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This time last year I was wearing lots of knits, plus sweaters and blazers. This year when the days turned cooler and I pulled out the fall clothes that didn’t feel right anymore. This year I’ve been feeling comfortable in a somewhat crisper look and I’ve updated my uniform accordingly.
Back up: I love uniform dressing. I’m not a hardcore devotee—I don’t literally have ten of the exact same shirt hanging in my closet—but I’ve found a lot of freedom in consciously choosing a general pattern for getting dressed every day. I can look put together and feel comfortable with minimal effort, instead of spending my limited mental energy debating over each day’s outfit.
These days the uniform I keep gravitating towards looks like: a button-down shirt, dark jeans, and flats (or for kids’ sports days, Converse all-stars), plus a jacket or sweater for colder days.
If you’re going to wear the same thing every day, your closet needs to be prepared. I hopped on thredUP recently to fortify my fall wardrobe. thredUP is the best resource for women’s and kids’ high-quality secondhand fashion (like a well curated online consignment store) – with a range of brands including favorites like Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, and J Crew, always up to 90% off the original retail price.
I know many people love to shop; I’m not one of those people. I know what I like, I wear the same brands repeatedly, and I want buying my clothes to be quick and easy. But somehow it always seems the day I’m actually ready to buy is the one day when there are no sales and no coupons, and I hate to pay full price. With thredUP, I can shop whenever it’s convenient for me, because I can always get better-than-sale prices. That also makes it possible to afford brands and designers I’m not normally able to.
thredUP has a ton of inventory, but it was easy to find what I wanted. I stuck to the brands I loved, and toggled by size and color, which reduced my vast options to a manageable number.
It didn’t take me long to fill my cart with fall items, and just a few days later, my polka dot box arrived on my front porch. Nothing about the packaging says “secondhand.” Everything comes neatly folded, wrapped in tissue paper, and tagged. Here’s what my order looked like when it arrived:
My first priority was J Crew tops. I ordered two button downs for $20.99 and $21.49 that normally each retail for $68 (about 69% off). I ordered another button down for $21.99 that normally retails for $88 (about 75% off).
More J Crew: I paid $25.99 for a silk blouse (the one in the photo with the cute little anchors) that normally retails for $68 (62% off), and $23.99 for a beautiful blue-green cashmere crewneck sweater that normally retails for $148 (84% off).
I was also really excited to find a navy J Crew schoolboy blazer for $70.99 (64% off the $198 retail price). Of course that’s a great deal, but also, this style has been sold out for forever on the J Crew website. I was excited just to find one, let alone find one at such a great price.
These are my thredUP finds, hanging in my closet:
I also ordered some jeans for my daughters, because we’ve had a terrible time finding their sizes in stores recently and I didn’t want to pay shipping to order one thing from each of their preferred stores. I found Gap jeggings for $23.99 (not cheap, but 47% off the $44.95 sticker price, new with tags, and hallelujah, they fit) and Gymboree jeggings for $10.99 instead of $34.95 retail (69% off). My older daughter needs tops and hasn’t liked the stuff in the girls’ department lately so we found her an XXS women’s knit Gap tunic for $8.99 (80% off the 44.95 retail price).
I was happy with the prices I paid at thredUP, but hang tight because I have a coupon code for you that will let you get an even better deal.
My new purchases are slotting nicely into my current wardrobe, but no surprise there—I ordered the kinds of items I already know I love to wear. Here’s me, in my office, wearing a typical outfit for a typical day.
If you have clothes you don’t wear anymore, you can send them to thredUP. Order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, fill it with the items you no longer want (the thredUP website has all the details), and place at your front door for pick-up. It couldn’t be easier to get rid of the things you’re not wearing in a responsible way.
Want to try it yourself? Click here and use code MRSD40 to get 40% off your entire order! First-time shoppers can save up to $50 with that code. Valid through January 24, 2017.