Like most fashion-loving folks, our attention long ago expanded from the pages of glossy magazines onto the Web, where savvy style bloggers have given us all kinds of great wardrobe ideas. To help find the best stuff on thredUP, we’ve invited a few of them to browse the racks and give us their picks for outfit ideas.
Our first style expert is Kristen Philipkoski, who gained prominence on her personal blog, Stylenik, before becoming the editor of key fashion resource Racked SF. The boho beauty (who also happens to be a science expert) tours stores and interviews top designers for a living, sharing favorite finds like the most unique local jewelry stores and the best bikini purveyors for warm-weather getaways. She and her husband live with their adorable toddler daughter Frida in Pacifica, a relaxed beach town 20 minutes south of SF. Kristen describes her own style as “laid-back glamour,” and she’s a master of blending relaxed pieces and statement items for a look that suits her dual roles as journalist and mom.
On the job: Kristen’s first outfit has “a fun sailor vibe,” and its blend of casual underpinnings and put-together details is perfect for a day of running around town for interviews. It starts with three versatile basics: a comfy Michael Stars tee and a striped Club Monaco sweater, layered over a pair of Madewell wide-leg jeans. “I have a soft spot for both wide-leg jeans and Madewell, so I was very happy to find these in my size,” she says. An Egyptian-inspired necklace from one of her favorite local boutiques, Fiat Lux, keeps the look consistent with its pops of red and blue, while a gold leather Molly M wristlet with straw-like detailing does double duty: “It’s perfect as either a clutch for a night out or to tuck into a bigger bag during the day.” The finishing touch: a low-heeled pair of Giuseppe Zanotti pumps that keep Kristen comfortably on her feet all day. “I love an ankle strap,” she says. “These will go with absolutely everything.”
At home: Kristen is currently in the throes of an obsession with culottes. “I saw a friend wearing a great vintage pair recently, and now I’m in the market,” she says. “These Marc Jacobs pants are labeled as capris, but they look strikingly similar to the pair I fell for.” To add a little shape to the funky culottes, she sought a couple of pieces with serious structure: a safari-inspired Gap top (“A second-hand white top in mint condition is such a rare find”) and a pink Wilsons motorcycle jacket. “I’m not typically a big pink fan, but I’ve been loving the pastel outerwear trend this season.” A sleek heeled bootie provides a nice visual counterpoint to the culottes, and Kristen loves this cognac leather pair from Pour la Victoire, which just so happen to be on sale. To complete the outfit, she adds a pair of geometric earrings from another favorite local jeweler, No. 3 (“They’re made with porcupine quills!”), and a bag from SF-based designer Ilano, which she loves for their commitment to fair wages for artisans and all-natural dyes. (“Though it doesn’t hurt that their bags are so cute.”)
For Frida: Little Frida is a burgeoning fashionista in her own right, and her cute-but-comfy outfits inspire legions of admiring comments from her mom’s readership. Kristen delved into thredUP’s kids’ selection to pick a stylish pink-and-denim outfit that complements her own. “It’s always chilly where we live, near the ocean, so I like to pick versatile pieces that have fun colors but are still warm,” she says. That translates to an adorable miniature pair of denim culottes and a military-inspired pink Diesel dress/jacket that echo Kristen’s outfit, along with a fun green REI hat to keep Frida toasty. And though her daughter is getting bigger by the minute, Kristen can’t resist splurging on an all-time favorite shoe: “I just can’t get enough of her in pink high-top Converse,” she says.
Have a favorite fashionista you’d like to see browsing thredUP? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add them to our list of stylish recruits.
Our friend Kimberly of the Penny Pincher Fashion blog put together three gorgeous outfits from thredUP that we just had to share with you. She’s provided us with outfit photos (so we can learn from her natural, chic sense of style) as well as her thoughts about shopping on thredUP…
I have always loved shopping at consignment, thrift & vintage stores because you can find such unique pieces that no one else will have (not to mention the money you save!). Which is why I was so excited to discover thredUP recently. thredUP gave me a style challenge, tasking me with putting together outfits using pieces from their site and I could not believe how many amazing designers they had (BCBG, Paige Denim, Equipment & Vince, to name a few) and everything in pristine condition…some even new with tags!
