Mango is quickly overtaking Zara in the style stakes. There, we said it. And boy, is it good to finally get that off our chest...
But before you judge our bold (and undoubtedly controversial) claim, let us assure you that it wasn’t an easy decision to come to.
Zara delivers ‘it could be designer’ pieces faster than you can say 'fashion', pretty much invented the meaning of elevated basics and gave Thursday the honour of being our favourite day of the week...
But Spanish rival Mango has been steadily climbing the high street charts over the past few months with the help of sell-out arthouse inspired earrings, that checked coat and the circle buckled boots everyone coveted last autumn.
But this season, Mango finally confirmed its status in the style stakes. The launch of its debut sustainable collection, ‘Committed’, introduced us to ruffled poplin dresses, supersized palazzo trousers and the linen bucket bag of dreams.
And just months ago, the Spanish giant welcomed a second line, aptly named ‘Premium’. We’re talking COS-meets-Céline fashion at high street prices. The oversized clutch made its way into our shopping basket without a second thought just moments before the wrap-around blouse in deep purple joined the cult accessory.
And just like that, Mango garnered the title of our most-beloved high street store.
Still not convinced?
We’ve rounded up the ten cult items of the season which prove the store is fast overtaking Zara in the style stakes:
1. The Supersized Clutch
Yes, we couldn’t believe it either. This very clutch is the sartorial genius of Mango and it’s destined to be a sell-out. We’ll be teaming the tangerine-tinged accessory with wooden mules and denim flares, how about you?
2. The ‘It’ Hue
This time, we’re talking yellow. It’s undoubtedly the hue that keeps on giving this season. There’s no greater colour to don when feeling blue and this dress is bound to crack a smile amongst even the most poker-faced of colleagues.
Team the silky number with sorbet pink mules and a bold red lip. Yes, this season we're set to colour-block our way to sartorial success...
3. The Reimagined Crop Top
There are bows aplenty this season (they're almost as popular as flared sleeves). And we cannot wait to get our hands on this linen blouse.
We'll be teaming the fashion piece with high-waisted flares, supersized earrings and wooden mules. Oh, and a tan would be lovely. Who's up for booking a holiday?
4.The Beach-To-Drinks Bag
This oversized bucket bag is the kind of accessory we daydream about. This is the perfect beach-to-city-drinks bag and will serve as a great fashion prop this summer so make sure to invest before it sells out.
5. The Corset Belt
Debuted by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, the corset belt is continuing to make waves on the fashion scene. Simply layer over a silky white tee or a crisp shirt-dress with supersized sleeves. We're talking the bigger, the better. Finish with ballerina-esque block heels. Sorted.
6. The Jumpsuit
The jumpsuit is the most versatile fashion item you could ever own. Fact. Example, this utilitarian one-piece will achieve major style points when paired with white block heels and Scandi-esque jewellery. Think minimal and you'll succeed.
7. The Spring Mini Dress
Oh, this dress ticks all the major sartorial boxes. We're talking a candyfloss hue paired with supersized sleeves. We'll be teaming it with pillarbox red shoes and a co-ordinating bold lip.
The fashion formula to remember this season? Pink + Red = Guaranteed sartorial success. Trust us.
8. The Blazer
Perhaps one of Mango's coolest co-ords to date. We're desperately seeking this woollen blazer finished with gold buttons. We'll be layering ours over an oversized white shirt and finishing with backless loafers. Preferably, Gucci. But with a suit this great, there's unfortunately no excuse to be fussy...
9. The Pyjama Suit
The pyjama trend is undoubtedly one of our favourite to date. It's the lazy girl's answer to dressing chic within a matter of minutes. We're desperate to invest in this floral two-piece courtesy of Mango, asap. Team with backless loafers (no, not slippers) and a floor-skimming duster jacket. Say hello to an extra ten minutes in bed this season...
