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Zara Spring: The 5 Lifesaver Pieces to Buy Now

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In your closet there are basics, there are investment pieces, and somewhere in the middle there is Zara: Clothes and accessories that aren't expensive, yet not dirt cheap; trendy before verging on cheesy; statement items that will shine bright for just one season—which is exactly how long you need them to last. Zara pieces are a seasonal fling for your wardrobe, making getting dressed a little more exciting for a few months.

In an effort to squash Late Winter Wardrobe Boredom Disorder, we stopped by Zara to shop their first spring collection. We targeted the areas Zara serves best: work wear, dresses, and SHOES.

In the video, above, we present five essential buys that will transport you from the depths of winter doldrums straight to spring, including a boxy crop top you can get away with at the office, a flattering dress with a pretty watercolor floral print, and the blue suede shoes we just could not back away from.