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ThredUp Thrifting Tips, Tricks, & Hacks: Great Brands at Great Prices

Tips & Hacks for ThredUp Thrifting.

I have been planning to post this for awhile and just haven’t found the time, but the moment has come to spill the tea on all the ways I have found to “hack” ThredUp for awesome deals on quality items! As you guys know, thrifting is in my blood and I grew up bargain shopping with a couple of real pros (my parents). Growing up money was always very tight but my parents always found what we needed and things I only hoped we could have. From scouring clearance aisles at the grocery stores s to hitting yard sales for vintage treasures, bargain hunting was our sport and I still love shopping with my family when we have a chance. One time I remember picking up a playhouse on the side of the road, so I helped hold that house onto the tailgate of our van, never mind the fact that it was raining and I was wearing my Easter Sunday dress. My sister played with it for years! Another amazing find was an Olympic Size balance beam that my parents bought from the State Surplus store and surprised me with. I loved all things gymnastics and having a REAL balance beam in our garage was beyond amazing. I could go on and on…but let’s get to the current shopping tips for ThredUp.

If you haven’t tried ThredUp, please use my referral code to sign up! You will get a whopping 45% off your first order. Although I would never, ever sell with ThredUp (reviews are in, it’s awful for sellers), I shop with them all the time. It’s really the first place I go if I am looking for something specific. To be honest, I have found so many goodies there recently, that I really need to stop looking.

My referral link:

Now, finding things at ThredUp can be hit or miss, so persistance is key just like with your local thrift store. But I have definitely figured out a few ways to hack the system for better results.

First, if you download the App, understand that it is NOT updating in real time. Specifically, if you keep the app open and just swipe back to it throughout the day, you won’t necessarily get the refresh view. So close the app and reopen to make sure you’re seeing the newest stuff.

Now, add your favorite brands and save them as a Search. To do this, type your search in at the search bar and then click the “Save Search” Button, on desktop it’s black and on the left. You may need to try a couple things and remember the system isn’t perfect. For example, I have saved both “Sash” and “Sash Bag” in my search. You can also designate the search to return results by category, so I can choose crossbody as well.

Most important tip of ALL, makes a HUGE difference:

Scroll down to “Ways to Shop” and add the “In Someone’s Cart” Filter. I cannot stress this enough, lots of good stuff is hidden if you aren’t looking at what is in someone’s cart! You can “Auto-Buy” these items and in my experience, it very often goes through. Auto Buy just means that you want to buy this the moment it is released from someone’s cart. So if they don’t buy it, you get “first dibs” and it automatically charges you when it’s available. I have gotten multiple things this way since many people add to cart and never compelte their purchase (me included!). The downside is that you can’t add coupon codes for Auto Buys, BUT most of the brands I shop do not work with codes anyway.

My tip, don’t shop by your size, this limits you and isn’t always accurate, so don’t add a size filter to your results unless you’re looking for something with a ton of returns, like the jean skirt.

If you see something you are interested in, ADD IT TO YOUR CART right away. Don’t hesitate. If it’s in your cart, it’s yours until the cart times out or you remove it or buy it, so once it’s in your cart you can look at the specs, details, and if you are me, try 27 coupon codes to get the price down further, etc. But for goodness sakes, add to cart!

So the above are my best tips for finding specific brands, but there are lots of great items that may not be categorized as one of our favorite brands, and you can still do some hunting to find those.

First step, type a generic label like “dress” or “cardigan” into the search bar, and then you can filter by Material on the left. You can choose “Wool” as your filter and THEN go into the brands filter and choose “ASSORTED BRANDS” (you may have to type it in there). Finally, I will then sort by “Newest First” using the tab at the top right. My logic, the good stuff gets grabbed first so I like to view it in that order. Of course, there are lots of great brands that ThredUp already has built in to the system that you might want to snag, but I have also found some of our favorites get designated as “Assorted Brands”. You can check the particular material breakdown if you think you spot something awesome, and that might clue you in, ie if you spot a dress that looks like wool& Rowena, and then you see the fabric is: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon, you might have found a ThredUp Treasure.

Note: None of the algorithms on ThredUp are 100% accurate, so be sure to check the specs on an item before trusting that it’s truly wool. For example, the search will pull items with 3% wool (why??? why put only 3% wool in something) and sometimes it will just be flat out wrong, so don’t assume everything you search with the wool filter actually has wool.

ThredUp lists stuff literally around the clock. So if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep, you might find something good. It has happened to me a few times, including that one time I was drugged up on Niquil and completely forgot I made the purchase by the next day. Proceed with caution.

Don’t forget about sharing your referral code for ThredUp with friends. Right now, everytime someone buys through my link, I get $40 to shop, which is a great return! Share your code with friends to earn your own referral credit. Just go to your account, click the “person” icon on the top right and scroll down to “Refer a Friend” to find your shareable link.

Final Tip (for now): if you are trying to find something specific and feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, go to google and work from there. So I search for “wool& Thredup” via google and then go into the search results and adjust filters. Make sure you are searching through the whole site, not just one category.

Mini Review: wool& Audrey Maxi Dress

This post is going to be SO much shorter than my last one. If you haven’t checked out my recent new & updated Wool& Ultimate Dress Guide, you might want to take a look to see some of the features and fit of each dress. This specific post is focusing in on a summer dress getting a lot of buzz, the Audrey so keep reading!

If you’d like to check these products out in detail, I appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I would also like to say “Thank you” to Wool& for gifting me several items for my review, including the gorgeous Audrey maxi dress  in this post. Wool& is truly a remarkable company and I’m thrilled to be an affiliate partner with them. 

Click here to check out the whole selection from Wool& (Wooland) Merino Wool dresses. 

