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Spring Wardrobe: All the COLORS! (and a $250 thredUP Giveaway)

This post is sponsored by thredUP. As always, writing and opinions are my own.

Maybe it’s the first sight of tulip bouquets at Whole Foods. Or perhaps, the Cadbury eggs that taunt me from their new display at the grocery store check-out. Maybe it’s the Anthropologie pop-up ad for the floral dress that keeps showing up on my e-mail screen. Whatever the case, spring sweeps its way into my internal inspiration board and controls me for a while this time of year, prompting closet clean-outs, gardening dreams, picnic plans and the hunt for the perfect pale pink nail polish shade (found it: Essie’s Poppy Art Pink). While we pick up little things here and there throughout the year for our closets, spring is definitely when we overhaul all of our wardrobes (especially the kids), cleaning out things that don’t fit and clothes we don’t love, and rebuilding where necessary so that we’re ready for the new season with comfy staples and fun new outfit inspiration.

Did you know in the average American closet, only 20% of the items actually get worn on a regular basis?! That means we’re wasting precious time rifling through cluttered closets full of things we don’t love. Spring is the perfect time to change that. I’ve talked about thredUP a few times before here on the blog, and with another seasonal makeover on our closets, we’re returning to our favorite online resale shop as we weed out the old and unused and add new pieces we love–here’s the best part–at a fraction of retail price. thredUP is the largest online store that buys and sells high-quality secondhand fashion for women and kids, and every item is triple inspected by hand to make ensure all clothes are  like new–and many are  brand new, with tags still attached.

First up: the clean out. You can order a clean out kit from thredUP, and they’ll send you a giant bag that you fill with defect-free, on-trend clothes. You send it back to them and choose to either be compensated through store credit or PayPal, or you can have thredUP donate to a charity. Either way, you’ve cleared out space for things you love.

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Step 2–the fun part: revamp your closet.

Looking forward to both Florida outdoor adventures and summering lakeside in Michigan, we tend to go for bright primary colors this time of year when we’re shopping. Give me yellows, reds, nautical stripes and bold blues and greens that will pop against strawberry fields and beach sunsets. With a large family though, we’re definitely open to any way we can brighten our closets without breaking the bank. So, I went on thredUP for a spring closet challenge, and I’m SO happy with the results. Wait until you see!

Before I started shopping, I knew what I wanted:

For me:
*a couple of casual, comfy outfits for everyday, preferably cotton, in my favorite versatile color palette: black/white stripe, navy, red, white, yellow
*1-2 bold statement pieces that have a wow factor
*favorite brands, a plus: (common thredUP brands I find: JCrew, Anthropologie, Nanette Lapore, Free People, Kate Spade, etc.)

For the kids:
*cotton everyday dresses for the girls
*primary color scheme
*favorite brands, a plus: (ones I usually find on thredUP: Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Gap, etc.)

One of my favorite features about shopping with thredUP is their filters. I can narrow my searches down to specific sizes, brands, colors and even details like “short sleeve” or “long sleeve” when hunting for the perfect shirt.

I found everything I wanted and more, and when the thredUp box hit our doorstep, I was stoked.

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A Rainbow in a box!

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Look at all those brand names…and all like new.

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So here’s what we got with all the thredUP prices, compared with what each piece retails for.

For me:

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For the kids:

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I’ve actually been looking for a pair of yellow short overalls for Nella and couldn’t believe when I found these that were not only her size, but one of our favorite brands! And that Mim Pi jumpsuit? It’s now one of my favorite things of hers. And we saved almost $50 by buying it through thredUP.

And look! The kids in their new outfits and my bold colors from thredUP all coordinate perfectly.

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Lainey’s Gap knit stripe dress is so comfy and perfect for summer, and it’s yellow!

I’ll probably get the most wear out of the JCrew knit stripe dress, a classic easy piece for spring and summer that I can dress up or keep casual with sneakers or sandals. And isn’t that $17 bag so much fun? Such a happy, sunny print.

