Sustainable Fashion is Easy with ThredUP
Getting started with sustainable fashion is easier than you think, and thredUP is the perfect shop stop for anyone who loves the quality of name brand items, but has a small wallet or an even smaller carbon footprint. I’ll show you why…
Online shopping is crazy convenient. I truly witnessed this last Christmas when my sister and I realized we were a couple gifts short from our holiday “to-buy” list. We pulled up a laptop, signed up on Amazon Prime, and ordered my dad the books he’s been eyeing, and my mom the all-natural mud mask she’s been meaning to try. The packages came, our parents were happy, and it was a very merry stressless Christmas, all within the nick of time. And, well, it didn’t really take that much effort really. It was so incredibly EASY. My sister and I laid out on her bed, nibbled on dark chocolate, and scrolled through a beautifully organized inventory of whatever we pleased to deliver to our doorstep.
It seems that online shopping makes sense for the lazy gal, but I think it makes sense for the smart gal too. It’s the perfect solution for any busy person who agonizes at the thought of rummaging around busy stores with long lines and packed parking lots. I’ve talked to so many women who look at fashion, for example, as something that takes so much effort, money, and time. They’ll look at some beautifully styled celebrity and give a deep sigh and hopeless look, with an expression telling of something like, “must be nice…” It makes me laugh, because with an open evening and a Wi-Fi connection you could pick up some pretty amazing pieces and return them if need be, no strings attached. Hell, you can even pick something up via mobile on your morning subway commute. Fashion is so define accessible and easy, and I have found the most amazing eco-friendly company to score some stellar looks.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about exactly, it’s thredUP, an online store that sells thousands of like-new clothing from brand names. The clothes are hand-picked and of great quality, coming from brands like J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Zara and up to 90% off year-round.
As a sustainable fashionista, I pick preloved clothing because of its low price, but also because lowering my environmental impact is important to me. Since thredUP basically reuses clothing that have been gently worn, they have pretty amazing sustainable statistics… Including saving 31 million pounds of CO2 and 2.7 billion (whoa) gallons of water. And yeah, the clothes are really freaking cute.
I bought a pair of Jessica Simpson ankle boots for $15.99 and a blue shift dress for $12.99. To top it off I added a plaid jacket I snagged for $35.49. I’m starting to transition my wardrobe into a more polished look. Although I love a fringe kimono, neon sunnies, and chunky platforms, a classic stiletto heel and tweed jacket is exactly what my closet has been needing as I get warm and welcome with my mid-twenties. I’m a girl with a lot to offer for the world and now’s my time to strut my stuff. So why not get a couple of great looks together that shout “I’m stylish, I’m confident, and I’ve got it figured out”? I’m tellin’ you, thredUP has the pieces you need to make this transition easy.
The clothing (which came in the most adorable teal blue polka dot box I might add) is in great quality. The pieces do not look like they’ve ever been worn, which is true to thredUP’s promise of “like-new” clothing. I’ve been wanting to adopt a mature, stylish, business-woman wardrobe, and thredUP has been the perfect affordable sustainable fashion hub for me to pick as I please.
One of the best parts is that when you’re tired of your clothing you can fill up a thredUP bag and place it on your doorstep. threUP covers the shipping and will compensate you for any item they can sell to others. According to thredUP’s annual report, Americans have earned 4.5 million dollars from selling their clothes with thredUP. Also, Americans have saved 62.5 million by shopping at thredUP vs. retail… and I can believe it.
My stiletto boots, dress, and jacket have a retail value of $281.53. I paid $47.58, so I saved $233.95… that’s an 80% in savings! Online shops like thredUP make a transition to sustainable fashion so easy, you’re crazy if you don’t start.