Ok, let’s talk about Audrey! 

Audrey is the longest Wool& style available to date and made from their yummy jersey knit fabric. It’s sleeveless with  generous  pockets and side slits for a comfortable, easy fit. It’s super helpful to take note of how the company describes each dress when it comes to fit and size. This dress is more fitted at the top and more generous going down. That’s pretty much how my body is made, also, so Audrey and I were a match made in heaven. I went with my “top size” (a small) and I love the fit of this dress! It’s soft, forgiving, long-but-not-too-long and the heather black is my new favorite black of all the blacks.

For this outfit, I’m wearing Audrey with a thrifted Lularoe Lindsay Cardigan (you can find oodles of them cheap on Posh!), and my Vionic Kira Sandals. Audrey is currently offered in four colors and here is the fabric break down:

49% Ultrasoft Merino Wool
33% Tencel™ Lyocell,
18% Nylon
200gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

There are also two new gorgeous colors for Audrey, Mauve & Ocean Teal. Click here for these perfect pops of summer color!

Speaking of fabric, did you know that you could shop by fabric also? That way you can compare the style with the weight of the fabric for the perfect dress. Some of the Wool& fabric is like a lightweight tshirt while others feel a little more like a sweatshirt and this page desmystifies the different fabric weights for the consumer.

Honestly, there are so many ways you can style and layer this dress for every season of the year, but in my hot and humid climate, I tend to be “team basic” when it comes to Audrey! How would you style this maxi dress?

Best cardigan ever is back at Costco! Barefoot Dreams Knock Off Cardigan

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The Barefoot Dreams Knock-off Cardigan has been one of my most popular posts to date, which is why I’m super excited to update it YET AGAIN!  In my opinion, these are an excellent dupe for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan and I would definitely consider them a wardrobe must-have. Click here to check out this awesome copycat Cardigan by Max & Mia on Amazon. (Please note these are still the 2020 stock, keep reading for current styles)

This week I spotted the Max & Mia Barefoot Dreams Knock-off Cardigans in new colors! Black, a light beige, and a cooler red (compared to the rusty red from the last run).

Quite a few years ago, I read about the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan from a blog. They are pretty pricey (click here for the Barefoot Dreams Cardigan) but I was able to hunt down a gently used one on Ebay and I absolutely loved it. Until I ruined it in an unfortunate laundry disaster (not my first one, either). So sad.

Ever since then, I had been watching for a deal on the real thing, but it was just really out of my budget (although having owned one, I do kind of think they are worth it). I had recently even been googling “Barefoot Dreams knock-off cardigan” hoping to find something similar at a lower price point. I never got lucky enough to find it, a few years ago I stumbled across exactly what I was looking for completely by accident.

This week 12/8/22 at my Costco!

This Travel Cardigan by Max & Mia is a perfect dupe for the Barefoot Dreams  Circle Cardi and Costco’s version is only $25!  I can’t believe how similar they are and after owning them forever, I can tell you that they hold up really well!

Click to shop the Costco version online!

Pro Tip:  I do feel that the sizing is a little inconsistent across the colors. I have not tried this year’s version because as much as I love cardigans, I have plenty and the only ones I have been wearing are my Wool ones. I have pretty much switched my wardrobe completely over to wool as a matter of fact. I still think these are absolutely fabulous cardigans, a great winter layer, and a perfect Christmas present also!

The only difference I want to point out is that the Costco cardigan is recommended to be hand wash rather than machine wash. That’s kind of a bummer, if you ask me, but not a deal breaker. I have machine washed mine cold and gentle, letting them hang dry which seems to have worked just fine.

Have you seen these at your Costco yet! Check out my previous post for fit details! Looking for more styling posts and clothing reviews? Click over to my Wool tab!

Review: Wool& Charlie Tank Jumpsuit

There is something so absolutely free and lovely about a perfectly fitting jumpsuit! I remember so well having a jumpsuit when I was maybe 9 years old. It was a black jumper-style with a pink floral print and it felt so soft and wonderful. I vividly remember cartwheeling all over the grass wearing this outfit and thinking, “THIS is freedom”.

30 plus years later, I still love black, I still love floral, and man do I wish I could still cartwheel through the grass like that. Even though I don’t have the gymnastics skills of my childhood, I still crave clothing that is comfortable, free, and livable. Those feelings and sensations of freedom are absolutely what wearing wool has given me as an adult!

If you shop with Wool&, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I would also like to say “Thank you” to Wool& for gifting me several items for my review, including the amazing Charlie Tank Jumpsuit and the luxe Cypress Wrap Cardigan shown in this post! Wool&, you are the absolute best! 

I could not wait to try the Charlie Tank Jumpsuit from Wool&. I knew the moment I heard that there was a Jumpsuit coming that it would be a winner. One piece simplicity, the incredible benefits of wool, plus Wool& signature soft easy-care blend? I was totally all-in.

Although I was overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the jumpsuit, that’s not to say there weren’t concerns. Mostly, logistical concerns about buttons and bathroom breaks, especially for me. I have Interstitial Cystitis and have more bathroom breaks than most, to put it politely. Also, I know that jumpsuits can sometimes be tricky to size. As a pear shaped person, I’m essentially a different size on top and bottom. So I ordered a large and prepared for the potential of alterations.

Large is definitely the correct size for me. It’s big enough so there is no pulling and it glides over the less-than-perfect areas of my mom  body. (Hey, I’m 40 and I’ve birthed three children including a set of twins).

The top is loose but not too-loose. It doesn’t reveal anything and it isn’t too low in the front. I love the v-neck cut!

