As well as figuring out its confusing returns system, one other thing that’s puzzling about shopping at Zara is its sizing.
Is Zara true to size, or do the pieces run smaller than expected?
Of course, being able to try out the products in person before purchasing them answers these questions easily – but what about those of us who choose to shop online?
As a huge Zara fan, I’ve become a dab hand at working out which size to get without having to order 3 sizes of everything. Here’s what you need to know.
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Is Zara’s sizing accurate?
It depends! If you’re asking if they give a specific measurement for a certain product size, then yes. But if you’re asking if all of the same size labels on their products actually have the same measurements, then no.
What do Zara’s labels mean?
In a TikTok that went viral last year, a fan of the brand revealed what the labels on Zara tags mean.
The creator that made the TikTok claimed that the circle means the piece runs large, the square means it’s true to size, and the triangle means the piece runs smaller.
However, a stylist told OK Magazine that these labels actually stand for the different lines under the Zara brand: Zara basic, Zara Woman, and Zara TRF. Circle is for Woman, square is for Basic, and triangle is for TRF.
These are used to help staff work out which each product sits in-store.
How do I know my size in Zara?
Zara’s sizing is known to run smaller than most, so it’s usually recommended to size up to get the best fit. Controversially, I’ve actually found the opposite.
I’m a UK size 10 and I’m bottom-heavy, so I usually buy a size S in tops and M in bottoms. Once you know which size fits best for you, you can usually buy the same size from then on.
For your first shop, I recommend buying the product in two sizes when shopping online so you don’t miss out. In my experience, I’ve bought the wrong size and found the size I need has then sold out by the time I go to re-purchase it.
There is another way to make sure you get the most accurate fit, however. If you’re shopping online, simply click the ‘Size Guide’ label under the sizes of the product you’re checking out and choose a size. It will show you the measurements of the body used as a guide for the garment.
You’ll need to measure your body if you’re following this method, but if you can spare the time, it will save you time and money in the long run.
You may also consider sizing up for a more comfortable fit!
Does Zara have a plus size range?
No, the brand doesn’t have a plus size range but many of its items now go up to XXL (UK 18). Did you know that the brand didn’t use to carry larger sizes? A Spanish teenager petitioned for the brand to be more inclusive in 2016 and she succeeded.
While it may not offer a bigger range of sizes, you can still make it work. The key is in picking pieces with flowing fabrics. The brand’s knitwear and outerwear section is also a good place to look. The menswear section is also rife with options!