For the third part of my shopping secondhand series, I am excited to share a fun collaboration I did with thredUP earlier this summer. Have you heard of thredUP? They are an online secondhand resale shop, and have a pretty incredible collection of secondhand (and also new!) pieces. The lovely thredUP ladies reached out several months ago to see if I was interested in helping to spread the word about capsule wardrobes. Obviously my answer was a resounding yes, and a few short weeks later, I found myself traipsing through the Mission District, model style.
The world of online secondhand shopping is nothing new (you all are familiar with a little site called eBay, right?) but thredUP does it differently. For starters, they are exceptionally helpful if you're considering a closet clean out. You just fill up a bag with clothes you're ready to part with and mail it to thredUP, they go through it, and then you get dolla dolla bills. It's pretty dang easy. Plus, you get to feel good about doing your part to decrease fashion waste and increase the lifespan of your garments. Honestly, it's an ethical fashion/capsule wardrobe enthusiast's dream—pare down your wardrobe, grab a few secondhand items, and bypass the mess that is fast fashion. Boom.
For this partnership, thredUP asked me to style nine pieces into nine different outfits. It was a fun challenge, and considering that I have shifted my own wardrobe away from the capsule model and more toward a consciously curated, all-seasonal closet, it was exciting to dust off the old capsule hat for a minute.
Feast your eyes on a sampling of the outfits I wore below, and be sure to check out thredUP if you haven't already. To make things even more amazing, anyone who reads this here blog can take 40% their first purchase (discount up to $50) by using the code HARB40 at checkout between now and Dec. 1st. You guys! I feel pretty badass having my name used in a discount code (!), so get on it! (Full disclosure: I am not paid for any purchases made on thredUP, but I was compensated for the photoshoot. Transparency is the best policy, amirite?)
And now, the 'fits:
Things I am not:
1) A model
2) A sample size
3) A person who doesn't giggle whenever anyone asks a question while a camera is pointed in their general direction
But guess what - thredUP don't mind! I got to play around with a transitional white dress, the perfect fall sweater, my favorite denim and leather jackets, and of course, some flats and booties. The 'fits felt perfect for fall - all layers and coziness, but still light enough to handle the rogue 75 degree day. Everything you see above can be found (if not an exact match, something very similar) on the thredUP site for seriously a fraction of what they would cost new. Although, that dress and those booties might be gone since I distinctly remember a few of the producers and stylists eyeing them for themselves.
Honestly, this was one of the most unexpected, uniquely-SF, and all around awesome things I have done since moving to this city. I loved working with the thredUP team (a collection of warm, kind, and supremely talented humans) and just generally had a blast. I hope you enjoy the thredUP post and the content, and keep your eyes out, because there's more goodness to come!
Lastly, let me know if you score anything amazing from thredUP! I recently snatched up a pair of vintage 501s and couldn't be happier. Feel free to share your treasures below!