The waistband is super comfy! It cinches in to give some shape but it isn’t uncomfortable at all. The extra room in the torso means you can adjust the waist a bit and give a little extra drape. (I can’t wait to try it with a wrap belt….I have one en route to me right now). In this photo, I’m wearing Charlie with the incredibly luxe Cypress Wrap Cardigan. I’ll be sharing a review of this amazing layering piece coming up soon!

As usual, Wool& gives a nod to trendy cuts while still sticking with classic shapes. The slightly cropped leg is very much-on trend, while not being extreme enough to go out of style quickly. The legs are generous and comfortable but not truly wide-leg. I really came to love the length since it doesn’t drag the floor or look sloppy. It will also go great with heels if I ever get brave! (In most of these photos, I’m wearing my Allbirds Tree Breezers which I love).

I tried on so many different options with the Charlie jumpsuit and I was genuinely amazed how great everything worked with it. My biggest surprise was layering it like a jumper over this thrifted blouse. I absolutely love this look which is different from anything I’ve ever worn before!

This is a combo I probably realistically wouldn’t wear because it would involve too much drama in the bathroom with unbuttoning the shirt PLUS unbuttoning the jumpsuit. But it really looks cute! Speaking of bathroom issues, the back of Charlie fastens with one loop button. Once I undid it a few times, it became pretty easy and it won’t be a problem for me to wear, even with my frequent bathroom breaks.

While I was wearing it, I figured I would try the shirt unbuttoned as well. I think layers really look great with this jumpsuit giving it truly unlimited looks.

As usual, Wool& really surpassed my expectations and I’m more in love with the Charlie jumpsuit than I ever expected! This is truly something I will wear again and again year-round.


Max & Mia Cardigan (Barefoot Dreams Dupe!) on Amazon

The Max & Mia Travel Cardigan from Costco is one of my favorite cardigans ever and it’s my most popular blog post also. I wanted to post a quick update with the current Amazon listings of the Max & Mia Travel Cardigan, which is an excellent knock-off of the Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardi!

This post also has a 2022 UPDATE!

This post was created using Amazon Affiliate links. I appreciate every click as it helps to make my work-from-home dream a reality (at no extra cost to you). So, I really mean it when I say, “THANK YOU”.

First of all, here is the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lit Circle Cardi, in case you are wanting the “real thing”. It’s available here in a few more colors. 

Now, let’s check out the cheaper version. Remember, this one was available from Costco the last few years, so fingers crossed it will come back this Fall. There are still a few available on Amazon though!

This version comes in black, beige, and olive (ignore the blue option, that’s a different style).

If you wear size small, there is a red version for only $16.99 (almost sold out!).

The Olive in XL is $39.99 here. 

This cardigan is absolutely perfect over leggings and a tshirt, layered with a chambray shirt or plaid button up, or even over a tunic dress. It’s one of my go-to fall wardrobe pieces!

One last thought, if you are searching for these cardigans, you could always try looking at Poshmark. If you are a new shopper, sign up with the code “MAMAMELAINE” for a free $10 credit. There are lots of the cardigans for a great price. 

If anyone sees these Cardigans at Costco this year, please let me know in the comments.


Woolx Prime Deals!

If you have been thinking about trying wool, this is definitely the time! Woolx is having a fantastic Prime Day sale on everything you might want in a Fall Wardrobe, including some of my favorite items that I wear year-round! I’m going to share some of my top recommendations here, but remember, the sale is JUST through today 10/12/22.

If you shop the sale, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Click here to shop the whole Woolx Prime Day Sale!

Woolx Lola Joggers. I’ve blogged about these before because they are literally my favorite pants of all time. I could wear these every day of the week and be totally happy. For me, they have the perfect fit and just enough sheen to treat as a dress pant, but I also wear them for hiking, shopping, pretty much all the things.

Woolx Ryann Hoodie. This is my favorite hoodie ever. It’s lightweight, but warm. Nice and long, and it goes with everything. I always take it work because the office is so chilly, but I also pack it every single time I travel because it goes with everything from my favorite Wool& dresses to the Lola joggers above! Like all of these items, since it’s merino wool it has to be washed rarely and keeps you temp-regulated!

Woolx Charlotte Top. This top is another favorite because it’s so different from everything else the brand offers. I prefer feminine styles and this top is perfection for my wardrobe. It’s soft, warm (not too warm) and the buttons give it a touch of elegance. The sleeves can be pushed up comfortably for a different look. I have this shirt in olive and I REALLY want the black!

Woolx McKenna Leggings. These are my go-to everyday leggings. Comfy, soft, and with the high-waistband that I just gotta have. The pockets are generous  and these leggings stay up without budging. They are fitted but not too tight (I despise compression leggings) and they have a slight sheen which makes them a little dressier than the pipers.

Woolx Piper Leggings. These are cut just like the McKennas, so they have the perfect high waistband, no-budge fit, and nice phone-size pockets, but the fabric is different. These are a softer look, no sheen, and more traditional wool feel on the outside. These are so dang cozy!

Those are my top five recommendations of items I already own that are now on sale for Woolx Prime Day. Now I am going to share five items that are on my wish list!

Sawyer Shacket. The woolies have been talking and there is a lot of buzz about this plaid “shacket”. It’s super cute and looks like the perfect fall staple!

Kinsley Cardigan. I have seen this one modeled and it is perfection in a cardigan! This one is definitely on the pricey side but I’m sure it would be another wardrobe staple. Gorgeous!

Charlie 4 Button. This looks so cute and cozy, and I love the colors they are offering. I want Winter Bloom in this gorgeous top!

Harper Pajama Set. I don’t usually wear legit pjs (usually just an old tshirt) but I’m obsessed with the idea of wool for sleeping! I definitely struggle with temperature management at night and I know this would solve the issue!