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My favorites pieces for me though are the two dressier items–the bold palm print dress (so Florida!)…

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…and this amazing black shirt with the big structured neckline.

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If only I could learn to simply smile and say “thank you” when someone compliments the shirt rather than blurt out how inexpensive it was.

thredUP is offering readers a special discount: the first 100 people to use code ETST40 will get an extra 40% off their first order. (Applies to new US customers only. Discount up to $50) They’re also giving away a $250 shopping credit to one lucky reader–just click here to browse thredUP, and leave a comment with a link to your favorite item from thredUP to win.

Here’s a fact to blow your mind: If 1 out of 100 american households shopped secondhand, they would collectively save 1.6 BILLION every year. That’s enough for each of those households to pay for 2 years of college.

Now to find some colorful spring adventures to match our new looks.

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*and thanks to Heidi for taking so many of these great pics!


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  1. Kathryn Reeves says:
  2. Kim stachoW says:

    I am currently loving this adorable gold pair of gladiator sandals from banana republic!! Wishing for summer in cold rainy Massachusetts!

  3. Cecilia says:

    This little Janie and Jack dress for my soon-to-be 2 year old is adorable!


  4. Meredith says:

    Love this dress for work/spring :) Still a little chilly up here in MD, so this is perfect.

    Check it out — Banana Republic Casual Dress for $39.99 on thredUP!

    Love it? Use this link for $10 off. New customers only.


  5. I agree with your positive comment regarding ThredUp’s search tool – it is AWESOME to narrow down sizes, brands, colors. I’m searching for a pair of white jeans and may snag these before they are gone: https://www.thredup.com/product/23417859

  6. I have ordered a lot of great stuff from ThredUp. It’s a great website. I love to look at the dresses on there so I found a cute one.


  7. Brianna gudeman says:
  8. Love this little dress for my niece! Now if only she wouldn’t flash everybody while she wore it….

  9. Love the bright colors in y’all’s box!!

    What a great place to shop… I love this: https://www.thredup.com/product/x-moulinette-soeurs-casual-dress/23054423?sizing_id=822%2C832%2C588

  10. I would love this for my July baby…our first boy after 2 girls! https://www.thredup.com/product/boys-rumble-tumble-short-sleeve-outfit/23109079?sizing_id=76
    I’ve been waiting for thredup to be available in Canada!

  11. Lauren Hum says:

    I love thredUP and could definitely update my wardrobe and my son’s wardrobe for $250! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

    Check it out — Cole Haan Heels for $60.99 on thredUP!

    Love it? Use this link for $10 off. New customers only.


  12. Adorable photos of you and the kids. Lainey has gotten so tall. Love the palm dress on you ~ and that bag is too cute!

  13. Kristin H says:
  14. Lorraine says:
  15. Christine Kron says:

    Man, I’ve really been wanting to try ThredUp for a while now! Some day I’ll bite!

    Already have my eye on this for my 2 1/2 year old – so sweet!


  16. I love thredUP! Today I’ve got my eye on this tote…

  17. Angela h says:

    I’m loving this gap kids jean dress for my daughter!!


  18. Michelle Christensen says:

    I am loving this shirt! I could dress it up or dress it down. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-gap-short-sleeve-blouse/22823777?shortcut=4287

  19. This dress because the bump is getting big and I’d love some pretty dresses. https://www.thredup.com/product/maternity-a-pea-in-the-pod-casual-dress/23629261?sizing_id=781%2C778

  20. We LOVE ThredUP around here!

    This would be super cute for a garden tea party!

  21. As a teacher, I’m always looking for something that will work in the classroom and in my social life. This dress would be awesome for the warmer weather we are having in the midwest!


  22. Love all the fun colors!!!

  23. I love, love, love that they have a plus size section! It’s so important to me that a brand caters to all sizes.
    Right now I am looking for a great bag to take with me on summer adventures. This looks awesome!

