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7 Madewell Pieces You Can Find At The Thrift Store

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Spring is in the air in RVA (for the next few days at least).  We’re in the upper 60s and 70s so all I’m thinking about is off the shoulder tops, cutoff shorts, and denim dresses.  Now that I’m in school, most of my money goes to tuition and textbooks.  So, I don’t have much left for any shopping.

After doing a bit of online window shopping (like six hours worth), I’ve concluded that I would like to buy every item that Madewell has to offer.  But that would require having a few thousand dollars in my bank account that I can spend on clothes.

Instead of sitting around and sulking at my bank account, I’m heading to the thrift store to thrift Madewell inspired pieces.

The 7 Classic Madewell Pieces

  1. Chunky sweater
  2. Scarves
  3. Denim dress
  4. Denim Shirt
  5. Skinny Jeans
  6. Basic T-shirts
  7. Denim Jackets

How to Thrift Madewell Inspired Pieces

As with all thrifting trips, you need patience.

Chunky Sweater

I’ve been in love with Madewell since Alexa Chung’s first collab with them.  The Madewell style is classic and chic.  And I’m in love with everything.  There newest designer Joyce Lee Rose has designed some amazing pieces.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to save up for those!!!

Rant aside, let’s get started with the “juicy stuff,” AKA the seven pieces you can always find at Madewell.  The first thing we’re going to talk about is the Chunky sweater, which is a winter essential (Especially in the 20-degree weather we have in RVA).  It’s great for layering over maxi dresses, denim dresses, or just a pair of jeans.  Throw on an oversized hat and you’ll have a Rachel Zoe approved outfit.

Scarves

Blanket scarves, square scarves, knit scarves, or skinny scarves, add the perfect pop of color or texture to any outfit.  And you can find a TON of them at the thrift store. I am currently in love with the plaid blanket scarves from Madewell. They go with everything from t-shirts and jeans to dresses and skirts for the winter.

I’ve been in love with the Madewell brand since Alexa Chung first collaborated with them in 2011. Alexa Chung has been rocking the skinny scarf since 2015 and I’m obsessed.  It’s definitely on my thrift store treasure hunt list.

Denim Dress

One of my favorite pieces from Madewell is their classic denim dress.  It’s perfect for layering and even looks chic on its own.  The denim dress looks great with ankle boots or a pair of sandals. There are always a TON of denim at the thrift store. After a few trips, luck will come and you’ll be able to thrift Madewell inspired pieces for a fraction of the price.  I got my denim dresses for $7 each and a great linen tunic (that looks like denim) for $5.  I love great deals.

Denim Shirt

In order to thrift Madewell inspired pieces, you need to have a style and color in mind.  This will help you navigate the aisles of clothes at the thrift store more efficiently and maximize your chances of finding that classic piece!

When you’re talking about classic pieces, you can’t forget about the denim shirt.   It’s perfect for business casual days at the office or an easy weekend look.  There are a ton of denim shirts at the thrift store.  While you’re looking through aisles, pick up shirts that aren’t typically your size because you never how shirts fit especially if they’re vintage or been shrunk in the wash by the previous owner.

Skinny Jeans

These are definitely a wardrobe staple.  They are perfect for tucking in to boots or worn with converses for an easy casual outfit. Skinny jeans are so versatile.  You can dress them up with a blouse and heels or dress them down with a comfy t-shirt and sneakers.

Thrift stores are overflowing with jeans.  If you’re thrifting for skinny jeans, then block out about three hours for your thrifting trip because you’re going to be browsing many aisles and trying on many pairs before finding a select few that fit.

BUT it’s totally worth it because I’ve scored jeans for $2 that fit like a dream!

Basic T-shirts

With thrifting, you sometimes hit thrifting gold and you find everything you’re looking for and sometimes you find nothing.  But don’t be discouraged.  Go to another thrift store or go back another day because there is always new items being placed on the shelves.

I love shopping for t-shirts at the thrift store.  They have a ton of cool graphic tees and plain tees.  Most of the time, the tees are color coordinated so walk in to the store with a color in mind and you’ll have a much easier time going through the aisles.

Denim Jackets

This last item is very hit or miss at thrift stores but with a little bit of patience, you’ll find the perfect one.  It took me a month to find my perfect one but I found it!  The jacket was only $7 and it was in the perfect wash.  I’m now on the hunt for a black denim jacket.  Wish me luck!

And that’s it for my guide on how to thrift Madewell inspired pieces at the thrift store.  It’s fun and super easy, you just need a bit of patience.

Tell me down below, what you’re favorite thrift find is!