Parker Sweatpants. Because I love the Lolas so much, I’m definitely wanting to try the Parker Sweatpants. These are more of a traditional sweatpant and they look so super cozy! They are going on my wishlist, for sure.

Thanks for checking out my post! If you shop Woolx Prime Day Sale, I’d love to hear what you snag!

Woolx Lola Jogger Update Review + Sale Alert!

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Sale Alert! My favorite Woolx Lola Joggers are now only $84. 

If you decide to try Lola Joggers, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

I have shared about the Woolx Lola Joggers before and I wanted to update the post now that I have owned these for awhile now. Check out my original post here. These are, by far, my favorite pants and I wear them everywhere from a business meeting to errands, to going out to a casual dinner or hiking through the woods. They can basically do anything and everything! My Lola Joggers have held up great and I am still wearing them several times a week. They are so comfortable, they are the first thing I put into my suitcase if I am packing for a trip. They are so comfortable, I’ll just sleep in them, too!

This season. they have two new colors: Winterbloom and Oceanside.

I wear a size Medium in Lola Joggers. I like that they fit a little more like a dress pant. If I wanted a looser, more traditional jogger fit, I would size up to a Large.

They still have my Green Lola Joggers and the grey ones in the sale section, and they are also $84.

A note about care: I wash all of my wool clothing in my washing machine, cold and gentle. I have avoided drying them but according to Woolx they can be dried in the machine on low. My pants have help up great and they dry pretty quickly.  I can’t wait to try the new colors in the Woolx Lola Joggers.




Which color Wool& Dress is for me?

So I’ve already shared the Ultimate Wool& Dress Guide to help you choose which dress is the best one for you! Now you might be stumped on colors! Of course, as a small company, Wool& produces limited runs of each design. So the colors and styles will always be limited based on availability. Here are all the colors currently available on the website, and if you scroll down there is a link for each color to the current dresses available. Hopefully seeing them all side by side helps!

If you go with a Wool& Dress, I so appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Click here for everything in Marine Blue

Click here for everything in Washed Navy.

Click here for everything in Vintage Blue Heather. 

Click here for everything in Ocean Teal.

Click here for everything in Vintage Blue. 

Click here for everything in Cobalt.

Click here for everything in Dusty Blue.

Click here for everything in Lapis Blue.

Click here for everything in Sky Blue Heather.

Click here for everything in Country Blue.

Click here for everything in Teal.

Click here for everything in Pacific.

Click here for everything in Pine.

Click here for everything in Deep Teal.

Click here for everything in Cool Olive.

Click here for everything in Forest Night.

Click here for everything in Spruce Green.

Click here for everything in Emerald.

Click here for everything in Marionberry.

Click here for everything Aubergine.

Click here for everything in Purple Sage.

Click here for everything in Purple Sage Heather.

Click here for everything in Plum.

Click here for everything in Cerise.

Click here for everything in Canyon Red.

Click here for everything in Garnet.

Click here for everything in Modern Red.

Click here for everything in Burgundy.

Click here for everything in Redwood.

Click here for everything in Mauve.

Click here for everything in Cinnamon.

Click here for everything in Dusty Cedar.

Click here for everything in Apricot.

Click here for everything in Ochre.

Click here for everything in Charcoal Heather.

Click here for everything in Black Heather.

Click here for everything in Black.

Click here for Olive Black Stripe.

Click here for Marine Blue Breton Stripe.

Click here everything in Cinnamon Navy Stripe. 

Click here for everything in Navy Blue Pinstripe.

Click here to check out the whole selection from Wool& (Wooland) Merino Wool dresses.

Don’t forget to find out Ways to Save on Wool&!

The Ultimate Wool& Dress Guide #wooland #merinowool #100daydresschallenge

Welcome wool-enthusiasts and wool-curious friends! If you’re reading this blog post, the chances are, you’re probably looking into Wool& clothing and possibly thinking about the 100 Day Dress Challenge. Lucky you, you’ve stumbled across this blog, written by the girl recently-turned-40-year-old who is so obsessed with this company, I’ve tried most of their dresses and kept a whole lot of them. This post is to share some of my favorite styles, my honest-as-always pros and cons for each, plus some styling ideas that I think you will LOVE. So let’s start chatting about wool!

If you’d like to check these products out in detail, I appreciate you using my affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I might receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I would also like to say “Thank you” to Wool& for gifting me several items for my review, including the gorgeous Audrey maxi dress and Amalya in this post. 

Click here to check out the whole selection from Wool& (Wooland) Merino Wool dresses.  There are also pants, shirts, PJs, and cardigans! So much to love.

If you are trying to decide which dress is for you, you aren’t alone. It’s definitely a hard call since you can’t try them all on in the store. (Unless you are lucky enough to live near their HQ). And if you are planning on completing the 100 day challenge, you will want a dress that fits great, is versatile, and makes you feel like yourself, right? These are investment pieces so they aren’t cheap….. and sizing can be a bit tricky, but remember, you are building a sustainable wardrobe and finding a dress that will last you a long time. So taking a little extra time to choose it, isn’t so crazy in my book.

I will tell you that I am getting more wear out of my Wool& dresses than I have any other dresses in years, and that’s saying a lot because I have always been a fan of dresses, even as a child. I keep hearing that women who don’t typically wear dresses, are converting to them when they find Wool&, so it’s really quite the phenomena!

Now, when you see how many Wool& dresses I own, you will wonder what happened to my minimalism journey. Yes, I’ve gone a little crazy because the benefits of wool are so amazing (and because I want to be able to share the product with you). Just to name a few, wool clothing is: odor-resistant, temperature-regulating, quick-drying, and durable. It’s really amazing what an upgrade it has been for my mostly-synthetic wardrobe.

