spring is finally here! and this year i'm especially excited about one thing: new clothes.
last spring, elias was just a few months old and nursing around the clock, so my wardrobe was limited to baggy shirts, button ups and most dresses were just out of the question. i wore what what i could, but tried sticking to, "nursing friendly only clothes". now that elias is older and not nursing as much, it feels like i finally have my pre-baby body back (though it'll never really look or feel the same again.. and that's okay). now i just want all the dresses and high waisted shorts + jeans. i went shopping a few weekends ago and even purchased myself a pair of overall shorts, which is way out of my comfort zone. but it felt good to spend a little time on myself and buy clothes that fit my new-ish body.
anyway, when it comes to shopping and just life in general, i'm all about getting as much as possible, for as little as possible. i search for deals, coupons and any way to save money. i'd rather spend $50 on 4-5 things, than spend $50 on 1 thing. ya know? so when it came time to freshen up my spring wardrobe, i headed over to thredUP.
thredUP is an online clothing store that sells like-new name brand clothes for up to 90% off the retail price. i'm talking J. Crew, Madewell, Levi's, Gap, you name it. now i'm not much of a "name brands" girl, i'm more of a "is it cute and is it reasonably priced?" kind of girl, BUT it's a plus when you're able to purchase something affordable and it be a brand you know and love. when searching for clothes on thredUP, i used the filters (it made shopping SO much easier). i searched by category and then size. the site updates every few minutes, so the choices are endless and you'll find yourself scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. i filled my shopping cart up within minutes and then went back through and picked out what i really wanted.
here's what i ended up purchasing:
short sleeve blouse $8.49 // Forever 21
short sleeve cardigan $15.99// Ann Taylor Loft
casual floral dress $10.99// H&M
beige dress $31.99 // J. Crew (i've never owned anything J. Crew in my life!)
white stripped dress $8.99// Old Navy
i determined what to buy based on a few of my own personal shopping principles. here's what i do when i shop:
1. mix old + new. i buy pieces that can be matched and paired with other pieces i already own. this turns 4-5 pieces into numerous outfits that can be worn time and time again. it also cuts down on overbuying and is an easy way to expand your closet for less. i always try to think of pieces i already own when i'm out or online shopping, that way i feel like my money is going further.
check out what i did below. i paired my forever 21 blouse purchased from thredUP, with a pair of high waisted jean shorts (thrifted) and a cardigan that i purchased from target over the fall. i then wore the same blouse, tied at the bottom with a skirt i already owned (purchased last summer at H + M). this top could also be paired with a pair of jeans with wedges or converse. with just 1 shirt, i created 4 outfits and completely freshened up my spring wardrobe. ya just can't beat it.
2. buy basics. if there's anything i love, it's neutrals and basics. i've found that when i stick with a similar color palette, i can create more. invest in a good pair of jeans, stock up on solid t shirts, v necks, tanks, cardigans, etc. you can easily mix and match and create so many outfits this way.
3. accessorize. i've learned over the last few years that accessories can really make an outfit and is another easy way to completely change a look. i recently stepped out of my comfort zone and started buying hats. and i'm so glad i did! i also wear a lot of belts and every once in a while i'll throw a necklace on.. but that can be kinda tough sometimes because #momlife.
below are a few more outfits i created with my purchases from thredUP. i've mixed clothing + accessories i already owned and added a few tips on other looks you could create with these pieces.
my favorite part about thredUP had to be the hunt. they truly give you the thrift store experience without ever leaving your home. it was SO fun and SO easy. if you're looking to freshen up your spring wardrobe, i highly recommend heading over and checking out what they have to offer. i promise, you won't be disappointed. happy shopping and happy spring!
until next time,
r + d + e