The moment has finally arrived... Zara has opened its first store in Australia. I have to say my heart skipped a beat as I walked through the doors yesterday with Jack but I was sorely disappointed. I know I shouldn't have expected a pleasant shopping experience at all - the store's opening in one of the prime locations in Sydney's CBD is the talk of the town and it's been big crowds and long lines from start to finish.

If you don't like warehouse or boxing day sales I suggest you avoid Zara but if you're willing to brave the rabid shoppers and want to head out there within the next few weeks (yes I don't see the hype dying down for a while), here are some tips:
  • The earlier the better. We got there yesterday around 11 and didn't have to wait in line to get in but by the time we'd left the store the line looked about 5 - 10 minutes long.
  • Wear shopping friendly clothing. And by that I mean, if you're looking to buy pants/ jeans wear a skirt/ dress so you can pull them on there and then, because the lines for the change rooms are so long.
  • Be prepared to wait in line for everything. Jack wanted to buy a sweater but we couldn't be bothered to wait at the check out. 
  • Don't expect to find what you're looking for. I went in hoping I'd be able to try some of the key colour block pieces from their A/W collection but I had no luck. What you will find is a lot of basics, plain tops and pants but in huge sizes.
  • Enter through the side doors, or go down to the kids level to avoid the queues to get in (thanks Megan!)
I am in love with these blazers and pants to add some colour to my winter wardrobe. Fingers crossed they'll actually still have stock the next time I head in.

Studio Blazer

Skinny Studio Trousers


  1. Oh yeah, I'm so happy for you - Zara is really great!

    Miri's Castle