But I promise I am still totally committed to minimalism, and part of that journey is making more sustainable wardrobe choices that will serve my closet for much longer. I have also let a lot of my old wardrobe go on Poshmark. (Make money by setting up your own account using my code: MAMAMELAINE. It will give you $10 for free).

Are you ready for a super photo-heavy post? Here we go:

My Stats
Because I know people can benefit from size, measurement, weight stats, I’m sharing my details even though I don’t love my current weight. I’m currently 5’6″, and about 175 lbs. In my skinny-state, I’m a rectangle shape, but when I am over-weight, I’m more in the pear category, carrying my weight in my stomach and thighs.

The Rowena
The Rowena is the Original 100 Day dress. It’s a beautiful, classic swing dress and still one of the most popular Wool& designs. At one point I tried a Small and the arms were a bit too tight for me. I decided I wanted a loose and swingy silhouette and went with a size Large. I love the way this dress fits me even though it’s on the big side. I’m sure I would fit a medium very well. Bonus: it has pockets and is currently available in regular or long lengths, plus the choice of 18 different colors!

  • Pros: I love the clean lines and simple design of the Rowena (or Ro, as Wool& fans call it). It’s so comfortable and looks amazing with leggings and boots.  This dress is a blank slate for winter layers!
  • Cons: This isn’t really a con but I tend to avoid long sleeves because I get hot. Since wool is temperature regulating, though, it’s still great for me. In this photo, I’ve pushed up the sleeves, which is the norm for me!
  • Favorite Look: Rowena+Leggings + boots. In this photo, I’m wearing it with my Sash Bag, suede boots from forever ago (similar here), and a thrifted leaf necklace(similar here).
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon 160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

The Sierra
This is another of the top sellers for Wool& for good reason. The Sierra is an A-line dress with visible patch pockets and a crew neck. This dress is SO comfortable with a French terry, plush feel, plus it just begs to be layered all year round.  Available in regular length and long in lots of color choices. The thicker fabric on this dress make it extra durable. I wear a small in Sierra. I like the look of a Sierra in small long as well.

  • Pros: Super comfy, durable fabric, sturdy usable pockets…there’s a lot to love. I feel like this is one of the best dresses for travel since many people like to layer over OR under it.
  • Cons: Takes a little longer to hang dry than some of the other dresses, doesn’t drape as beautifully as Camellia.
  • Favorite Look: Most often, you will find me wearing Sierra alone with a pair of Birkenstocks, but it’s also adorable with a jean jacket. Here, I’m wearing it with a kimono, Birkenstocks, and a necklace that belonged to my grandmother (similar here).
  • Fabric: 75% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon, 3% Spandex
    235gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

The Brooklyn
This faux wrap dress was one I originally avoided. I felt quite sure that it wouldn’t work for me with my pear-shaped body and smaller chest. I was so wrong and I actually adore my Brooklyn dress now that I’ve tried it. (I should confess, I own it in two colors). It’s an elegant, feminine look and it even has a reversible design. I wear a small in Brooklyn. I have also tried a medium and it’s a little too loose. This popular dress is now available in long as well.

  • Pros: I love the looser top. comfy elastic waist, and reversible style. The dolman-ish sleeves are so flattering and perfect for those of us who aren’t feeling fab about our upper arms.  This dress would be the perfect breastfeeding dress, also. For me, it’s a date night dress!
  • Cons: The faux wrap is a bit loose for me, and sometimes shows a little too much. Could be solved by a couple of stitches but I haven’t bothered pulling out the needle and thread. A tank top underneath also solves the problem. Some people really miss that there aren’t pockets in this dress, but I don’t mind at all.
  • Favorite Look: Black Brooklyn with a statement necklace and ballet flats. In this photo I’m wearing my Marine Blue Brooklyn with olive green Allbirds flats and an olive cardigan (similar here) from Stitch Fix. 
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    180gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

The Camellia
The Camellia is a more flowy, lighter-weight tank dress and is super soft. For my intense summers, I prefer the Camellia’s weight to Sierra but it’s just personal preference. For more details on this dress, check out my original post.  A lot of people ask the differences in Sierra and Camellia. The Sierra has patch pockets, a wider skirt, and a more substantial fabric. Although I love Camellia’s flowy style, that does make the fabric a little more delicate and therefore it’s a smidge less sturdy than Sierra. I feel I have to be a bit more careful with Camellia. Like many of the other styles, Camellia is a generous size, and I wear a small long. For the swing styles, it’s easiest to decide your size based on your shoulders and bust.

  • Pros: Lightweight, flowy, and pockets! Easy to layer, works well for all seasons (at least in my warm climate).
  • Cons: The fabric is a little more delicate.  (The fabric breakdown shows the differences in thickness between all the dresses).
  • Favorite Look: I love my black camellia layered with a light, summer kimono and birkenstocks. In this photo I’m wearing with Birkenstocks and a salt and pepper hat from a local boutique (similar style here).
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

The Maggie
I suspected I would love the Maggie because it’s cut very much like the Stella Tee (and I was correct). This swing dress is a perfect base for accessories and just a nice all around basic to have in your wardrobe. The cut is a little slimmer than some of the other styles and it has pockets plus the scoop neck is very flattering. As I’ve gained a good bit of weight (thanks, Zoloft) I am gravitating more to sleeved styles rather than sleeveless ones. The Maggie is a generous size; I currently own a Small Long  and I love it but the medium also works for me. One thing to note about Wool& dresses is that you should check the size chart to decide on lengths. I don’t consider myself tall, but I often prefer the long lengths.