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5 Korean Fashion Websites without Shipping Fees (That You HAVE to Check Out!)

korean fashion websites without shipping fees

Korean beauty and fashion is the BEST!  I’m in love with everything.  Unfortunately, I live in the US so it’s pretty hard to buy Korean stuff without being charged an insane shipping fee.

It’s awesome that TONY MOLY, BELIF, Dr. Jart, LANEIGE, and a few other Korean beauty brands can now be found at Ulta, Sephora, and Target.  But Korean fashion is still very hard to find in the US if not impossible to find.

After hours of browsing the almost too cute to be real pictures of Korean fashion, you click add to cart and just as you’re about to click “check out,” your heart stops.  You see the $60 shipping charge and you slowly close your web browser.  Your dream of shopping Korean Fashion Websites without shipping fees seems impossible.  After hours of window shopping, it seems like you’re just going to have to find “inspired” pieces at Forever 21 and H&M.

BUT I’m here to tell you that there are Korean Fashion Websites Without Shipping Fees. Yes, they aren’t the unicorns of the fashion industry anymore.  They’re real.  Seriously!

So, I have compiled a list of sites where you can shop for all your favorite styles on Korean Fashion Websites without shipping fees.

The 5 Korean Fashion Websites Without Shipping Fees

First on the list is my one and only love.  Stylenanda.  There aesthetic and style is just perfect!  They can do no wrong in my eyes.

Stylenanda has a great selection of 3CE cosmetics.  3CE is awesome and many of their products like blushes are under $15 and they’re nail polishes are all under $8!  When I saw this, I think my brain just melted.  Trust me, it took a lot of self-control to not buy one in every color.

Many Stylenanda pieces are under $40 which is amazing!  On the Stylenanda site, you get free shipping with a purchase of over $200.  I know that seems like a lot but for me, it’s worth it.  If you’re looking for trendy items, you won’t get any better than Stylenanda.  Korean fashion is generally two years ahead of the US and the UK so grab these pieces up and be the true trendsetter!

TIP: Watch for sales!  They just had a 30%-50% off apparel sale!  (I was impatient and already placed my order- so I could have saved like $20…)

Best Budget-Friendly Korean Fashion Websites Without Shipping Fees

If $200 is out of your budget, then ASOS will become your best friend.  They sell a few pieces from Stylenanda now and they have free shipping over $50 plus FREE returns.  Yes, you read that right.  If it doesn’t fit or look right or you just changed your mind, you can return it.  Thank you ASOS for stocking Stylenanda.

A recent discovery is Kooding.  It’s like a Korean marketplace with lots of trendy Korean brands such as CHUU.  For orders, over $75 you get free shipping!  CHUU is famous for their -5kg jeans.  I desperately want to get my hands on a pair!

**They’re called loose weight jeans on the site, if you’re searching for them on the Kooding site.

On the CHUU site, there will be an $8.99 shipping charge (no matter how much you spend).  Which actually isn’t that bad compared to Aland’s insanely high shipping charges.  I was looking at buying a bottle of sunscreen and the shipping charge was $40.  If I bought the sweater I wanted with the sunscreen, the shipping charge was $60.  WHAT??!??

Aliexpress and Ebay also sell a lot of Korean fashion stuff, but I would stick to head accessories on these sites.  The sizing can be off and the material of some of these clothes can be very hit or miss.  But the prices are super affordable so if you don’t mind losing a few dollars then go ahead and buy it.  Who knows? It might be one of the good ones.

Aliexpress and Ebay Reviews

From Aliexpress and Ebay, I’ve bought beanies, a hat, headbands, tank tops, and bralets.  Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my purchases but here are the full reviews of each product.

I bought the super trendy, “Bad Hair Day” beanie from Ebay for $3. The material of the beanie is very similar to the ones they sell in Forever 21.

For the hat, it’s super structured and made of a weird felt-plastic material. But what should I expect for $3?  It’s cute for pictures or as decor for your walls.  You just can’t really wear it out without feeling like you’re wearing one of those Luck of the Irish green hats from Party City.

For those super cute bunny ear headbands, Aliexpress and Ebay are perfect.  I’ve bought five so far and they cost less than a $1!  They’re not the best quality but they look really cute.

The tank tops I bought from Ebay were actually pretty soft.  They were just a really awkward length, so I cropped it.  But other than that they were surprisingly good.  Sometimes on cheap clothing sites, it lists the material as cotton blend and you get a very itchy material that feels quite strange.

The bralets I wouldn’t really recommend buying from Ebay.  I bought knock-off Chiyo tops from Ebay and they are cute, but almost impossible to put on unless you’re and XS or S.  And the  material is really flimsy so they’re semi-see-through.  The thing that really bugs me is that you can see the pads in the bralet.  Plus, one of my bralets came with a bent pad so I had to replace it with one from my swimsuits.