ThredUp: Review and Haul

Everyone loves a steal.  I always feel like mini fist-pumping when I score a great discount.  It's an achievement. Recently, I came across ThredUp and got quite a few high-end designer pieces from my favorite brands: Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors just to name a few of the wide variety on the website. 

It works by allowing individuals to sell and buy items of clothing or accessories that are designer or even obtained from local boutiques for an extremely discounted price.  I’ve always been one to support thrift stores and charity shops so I’m all for this as a buyer.  I do not have experience as a seller but I'm sure there are other reviews available to explain the ins and outs of that process. Personally, I think it is something I may try in the future. 

The only real flaw in the system, which most online vendors struggle to master, is having pictures that give more insight in the texture of the fabric and accurate color representation.  

There are so many gift codes floating around for this website that will enable you to get extreme deals that will make you feel like you're committing daylight robbery.  For example, when you use the website for the first time you can apply the code 1STTIME40 to get 40% off of your entire order.  So feel free to go to town. Lastly, the delivery is extremely quick compared to most unconventional online stores.   

Calvin Klein

I love Calvin Klein from their business wear to the Calvin Klein Jeans line.  In this case, I received three blouses of different textures and qualities.

Calvin Klein Dark Blue Long Sleeve Blouse
Estimated Retail: $70.00
ThredUp Price: $17.99

The shirt came back in a purple shade rather than dark blue as pictured on the website but it is still a beautiful fit.  It is perfect to pair with black pants or leggings for a formal look or a simple outfit that appears more put together. 

Calvin Klein 3/4 Sleeve Black Top
Estimated Retail: $60.00
ThredUp Price: $17.99

This was my personal favorite piece.  I love the feel of the fabric because its softer and a lot more comfortable as it is made from 95% Rayon and 5% Spandex.  The zipper is slightly heavier which tends to drag the neckline down a little bit so you would need to zip it up slightly higher for a conservative look.

Calvin Klein Red Long Sleeve Blouse
Estimated Retail: $70.00
ThredUp Price: $15.99

This is made of 100% Polyester so it doesn’t have the same softness that the black top had of the same style which is a bit of a disappointment but is to be expected.  The color is most definitely more of an orange than a red in real life so the color depicted in the picture isn’t true to life along with the description provided on ThredUp.

Ralph Lauren has always been one of my favorite brands.  I love that they combine preppiness with elegance and sophistication to tailor for any style.  

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Red Long Sleeve Blouse
Estimated Retail: $24.98
ThredUp Price: $8.99

This was one that I really liked considering that it was brand new with the tags on for less than $10.  However, I was rather disappointed because the color in the picture, again, wasn’t accurate.  It is a lot more of a burnt orange-brown than it is a red.  Furthermore, although this is 100% Polyester, it feels a lot silkier compared to the other top I previously described.  It is comfortable to wear and is one that can be worn with jeans, leggings or tucked into a pencil skirt.   

Ralph Lauren Dark Blue Sport Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $7.99

This is a gorgeous item.  I prefer to wear it with jeans and a plaid shirt unbuttoned on top.  I’ve already purchased three shirts of this type in the past from the Ralph Lauren store itself so I knew this is something that I would like off the bat.  It is made from 100% Cotton and feels extremely light weight.  Although I got it in XS, it isn’t too figure hugging; making it perfect for everyday, casual situations.  This is most definitely true to its color when it arrived. 

Ralph Lauren Dark Purple Sport Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $7.99

Another shirt which looks just as the picture suggests.  It looks brand new but needs to be ironed thoroughly prior to wearing due to the packaging resulting in wrinkles. 

Ralph Lauren Blue Sport Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $7.99

As the picture suggests, the previous owner of this top must’ve stretched it slightly more than necessary as the fit is no longer favors what little curves I have.  It instead feels more boxy and feels very worn into in comparison to the other tops.  This is something to consider as this is a second hand store so items may become stretched or worn down more than you would assume.