  • Pros: This dress has pockets and is a blank slate for layers and accessories. A slimmer cut than the swing dresses , so less fabric and very lightweight.
  • Cons: Some women don’t like that the pockets may add a smidge of bulk to the hipline. My dress has actually had the pockets removed!
  • Favorite Look: I just love this dress by itself. It’s like your favorite tshirt, perfect alone for any occasion. In my photo I am pairing it with a vintage leaf necklace (similar here), a thrifted cinnamon cardigan (similar here)  and a hat from a local boutique.
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

The Renata
The Renata  is my latest, favorite Wool& dress! I have always loved bell sleeves and these are the perfect length and size to stay out of the way but still add a little extra drama to the silhouette. The fit and flare cut is really flattering , rides easily over my problem areas, and the waist and sleeves add some structure. Plus, pockets! I can’t wait to wear this dress to dinner or parties coming up this fall. I think it would be the perfect holiday dress as well and I’m really excited that they just released it in Marionberry which is a gorgeous purple.

  • Pros: A dressier option, Renata gives a little more structure with a nice a-line classic design. The pockets are beautifully hidden within the seam and don’t add bulk,  but are totally handy. I love the bell sleeves. They aren’t crazy dramatic or too bulky to fit under a jacket or coat. They also aren’t long enough to get in the way.
  • Cons: I can’t really think of any with this dress! Because it’s dressier, I would love to see it in a slightly heavier fabric (more like the Kalle to give it a little structure) but I honestly have zero complaints. I love the look, feel, design and everything about Renata!
  • Favorite Look: In this photo, I’m wearing it with Vionic Sandals and a statement necklace from Baublebar (similar here). It would have looked better with heels but I’m really a flats girl!
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

The Summer Midi
At first, I wasn’t sure this was the style for me, but I wanted a slightly longer skirt so I gave it a try. It turned out I love the Summer Midi and for me it’s the perfect versatile summer dress. I love the length, love the vneck, and for the first time in my life, I love the sash. I think because I am long waisted, I don’t like the way some belts hit, but because there are no loops, I can wear this sash exactly where I want. And it stays, feels comfy, and doesn’t get loose or slide down! For me this is the perfect LBD for any occasion. This dress is also reversible, and can be worn without the belt for another look making it a really versatile piece. I wear a medium in the Summer Midi.

  • Pros: Versatility for sure! With the reversible design, the removable sash, and the midi length, this dress can work for almost any occasion. I’ve seen it layered in so many ways, also. It brings a ton of options to the table.
  • Cons: I don’t love the pockets on this dress as much as the inseam pockets from some of the others. They are designed to work both ways for the reversible function, so it makes sense that they are designed like this, but I would just as soon have no pockets.
  • Favorite Look: I’ve mostly just worn this dress alone with the sash for church. It looks very sophisticated! In this pic, I’m wearing it backwards with the higher neckline in front, black Fitflop flats, and a Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. I feel like I could do anything and go anywhere in this outfit.
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

Amalya Button-Front Dres
The Amalya is a little bit retro and perfectly office appropriate.  As you can see in the link, the dress can also be worn open like a cardigan. It’s a little longer than some of the others at knee length and I adore the dolman sleeves. Like most of the Wool& designs, the features are subtle so they enhance without being distracting or dramatic. The blousing affect from the fitted waist and looser sleeves is very flattering and gives me the illusion of an hourglass figure. (I very much do not have one). I am absolutely dying to try this dress with a belt.  For this style, I sized up to a large. The medium fit, but it was a little snug in the muffin-top area.

  • Pros: I’m loving the looser, longer sleeves, the waistline and the fun button details of this dress. The inseam pockets are pocket perfection. I feel like June Cleaver, in the best possible way.
  • Cons: Ok, I’m going to be a little nit-picky here and say that I wasn’t thrilled with the workmanship on the buttons of this dress. They just look a little messy and not as nice as I expected for the price. However, that’s not going to affect my enjoyment of this dress one bit and if they need re-stitching I’m perfectly capable. I love it so much.
  • Favorite Look: I think this dress is going to be quite a chameleon in my wardrobe. I wore it this weekend downtown with my olive geen Allbirds and a pair of sunglasses and I honestly felt very chic. We were shopping lots of homemade vendors and vintage shops and I felt like I really fit the vibe for a change!
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

Audrey Maxi Dress
Audrey is the first maxi dress from Wool& and it is perfect. I love the cut, length, and soft feel, plus I am obsessed with this color, Black Heather. It’s basically everything I love about black with a little less visible lint. My husband says this dress is his favorite.  Pockets, side slit, flattering cut. I’m wearing Audrey in a small!

  • Pros: My pros and cons are almost the same which may sound weird. I love that this dress isn’t floor length. Many maxi dresses are way too long to comfortably wear. At 5’6″ this is perfect. Petite ladies may need to have this dress altered since it is generous in sizing.
  • Cons: I know some customers want a long version of this dress. I hope they offer one soon, because tall women like maxi dreses, too.
  • Favorite Look: I enjoyed wearing this dress with a  lightweight cardigan from Lularoe but I also love it as a standalone outfit.
  • Fabric: 49% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 33% Tencel™ Lyocell, 18% Nylon 200gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

Fiona Fit & Flare
The Fiona Fit & Flare is a great basic for your wardrobe and I’m sorry that is no longer available in this slate blue, which is a beautiful blue-grey. I feel like 3/4 length sleeves are so flattering and this waistline is comfortable and cute. This dress is a great Fall option, perfect for layering.

