Since I was a small child, I have had a love affair with the color sea foam. I can't explain it. I've just always really liked it. In fact, when I was young my grandmother made me some sequined sea foam bell bottoms at my request. (They were fantastic, obviously.)
Thus, when I was perusing the Thred Up site, this sea foam blouse immediately caught my interest! Flowy, silk, sea foam.... That combo is ALWAYS a yes in my style book.
I had heard of Thred Up recently, but (to be honest), I wasn't tempted by the thought of perusing a website of modern clothes. I think I was picturing an online charity shop or eBay type thing full of old pieces. When a rep from the Thred Up team emailed me, I checked out the site to be gracious... and I was quite pleasantly surprised!
I haven't bought modern clothing in a long time, and I actually feel really great about purchasing from Thred Up. It's new-condition clothing, but it's secondhand. I found several pieces that, although modern, would work well with vintage clothing. The blouse I chose is 100% silk, and the sleeves feel so dramatic to wear!
There is so much secondhand clothing in the world, and buying it instead of brand new pieces is a way to decrease clothing waste and send a message to the fashion industry to stop churning out low quality, fast fashion pieces that hurt the people who make them and our environment. Personally, it helps me not to get caught up in the fad cycle the fashion industry has created that makes us think we need new clothing all the time.
On a pragmatic level, too, buying secondhand is way smarter for my budget. I can't really stomach the idea of paying high prices for new clothing. Vintage has spoiled me! Vintage is great in the fact that you can buy it, wear it, and generally resell it for as much (or sometimes more) than you originally bought it for. New clothes, however, pretty much lose most of their resale value when you walk out of the store. Knowing that my style is still evolving, it's hard for me to buy new fashion pieces knowing it's difficult or impossible to sell them on if I tire of them after a while. Thred Up's prices are much lower and help me afford higher-quality pieces that I couldn't afford new.
Oftentimes there are coupon codes right on the website to get you even better prices, too. I highly recommend you guys check it out to supplement your vintage wardrobes. Sometimes we vintage ladies need pieces that are hardier or less precious than true vintage for some activities, or we prefer certain modern items for comfort. This is a great way to get those kinds of pieces without feeding the fast fashion industry or breaking the budget.
Have you checked out Thred Up? What sort of items do you tend to buy modern to supplement your vintage looks?
I was compensated for this post in the form of store credit, but the opinions are honest and my own. For more information on my sponsorship policy, go here.