Before the dawn of SPF, hats were the first line of defense against punishing summer rays. And while we wouldn’t recommend tossing out your sunscreen, hats are still a chic summer style statement that have the side benefit of protecting your face. Yet many women tend to avoid summer hats, fearing they can’t pull them off. The good news: you absolutely can, and affordably to boot. Here are some of our favorite hats for warmer weather, and suggestions for the best looks to wear them with.
Floppy hats: The workhorses of a summer wardrobe, these will look great with a flowing maxi-dress or a cool bikini and sarong by the pool. By day, you’ll want something made of breathable straw, like this sleek black option from ASOS. As evening sets in and the temperature cools, you can opt for a hat made of fabric or felt, like this classic design from Urban Outfitters.
Panama hats: For daytime exploring while on vacation, this timeless favorite is tough to beat, and it packs nicely in a suitcase, too. Cuyana offers a streamlined version that would look great with a cheerful red dress, a light denim jacket, and simple sandals. Or opt for a funky Eugenia Kim hat with a decorative brim, which would look great with a white shift and wild Elizabeth and James wedges in the evening.
Baseball caps: These are definitely a bit trickier to pull off, but with the resurgence in athletic-inspired fashion like baseball jackets and slip-on shoes, there’s never been a better time to try out a fashionable ball cap off the field. For a preppy, put-together look, this chambray J. Crew cap is perfect with white jeans and a crisp green polo. Or go for a hard-edged rocker style with a leather ball cap, paired with a vibrant floral-print dress and a Current/Elliott biker jacket.
Got styling questions when it comes to hats? Leave ‘em in the comments and we’ll offer our advice.
All of us at thredUP update our closets pretty frequently – and we don’t mind doing it! But we’ll never turn down sage advice on how to make the routine task easier. We recently met Laurie Palau, founder of simplyBorganized.com, who offered some clever organization tips that couldn’t be easier to remember. So we invited her to share them here:
I’ve come up with a simple three-step method for navigating through the daunting task of organizing your closet, whether large or small. I call it my Organizing ESP – not mind reading, but rather Empty, Sort and Purge.
Empty. Don’t try to organize your closet while it’s filled. Instead empty your entire closet into piles in your bedroom. Working with a clean slate allows you to see your space and determine the best layout moving forward.
Sort. As you empty, begin to group like items into five piles: Keep, Relocate, Sell (with a consignment store or site), Donate or Trash. Identifying each item into their proper group will help to keep you from getting sidetracked along the way.
Purge. Typically I apply the one-year rule. If you haven’t worn something in a year you need to get rid of it: either donate or resell it through a consignment shop, or if it’s a keepsake, move it to your memorabilia bin.
Unless you have a large walk-in closet, the only items that should live in your closet are the ones currently in rotation. Cycle seasonal clothes out bi-annually, storing the out-of-season clothes elsewhere! There is no reason your closet should be bursting at the seams with clothes you’re not wearing.
Organizing Expert, Laurie Palau is the founder & CEO of simply B organized, LLC. A home, work and life organizing service. For additional information on simply B organized visit www.simplyBorganized.com
We all have that piece that’s hiding in the shadows and tucked into the back of our closets. It’s not that we don’t love this piece — it’s gorgeous after all — it’s just been forgotten. When we happen to push today’s go-to pieces aside as we dig for a summer clutch or pair of sandals, we’re delighted to rediscover our old pals.
Want to reunite with your #forgottenfave and win a $250 shopping spree on thredUP? Enter the contest by snapping a photo of yourself modeling your #forgottenfave and share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Tag #forgottenfave and @thredup for the chance to win a $250 thredUP shopping spree! (Note: if you’re sharing on Instagram please make sure your account is public so we can see the photo).
You have until July 11th to enter. So go on, explore that closet of yours and see what you can find!
Our CEO and co-founder, James Reinhart, was a teacher before starting thredUP and was always amazed by how hard parents (moms especially!) work to get their kids ready to head back to school. We wanted to acknowledge this hard work and treat mom after the hectic back to school preparations. Last year we tested a program called Back-To-You where moms earned cash back for themselves on every item they purchased for their kids.
We’re pleased to announce that this program is back by popular demand! Between July 7th and September 15th, moms will earn 10% back on every item they purchase for their kids. Consider it our way of saying thanks for all your tireless work, and know that a little shopping spree (for you!) awaits.
After September 15th we’ll calculate how much you’ve earned and send an email notifying you of the credit that has been issued to your account. You’ll have until December 31st to redeem the credit in the women’s shop. Please note that credit will not be earned on kids’ items that have been returned.
Happy Back To School shopping!
What will your child be when they grow up?
We asked our community to send us their children’s drawings of what they want to be when they grow up, and we were overwhelmed with all of the beautiful and inspiring entries!
Our winner, Mya Moore, age 6, wants to be a teacher when she grows up! Mya received a $500 thredUP shopping spree, and her school, Brooks Elementary, received a $1,000 donation in her name.
Here’s a sampling of more entries we received. A webpage showcasing all of the entries will be live soon!
June was a pretty great month in our books. We’ve had beautiful weather, the World Cup, and, well, a whole lot of other great stuff going on. Since there was so much to love, we decided to compile a little listicle for you. Here are the top 10 things that made us happy this month:
1. Handsome fútbol players.
Hellllloooooo World Cup! Admittedly, most of us are fair-weather soccer fans at best, but we’re all full-time fans of Cristiano Ronaldo’s chiseled jaw. Our whole office has been watching as many of the games as possible. Have you been keeping up?
