Hello all! With the emergence of autumn just around the corner, I decided it was time to pick up a few new clothing basics. I’m really into wearing neutrals, dark colors, and denim at the moment, and I also really love vintage pieces. This combination of preferences led me to ThredUp, which is the current largest online consignment store. I’d seen great reviews of the site by a few YouTubers, so I decided to give it a try. I ordered four items- two pairs of shoes, a dress, and a turtleneck sweater. I paid $124.56 for my order, and saved over $400 by shopping secondhand! My items came in two separate shipments, between 7-10 days of me placing my order. 

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Something I really love about ThredUp is the ability to maximize your searches by size. Because everything on the site is secondhand, there is usually only one of every item, so it’s really helpful to only be shown results that are in my size. There are a ton of brands to shop from, including Free People, Athleta, Anthropologie, and Madewell. Some of the clothes are more than 80 percent off the original price, even if it’s brand-new with the tags still attached!

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Like I said, I ordered four pieces from ThredUp. The first thing I received in my package (and probably my favorite) is this pair of Mary Jane heels by Poetic License. The estimated retail price of these shoes is a whopping $238, but I got them for only $51. While these shoes were still a little pricey for me, I couldn’t turn them down because of the amazing deal. They were also too unique to pass up- it felt like these shoes were designed for me. The quality of the shoes is excellent, and it feels like they’ve never been worn before. I can’t wait to mix and match these shoes with other items in my closet this fall!

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The second item in my first shipment was this plain black turtleneck sweater by H&M. The sweater’s original retail price is $24, which already isn’t bad, but I swiped it up for only $13. This sweater also feels very brand new and doesn’t carry any sort of weird smell, which is something that usually comes with second hand clothing. I’ve been really into the seventies vibe lately, and I’ve already paired this top with my favorite pair of slacks (also thrifted). I feel like a nerdy secretary for a college in the 70s, and honestly, I’m loving the aesthetic. 

My second shipment arrived a day after the first one, and included the rest of my items. The first thing I pulled out was this super classic black-and-white striped dress by Banana Republic, which I think will look really cute with both the shoes I bought. The estimated retail price of this dress was $138, and I got it for a mind blowing $32! Again, this item was in excellent condition and felt brand new. It was also a lot thicker material than I anticipated, so I’m really looking forward to wearing it in the winter with some boots and leggings.

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Last but certainly not least, I received a pair of blue high heels, also by Banana Republic. The estimated retail price of the shoes is $138, but I got them for more than 75 percent off at $38! Now that I’m getting older and will emerge into Adulting sooner than later, it seemed about time to get a pair of professional shoes for a work environment. The shoes were great quality and felt brand new, but unfortunately, they are actually a bit too big on me. Because they are returnable, I’m going to send them back and see if I can find something in a smaller size, which shouldn’t be too hard.

Overall, I feel like this experience was a success! Everything I received was amazing quality and felt new, and the only thing that didn’t fit was entirely my fault for accidentally selecting the wrong size of shoe. If you’re interested in trying ThredUp yourself, you can use my referral code for $10 off! 

Referral code for $10 off your first order: http://www.thredup.com/r/TGFOCW

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it: you don’t need to break the bank in order to possess a fabulous vintage closet. There are so many options out there for vintage lovers of every demographic and price point, including yours and mine. If you’re trying to find fabulous clothing ideas for less than $75, look no further!


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I call this look “chic for fall, with a bit of gay.” I love including my own personality into my looks, especially for practical pieces such as hats and socks. My hair is held together with a lovely hair net (you MUST invest in these if you have not already!). From there, I am wearing this beautiful mint dress by GownTown, pride socks by Foot Traffic, and closed ankle boots by White Mountain.

Dress: $32.98

Socks: $7.99

Boots: $29.99

Total Cost: $70.96


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Another toasty fall/winter look that I would wear on an afternoon out! I’ve mentioned this coat before- my mother picked it up for me at a Salvation army. The yellow cardigan peeping out is embellished with golden pearls on the front. And underneath that, I’m wearing one of my favorite stretchy navy blue gowns by Grace Karin. The bag, by the way, was gifted to me by a coworker. Score!

