This post is sponsored by thredUP, a secondhand shopping website selling high-quality, like-new clothes for a fraction of the price.
On any given day of January you might find me opening my tiny notebook and scribbling a new resolution or tweaking one I made the day before. I love making lists and resolving to try something new or take a second stab at something I’ve tried before. But January can be hard. Sometimes I feel like my biggest priority at this time of year is to get through winter with a smile on my face.
In January, and always, one of my perennial resolutions is to maintain a lean wardrobe that’s filled with clothes that I feel good in, and that I can feel good about wearing. Today, I’ve partnered with thredUP, the world’s largest online thrift store, to share a few of my standby winter-wardrobe resolutions and to highlight a few standout finds that I’ve spotted on their site recently.
It’s no secret that we’re living in a moment when fast fashion means that textile waste is at an all-time high. Add to that the staggering statistic that up to 60% of average American woman’s wardrobe goes unworn altogether, I’m resolving anew to make sure what I do have gets put to work. As I work to build a more sustainable wardrobe myself, I’m especially glad to have secondhand resources like thredUP helping to give a new life to clothes that might otherwise get trashed altogether. thredUP stocks clothes from over thirty-five thousand brands, all available at up to 90% off retail prices. That means that for folks interested in buying investment-style pieces but unable to afford them at full-price, thredUP can offer real solutions. Curious shoppers can sign up to gain access to their complete inventory, but instead of needing to browse through racks of clothes yourself, the entire inventory is searchable from the comfort of your own couch. thredUP allows shoppers to filter choices by size, brand, color, and price so you can home in on the particular item you’re after.
Without further ado, a few simple resolutions that help me embrace the season and stay committed to a simple, sustainable wardrobe all winter long:
Accessorize Thoughtfully: You might be a person who delights in lots of accessory options, but I tend to get overwhelmed by too many choices. A few years ago I did a major accessories purge and it was such a psychic relief for me. I kept only my two very favorite winter scarves and I choose between one or the other each day. If you’re on the hunt for a wintry accessory that’s new to you, consider a search on ThredUP. Last week I found a Wool Gauze Scarf from Club Monaco that’s similar to the grey one that I have. It was originally $95, but secondhand, it was listed at just $15.99. (You can check out the whole scarf inventory right here.)
Dress for the Weather You Have: Nothing makes getting through the winter months more bearable than embracing seasonally appropriate clothes. (Believe me, I shivered through enough New England winters to know it.) For me, staying warm means a wool coat (and a puffer jacket for the coldest days), cozy sweaters, and thick pants. It’s not lost on me that adding a lot of wooly layers can come with a hefty price tag, but shopping secondhand can make those cozy layers more attainable. I searched on thredUP last week and spotted a pair of A.P.C. Wool Pants available for $65, for instance. That’s 79% off their original $325 price tag. A 360 Cashmere Sweater was similarly discounted and on sale for $64.99 instead of $321. An Eileen Fisher 100% Wool Coat? $76.99 instead of $468.00. These particulars have been scooped up already, but never you mind. There’s more where they came from and more being added every day.
Embrace What Already Works: If the pants fit, wear them. There’s nothing wrong with embracing what you already know works for you. In fact, I’ve written before that I often wear the exact same thing over and over again. Of course, all of that wear, can, well, wear things out. thredUP makes it easy to search for favorites that you already own. I have a favorite pair of jeans that I wear a few times a week. If I ever need to replace them, I could likely find an identical pair for a fraction of the original cost. Last week I found this pair of very similar Paige Denim Jeans for $28.99 instead of $190.00.
Make Space: Winter clothes are bulkier than their summery counterparts. I don’t have the storage to remove my summertime clothes from my closet, but I do shift things around and push the summer clothes to the harder-to-reach side of the closet and bring the wintry stuff to a spot that’s easy to grab day after day. Being able to reach for my coats without struggling to get past summery dresses is a simple way to make getting dressed more pleasant and to make sure I don’t forget about anything in the recesses of the closet. It’s well worth the extra time it takes to rejigger the closet. And of course, some favorites I wear with or without layers all year long. If you’re like me and always eager to adopt a new pair of overalls or a jumpsuit, you can save searches in thredUP and set alerts so that you’ll be the first to know if anything that matches your search terms get added to the site.
What about you? Winter wardrobe resolutions of your own?
If you’re in need of anything new and interested in giving them a try, thredUP is offering the first 100 people an extra 40% off with the code RMTL40! (Applies to new US customers only. Redeemable online only. Excludes items $150 or above).
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