With a relationship that goes back further than her marriage, Look’s Maxine Eggenberger charts her secret love affair with Zara’s younger sister…
Like all great stories, this tale takes place in the year 2003. I was a 13-year-old girl who, on the cusp of sartorial understanding, was spending her summer in the exotic, far-flung destination of mainland Spain. With my mum and stepdad. Staying in an apartment with broken air conditioning. What a time it was to be alive.
It was the end of our two-week adventure when I, in a frantic daze to spend my remaining euros, went looking for the thing that would make all my friends go ‘ooh’ when I returned home cultured, sophisticated and looking baller. That’s when I saw it: a treble clef, floating in the haze of the summer evening. It was the emblem of Stradivarius which, unbeknown to me, was Zara’s sister label.
I rushed in and it wasn’t long before I discovered exactly what I was looking for: a khaki crochet crop cardigan (try saying that five times fast) and a jumbo metal leaf pendant, suspended from a leather thong necklace. Paired with a white vest, I looked the s**t.
Now, 14 years later, my love affair with Stradivarius only grows in intensity – as yours does too, evidently. Figures have shown that searches for the outfitter are up 66.5 per cent year-on-year, making it one of the most in-demand brands of 2017. Striking the perfect balance between cool AF buys and suits-every-girl staples, it’s positioned itself as one of the major fashion forces to be reckoned with on the Great British high street. Not bad, considering it only launched a UK website in 2013 and opened its first store on Brit soil a year later.
Personally, I’m all about the oversized stripe shirt layered under a denim miniskirt. And the silver Alexander Wang dupe sandals. And that floral dress. Where are those leftover euros when you need them?… Too soon?
Coat, £59.99 Shirt, £29.99 Skirt, £17.99 Belt, £7.99 Boots, £29.99, All Stradivarius Jumper, £25.99 Jeans, £29.99 Loafers, £25.99, Bag, £15.99 All Stradivarius
4 1 Bag, £15.99 2 Skirt, £29.99 3 Shirt dress, £25.99 4 Dress, £45.99 5 Skirt, £29.99 6 Sandals, £35.99 All Stradivarius