Coat: $20

Cardigan: $13

Dress: $28.99

Headscarf: $5

Total Cost: $66.99


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Though I’ve never done it myself, I imagine this would be a perfect outfit for going out dancing on a date night! This darling skirt, which I have talked about before, is made from a durable, thick, great-quality felt. The shirt was yet another thrift store find; it’s a simple yet versatile staple piece for all my miscellaneous skirts. And once again, I’ve paired it with a square scarf. These little fabric squares are surprisingly multi-purposeful, and usually are available at reasonable prices.

Shirt: $4

Skirt:$48.84

Scarf: $5

Total Cost: $57.84


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If you’re looking for a classy yet sassy outfit for your upcoming holiday party, this may be the dress for you. I purchased this dress off Amazon about six months ago, and still break it out of my closet for the days when I like to look more formal than usual. The belt is also included! The beret was another great deal: it was originally seven dollars, but I managed to snag it on sale for only five. Though you can’t see it, on my feet I’m wearing a pair of lovely black oxford heels by Chase and Chloe. The overall look is affordable and durable for me, and, most importantly, a striking head-turner.

Dress: $31.99

Beret: $5

Shoes: $27

Total Cost: $63.99


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Last but certainly not least, this lovely dress is yet another one I purchased from GownTown. I’ve paired it with my black Sketchers flats (perhaps not the daintiest shoes I own, but man, are they comfortable!), and a string of plastic pearls that I purchased so long ago, I’m not even sure where I got them from! As you’ve probably inferred, this was a look I wore to a lovely and albeit prestigious art museum. The purple dress is flattering on all skin tones, and maintains a stretchiness without feeling cheap or thin.

Dress: $32.99

Shoes: $39.99

Total: $72.98

Finally! Another clothing article!

I started dressing in my vintage style in the early spring of 2018. As someone with a relatively small disposable income living on a college campus, it can definitely be challenging to build a closet with high-quality items. I’ve found luck shopping on Amazon, especially with the brands Grace Karin and Gown Town. The price of the dresses are generally around $20-$30, and I’ve always been pleased with the quality. I also enjoy thrift shopping and buying authentic vintage if I have a little extra cash to throw around, especially at the turn of a new season. Today, I’ll be showing you some of my favorite vintage-inspired staple pieces, accessories, shoes, and outerwear!

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One particular item I’ve been absolutely loving is this adult 50’s poodle skirt. It’s versatile enough for every season of the year, and the material is thick without being uncomfortable. This particular skirt came in a variety of colors, but I chose pink to remain as historically accurate as possible. Because the skirt is made of a heavy-duty felt, you’ll need to take great care in washing it carefully. You can get your own from 50sPoodleSkirts on Etsy.


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This adorable dress was one of the Amazon purchases I mentioned earlier! I believe this is one of the earliest dresses I ever purchased on my vintage journey. The dress is made of a sturdy cotton and looks lovely on its own, but can also be paired with a petticoat. Similarly to the poodle skirt, this dress is extremely suitable for all seasons, depending on what accessories you pair it with. The deep magenta color looks fabulous on all skin types, and the pattern is truly remnant of a retro gingham.


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A neutral-colored petticoat is one of the most iconic staples of a retro wardrobe. Once you try it, you’ll never want to leave the house without it (unless it’s ninety degrees out, and you’re sweating your ass off.) A good-quality petticoat may cost up to $30, but I promise it is worth the investment. There are so many unique ways to pair this petticoat with an outfit of your choice and add some flare to your vintage wardrobe.


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I’ll admit, I tend to be a bit cheap when it comes to buying shoes. I usually won’t spend more than $30 on a pair, and I’m happy to say that these Oxfords were under my budget. The classic lace-up is absolutely adorable, and is breathable enough that you can even wear them without socks. Per usual, I purchased mine on Amazon, but you can find similar styles in a variety of different shops.