  24. Always fun shopping thred up! My favorite fun summer little girls dress! Love all the bright colors!

  25. I can’t do a link but I love this nuderuffle sleeves romper (item number 23716111)! And there are so many cute dresses, I can’t even choose a favorite.

  26. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-knitted-and-knotted-cardigan/23661407?sizing_id=775%2C571%2C774%2C765

    Such cute stuff. I grew up with my mom buying everything second hand. Today I love new clothes. But a good bargain even more. :)

  27. We love ThredUP! Though summer is still a million miles away in northern Maine, this romper will be fun for my five year old when it gets here. https://www.thredup.com/product/23281356

  28. Love thread up! I need this leopard trench (and in the pnw, it would get use all year long!!) https://www.thredup.com/product/x-trina-turk-coat/22878720

  29. Love the outfits you picked! so many cute things to pick from. I’d get this dress for my daughter: https://www.thredup.com/product/girls-lilly-pulitzer-dress/22442003?sizing_id=579%2C829%2C842

  30. Cate Richardson says:
  31. Love this bag!

  32. Lisa Penzone says:

    How pretty is this blue print Free People dress? SO perfect for Spring & Summer!

  33. I LOVE this Kate Spade skirt for a fun night out. Paired with cute black heels and a one-shoulder black top, I’d be ready to go!


  34. Monica Garza says:

    I love thredUp. I have been buying a lot of cute clothes. Also I bought some pieces for my mom and she liked them all. :) . Love this lace blouse . https://www.thredup.com/product/women-adrianna-papell-34-sleeve-blouse/23730340?sizing_id=844%2C795

  35. Suzette says:
  36. I LOVE ThredUp!!
    Dying over this bag right now:

  37. im a bigtime thredup shopper – especially love the ease of the filters. i basically just set my sizes, select ann taylor loft and get it all :)

    spring wardrobe needs these shorts:

  38. Kelly Blevins says:
  39. Jennifer Pennington says:
  40. I need some new sandals for an upcoming trip – It’s hard to decide!


  41. ThredUP is one of my very favorite spots to shop for my daughter. We just got an order a few weeks ago that included a pair of floral printed denim shortalls. My word. The best!

    Here’s a dress I’m loving for her right now:

  42. Brandi F says:
  43. Caroline says:
  44. Rebekah H says:

    You always make shopping at ThredUp look so easy. I don’t go often, but when I do I rarely see anything I like. But these JCrew heels…LOVE.


  45. Thredup allows me to still buy clothing from my favorite store (The Limited) even though they have gone out of business – like this dress for my cousin’s wedding this summer:


  46. Michelle says:

    I love you, but not ThredUp. They are an awful company to donate items to, they don’t compensate well at all, I gave them an entire bag of designer clothing, followed all their rules, including items with tags on them and I received 2.39 for the effort. I’m sure they are fine to purchase from, but if you are cleaning your closet out you are far better off donating locally.

  47. Nicole T says:
  48. I just tried ThredUp for the first time and am in LOVE! I bought my daughter’s entire summer wardrobe for $100 and everything was in lovely condition and delivered right to my door! Now, I just need to try it for myself…I’m thinking a new pair of shorts for summer (please come soon, love Michigan): https://www.thredup.com/products/women/shorts?brand_id=982%2C128%2C10597&condition=q1_only%2Cq2_nwt%2Cq1_nwt&department_tags=women&enabled=true&include_equivalents=true&search_tags=women-shorts&sizing_id=576%2C778%2C795%2C798%2C790%2C781&sort=Newest+First&user_search=false

  49. SHANNON FINER says:

    This site is great! I spend most of the summer in these simple and comfortable dresses.


  50. Jessica says:
  51. These are so cute.

  52. Angelina Severson says:

    Loved browsing the website while my little one drifted off to sleep beside me. So many finds for the kids and definitely this one for me. Thank you!


