Warning: masses of people and clothing - don't worry
I wish I had that little mantra (on repeat!) when I first walked into Zara a few years ago. The sheer volume of people and clothing packed into one store was insane and if I thought that was it, I had a major surprise when I finally chose a few pieces and went wondering to the change rooms. In a way, my first trip to Zara was overwhelming and I ended up buying a few items which I never really wore.
Thinking back to that first experience at Zara and I realise that the atmosphere created in store is truly electrifying. From the number of people just browsing the clothing to some eager shoppers with big bags filled with piece after piece the energy in a way compels you to also stay, browse, try and even buy. Urged on by the sheer number of options of tees, shirts, blouses, dresses, jeans, coats, shoes, bags and the list goes on...
Go during the sales period and you seriously do not even have space to move while dodging an arm grabbing this shirt on your left while another is grabbing jeans from your right. I even remember taking the stairs up to the men's section, which still had a buzz but at least I could walk and not have to be constantly worrying about bumping into every second person. Ironically, I found my favourite basic sweater and learnt that the men's section have some quality, simple and clean designed basics at very reasonable prices.
Take two, three or even a few more experiences at Zara and I have learnt that...
1) Under all the latest trends there are good quality basics (proof - look at the above photos, minus the bags and sunglasses)
2) Do research on their online site beforehand (means you do not spend hours browsing through in store and you limit buying unnecessary pieces)
3) If you can not locate a piece just ask one of their staff
4) Try take all your pieces to the changing room at once (who likes standing in line not once but twice!)
5) If you are not comfortable or it does not suit you do not buy it (buy lunch!)
Note - do not let the 'reasonable' price sway you into buying a piece you are not sure of. Instead, treat yourself to an amazing lunch and if you still want it after lunch then you probably have your answer!
Finally, just enjoy the day, enjoy the atmosphere and do not worry about the sheer number of people and clothes!
What do you think?