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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am not a fan of fast fashion. I disagree with the wastefulness, environmental damage, and unethical treatment that many workers are subjected to. I do understand, however, that some people’s budgets prevent them from going out on a limb and spending tons of cash on clothes and accessories. If you find yourself falling into the second category, I recommend the accessory selection of SheIn. The clothing is not always the greatest quality, but I have been pleased in the past by their handkerchiefs. They’re generally cheap, but the quality is excellent- which means they’ll last a long time. A silky bow or necktie is a beautiful touch to any vintage outfit, and can improve any bad hair day you may encounter.


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My favorite thing about this coat is that it is truly one-of-a-kind. My mother actually found it for me at a Salvation Army outside of Boston, and knowing my style well, purchased it for me. Because it is a vintage item, some of the stitching is starting to unravel and wear at the seams. There is also some discoloration on the inner lining, but it’s not visible once I put it on. I don’t mind the coat’s imperfections; I’m just so thrilled that my mother found it! You’d be surprised how many gorgeous pieces you can find at secondhand shops to add to your vintage collection.


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Sarah Desroche

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Great vintage finds are busting in every rack at Goodwill.

For the average woman aged 18-22, acquiring well-made clothes without a hefty price tag can be a struggle in itself. Add in factors such as finding time to shop and finding things that meet your personal style, and the quest for a perfect garment can become nearly impossible. However, there is an option for fashionistas of any age who are trying to find fantastic clothes on a budget: thrift & consignment stores.

That’s right, it’s time to hit up Goodwill for next fall’s statement piece.

Unlike most department stores, the merchandise and contents of a thrift shop can extend to any demographic imaginable. For a young adult searching for gender-neutral clothing, thrift stores can offer a vast collection of shapes, sizes, and customizable styles. Thrift stores are perfect for neutral basics: items you’ll always need in your closet. And, at a fraction of the cost of a department store, why not check out the racks at your local Salvation Army?

From a sociological standpoint, there seems to be a fear against purchasing clothes from thrift shops and consignment stores. Humans are comforted by the excitement of brand-new things, and the satisfaction that comes with purchasing new clothing. Many people are also turned-off by the seemingly gross idea of wearing another human’s clothes, but who’s to say a couple thorough washes can’t fix that?

There’s no sin in picking up fresh garments from Marshalls or TJ Maxx, but I believe a balance should be established between what is thrifted and what is brand-new. Even if you have enough disposable income to shop strictly at the mall, both the planet and your wallet will thank you for giving thrift shopping a chance.

Running with that, thrift shopping is a fantastic way to recycle clothing and lessen our carbon footprint on the planet. Americans send an average of 10.5 million tons of clothes to landfills each year- a staggering number that could easily be erased if we all learned to consume wisely. Part of this number is attributed to the unfortunate nature of fast fashion: clothing that is designed to fall apart after just a few washes. Not only that, but over 700 gallons of water are used to manufacture a single T-shirt.

700 gallons.

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Some great Lee jeans I thrifted from The Garment District

If we all spent a few extra dollars on well-made apparel from fair trade and sustainable companies, these astounding numbers could be vastly reduced. Wardrobe staple pieces, such as jeans, jackets, and blouses bustle in every rack- many of them still in excellent condition. Buying shoes from a thrift store may sound like a hygiene turn-off, but the reality is, finding like-new shoes at a consignment store isn’t impossible either.

Perhaps the most well known factor, thrift stores are also a perfect place to exercise your social responsibility and give back to the community. Many thrift stores are non-profit organizations, and in turn benefit millions of people in need. Donating your clothes to the local shop will not only keep them out of the landfills, but also benefit people in need.

We all want to look trendy and up-to-date at all times, but at what cost can that come? The latest fads from Forever 21 may look great for a couple of weeks, but being environmentally friendly will always be a timeless look. And, besides, green looks great on you!

 

Works Consulted:

http://www.maximhy.com/blog/2015/04/10/is-your-fashion-slow-fashion/

http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/02/23/why-thrift-shopping-benefits-you-and-our-planet/