appear. Scroll right to the bottom of that, and just after ‘fragrances’ you’ll see ‘special prices’.
In there, you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of bargains. This is basically Zara’s more affordable pieces, and you’ll find anything from £12.99 chinos and sweaters, to tops for under a tenner. There are even coats for under £50, which for Zara is pretty good.
Beyond the special prices category, there’s another hack if you happen to be going on a Eurotrip. An employee revealed, ‘Zara is obviously the cheapest in Spain and Portugal since most of it is produced there. So stock up whenever you find yourself in those countries!’
Zara most popular pieces
Zara recently added a new section to the site called ‘Trending Now’, which essentially tells you what everyone else is buying right now, so you won’t have to wait to see a dress on a blogger to find out what’s hot right now.
An employee revealed that even if it looks like your favourite piece is out of stock, just hold out hope. They said, ‘Save the link of the product you want, even if its sold out—they always restock. This is very useful during sales because you can get literally anything. During sale season, there are a lot of returns, and as soon as something gets back to the warehouse, the stock is refreshed, and if you’re quick enough, you can get that T-shirt for half price or even more discounted.’
If you’re looking for a timeless classic though, there’s a bit of strategy involved if you want to score a bargain. Another employee said, ‘Basics like trench coats, puffers, denim, plain sweaters and cardigans, camisoles—things like that—they remake every year, so we (Zara employees) would always buy those on sale and no one would know it was from the previous season.’
Zara discount codes
Sadly, Zara famously don’t do discount codes (I mean they don’t need to, do they?), nor do they offer student discounts, so if you’re after a bargain, you’ll have to wait for the sales.
Zara sales tend to fall in line with the major winter sale and summer sale periods, so Boxing Day and June. However, if you want to find out about sales early, then do sign up to the newsletter, because you will usually get notified in advance. Zara employees also shared their insight as to how to figure out when the big day would be coming below.
One said, ‘The biggest sign that a sale is coming is when the clothing gets all turned horizontally and packed onto the racks. Usually, the merchandisers are grouping together everything by the same price point and will have as much inventory on the floor as possible. This basically means don’t buy anything because in a couple of days it will all be on sale.’
Another revealed that the key was when old pieces began popping up on the racks again. They said, ‘When it comes to the U.S., right before Zara starts their sale they try to sell everything at regular pricing. You’ll see most of the old collections back in stores and only the new clothing is labeled with signs that say ‘new collection’. So I would recommend not buying those older clothes because they will be on sale two weeks later.’
As far as bossing the sale goes? Well, the ex-employees had people sorted.
‘The first week of the sale, we are most likely going to discount 10% to 25%. The second week, we price the sale at 40% or even 50%. During the third week, you can get items for up to 70% to 75% off because everything has to go. It’s better to wait two to three weeks for the best sale prices,’ one explained.
The best days to shop at Zara
The best days to shop online are usually Monday and Thursday for the main drops (great start of the week pick-me-up!), but there are odd new pieces added on most days.
Zara free delivery
The cheapest way to get your Zara order delivered is to get it sent direct to a store of your choice, for free. But if you’re spending over £50 (which let’s be honest, is pretty easy to do at Zara), then it’s free anyway.
Zara home hack
This tip doesn’t actually involve the main site, but Zara home. Did you know that as well as homeware, it sells some amazing loungewear too? It’s not all cheap but there are some great pieces like trousers and tunics for under £30.
If you can’t stand shopping in store but worry that if you shop online it won’t fit, rest assured. Zara just made shopping easier by introducing a new online sizing tool, which lets you input all your measurements so it can tell you which size to shop which product in. Genius.
Now excuse us while we do a bit of shopping…