Their inventory is quite extensive so it took some time browsing to find the items I was looking for. I decided to create 3 separate outfits, using shoes & accessories from my closet to finish off the looks. I still cannot believe that I was able to buy these 8 pieces for under $200! Not only does thredUP have an amazing selection & incredibly affordable prices, but their shipping was so speedy & the packaging made it feel like I’d purchased from a luxe boutique. Everything was in impeccable condition when it arrived and I couldn’t have been happier with the items I purchased. Take a look at the outfits I created and let me know in the comments below which look is your favorite.
- Kimberly Smith, Penny Pincher Fashion
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The space-age outfits strolling down New York Fashion Week runways are incredible to watch, but if you’re like us, you’d never conceive of actually wearing them. (Even super-fit, super-fashionable celebrities don’t end up wearing a lot of them!) But as anyone who saw Meryl Streep chew out Anne Hathaway’s sweater in The Devil Wears Prada will recall, the colors, patterns, and shapes from these high-end ensembles do end up trickling down to the wider market– and soon enough, you’ll be seeing certain combos on the shelves at your favorite stores. To give you a head start on the biggest new looks, we’ve chosen five unquestionably fashion-forward trends from NYFW, along with eminently wearable pieces from thredUP that make the look work on a budget.
1. Fall neutrals: BCBG Max Azria, Creatures of the Wine, Josie Natori, and Nicholas K breathed new life into neutrals this season, using unexpected quilting, lace, leather, and color blocking to give a boost to classic black, gray, cream, and camel. This black Express cocktail dress or this super-soft gray New York & Company dress rely on all-over ruching to put a new spin on timeless shades.Check out all our thredUP fall neutrals picks.
2. Vibrant red: There’s nothing hotter than a rich, brilliant red, and the shows for Kye, Josie Natori, Tome, and Mark and Estel were filled with candy-apple shades for the fall. Pair this bright red Luli motorcycle-style jacket with dark denim or this sleek red BR cocktail dress with black tights to make a memorable style statement. Check out all our thredUP vibrant red picks.
Hot on the heels of announcing that handbags are coming to thredUP, we’re thrilled to tell you about something else we’re working on: thredUP X, our exclusive collection of women’s premium pieces from designer brands.
Beginning today, you can sell women’s premium and designer items on thredUP and receive premium payouts. Be sure to sign up to be the first to know when the thredUP X Shop opens.
In the meantime, though, order a Clean Out Bag to start selling!
Premium Payouts for your Premium Pieces. We know it’s hard to part with pieces you’ve splurged on, which is why we’re paying you more for the premium designer styles in your closet! You will receive consignment payouts of up to 80%, the highest in the industry. Plus, our consignment pricing structure lets you weigh in on the initial listing price so you have more control over the sale of your item.
Bonus: To celebrate the launch of thredUP X we will give you $10 shopping credit for every qualifying thredUP X item you send us.
What Items Qualify for thredUP X? If you’re a trendsetter and are always shopping the latest designer styles, the items in your closet are perfect for thredUP X. Apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories from designers like Kate Spade New York, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Joie, Hudson, Tory Burch, rag & bone, J Brand, Milly and Tibi are a few examples of brands that fit the bill. Generally speaking, these pieces sell brand new starting at $150.
Visit our Clothing Calculator to learn more about brands we accept and the payouts you can expect for your items.
A New Dimension to the thredUP Shopping Experience. Most thredUP customers visit us frequently, shopping for stylish basics and wardrobe staples to outfit their family. thredUP X will bring a new dimension to your thredUP shopping experience, allowing you to complement your wardrobe with stunning designer pieces. The designer looks you thought you couldn’t afford will soon be attainable on thredUP!
And your favorite mainstream brands – like GAP, American Apparel, H&M – aren’t going anywhere (we love them, too!), so thredUP will be your one-stop shop for creating high-low fashion ensembles.
With the introduction of thredUP X, we’re furthering our commitment to helping women live in an UP world. Our team’s passionate about helping you shop and style smarter because high fashion price tags shouldn’t prevent you from wearing the styles you love.
When Can You Shop thredUP X? The thredUP X shopping experience is coming very, very soon! Sign up here for exclusive updates on the launch. Spread the word and you’ll earn $5 shopping credit for every friend who signs up!
