Shopping for Spring Essentials

Like I do at the beginning of every spring, I made a huge donation pile of the clothes from last winter that  I knew I would never wear again, along with clothes that I had for this spring and summer that I knew I was less than thrilled about wearing. My donation pile this time around turned out to be the size of a small army, and when I was done, there were only about 15 pieces of clothing left in my closet. I was actually really thrilled about that because I've been trying so hard to really curate a small closet of things I love to wear over and over again. 

I'm at a point in my life where I feel like I need to invest in quality clothing, but I can't afford the quality price tag. This is where ThredUp comes in. They're an online consignment store that sells gently used designer clothing at a fraction of the cost. This means I can spend the same amount of money on designer clothes that will last for years and years as I would on clothes from cheaper stores like Target that might last me a season or two. Also, I can't tell you how many times I've gotten things from ThredUp that still have the tags on them, those are the best surprises ever. 

When I was left with my 15 items of clothing after my last closet purge, I headed to ThredUp's website where I searched  for the things that I knew I wanted to add back into my closet for the spring and summer. When shopping for shirts, I knew that they had to be able to serve a double purpose. I try to only buy shirts that I can wear both casually for running errands and dr appointments, and that I can tuck into a skirt on Sunday's for church. Obviously the two basic t-shirts in my closet are the exception to this rule, but I think everyone is allowed one black, and one white t-shirt. 

Shopping on ThredUp is so easy. I knew I really wanted to try and find this exact J. Crew Skirt that I'm wearing so I set the filters to skirt, and then J. Crew, and then sorted by color and voila! The skirt of my dreams for all of $20. Same thing with this sweater, I really wanted a yellow crew neck sweater and so I set the filters for "sweater" "crew neck" "size small", and then I had this J. Crew wool pullover sweater for $23, compared to it's original price of $98. 

I love the challenge of making different outfits with a small number of clothing. While I'm wearing the same shirt, sweater, and necklace in both of these outfits, changing the shoes and bottoms makes it a completely different look. I could even swap out the blue jeans for white ones and add some flats which would make this outfit considerably different as well. 

This post was created in collaboration with ThredUp and does contain affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own. While ThredUp did provide me with $50 in-store credit, I've spent much more of my own money there over the last six months and truly love their business. This post does contain affiliate links which means I do make a tiny commission on links clicked within the post. This doesn't change the cost of the item for you, but helps me earn a little money to keep this blog running.