Ready, Set, Brunch!

As the temperature drops, we’ve assembled three hot looks sure to keep you warm and cozy while sipping your latte at your next Sunday brunch. Know what’s better than a plate of fried chicken and waffles? Each look can be purchased for $50. With savings like these, image how many mimosas you can treat yourself to.

1. Overalls, a long-sleeve tee, and loafers

Overalls aren’t just for farmers anymore. This outfit says, “I’m confident, competent, and ready for an omelet.”

Shop all overalls here.

Shop all white long sleeve tees here.

Shop all loafers here.

2. Drape a shawl over a pink button-down with jeans and booties.

As long as your button-down is pink and not the chicken atop your waffles waffles, you’re brunch-ready.This look is more classic than the last one. It’s ideal for the busy mom who ready for a some me time with the girls.

Shop all pink button-downs here.

 

Shop all shawls here.

Shop all jeans here.

Shop all booties here.

3. Slip into a sweater dress, scarf, and pumps.

This heavy knit sweater dress by Calvin Klein will keep you warm while looking cool digging into your huevos rancheros.

Shop sweater dresses here.

Shop red pumps here.

Shop red scarves here.

All three of these outfits will help you stay cozy as the leaves fall. Even though it’s getting chillier, brunch must go on. Remember, we only sell one-of-a-kind items, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you didn’t find your perfect brunch outfit in this list, fret not. Head on over to Swap.com to search for your own unique style. Happy brunching.

 

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College Football Saturday with Tom

College football is in full swing, and I love spending my Saturday afternoons rooting on my alma mater, the Georgia Bulldawgs [sic… ‘em], from the comfort of my couch or neighborhood bar stool. However, most of the free t-shirts I caught at various games have worn out in the six years since I’ve graduated (along with the speedo I used to paint up for games in). Luckily, Swap.com has tons of collegiate gear and stylish accessories for me to show off my school spirit:

 

“Lucky” Converse Sneakers

These eye-catching Converse sneakers are a killer find and since they’re gently used, you know they’re lucky. I can’t wait to hear head coach Kirby Smart turn directly to the camera and thank my new sneakers for earning the dawgs another win in the SEC.

 

UGA Sweater

I hate paying college bookstore prices for “official” athletic gear. Not only does this quarter-zip look fresh, it’s less than $10! As the Harvard of the South, UGA should know its students are too smart to ever pay full retail price for a game day sweatshirt.

 

Jeans

I don’t rock black jeans enough. They’re perfect for soaking up the fall sun and keeping your legs warm while tailgating. I can’t wait to JCrew-s the streets in these stylish pants. Plus, they’ll make my bright red sneakers pop like a tackle by UGA’s defense.

 

American Flag Trucker Hat

Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football is America’s sport. I love trucker hats, plus I just had ACL surgery and it’s hard for me to shower often, so this hat will cover up my greasy hair.

 

Hawaiian Shirt

Hawaii’ isn’t just a state, it’s a state of mind! Once the dawgs pull off the ‘W’, it’s time to ‘head to the islands’, which is what I call going to a Tiki Bar. This really doesn’t fit with the rest of the outfit but Chicago has been unseasonably warm lately, so why not squeeze out a few more summer vibes before the winter blues set in?

 

See if you can find your favorite team, we carry thousands of collegiate and NFL team apparel and accessories for up to 90% off stadium prices!

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Fighting the Stink on Workout Wear

Getting that stinky, stale sweat smell out of gym clothes seems impossible. No matter what detergent you use or how many times you wash it, there’s still a base level of B.O. that can’t be shaken. So how do you finally kill those pesky bacteria that cause odor without using a full load of detergent for just one shirt? With some simple science and cleaning tricks, of course:

Hang Them Up to Dry

As soon as you’re done sweating, hang up your clothes as soon as possible. This can be done outside or inside, just make sure it’s in an enclosed space. The bacteria that cause odors love moist environments, so airing your shirts and shorts out can help prevent the spread of bacteria and intense odors. If you hang it up fast enough, you can often use it again without washing it!

Pretreat with Lemon

Add an ounce of laundry detergent to a half gallon of water and squeeze the juice of one whole lemon into the mixture. Soak the clothes and scrub the sweaty trouble spots (underarm, etc) to loosen up the funk and kill the bacteria that causes stink. Wash them like normal and once they’re dry you’ll notice your workout clothes smell extra fresh, and a little lemony, too!

Wash Clothes with Vinegar and/or Baking Soda

Add two ounces of vinegar to your standard wash cycle to help squash the stench out of your clothes. Combine with the citrusy pre-soak for extra cleaning power. Using baking soda will also do the trick!

Avoid Fabric Softener

Fabric softener coats the fibers of many rayon/spandex workout apparel items and can help lock bacteria and odor in. If you’re a fabric softener nut, consider a load of just workout clothes without fabric softener.

Dry in the Sun

Once you’re done, give your damp clothes a little bit of sun! Sun rays are a natural deterrent against bacteria and germs. Plus, your clothes will get that breezy-fresh smell that detergents can only imitate.

Looking to start fresh with new workout gear? We carry Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, & more for up to 90% off retail every day! Shop now >

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Breakfast at Tammy’s

Living in the Midwest, the weather is often unpredictable and it doesn’t care which season it is. For example, it’s going to be 77 degrees in Chicago on Saturday with a 90% chance of rain…in October! So, what’s a gal supposed to do on her rainy day off? Invite friends over for brunch!

As the hostesses with the mostest, planning the menu is only step one. I also need to create an upbeat, yet relaxing ambience conducive for conversation as well as pull together an amazing outfit that looks effortless.