A note on timing: We will be building our thredUP X inventory in advance of opening the Shop, so it will take a few weeks for your items to go on sale. If you have any questions about thredUP X and consignment pricing please contact [email protected]
It’s hard not to love Reese Witherspoon. The spunky Southerner has been charming audiences onscreen for more than a decade, and in that time, she’s sported some fabulous looks (and can certainly work a red carpet). But in her day-to-day life, Witherspoon earns our admiration for always looking polished and pretty, yet very much comfortable– especially given that she has three kids, one of whom is still a toddler. Here’s how to copy her stylish ensemble, with its preppy clean lines and elements of classic French chic, without breaking the bank.
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Valentine’s Day may be sold as a day of romance and red roses, but most women have more than one love in their life. Whether they’re single, married, dating, or divorced, women often use the day to celebrate their love for not just their significant other, but their kids, best pals, and families as well. A fun night of cocktails out with a close friend going through a breakup, making a sweet treat for a kid who didn’t do so well in the school Valentine-collecting contests, a leisurely lunch with Mom, or afternoon tea with Grandma can be just as important (or more) than a big romantic dinner. In honor of the different types of Valentines, we’ve compiled a few great thredUP outfits that will take you to any destination, from playing with kids to hanging with friends to a traditional romantic date.
At home with the kids: Whether you’re teaming up on a special family dinner or baking heart-shaped cookies together, a Valentine’s at home with the kids should be comfy, casual, and able to be covered in flour– but a little color never hurt anyone. Add a touch of romantic pink with this darling top from LOFT, or bring in a little red with this striped tee from H&M. Pair with casual AG skinny jeans and riding boots or a neutral toe like these ballet flat from Talbots and you’re ready for fun. Or go a little bolder with these Free People skinnies, a black tee and patterned flats like this pair from Michael Kors. Bonus: some of these picks are in the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, so they can be worn again after Valentine’s and still be on trend.
Out with friends, mom, or grandma: Also rocking the Radiant Orchid trend, this adorable J. Crew wool dress or Ann Taylor tank dress are just right for a lunch with the ladies and both are perfect canvases for dressing up or down. With a light cardigan, skinny belt, and flats, they’d be cute and comfy for a daytime outing, or glam them up with a dark blazer like this one from Topshop, a big statement necklace, and booties for a night of fun with friends.
A fancy date with your partner: Your hard work taking care of others has hopefully been rewarded by a special night out with your partner (or even a glamorous night in cooking an amazing meal). To celebrate, we’ve set aside this special collection of dresses we think are just right for the occasion. A flirty cocktail dress from BCBG Paris would look amazing in a lively, more casual hotspot, or for a more formal night on the town, this Calvin Klein lady-in-red classic would be stunning.
Tell us, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
With thredUP’s fashion database clocking more than 250,000 items and counting, it takes a talented eye to select only the best for our Editor’s Picks section. That’s why we’re grateful to have the fashionable Angelica Dunn, Merchandising Manager, working behind the scenes. An Academy of Art University grad with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, Angelica worked for the likes of Juicy Couture, True Religion, and Sunglass Hut before joining the thredUP team as our resident style maven.
“I always felt pressured, studying fashion and being in retail, to dress the part,” says Angelica. “That was difficult to pull off while staying on a budget.” Since joining thredUP, “my perception of consignment and shopping used has completely changed…it’s such an easy and budget-healthy shopping environment. It’s the first company I’ve worked for where I feel like I completely fit, both from a customer point of view and as an employee.”
Angelica, who describes her style as a combination of bohemian, edgy, and preppy, is all about what she calls “a healthy mix” of designer and everyday brands. Her fashion philosophy: invest in great shoes and bags that will stand the test of time, then use more affordable pieces from thredUP to fill out her wardrobe.
To show off her style, Angelica rounded up some of her favorite pieces from thredUP, alongside the shoes and bags she thinks are well worth an investment. “With the money I save using thredUP, I don’t feel guilty investing in a piece that’s a little pricier and that I know will still be stylish down the line,” she says.