Ralph Lauren Navy Blue Sport Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $5.99

This top was discounted because it was considered a ‘basement’ item.  This means that it has undergone sufficient damage such as intense signs of wear, loss of shape, missing a brand label, or staining.  However, this product did not appear to suffer with anything of that nature.  Upon intense analysis, I couldn’t see a single flaw except for that the fit has become looser compared to the previous shirts.  But saying that, the blue shirt above was not categorize as a basement shirt.  Therefore, you may just end up lucky.

Ralph Lauren Purple Sport Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $7.99

This shirt also suffered with some stretching but it is still in mint condition in terms of the quality of the fabric and color.  I prefer this v-neck than the ones depicted in the first two T shirts because it is a lot more conservative.  

Ralph Lauren Pink Sport Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $7.99

This is an adorable tee and the color is extremely vibrant which is impressive considering most used T shirts tend to suffer with fading.  That goes to show that you shouldn’t skimp out on quality. However, this is perfect to pair with jeans and some gazelles and you’re out the door. 

Ralph Lauren Black Sport Long Sleeve Shirt
Estimated Retail: $48.00
ThredUp Price: $8.99

This item was in perfect condition.  I couldn’t find a flaw or out of place wrinkle on it.  I wore it and found that the fit was perfect and it is a great long-sleeved black top to wear casually.    

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Red Casual Dress
Estimated Retail: $155.00
ThredUp Price: $44.99

ThredUp described this as a red dress.  This dress is not red at all.  This is pink in person.  I don’t quite know how this can be seen as red but color is in the eye of the beholder.  I have always been a fan of Lauren by Ralph Lauren dresses because they’re the perfect length and fit my body shape snug without letting me feel conscious of my curves.  It is a beautiful dress that is elegant and suitable for dinners and occasions.  Obviously, due to it’s simplicity, it may not be the best for clubbing or night outs.  The material of it is thick and heavy, so you can feel the quality.  I have another dress in dark purple by the same line and it fits just the same.  There is not a single scratch or thread out of place.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Pink Wallet
Estimated Retail: $98.00
ThredUp: $44.99

This is an extremely adorable thin wallet. I have recently downsized my wallet from something thick and bulky to a slimmer style. However, I have to say this is almost too thin for me to fit my various cards (I’m brown and I love free things. I need to have all my loyalty cards at hand even if I forget to use them). The color is as vibrant in person as it is in the picture and there are slight signs of wear on the front metal hardware.  My mother fell in love with this and she currently carries a River Island chunky purse which weighs more than her bag so this is perfect for her.

Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Crossbody Pink Bag
Estimated Retail: $168.00
ThredUp Price: $36.99

This showed signs of wear in terms of the purse losing a slight bit of structure.  It was more flimsy than I would imagine it to have been if purchased brand new.  Therefore, this was categorized as a basement item though not to my surprise.  Nonetheless, there were few signs of fading though nothing that can be seen or detected by a stranger or without thorough analysis.  It is a cute size but I feel like the style is more suitable for the older generation.  In addition, the chain of the purse is not detachable so it cannot be transformed into a clutch which was disappointing as I feel that such a property would make it more applicable to the younger crowd. 

J Crew

J Crew Tan Ear Muffs
Estimated Retail: $60.00
ThredUp Price: $16.99

These ear muffs looked as good as new.  The only thing that made it hard to work with is that the band is not stretchy so it won’t fit on all head shapes and sizes.  I was lucky enough for it to fit mine.  This is something to note when using the website as sometimes measurements will not be provided. 

Final Thoughts

All in all, I feel like this website is definitely something that everyone should try especially as you get an initial 40% off your entire order.  It is perfect if you want to revamp your wardrobe with quality pieces without breaking the bank.  Keep in mind, like most online vendors, the fabric quality and feel is really hard to determine through pictures.  In addition, the color seems very off in more than one scenario which should be considered.  Otherwise, I will most likely be finding more treasures on this site in the future before I head back to the UK.  Nevertheless, they do indeed ship internationally so this is suitable for anyone anywhere. 

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