  1. Jones New York Black Tank

Keep cool while cooking up a storm. It’s important to dress in layers, which is why even in the winter time, you’ll usually find me sporting a simple, black tank top as one of my go-to pieces. Another perk is dark colors help disguise food splatters. My favorite dish to cook? Martha Stewart’s goat cheese quiche with a hash brown crust. An excellent option for any gluten-free guests!

  1. Mossimo Jeans

I love denim! It’s looks great with everything, can be dressed up or down, and the fit is flattering yet comfortable. With such a big meal ahead, stretchy spandex is my best friend.

  1. Ralph Lauren Cardigan

Make a bold statement with a bulky, crimson red knit. After the cooking is done, I’m going to layer on this red hot number before my guests arrive. With such a confident look, my only worry is I’ll outshine my food.

  1. Sam & Libby Red Quilt Shoes

Since I’ll be on my feet all day, I chose a flat shoe with a strong sole that will allow me to glide gracefully around the kitchen. Because these red quilted ballet shoes tie in with the red cardigan perfectly, my brunch ensemble is now complete.

  1. Calvin Klein Sweatpants

After my guests have left, my belly is full, and the mimosas have kicked in, I’ll slip into these yummy soft pants, grab the nearest cat and settle in for my post-brunch snooze. Please note the elastic waistband.   

How’d I do? I think I did a pretty good job, but I’d love to hear from all my fellow brunch enthusiasts in the comments. Bon appetit!

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6 Mind-blowing Organization Hacks

Ahh, organization: even when our closets, drawers, and homes feel organized, there always seems to be more to do. Every time you start to feel organized, your house gets cluttered all over again. But just because we can’t achieve perfection doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, especially when there are so many fun and easy ways to clean and free up much needed space. We compiled some of the internet’s best (and cheapest) organization hacks to fight chaos and make your wardrobe more organized than the Library of Congress.

 

File Your T-shirts

Use this simple folding technique to stack your t-shirts like you would files in a cabinet. Not only will your shirts take up less space, you’ll be able to see and find shirts more easily.

  1. Flip the t-shirt over so it’s facing flat on on the back.
  2. Fold the sleeves inward towards the collar.
  3. Fold the bottom 1/4th of the t-shirt up towards the collar.
  4. Fold the t-shirt in half then flip it over.
  5. Fold in half one more time so the logo is facing upward and store as such.

 

Pop Tab Perfection

Take a pop can top and thread it on a coat hanger. Now you have two coat hangers! Hang like items or entire outfits to ‘level up’ the hack. For anyone outside the midwest, this works with soda cans, too. 😉

S-hook/Shower Ring Hangers

Pick up a few s-hooks or shower curtain rings from the store and use them in your closet instead. They make perfect hangers for shorts, tank tops, hats, and anything else you can think of.

Tension Rod Shoe Rack

If you have a narrow closet, utilize the middle space by grabbing a few tension rods and turning them into a shoe rack with as many tiers as you want. Stagger the height of the rods for your heels and even them out on the next level for your flats. Add as many rods as you see fit for a cheap and easy alternative to buying a pre-made shoe rack!

First Things First

Do your clothes have a “system”? They should. Make all your favorite pieces of clothing easily accessible by moving them towards the front of your closet. Move special occasion outfits and less ubiquitous items towards the back.

Get Creative

There’s no law that says bath caddies must be used for shampoo, or that hanging fruit baskets must have fruit in them. Look at other household items you have and think “Could this be used for clothes?” You’re sure to find some mind-blowing uses for everyday items if you just change your perception a little bit!

 

Now, get to it! These simple hacks take just a few minutes and will increase your quality of life significantly. Plus, you’ll have plenty of additional room for more clothes from Swap.com!

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Conor’s Friday Finds

Hey, Swap community. Happy Friday. My favorite thing about thrifting is the excitement of discovering that PERFECT item, so I’m going to show you 5 particularly thrifty finds today that I’m going to be wearing this fall.

1. Jack Wills Button-Down

I love Jack Wills. I was probably British in a past life, or maybe later in this life. Their clothes are high-quality, well-made, and fit a lot better for me than similar brands. It’s really hard to find shirts that are both slim and comfortable, so I was excited to see this shirt on Swap.com. It’s $4.40, which is insane. This shirt originally cost around $80. I’ll use my savings to start a retirement fund.

See it here.

Estimated retail: $79.95

Swap: $4.40

2. I currently live in Chicago. Every place I’ve ever lived has prided itself on unpredictable weather, but I assure you that Chicago takes the cake. We’re tanning one day and freezing the next. This North Face is a great layer to take on the Chicago fall chill. It’ll keep me warm on my walk to the train, but I can always shed the extra layer if the train is overly packed and scorching hot (spoiler alert: it will be).

See it here.

Estimated retail: $90

Swap: $21

3. What can I say? I’m a trailblazer. Jeggings are brilliant, and these are the closest thing men have to jeggings. They’re stretchy, comfortable, and light. When running around the city, it’s important to have pants that allow you to move.

See it here.

Estimated retail: $99

Swap: $15

4. Oscar Wilde said, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” It also will balance out the more casual jeans nicely.

See it here.

Estimated retail: $89.50

Swap: $5

5. Last, but not least: something for the feet. I always gravitate towards black or brown shoes, so I am excited to add something blue to the collection. These will complement the blue shirt well.

See it here.

Estimated retail: $59.99

Swap: $19

There you have it, folks. Those are the 5 items that I’m wearing this fall. The estimated total retail price of this outfit is $418.44, and I’m getting it on Swap for $64.40. That’s a way more budget-friendly fall outfit for anyone, especially a 23-year old with rent due next week.

 

Comment below to tell me about your favorite thrifting discoveries. Swap on!

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