  • Pros:  3/4 sleeves, a little extra length, and comfy waistband.
  • Cons: Because this dress is a little more conservative I think it runs the risk of being a little frumpy.
  • Favorite Look: I will be wearing this dress with scarves and leggings for a Fall look. In this photo, I’m wearing it with Fitflop flats and a Lululemon Vinyasa scarf.
  • Fabric: 78% Ultrasoft Merino Wool, 22% Nylon
    160gsm, 17.5 Micron Wool

Kalle Ponte Tank Dress
Even though I didn’t keep it, I absolutely adore the Kalle Ponte Tank Dress. It’s a structured, but still comfortable tank dress that would be perfect for a business wardrobe. If you have to travel for business, this dress could be the ideal solution. I think if I had worn some shapewear under this dress, it would have flattered me better. Between my weight gain and the fact that I don’t often go into the office, I decided I would pass along this dress. If I ever lose this extra weight, or end up back in the office, I’ll be back in line to buy Kalle.

The Cora
The Cora is a classic with a little bit of a retro spin. There has been a ton of excitement surrounding this dress because it comes in this awesome navy stripe and everyone loves the versatility of the included sash. This dress is also a little longer than most, which makes it perfect for taller ladies or a business casual environment. I tried the navy strip and it is incredibly cute. Ultimately, I did not hang onto this dress, but if I worked in an office, I think I would have kept it.

Tulip Tank Dress
The Tulip is a very body-con tank dress that looks so great on the right body type. If you want a comfortable dress that hugs the curves, the Tulip Tank Dress is a winner. I’m definitely not comfortable in this style but if you are looking for something very fitted and a little more vava-voom, you’ve got it here! This dress also comes in ocean teal blue which is absolutely beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of different body types pull this one off!

Ellie Midi Dress
I tried the Ellie Midi dress and think it’s amazing, especially as a nursing-friendly option. I didn’t find it as flattering as some of the other styles for my body type so I didn’t hang on to it. The tie style does give you some control over the fit, which is nice. I really love the Pine color. It would make the perfect holiday dress.

Dresses I Haven’t Tried (Yet)

Looking for more Wool love? Check out these other posts:
How to Save Money on Wool& Dresses
Woolx Joggers Mini Review & Coupon Code
Wool& Camellia and Axis Cropped Leggings Review
Wool& Mara Honest Review
Building a Sustainable Wardrobe

Ready to being your love affair with wool? Let me know what your first purchase is going to be!


How to save money on Wool& (Wooland) dresses!


When I first came across Wool&, I was kind of suffering from sticker shock. As a lifelong thrifter and general cheapskate, I had never spent more than $100 on a dress…..except perhaps my wedding dress. Many of my favorite dresses, in fact, were in the $3 to $5 range and that’s the way I liked it. So it was absolutely a mindset shift to think about spending so much more.

As you might have seen from the other posts, I’ve gotten over my bargain-hunting hang-ups but I still try to snag a deal whenever I can. I have definitely found that there are a few ways to save on Wool& dresses, it just takes a little extra effort! So, here are my best tips for shopping wool at a discount.

One important thing to note is that a discounted or second-hand Wool& Dress will not qualify for the 100 Day Challenge (or any of the other challenges Wool& is adding to the lineup). If you do decide to complete the challenge, you’ll need a full-price dress. But after the 100 days, remember, you’ll earn a $100 giftcard which makes this an amazing way to save a big chunk of change.

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Click here to check out the whole selection from Wool& (Wooland) Merino Wool dresses.

Gosh, aren’t they just amazing? Ok, on to the savings tips!

Wool& Mystery Sale
My first suggestion if you are looking for a way to save on Wool& Dresses, is to sign up for their newsletter. Scroll to the very bottom left corner of the website and enter your email. Once you have done that, watch your inbox because Wool& hosts a few mystery sales a year and they are SO MUCH fun. For the mystery sales, you will get a seriously discounted item in your size, but you won’t know what it will be. You choose your size, and general style (pants, short sleeve dress, long sleeve dress, etc) but the actual item will be a mystery. These items could be second-quality but many of them are just returns that are in perfect shape. This sale is absolutely so much fun and the discounts are fantastic.

Preorder to Save
There’s a new way to save that’s pretty cool! Wool& now has Preorder Savings.  This is a section of new styles that can be preordered for a 10% off discount! From the site, “by purchasing items before they enter production or while they’re being produced, you’re helping fund the production process and helping us gauge demand.”  The cool thing is, these items CAN be used for challenges, which gives you the chance to save even more! Score!

Second hand shopping on Poshmark
If you haven’t shopped on Poshmark before, please use my code MAMAMELAINE when setting up your account. We will both get $10 in our accounts to spend on anything site-wide. Hooray! 
For some reason, it can be particularly difficult to search for Wool& on second hand websites. I think that the search functions struggle with the ampersand, but that’s just a theory. The best way to find Wool& items on Poshmark is to save this link and keep checking back frequently. They pop up every week or so and sell pretty quickly. Remember, on Poshmark you can make an offer, so this is a great way to save good money. I have scored Wool& dreses for less than $50 on Poshmark and they were in amazing, like new shape. You do need a little patience.

Ebay & Mercari
Like I said before, it can be quite tricky to pull up Wool& clothing at second hand websites, for whatever reasons. However, you can find items on both Ebay and Mercari, you just have to have patience and know what you are looking for. For both websites, I have had the best luck by typing in “Wool& Wooland Merino Wool Dress” and then scrolling until something looks correct. You can mess with the filters and select dresses or filter by fabric as well. If you like the thrill of the hunt, you might get lucky!

