Tuesday, June 2

Thrifting Reform(ation)

I'm taking it back to why I started this blog: thrifting.

I never felt comfortable with most fast fashion trends and boutiques. But for the longest time, I didn't think I had any other fashionable option so I followed suit and wore whatever was available. Then I stumbled upon the world of blogging, introduced to thrifting darlings such as Nicole Warne, and had my eyes opened up to a whole new world of possibility. I could wear midi skirts with peter pan collars, indulge in bows on everything, and vintage clothes with a touch of whimsy.

Thrifting was a gateway drug.

However, since moving to New Jersey for work, I have found the thrifting resources here are a bit bare. It's filled with a lot less vintage pieces, and more upcycled fast fashion. My only option for good thrifting was to go into NY every time I had the thrifting bug, that is, until recently.

I buy clothes online all the time, but thrifted pieces are another story. Their inherent nature of being "pre-loved" pieces makes them bound to show signs of wear, but would I find them acceptable? Did the company's "like new" mean a beaten up old rag or still with tags? I took a leap of faith, and gave thredUP a try (my lack of thrifting the past few months played no part in this decision, I swear). With free returns and a coupon code, I couldn't really lose. Boy, am I glad I trusted my thrifting gut and bought from thredUP!

I bought a bunch of beautiful pieces including this one from the Brooklyn-based brand, Reformation. I've lusted over their beautiful dresses for YEARS. They originally started by creating one of a kind dresses from vintage fabrics. Each dress embodied the grace of eras past without being outdated. They hinted at sexiness with its sheerness and design. With their growing popularity, they've since moved to using sustainable fabrics in conjunction with vintage fabrics, but stayed true to the original design of the dresses. I loved it so much I couldn't decide on just my usual 5 photo round up, and had to upload 10. Sorry!

So my verdict on thredUP? They're really awesome & here's why.

First Bit of Awesome: A lot of "New with Tags"
The majority of the clothes are "New with tags" or like new. I was a nerd and read their guidelines for sellers. They have really high standards. They refuse old clothing, or anything showing signs of wear, but they will always disclose any imperfections found like pilling or mild fraying).

Second Bit of Awesome: Range of Choices
They carry every brand imaginable. There were big names like Louis Vutton, Tory Burch, & J.Crew but also indie brands like Shabby Apple & Free People! They also have a varied range in products including shoes, handbags, maternity, and petites. Literally, a little something for everyone!

So if you're itching to thrift, and can't get to a store, then I highly suggest you try thredUP! If you still have questions on how it works, then check it out here. If you do buy from thredUP, let me know as I'd love to see your finds!

Sheer dress | Reformation
(here or similar here/here)
Two tone pumps | Schutz (leopard version here)
Satchel with top handle | Kate Spade (here)
Gold-plated belt | Asos
Tortoise shell sunglasses | Kate Spade
Disc earrings | Jules Smith 
Mother of pearl necklace | Ippolita (similar here)
Arm party | Shashi, Handmade, Gorjana (ring)


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  1. OMG wow! You look so chic and classic and feminine! This dress is absolute perfection on you! And I adore this bright lipstick on you! I've heard of thredUp, but didn't know much about it, so thanks for the post on it!

  2. This is such a classy look and I really love your bracelets! That purse too!

  3. Love this classic, timeless look on you! I'm also a huge advocate of shopping thrifted and I've never heard of thredUp. Thanks for sharing that tidbit of info because I'm definitely going to check them out!!

    x, Ally | Aye, Sir! Ally

  4. This is LOVELY!!! I can't believe you found this thrifting! Well, I can. I'm just in awe over how beautiful this look is! Also, you look amazing in general. Love the hair!!! The whole thing works so well together.


  5. I love Reformation! I recently bought a dress from there for a wedding this summer! The idea of the company is amazing! Also, you look beautiful! This style really flatters you!



  6. classy and sophisticated look! :D

    Have a great weekend!
    Animated Confessions

  7. Love this outfit! Especially your dress!
    I followed you on bloglovin' :) Let's stay connected through Instagram also!


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  8. Great find. I can't believe its thrifter


  9. Beautiiful! I love the little gold detail in the belt.


  10. nice pics =)

  11. I love the dress on you. It is so stylish and feminine. That was a great find. I enjoy thrifting as well, it's fun finding good pieces.

    Diary of Elegance

  12. Beautiful dress, very classy x


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