sunniesAs you soak up the last of the summer rays this Labor Day weekend, it’s important to ensure that they stay out of your delicate eyes. Thankfully, sunglasses pretty much define cool, and this summer’s trendy shades are definitely on the mark. We’ve rounded up the hot new shapes that work best on different faces, at a couple of different price points that will satisfy the hardcore sunglass investor as well as the hardcore sunglass-forgetter (don’t worry, we’ve lost our share too). An added bonus: even when the temperatures cool, these shades will last you into the fall and beyond.
 
Heart-Shaped
The face shape: Wide at the temples and narrower at the chin.
The sunglass shape: It’s best to choose a shape of lens that’s similar to the heart-shape of the face. Classic aviators are a perfect choice, and won’t overwhelm the smaller bottom half of your face.
The affordable option: $19 gold aviators from ASOS.
 
Oval
The face shape: Generally balanced, with cheekbones as the widest point of the face. The chin might be slightly narrower than the forehead.
The sunglass shape: This face shape can pull off the boldest looks. Cat-eye frames, with their exaggerated proportions, will make your face look narrower.
 
Round
The face shape: Round faces tend to have foreheads with a similar width to the chin, and fuller cheeks.
The sunglass shape: Square and rectangular shapes help define the features of a round face.
The affordable option: $6 square shades from Forever 21.
 
Square
The face shape: The name says it all– square faces are pretty much the same width from top to bottom.
The sunglass shape: Round frames balance out the angular features of a square face.

Thanks to lazy days, long vacations, and body-baring temperatures, summer is the perfect time to try on– and show off– a new trend. And as fashion followers know, the big designers are always ready to offer a smorgasbord of ideas that quickly trickle down to average Janes with average pocketbooks. Here are some of the biggest trends going in fashion this year, and where you can score them without spending a fortune.

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1. Slip dresses
Remember those filmy, spaghetti-strapped numbers from the ’90s? They’re back in action, with updated fabrics. Try this affordable black basic from Bcbgmaxazria as a starter.
 
How to wear it: Channel ’90s grunge by tying a flannel around your waist or neck and throwing on some Doc Martens, or layer a striped tee underneath and add some cool oxfords.
 
2. A pastel moto jacket
The classic moto silhouette will never go out of style, but it’s gotten a fresh update in bright pastel shades of pink and aqua green. Or stick with the stand-by colors and save-splurge on this Etiqueta Negra Mujer jacket or classic Markoo Leather moto.
 
How to wear it: Add a touch of toughness over a flowy floral dress, or brighten up a simple skinny jeans and white tank combo.
 
3. Crop tops
These are the hottest thing going for summer, and even if you’re self-conscious about your stomach, there are ways to pull it off. Look for combos that bare the flesh just under your bra line, like a black Adrianna Papell top. Then opt for a long, flowy, bright bottom like this aqua Windsor maxi skirt or whimsical black number, to balance out the bared skin.
 
How to wear it: Since this look is definitely a bit revealing, keep accessories simple: sleek heels and a streamlined matching bag.
 
4. Culottes
We can’t believe it either, but these longish, flared ’70s skirt-pants are very much a trend at the moment. A relaxed pair from ASOS goes nicely with anything formal and fitted– think tucked in button-ups or slim-cut crewneck sweaters.
 
How to wear it: Look for a pair that hits mid-calf and has a flowy feel. Heels are pretty much a must for this look, in order to elongate your legs; try slim stilettos or a pair of mules with chunky, squarish heels. Most of all, don’t wear anything sloppy on top, or else you’ll look like you’re wearing sweats.
 
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5. Ear cuffs
Earrings are so last year. The new trend: decorating one lobe with a long cuff, featuring punky rhinestones or warm rose gold. Add chunky studs in your actual lobes to give it an extra-hip feel, or dip your toe in with this combo earring-cuff.
 
How to wear it: With anything– just be sure to keep it to one ear, and pull your hair back or side-part it for the full effect!
 
6. Knife-pleat skirts
Hello, Marilyn Monroe! These ladylike skirts are perfect for summer, with their loose, flowy, chiffon-y feel. Add a twist to the traditional style with short and colorful picks like this this mint-green one from Last Tango and this one from Forever21.
 
How to wear it: Their classic shape makes knife-pleat skirts exceptionally easy to wear: pair a high-waisted one with a crop top, make it office-appropriate by tucking in a button-up, or dress it down with a chic sweatshirt.
 
7. Tropical prints
This isn’t your dad’s Hawaiian shirt. Leafy, colorful prints are showing up on cute, loose button-ups and tanks that call out for beach days (like this Joie top and this one from Ted Baker), as well as sleek and sexy dresses (this one from Tibi is a head-turner).
 
How to wear it: Like any pattern, you’ll want to ease up on the accessories to let it take center stage. The good news: these prints are full of color, meaning they’ll coordinate with any number of basic tees, tanks, and shorts in your closet.
 