  53. I started shopping ThredUp after your first partnership post, and have gotten so many great things. I even got an amazing cocktail dress that I wore to both my and my husband’s company parties (no guest overlap!).

    I’m crushing on this dress so hard, but have no reason to buy it. No more company parties for almost a year, and I can’t wear anything strapless because of my chest size. But alas, so beautiful.


  54. Crystal Koeneman says:

    I am addicted to Thredup and have trouble stopping myself from “innocently” browsing on their app. Just found this Hale Bob Dress! Super cute and definitely flirting with adding it to my cart!


  55. Amy Czostkowski says:

    Item 22638294 is a very cool White House Black Market black and white floral halter dress.

  56. https://www.thredup.com/product/girls-mini-boden-dress/22497115?shortcut=3552

    What a fun post! That’s unreal the fact at the end about how much people would save shopping secondhand!

  57. Shelby Schwartz says:

    This dress is so colorful and fun: https://www.thredup.com/product/x-shoshanna-silk-dress/22656746?sizing_id=756%2C774%2C778%2C765

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  58. Hannah G says:

    I’d love to get this cute jumper for my daughter: https://www.thredup.com/product/girls-oshkosh-bgosh-dress/23762843

  59. Roberta says:

    My daughter would look so adorable in this little chevron halter dress and come cute white saltwater sandals, love!! https://www.thredup.com/product/23728681

  60. REBECCA says:
  61. Laurie Bailey says:
  62. I need a dress for a wedding in September. May have just found the one!


  63. Meghan Forbes says:

    I love all things elephants, and so does my daughter. These pants would look so awesome on her, and would be so comfortable for late spring/early summer days.


  64. I started shopping at ThredUp after your last post about them. They have such cute stuff for cheap!! I’d have to pick these…I am all about wanting yellow flats as well!!


  65. https://www.thredup.com/product/handbags-kate-spade-new-york-leather-satchel/23618669?sizing_id=812

    Coveting this Kate Spade satchel!
    (I use ThredUp all the time!)

  66. Michelle says:

    I love thread up!!!
    My almost 14 yr old has grown leaps and bounds this year and needs all new stuff. Ugh! This lilly pulitzer dress would be perfect through the summer for anything, throw a sweater over and it’ll even work for church :)

  67. I love Thred Up! My favorite thing right now would be an Ann Taylor Cocktail Dress ❤️


  68. Looks like you scored big time! I wish the Salt Waters were listed on there too :)

  69. michelle r says:
  70. This black and white striped casual dress looks perfect!


  71. Chana Fellig says:
  72. I’m outside the U.S. And very disappointed thredup won’t even let me look at their site…

  73. Amanda Potter says:
  74. Sharon Germany says:

    This reminds me of my Nana’s housecoats…you know the ones they used to wear around the house in the 50’s!


  75. I bought five darling dresses there yesterday for Lily – yay for the discount code, which lowered my total to $29 !

    Still eyeing this bathing suit for Bunny …


  76. Stacy McNew says:

    Love you finds! Thought this sweet dress would be perfect for my daughter.


  77. I like the color and shape of this dress, plus the price!


  78. I absolutely LOVE thredup! I’ve ordered from them several times and try to purchase here instead of buying new somewhere else. Before I hopped on to read your blog today, I actually ordered some maternity wear, but my favorite item would be this “Off to See the World” outfit from Baby Gap that would be perfect for our little man arriving in September!


  79. LOVE this dress – can just envision it over a tailored white blouse! longsleeved, short or sleeveless!


  80. Vunda V says:
  81. Jessica vanderkolk says:

    I’m not sure how this is “casual,” but I want to wear it everywhere anyway!

    I LOVE a tutu-looking skirt I recently bought from thredup, which has a silver, sparkly waistband. Yes.

  82. Gina ruhlig says:

    I LOVE that black top you picked up. The neckline is amazing!!

