Staying Up With the Trends on a Budget

Partnership with ThredUp

Photography by Taylor Cole

Merrick's Art J.Crew Coat Eileen Fisher Sweater

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1: J.Crew Peacoat via thredUp, Eileen Fisher Sweater via thredUp, BlankNYC Jeans, Brighton Sneakers via thredUp, Rebecca Minkoff Tassle Bag, Urban Outfitter Sunglasses, Michael Kors Watch

Outfit 2: Kate Spade Bow Blouse via thredUp, Banana Republic Velvet Blazer via thredUp, DL1961 Denim, Manolo Blahnik Heels (budget friendly version here and here), Tory Burch Bag, Urban Outfitter Sunglasses

One of the biggest challenges I think many of you run into when keeping up with trends is staying within a budget. So today I’m excited to introduce to you a really cool online shop called thredUP. They buy and sell high quality secondhand pieces for both women and kids, and have all the best brands like J.Crew, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Gap, Kate Spade, and a thousand more, so you can find pieces from top brands and designers up to 90% off.

Merrick's Art Sneakers, Peacoat, Turtleneck
Merrick's Art Eileen Fisher Turtleneck
Merrick's Art Brighton Sneakers via ThredUp
Merrick's Art Boyfriend Jeans, Sneakers, Turtleneck

Shopping secondhand is totally an art, and doing it in a store is so overwhelming for me, so being able to do it online, and at least seeing pieces on a mannequin, makes a world of difference. Plus they have really good filters that allow you to search by brand, size, item type, etc, so you can narrow your search really easily. And they’ll even buy your used gently items if you’re looking to clear out your closet!

Merrick's Art Velvet Blazer and Bow Shirt
Merrick's Art Kate Spade Bow Blouse
Merrick's Art Kate Spade Bow Blouse

I’ve been on the hunt for a really great dark peacoat for the last few years — one that goes with everything, can work for casual and dressy, fits me well, and is really well made. Living in a warm climate made it hard for me to justify spending a lot of money on a good one, so I hadn’t taken the plunge yet.

Then I hopped on thredUP a few weeks ago and just happened to search their outerwear, and found the exact coat I was looking for — this gorgeous dark navy, single breasted peacoat from J.Crew. Normally $375, available on thredUP for $95. I literally could not add it to my cart fast enough! And now that it’s here I wear it pretty much every day. I’m obsessed, and thrilled I found what I was looking for without the bigger price tag.

Velvet is huge right now and I found this beautiful Banana Republic blazer for under $40 (retail value was over $150), plus I found the cutest pair of Brighton sneakers for under $50 (normally almost $170), this darling Kate Spade bow blouse, and my gorgeous orange Eileen Fisher turtleneck, all at amazing prices with huge savings. Proof that you can shop trends, even when you’re shopping second hand!

 I ordered a bunch of things to try and spent a few hundred dollars total, and although not all of them worked out and I’ll be returning a few of the pieces, I loved seeing the “You saved $1,412” in my confirmation email — that’s insane, right?


Merrick's Art thredUp
Merrick's Art thredUp Kate Spade Bow Blouse
Merrick's Art thredUP Box

I’m always trying to find great pieces at a great price that I can share with you, and thredUP is such a good resource to find both classic and trendy, and even designer pieces for a fraction of the price.

thredUP is generously offering my readers an extra 40% off your order with code MERRICK40! It’s only available to the first 100 readers, so go get lost in their site and pick yourself up something fun!  Discount is only valid up to $50, and available to new customers only.


  1. Natali says:

    Always looking so stylish and trendy! Great outfit and I looove your kicks, such a great pair!


  2. I love your style! The orange jumper is just gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing your shopping tips 🙂

    Starlight and Stitches

  3. All of those pieces are so beautiful! Is there a code for the discount?

  4. Hillary says:

    I love thredUp! I picked up a Marc Jacobs and a Coach wristlet, for a total under $100!! So crazy!


  5. Heidi D. says:

    I just recently learned about ThredUp, I can’t wait to try them out!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  6. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    ThredUp is totally the best! I love finding hidden gems on there!

    Paige Flamm
    The Happy Flammily

  7. Ashley Baxter says:

    I love ThredUp! I buy and sell on the site. All of my purchases have been like brand new.

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