8. Blingy patterns
Pieces patterned with constellations of crystals and beads can still be surprisingly slim and sleek, as recent runway trends have proved. These embellished Zara shorts and bejeweled J. Crew sweatshirt embody the sparkly, yet minimal aesthetic.
 
How to wear it: Avoid looking grandmotherly by keeping your ensemble to one embellished piece, and ensuring the rest of your outfit is sleek. If you wouldn’t buy a piece unadorned, then don’t buy it because it’s bedecked in bling.
 
What’s your favorite trend for summer? Let us know in the comments.

Lupita

A year ago, Lupita Nyong’o was a relative unknown, but the Kenyan-Mexican beauty is now a household name thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in 12 Years a Slave. She’s also quickly risen to iconic status in the fashion world, thanks to the endlessly chic sense of style she displayed in gown after gown this awards season. But even when she’s not strolling a red carpet, People‘s recently-crowned Most Beautiful Woman still looks pretty and put-together. Here are three of her best casual looks, and how you can score them for less.

Pretty in pink: If there’s one thing any woman can learn from Lupita’s style, it’s this: don’t be afraid of bright colors. Time after time, she’s not afraid to wear (and rock) electric shades like this fun hot pink sheath. You, too, can brighten up a night out with a pink dress from Calvin Klein or Trina Turk. With all that color doing the talking, it’s best to keep the rest of your look minimal, with sheer black Anthropologie tights and classic black Antonio Melani stilettos. Add a touch of glitz with some smaller rhinestone drop earrings.

A pop of blue: With its dual powers of slimming everything and going with everything, black tends to show up again and again in our closets, to the detriment of other colors. If, like us, you’re tempted to throw on another mostly-black ensemble and call it a day, steal a page from Lupita’s book and make just one element of the outfit pop, while keeping the rest of the pieces black. She chose these electric-blue pants (here are some similar ones from American Eagle and Rock & Republic), but you could just as easily opt for a bright pink or blue shell and black jeans. Complete the look with a black cotton biker jacket and a crisp, tucked-in black button-up, plus those staple black stilettos.

Office chic: While a typical day at the office for Lupita is giving talks at film festivals, the ensemble she wore above would look great in any business-casual setting. Again, it’s defined by a shot of bold color, this time via some gorgeous coral skinny jeans (try this Jack Wills pair). Add on a sand-colored blazer like this one from Reiss, a simple black shell, and some turquoise ball earrings to echo the jeans’ tropical vibe. And if you need glasses, some chunky Ray-Ban Wayfarers will make you look like the genius that you are.

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.

hats

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 dressa 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.

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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  

forgottenfave

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! 

 

 

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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.

Mya Moore from Brooks Elementary

Here’s a sampling of more entries we received. A webpage showcasing all of the entries will be live soon!

Vet Rori, 7

Sonya Bennion, 5

Madison Soucey age 11


-dog- she knows she can't be one, but we said to draw what she wants to be

Thomas Lownes 7, Astronomer

 

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.

Cristiano RonaldoHellllloooooo 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.

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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.

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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

orange-new-black-season-2-casting-rumorsThe 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.

5. Messes. Of. Dresses.

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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.

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Seriously though, a lake full of that many swans would be way gross.

7. The Adventures of this adorable beagle, Sid.

My Regal BeagleOur 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.

Refinery29 Beauty OilsIt 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

All White EverythingMaybe 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!

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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!

Miranda Kerr’s otherworldly good looks would probably allow her to make headlines wearing a flour sack. But thankfully for those of us who aren’t Victoria’s Secret Angels, the Australian beauty has a penchant for casual yet chic ensembles that would still look great on those who don’t pose in lingerie for a living. Here are three of our favorite ensembles from the glamorous young mom, and how to score them for less.
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1. Day in the sun: Kerr’s hit-the-streets ensemble would be a perfect choice for summer traveling, thanks to the practical flat black sandals (like this Cole Haan pair) on her feet. Classic blue skinnies, like this Level 99 pair, get a dose of fun with a subtle leopard print, while a flowy black tank from Eileen Fisher keeps her cool. Complete the look with a Panama hat from Cuyana and a classic pair of black Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
2. Legs for days: Leather shorts like this pair from ASOS have been a popular summer option this year, but they can definitely be intimidating to style. Take a page from Kerr’s book by dressing them down with an oversized Everlane white tee, complete with rolled-up sleeves, Wayfarers, and a bright red pout. Wine-colored Nine West pumps and a black leather Cynthia Rowley satchel dress things up.
3. Simple stunner: Kerr’s classic silhouette in this outfit looks great on everyone, regardless of their shape. Just pair a scoop-necked, 3/4 sleeve black tee from Splendid with a voluminous printed skirt with a nipped waist, like this one from Ann Taylor LoftNude Charles & Keith stilettos with an ankle strap elongate the legs, while a structured white Banana Republic satcheladds polish. Throw on some tortoise-shell Gucci aviators for an added dose of glamour.

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.

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