Published on February 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

Here Are The Very Best Brands To Buy Secondhand (You’re Welcome)

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The LOFT dress you’ve been waiting to go on sale. A pair of Zara flats your shoe rack has been missing. That J.Crew coat you’ve been eyeing for weeks. These are the must-have items that keep pulling us back to the mall and retail sites again and again.

But while tired mall goers hold out for the sale of the season, more savvy secondhand shoppers are turning to online destinations like thredUP to score similar stylish pieces for 90% off retail prices. And we’re talking thousands of never-before-seen and some never-before-worn pieces from our favorite brands.

The trick to finding the best secondhand? Stick with everyday essentials, seasonal favorites, and bold statement pieces you’re curious about but most likely won’t try at full retail price. At thredUP, we’re always building and refining our secondhand search to find the best steals at the best deals. These are the tried-and-true brands that are always at the top of our secondhand shopping lists for their coveted styles that stand the test of time.

J.Crew: Everyday essentials with bold color combos and playful patterns. Think wool pants with modern cuts, feminine dresses, playful blouses layered underneath classic knit sweaters, structured coats, and colorful clutches.


@rosieeek rocking a J.Crew top

Banana Republic: Simple statement pieces that go with almost everything in your closet. Opt for bright knits, simple dresses, fun stripes, stylish ponchos, graphic loafers, and smart skirts and business blazers.

Ann Taylor LOFT: All the comfortable classics you need to go from work to weekend. Ease into easy dresses, next-level loungewear, modern pullovers, cozy cardigans, animal-print blouses, and statement pants.


@homemadeginger snagged a like-new LOFT goodie on thredUP.

Gap: Cool casuals and not-so-basic basics you can live in. Slip into stylish sweats, bright button-ups, unisex jackets, cool pullovers, everyday footwear, playful pants, and, of course, denim on denim.   

H&M: Fast fashion trends and loveable layers to build your wardrobe. Stock up on stylish shifts, on-point jumpsuits, cool-girl cardigans, fashionable flats, textured leggings, faux-leather jackets, summer shorts, and cocktail dresses.


@thequickjourney in her H&M jacket, less than HALF the original price – can we get a Hallelujah?

Anthropologie: Smart casuals and next-level neutrals that put it all together. Style up with slouchy shapes, statement skirts, adorned sweaters, garden dresses, modern ruffles, wild wools, and feminine pullovers.

Kate Spade New York: Designer ensembles and handbags that speak for themselves. Go all in for bright satchels, lightweight jackets, colorful casuals, summery wedges, stylish slip-ons, and modern stripes.


@brittany_comeaux found this Kate Spade dress, originally $398, on thredUP for $60!

Zara: Modern cuts and trendy textures for trying new styles. Experiment with cutout dresses, embellished skirts, killer flats, exotic patterns, trendy jumpsuits, faux-leather pants, graphic tops, and going-out styles.

Free People: Boho styles and expressive pieces that live in the moment. Open your closet to bohemian prints, paisley dresses, halter tops, festival leggings, throwback denim, and frilly textures.

Leave a comment with your favorite brand to shop secondhand!