Hooooo BOY. A few weeks back I was contacted by ThredUp - a clothing resale website with brand name clothing (GAP, J Crew, 7 For All Mankind etc), all in nearly new condition - with a challenge.
The challenge? To wear only used clothing for one week and look chic doing it. What did I say? Uh, HELLS yes.
ThredUp generously gave me a gift certificate to choose some items. What you see me wearing this week will be those items, possibly interspersed with other thrifted items I already had in my closet. The only things I will wear that are new are shoes and accessories. Wish me luck.
The FIRST thing to go into my cart were these Free People jeans. I. Love. Them. So. Hard. It actually took me several days to decide what I was going to choose, because they have SO much inventory it was almost overwhelming. I kept putting things into my cart and then swapping them out with other items, but these jeans stayed there from the beginning. I was starting to panic, because I was afraid someone else would snag them before I did. SHWEW. Thank hebbins for happy endings.
I also got this excellent, perfectly slouchy and SUPAH DUPAH soft tee from H&M that pays homage to my beloved California.
My initial thought when creating my outfits for this week was not to pair my ThredUp pieces together so I could stretch them out, but I loved these two pieces together, so I did it anyway. I'm crazy like that. I ended up with NINE items in all, and only one of them did not fit - it was too small - so I passed it to my niece. It was CUTE too, which gave me a case of The Sads.
ThredUp's philosophy is to sell “Practically New” merch - which means there are no absolutely NO signs of wear or tear. Every item undergoes a 12-point inspection process by expert consignors, including full color-spectrum light that illuminates even the most minor flaws. ThredUP takes high resolution photos so buyers can see every detail, and can return items within 30 days. I can honestly say that every piece I got looked brand new, and at least one item still had tags hanging on it. It was NOT like my experience in buying eBay, where you really don't know what condition the items will be in.
Not only that, but ThredUp has kids' clothing too. I WILL go back to purchase somma dat for my wee knuckleheads in the future, and I may try to consign some of my own items too. Sadly, I had just taken a metric TON of stuff to thrift it not long before getting this offer from ThredUp, but now that I know about them, I will try out their option to consign my own clothing. If you're interested in selling clothing, check out their FAQ page here for deets.
The cool thing about ThredUP (well, among MANY cool things) is that those items that can't be resold enter into their 100% Re-Use Program, a partnership with national textile distributors and recyclers to ensure that every item is re-used and doesn't end up in a landfill. BONUS. And, and, ANNNNNNND - they carry tons of designers and brands that I already love. We're talkin' bout Tory Burch, Zara, Michael Kors, BCBG, J Crew...I could go on, but you need to check it for yo damn self. The only difference is that buying on ThredUp saves you up to 80% from buying brand new. Let that sink in a minute. EIGHTY. PERCENT. That, my friends, is a no-brainer.
So, in a closing message to ThredUp stolen blatantly from Four Weddings And A Funeral - to recap it slightly in a clearer version, eh, the words of David Cassidy in fact, eh, while he was still with The Partridge Family, eh, "I think I love you."
The lovely Holly, from My Year of Fabulous, interviewed GUESS WHO for her blog. Hop over to see my answers to the Proust Fashion Questionnaire.
Tee: H&M from ThredUp
Jeans: FreePeople from ThredUp
Shoes: Old as the hills and I can't remember where they came from
Long necklace: F21
Short necklace: TJ Maxx
Earrings: World Market
Bracelets: Gifts or F21