This is where second hand shopping really becomes a treasure hunt because ThredUp doesn’t usually list Wool& clothing under a brand name. Don’t ask me why, but multiple times I have found Wool& clothing hiding under “Assorted Brands” with absolutely no mention of brand name in the listing. So how do you find these obscure listings? Here’s how I’ve done it multiple times. First, sign up with Thredup using my affiliate links. I super appreciate it and we both get $10!
Next, type in “Merino Wool dress” in the search bar. You’ll get a zillion hits. Be sure to unselect “My Sizes” because you really want to see everything available. Now, scroll down and look at the left side for the “Brand” section. You will need to type “Assorted Brands” in that box and filter your results. Now, scroll through the items and look carefully for dresses that look like Wool& designs. This can be a little tricky but as you get used to it, they will pop right out at you. If you find an item that looks right, click on it and check under item details to see if the fabric breakdown is consistent with Wool&’s clothing. For example, if it says ” 78% merino and 22% nylon” you might have a hit! You can follow the same process to search for “Wool” and then filter by “Assorted brands” and then scroll through all the results to find different clothing items. It might take awhile but the hardcore savings are worth it. Just last week I found a Wool& cardigan and a shirt for HUGE savings.

Once in awhile, I have found Wool& listings on Facebook Marketplace, so it’s definitely worth checking. If you try, you’ll probably get a ton of listings for wool rugs and camo gear, for some reason. The best way I know to find Wool& products, however, is to check out the Wool& Buy Sell Trade Group on Facebook. There are items going up every day and you can find a great deal. I’ve bought, sold, and traded lots of stuff and had only great experiences. Remember, when buying or selling on Facebook, the safest way is to use PayPal Goods & Services.

Explore other Wool brands
There are some other fantastic Wool brands that I’ve come to love, including Woolx and Allbirds. I have also have heard great things about Woolly brand on Amazon. You might also find great items from Icebreaker.
I think that’s about all I have in regard to saving money on Wool& dresses. If you are thinking about investing in a Wool& item, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Woolx Lola Joggers Mini-Review + Coupon Code!

So continues my obsession with Wool Clothing. The more I try, the more I LOVE! Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to more of my favorites.

Save 22% with my code WXJOGGERS
(Should work on anything on the site)

The coupon code is no longer available, but if you sign up for texts, there are lots of sales!
I went back and forth about ordering the WOMEN’S MERINO FLEX® LOLA JOGGER because I just wasn’t sure if they would be flattering or if they would work for my wardrobe. They are really expensive, to be honest, so I needed them to pair with a LOT of my wardrobe and become a real workhouse. Also, I don’t wear much in athletic wear. I was looking for some pants that were comfortable like leggings but would work in a more church/office casual type vibe since my style is pretty girly. I wanted these to be sort of a multipurpose travel pant that would go with anything, and I could wear from shopping to travel to church to a casual dinner out any time of year.

These Woolx Lola Joggers totally surpassed my hopes and are going to be awesome in my wardrobe. Just as chic as they are comfortable and flattering! I think they can totally pass for office casual. I will definitely wear them to church. I think they could work with heels but I’m not a heel girl, so I don’t have any to try. I might try some wedge booties though.

I’m getting these in grey and olive for Christmas but until then I’ll be wearing these black #woolxlolajoggers a ton! #woolx #woolxaffiliate #woollove #magicofwool #woolxlola #wooljoggers #momstyle #winterstyle #businesscasual #capsulewardrobe #christmasgiftidea #discountcode #savings #wishlist #minimalistwardrobe

Thanks for checking out all my Wool Reviews!
Wool& Camellia & Axis Legging Review
Wool& Stella Review
Wool& Mara Review
Building a Sustainable Wardrobe
How to Save Money on Wool& Dresses
How to Choose a Wool& Color

Wool& Camellia & Axis Cropped Leggings Review & Photo Shoot

I waited so long for this dress by Wool&! I was looking for a classic, basic, soft, and comfortable black tank dress that would really stand up to my busy summer lifestyle and the Camellia by Wool& turned out to be the perfect solution. Besides the comfort factor, this dress relies on a blend of merino wool & nylon which means it has all the MAGIC of wool including durability, odor-resistance, temperature-regulating, and sustainable awesomeness! I truly love my Mara dress, so I couldn’t wait to try a warm-weather option.

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I loved this dress from the moment I tried it on! I am 5’5.5″ and about 160 lbs. I decided to size DOWN and go with a Small Long. I wanted this dress comfortably long and it fits me just how I hoped!

Let’s get the elephant out of the room. For some one who typically shops at thrift stores, this dress is quite an investment at $128, I admit it. Here are my reasons for sharing a product that is on the high end with my followers:

  1. Durability. Did you know that hundreds of women have worn Wool& dresses for 100 days in a row? It’s such a cool challenge and really proves that these dresses are super durable. If you are going to invest in a pricier clothing item, make sure it will last!
  2. Versatility. Many of us stick to lower end purchases for every day wear, but might “splash out” on a special occasion dress or outfit for a night out. I’m starting to think the exact opposite! Let’s invest in versatile pieces that can fit into our daily lifestyle year round and find deals on the one-wear items that we won’t be re-wearing again and again.
  3. Wonderful Woolly-ness. Back to the first paragraph in this post, remember all those features that make wool magical? Sustainability, Temperature-regulating, Easy-care, Odor-resistant, breathable and soft? Yes, those features are what make wool worth the investment and will make these items last so much longer!

I love the way the Camellia fits, looks, and feels! It’s a great every day look for my closet, and I think I could safely dress it up for a night out with some heals and the right accessories! Want to see it a little better? Check out my video review here. 

The best part about this dress is that I know it can be worn all year round! I plan to layer it up with sweaters, and boots, but for now I love pairing it with my favorite jean jacket. 

Many thanks to Wool& for sending me the dress and leggings for my review. I love working with small companies and this one is truly a gem!

Have you tried Wool yet? I’d love to hear your experience!

Stella Tee Review:
Wool& Mara Dress Review:

My outfits include Birkenstock Mayari, Birkenstock Pappillio Namica, and Buffalo Jean Jacket. My blue kimono and druzy necklace were thrifted. My fedora hat is from Shoppe 3130.

Thanks for shopping with me!