These shorts are without a doubt one of the best performing pieces I've ever bought. They were a Zara purchase back in 2014 (original post here) for around $40, and have seen me through 2 years of steady wear. Funnily enough Zara's selling a pretty damn similar version at the moment - which I'm actually seriously contemplating purchasing for when these ones eventually wear out.
I think one of the key tricks I've learnt when buying at Zara is to be meticulous about the material content of their items. These shorts, for example, are predominantly cotton (97%) and still look pretty much exactly the same as when I first bought them. However, some other items from Zara I've purchased in a synthetic fibre only lasted a few months wear at best. Considering I'm such a picky-purchaser as is, I don't particularly like it when something falls apart so quickly!
The shirt is also a new little inexpensive addition, so I'll be sharing a bit more info on it later on in the week.
OUTFIT: Striped shorts: under $50: Zara Striped Bermuda Shorts (really cute, unfortunately Zara doesn't have an Australian e-store, but I have seen these shorts in a few of their Sydney stores) / over $50: Moncler Silk Striped Shorts