Has Tampa finally arrived?
Zara, a Spanish retailer that sells Vogue worthy styles at decidedly less snobby prices, is finally open at International Plaza. Notice the hesitation to use the word cheap. Better to say that Zara will make a statement piece accessible to every woman's wardrobe, every season.
The feel is modern romantic. The store is stocked with silky floral tops that flow off the shoulders and military jackets inspired by the Napoleon era. The prices reflect Zara's status as a sophisticated older cousin of Forever XXI. A sheer chiffon ruffle blouse is priced around $40. Dresses run between $80 and $200, which is still cheaper than going to Europe to shop. The opposite sex can tag along for the trip, as the back of the store is dedicated to men.
Rapidly changing styles are Zara's signature, along with bargain basics. A charcoal pencil skirt is selling for $35, with a matching jacket at $85. Impressive, but workplace practical is easily found. What's novel to this area are the standout plaids and gypsy influenced tops. Zara brings Tampa one step closer to a true metropolitan shopping market. Shall we hold our breath for H&M?
~ Deal Diva Letitia