2. Lupita Nyongo’s first Lancôme ad.
She’s just so sweet and talented and stunning. We can’t help but get excited every time we see her! And that flawless complexion is making us want to hit the Lancôme counters ourselves.
3. All of the adorable and inspiring entries we’ve received in our Sketch 4 School contest.
We asked our community to send in their kids’ drawings of what they want to be when they grow up, and we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the response! We’ve been sharing as many as possible on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so make sure you check them out.
4. Season 2 of Orange is the New Black
The great thing about a Netflix shows? You get the whole season at once, so binge-watching is basically required. We don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t finished the season yet, so we’ll just say this: BEST ENDING EVER.
The sun finally came out (even in San Francisco!) and gave us all the chance to break out our favorite maxis, shifts and sundresses. Plus, we listed thousands of new styles, so there’s plenty of new fashion-candy for you!
6. ManRepeller’s hilarious critique of our favorite sappy romance movie, The Notebook.
Seriously though, a lake full of that many swans would be way gross.
7. The Adventures of this adorable beagle, Sid.
Our new favorite way to procrastinate at work? Following this goofy beagle around on his many adventures. Sid is currently traveling up the California coast in what he believes to be a spaceship (it’s definitely a car) with his owner, the talented photographer, Alex Hopes.
8. Beauty oils.
It took us a good long while to work up the courage to test this beauty trend, but boy are we glad we finally did! Talk about glowing skin. Refinery29 rounded up a few of the bests here, and we give ‘em all two thumbs up.
9. Our favorite trend: All White Everything
Maybe we’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest lately, but we’re pretty sure All White is summer’s biggest trend. Yes, we realize that wearing white from head-to-toe can be risky, especially if you love eating messy tacos (which we do). But still, this look is too chic to pass up. Give it a try, we guarantee you’ll feel glamorous.
10. Free shipping for the rest of 2014 with thredUP Everyday!
Just in time for back to school season, we’ve launched thredUP Everyday! For just $19.99, you can sign up and get free shipping on every single order you place for the rest of 2014.
What did you love most this month? Share your list in the comments!
Got a star style you’re itching to steal? Share a photo or link in the comments, and our fashion experts will work their magic to help find it for less.
This Sunday is time to turn your attention to dad! If you didn’t buy him a gift, don’t sweat it. Father’s Day is all about being thoughtful, and we’ve found a few great apps with dad in mind. Borrow his iPad or smartphone for a few minutes to download them and surprise him with a quick tutorial on Sunday morning!
Hanging a family photo is a piece of cake with iHandy Carpenter. Its e-toolbox is complete with a ruler, protractor and a bubble level bar — to ensure that your frame is perfectly aligned, without taking up any additional garage space! ($1.99 – Available for iPad, iPhone and Android)
2. Grill Guide
You and dad can perfect your barbecuing techniques together in time for July 4th! This app has all of the answers to questions on grilling time and prep for different cuts of meat along with some great recipes. Bonus: The app is built to operate entirely offline, so you won’t be left hanging if you don’t have cell service on the beach or at the campground. ($.99 – Available for iPad, iPhone and Android)
3. Gas Cubby
If you plan to take some family road trips this summer, this one will come in handy. Gas Cubby tracks your gas mileage and sends reminders when it’s time to change the oil, rotate the tires or replace the brake pads. The app can keep track of multiple vehicles in your household to help save money and keep your cars in good condition. ($1.99 – Available for iPad and iPhone)
4. Full Fitness
You care about dad’s health, so help him stay in shape and enjoy working out! With Full Fitness, he can create a workout plan, view pictures of over 300 different exercises, watch video demonstrations and track his progress. Reviewers say it’s more like a personal trainer than just an app. ($1.99 – Available for iPad and iPhone)
5. Tie a tie
Diversify dad’s wardrobe with the addition of a few new accessory looks! This app offers step-by-step instructions for tying over 20 different knots (we didn’t know that many existed!), so you can even learn how to help him look his best. It boasts a clever mirror feature, picture demonstrations and an animated visual guide; tying a tie has never been easier. (Free – Available for iPad, iPhone and Android)
Do you have any favorite apps that you would recommend for dads? Let us know in the comments!
Image via Le Blog de Betty
Healthy donuts? Yes, they do exist! And to celebrate National Donut Day today, we’ve put together 5 recipes that will make you feel a little less guilty about indulging in this sweet treat. Skip the trip to the bakery this weekend and impress your friends and fam with a delicious and healthier alternative.
1. Paleo donuts: Hard to believe that you can make a donut without grains or dairy, but this recipe is sure to change your mind. The main ingredients are ripe bananas, applesauce and coconut flour (topped with a coconut butter glaze – yum!).
2. Whole Grain Strawberry Donuts: Take advantage of strawberry season with this batch of baked donuts. They look gorgeous too, so these can make a great hostess or birthday gift.
3. Coconut Flour Cake Donuts: These are also considered Paleo donuts. Kids love them and their airy texture resembles that of Krispy Kreme donuts. Can’t say no to that!
4. Gluten-Free Banana Donuts: The key to these is that the bananas should be super ripe. Try topping them with chocolate chips or coconut flakes for extra flavor.
5. Baked Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Donuts: These offer just the right amount of sweetness and the lemon gives it a hint of tartness. They’re delicious with or without a glaze!
Do you have a healthy donut recipe you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.