10. The Wrap-Around Blouse
Purple is totally underrated if you ask us. This velvet asymmetric wrap shirt is perfect for the tricky transition into summer. We plan on accessorising ours with stacked jewellery and kick-flares. Simply finish with strappy '90s-esque heels. We challenge you to find a greater day-to-night look...
Shop more of Grazia's favourites in the gallery below (if you still don't believe us):
Mango Is The New Zara - Grazia
Waiting until payday to invest in some spring attire? No need. Simply bag a corset this season and you'll update a white tee within a matter of minutes.
Lace-Up Sash, £17.99, Mango
Yes, it's the trend that keeps on giving. With pink continuing to reign the colour charts this season, we recommend investing in this ruched dress. Simply pair with white block heels and arthouse-inspired earrings.
Poplin Mini Dress, £35.99, Mango
Yellow is the 'It' hue of the season, didn't you hear? We cannot wait to wear this flute-sleeved dress. Drench your wardrobe in sun this season.
100% Silk Dress, £169.99, Mango
We'll be accessorising our go-to shirt with these supersized earrings this season.
Mixed Pendant Earrings, £12.99, Mango
Never has purple looked so good. Team this asymmetric blouse with step-hem jeans and a cross-body bag.
Wrapped Cupro Blouse, £99.99, Mango
Yes, this is the sartorial genius of Mango. We'll be teaming ours with an oversized white shirt and black flares.
Buckle Leather Clutch, £149.99, Mango
This oversized bucket bag will take you from the city to the beach in one fell swoop. Finish with wooden mules and a t-shirt/slip dress combo.
Cotton Bucket Bag, £29.99, Mango
FYI, everyone should own a jumpsuit. We'll be throwing this on come summer and teaming it with leather cross-over sandals. In the meantime? Pair with zip-up ankle boots.
Zip Long Jumpsuit, £59.99, Mango
These mules are at the top of our wish list this season so make sure to get there first. Trust us, they're bound to sell out.
Wooden Leather Heels, £39.99, Mango
Nothing spells summer like a new pair of sandals. Race you to Mango...
Leather Strap Sandals, £69.99, Mango
We'll be teaming this cropped blouse with high-waisted flares and wooden clogs when the sun says hello.
Bow Linen Blouse, £29.99, Mango
We cannot wait to don this double-breasted blazer. We'll be wearing ours with the co-ordinating trousers and v-neck mules.
Structured Wool Blazer, 139.99, Mango
We've had our eyes on this cropped trench for a few weeks now. We plan to wear ours with a black midi-dress and ankle boots. When the sun makes a rare appearance, swap the boots for sandals.
Cotton Short Trench, £79.99, Mango
The pyjama trend is the fashion gift that keeps on giving. We'll be investing in the co-ordinating trousers, asap. Accessorise with slip-on mules and bug-eye sunnies.
Satin Finish Floral Pyjama Shirt, £35.99, Mango
We'll be snapping this cold-shoulder shirt up come payday. This could just be the answer to any spring workwear dilemmas...
Striped Cold-Shoulder Blouse, £25.99, Mango
We need some sheer sparkly socks, asap. These velvet '70s-inspired platforms are all we want this season.
Velvet Platforms, £49.99, Mango
Clash the sorbet shades this season and co-ordinate these lilac trousers with pink hues.
Buckle Pleated Lilac Trousers, £49.99, Mango
We have fallen head over heels for these lilac mules. Team with a crisp white tailored two-piece this wedding season.
Fringe Satin Mules, £29.99, Mango
The weather is certainly picking up so that can only mean one thing, it's time to invest in swimwear. Whether you're jetting off to Lisbon or keeping cool in London's lidos this summer, this lace-up swimsuit will do just the job.
We'll be teaming this fuchsia spaghetti-strapped top with white flares and pointed mules. Work-to-drinks season has officially arrived.
Lace Flowy Top, £29.99, Mango
We want everything in telephone box red ATM. First on our shopping list, this J.W Anderson inspired cross-body bag...
Metal Appliqué Bag, £35.99, Mango
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