Here’s a few ways Angelica would style her capsule wardrobe:
Outfit #1: For a Saturday out with friends, Angelica likes the combo of this patterned Ya Ya Blouse and these 7 For All Mankind jeans, both from thredUP. Paired with her favorite Harrow booties from Rag & Bone and her trusty cross-body Rebecca Minkoff mini M.A.C. bag, the look speaks to the mixture of edgy and bohemian that Angelica craves. “This outfit has some soft lines from the blouse, but the leather boots and the hardware on the bag give it a bit of structure as well,” she says. “It’s more dressed-up than jeans and a T-shirt, but still comfortable enough for just hanging out in the park.”
Outfit #2: A day at the thredUP office takes Angelica from meetings to styling sessions, so she tries to aim for looks that are “comfortable but still professional,” she says. A basic white tee from the Gap is a comfy basic, especially tucked into a classic tweed skirt from Tory Burch. Her favorite Classic nude ballet flats from Sam Edelman “make it easy to stay on my feet all day,” she says, while her Alexander Wang Marion bag adds ladylike flair with its rose-gold accents. On a strict shoe and bag budget? “The Harrow booties and M.A.C. bag would look equally great with this outfit, and give it a little more edge,” she adds.
Outfit #3: For date night, Angelica likes to get glam, and this red Sweet Rain dress offers a perfect mix of demure and racy with its timeless high-necked silhouette and flirty lower-back cutout. “It’s an old-school look, but the silhouette and color make it modern,” Angelica says. A leopard-print Claire Vivier foldover clutch adds to the fun vintage feel, as do a pair of elegant (and affordable!) black pointy-toe flats from Zara.
From the picks above, it’s no surprise that Angelica is a handbag maven, and she’s more than a little excited for thredUP to launch handbags next month. “Bags are my weakness, and my bank account agrees,” she laughs. “It’ll be nice to be able to branch out and try some new styles that would normally be out of my price range at retail.”
What are your three favorite outfits these days? Share your comments and tips!
Take a hike, emerald: there’s a new color player in town. Pantone, the arbiters of color, announced that Radiant Orchid, an “expressive, creative, and embracing purple,” is their 2014 Color of the Year. For the next year, this beguiling shade, with its undertones of fuchsia and pink, will be seen everywhere from runways to the aisles of Sephora, where it’ll receive its own special makeup kit. If your New Year’s resolution, like ours, is to try incorporating more color into your wardrobe, this cheerful shade is sure to liven up your winter doldrums.
We browsed thredUP for some great pieces in Radiant Orchid for all types of wear. Here’s what we discovered:
For casual wear: The easiest way to incorporate Radiant Orchid is by adding a pop of the shade to the standard weekend wardrobe of T-shirt and jeans. Pair this cute LOFT tee with a pair of crisp slacks, while this Splendid tank is a great layering piece that would liven up skinny jeans and a chunky cardigan. More boho types could pull off this slim Free People tunic tucked into a long, flowing skirt, perhaps with some cute booties to match.
For the office: For more casual offices, this frilly Banana Republic top is soft and comfy, but still looks professional under a cardigan or blazer with dark jeans. Add in some dangly earrings, and you’re good to go. For more formal officewear, this Ella Moss top would look great under a black or dark gray suit, or try throwing a pop of color over a neutral outfit, like this cute Elie Tahari silk cardigan over a crisp white button-down and gray slacks. Want to dress up a bit more? This darling Milly dress and no-nonsense number from Theory have fashionable professional written all over them.
For the timid: Not quite ready to take the leap into such a bold color? Even a piece with a hint of Radiant Orchid can offer a brighter, on-trend look. Tuck in a neutral flowy blouse with this skinny belt from Express, or gussy up in this Neiman Marcus + Target dress for date night — its neutral top half keeps things simple, while the purple pattern on the bottom adds a touch of color.
For the bold: Can’t get enough Radiant Orchid? These bright skinnies from Sanctuary will show your love for the shade loud and proud, and would look smashing with a relaxed white T and cute flats. Or get dressed to the nines in this strapless Gianni Bini dress – cover it up with a structured blazer, statement necklace, tights, and boots for a winter night out, then go bare-shouldered for a garden-party look once spring rolls around.
Ready to add the color-of-the-year to your wardrobe? Shop our collection of hand-picked Orchid items >>