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Updating My Fall Wardrobe on a Budget

This post is sponsored by thredUP, an awesome online resource for secondhand fashion. Be sure to read to the end of the post for a code to receive 40% off your first thredUP order! 

I made a decision a few weeks ago that I’m getting it together this fall. September 24 marked five years since I traded suits for spandex and holy cow does my wardrobe ever need a serious updating. Luckily, the opportunity to try thredUP, an online resource for secondhand fashion, came at just the right time.

While I won’t ever complain about my current work wardrobe, I can go days (and days) without putting on “real” clothes, blow drying my hair and putting on makeup. It’s seriously a great problem to have but it just makes me feel a little frumpy sometimes. I am that girl that shows up at almost everything (including happy hours, events, dinners, friend get togethers, etc) in athleisure.

Things really got serious when I realized that I’ve been wearing the same outfits over and over for years and I honestly don’t even know what’s in style anymore. There was one day where I legit Googled, “Are boot cut jeans in style 2016.” I was thrilled to learn that they were and I pulled out some of my old jeans from college…11 years ago.

ThredUp Review

I’ve gotten a good start on updating my wardrobe with thredUP. It’s like an online consignment store and they carry women’s and kids’ apparel and accessories. Everything is high-quality, like new and priced up to 90% off the original retail price. You can find brands like J. Crew, Madewell, Zara, Banana Republic, BCBG, Paige, Topshop and Free People just to name a few. They also have kids clothing as well as maternity.

ThredUp Online Consignment Review

I spent at least two hours combing through the site on my first shopping trip. There is so much to choose from and I couldn’t get over how affordable everything was. Apparently, thredUP customers have saved $40 million by shopping thredUP instead of retail.

The selection that thredUP offers can be overwhelming but it’s easy to find what you want without digging. You can search for your brand preference and also toggle by size and color.

And if you’re wondering where all the clothes and accessories come from, well…from women just like us! If you have clothes you no longer wear, you can order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, fill it up (consult their website to see what they take and what the payout is), and place it on your front door for pick up. It literally could not be easier to get rid of the things you no longer want in a responsible way.

ThredUp Review

I was so excited when the polka dot thredUP box arrived on my doorstep full of the clothes and shoes that I ordered.

My experience with ThredUp

The unboxing experience was great because everything was packaged so nicely.

ThredUp Online Consignment for women

I was really impressed by the condition of the clothes that I received. thredUP values quality control and items with stains, tears, fading or pilling are rejected. They also make sure to curate in-season, on-trend styles.

ThredUp Review

I loved everything that I received! From the top and working clockwise…

  • J. Crew Navy Long Sleeve Pullover Sweater – originally $98, thredUP 27.99
  • J. Crew Black Short Sleeve Pullover Sweater – originally $98, thredUP $24.99
  • Torn by Ronny Kobo Tank Top – originally $160, thredUP $33.99
  • Aqua Short Sleeve Blouse – originally $145, thredUP $7.99 (that is a 94% discount y’all!)
  • Ted Baker Black Patent Pumps – originally $208, thredUP $40.99
  • Splendid Long Maxi Skirt – originally $88, thredUP $20.99
  • Theory Tank Top – originally $65, thredUP $15.99

I also got 40% off my order since it was my first so I got everything above for $141.92…which is just crazy. That means I saved $689 off the original retail prices of all the items.

ThredUp Review

I just have to reiterate how amazing the quality is. I honestly would have never known that what I received was secondhand.

ThredUp Ted Baker Pumps

The condition of these Ted Baker pumps is incredible. (A certain golden retriever whose name starts with a Z ate my last pair.)

ThredUp Shoes

No signs of wear on the heels at all.

ThredUp Brands

I also just love the idea of giving clothes a second life and think the whole upcycling trend that is happening right now is awesome and a good step in the right direction for our planet.

Wearing ThredUp

I quickly started incorporating my thredUP finds into my wardrobe. I wore the Ronny Kobo tank to an event a few weeks ago with black jeans and wedges (I wanted to wear my new Ted Baker pumps but it was a little too warm for them at this outdoor event.)

ThredUp Experience

And the blue Aqua blouse that I got for $5.87 after the discount was the deal of the century. My family complimented me on it when we went out for dinner and couldn’t believe that I got it secondhand. (My mom is now also planning to shop thredUP.)

ThredUp Purchases

Given that I spend so much time in athletic clothing for work, I sometimes find it hard to spend the money on “real” clothes. thredUP is such a great way for me to make keeping my wardrobe fresh and current affordable. I’m so happy that I had an opportunity to check out thredUP and I can safely say that I’ll be a return customer…over and over again! In fact, I did a little Sunday evening shopping on my own last night and can’t wait for the pieces above to arrive on my doorstep this week! 🙂

If you’d like to experience thredUP AND get that crazy awesome first-time shopper 40% discount, CLICK HERE and use code PBR40 to get 40% off your entire order! Valid through January 5th, 2017 for up to $50 off.

Happy shopping! 🙂

Have you done any fall shopping? What are your key pieces for fall this year?

Have you ever shopped consignment?


{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Julie Running in a Skirt October 11, 2016, 8:04 am

    What a fun way to shop and I do love the idea of not being so wasteful. I’ll have to look up Thredup!
    It’s been two years since I left the tv grind, and sadly I have not been able to part with a lot of those professional clothes. I wear them only on occasion now and need to donate a lot of them, but for some reasons mentally I’m struggling with that. 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 7:32 pm

      I hear ya, it was a very slow trickle for me in getting rid of professional stuff. I still have some of it that probably doesn’t even fit or isn’t in style anymore. Hope you try thredUP!

  • Joy October 11, 2016, 9:14 am

    I wish I was a new customer to ThredUp because that’s a great discount!

    I used to order a lot from Twice, but then they were bought by ebay. I now order from ThredUp and like them…I just wish they had free return shipping. I find it hard to order from them without needing to return things because they don’t list measurements on a lot of items.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 7:31 pm

      Oh no, I’m sorry you couldn’t use the discount! I’m glad to hear you like the site. I find that most of these services tend to make improvements as they grow so maybe we’ll get more measurements soon!

  • Samantha October 11, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve recently started following your blog (just moved to Charlotte 2 months ago) and I’ve just “traded suits for spandex” as well since I’ve started my own business and work from home. As nice as it seems some days to wear my gym clothes, I love the feeling of being put together and I’ll definitely be checking out ThredUp! Thanks again for sharing and your review!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 7:26 pm

      Welcome to Charlotte! Let me know if you have any questions. Congrats on starting your own business!!! Hope you find thredUP useful!

  • Terah October 13, 2016, 1:13 pm

    “There was one day where I legit Googled, “Are boot cut jeans in style 2016.” I was thrilled to learn that they were and I pulled out some of my old jeans from college…11 years ago.” —> I laughed out loud when I read that because it is definitely something I would do/have done!!!
    I love love love this post for so many reasons! I shop consignment all the time (have you been to Clothes Mentor in town? THAT can be overwhelming for sure but they do offer a 7 day refund policy which is really nice) but have not yet tried an online consignment site because I am a weird shape and need to try on mostly everything. I also think that it does such a great thing for the environment and is a wonderful option for those new clothes you may get as a gift from friends/family members and just don’t have the heart to ask for the receipt =)

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 7:08 pm

      Hi Terah,

      Googling current fashion trends is the unfortunate reality of my current fashion situation. I have not checked out Clothes Mentor so thank you for that suggestion. You are so right on the gifting as well!

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