With a re­la­tion­ship that goes back fur­ther than her mar­riage, Look’s Max­ine Eggenberger charts her secret love af­fair with Zara’s younger sis­ter…

Look (UK) - - FIRST LOOK -

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






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