  83. Camille says:

    Love this dress, would work for so many things!

    thredUP has become my new favorite, I sent in 2 clean out bags already and found some sparkly shorts for a gold theme bachelorette party.

  84. Love the Michael Kors dress! It fits you like it was custom made.

  85. Brand new Loft jeans! My post baby body could use some new styles! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-ann-taylor-loft-jeans/23731694

  86. This LOFT pullover combines my love of floral prints with my love for muted blue palettes!


  87. Heidi brayer says:
  88. Kenny Hall says:
  89. I love shopping on ThredUp! This is my favorite item that I have my eye on right now – a sleek basic from the Loft:

  90. Francesca Hernandez says:
  91. Looking for a uniform look for work/life. Thsee would fit the bill:


  92. Am actually OBSESSED with this comfy red striped dress for my 5 year old. We love Thred Up!


  93. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-dressbarn-jeggings/23695976?sizing_id=559%2C563%2C841

    I’ve recently discovered jeggings/skinny jeans. At my age, I didn’t think I could wear them, but they work! I only have one pair, so time to add to my wardrobe :)

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  97. Alyssa B says:
  98. I love the blue dress with lace embellishment. I have an allergy to lace on skin, so this is the perfect compromise!

  99. Courtney says:
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  101. Heather Weber says:

    I just cannot quit the peplum! This would be such a fun spring/easter dress: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-tobi-casual-dress/19757569?sizing_id=778%2C551%2C791%2C781%2C795

    Loved all of your colorful finds!

  102. I’m always looking for great pieces for work and this bold print fits the bill.

  103. I love thredUP!!! I found an amazing Banana Republic denim dress that I’m drooling over. :)

  104. Oops. Forgot the link on my previous post. Couldn’t find the Banana Republic denim dress again but I found this one….


    So many great things to choose from.

  105. Huge ThredUp fan – thank you for sharing!! I think this would be neat for the warm weather months ahead :) https://www.thredup.com/product/women-kimchi-blue-casual-dress/18226784?shortcut=4322&sizing_id=568%2C563%2C778

  106. I wear a lot of neutrals, so I think this skirt would be a great addition of color for my spring and summer wardrobe!


  107. April Abernathy says:
  108. Love Thredup! We are traveling this summer and this dress would be prefect to throw on for the beach or dinner! https://www.thredup.com/product/x-weston-wear-casual-dress/23610578?sizing_id=765%2C543%2C775

  109. Carolsue says:
  110. Amanda Herman says:

    I have found my new addiction. Can’t wait for my first order.

    I am going to try this leather skirt


  111. Zara W&B Collection
    Sleeveless Top

  112. This site is fantastic the girl that has expensive taste but doesn’t have the corresponding budget. Love this dress! https://www.thredup.com/product/x-trina-turk-casual-dress/22540926

  113. Kristin Gutknecht says:

    I Love so many things on Thred Up!!

    First thing that stood out:

  114. Nicole francis says:
  115. Amanda S. says:
  116. Oh, I LOVE that black shirt!

  117. Lauren M says:

    I am expecting my first this fall, so will be needing some cute new maternity clothes that don’t break the bank for summer! This top looks very cute (and nice and cool!)

  118. stefanie mcdonald says:

    I’ve ordered items from Thred Up before and have sent in clean up bags too. I would love to order some longer shirts to wear with leggings and I love the unique items like this cute bag https://www.thredup.com/product/handbags-pf-paola-frani-shoulder-bag/23619343?sizing_id=816%2C799%2C568%2C790%2C795%2C798%2C806%2C778

  119. Meghan Holton says:
  120. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-polo-jeans-co-by-ralph-lauren-jeans/22899786?shortcut=3606&sizing_id=812%2C795%2C798%2C571%2C799

    been looking for a pair of wide leg cropped denim–we love thredup and save so much money using them!

  121. Katie Wo says:

    Hey Kelle! Did you announce a winner yet for this giveaway? I could easily have missed it :)

  122. Mindy Mercurio says:

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