College was the first time I was truly on my own. It’s hard enough trying to balance classes, a social life, maintaining relationships back at home, AND making sure to call your mom (let this be your reminder for the day 🤙). Add on having to dress to play “College Student Pretending she knows what’s going on in her life”… and consider me overwhelmed. If you too have found yourself in this position, I am about to make your back-to-school shopping life SO much easier. (You’re welcome😉) Call me your Curtsy Fairy Godmother, here to show you today the best key words to search on Curtsy to find everything you need for college. To make it even better, I’m also going to show you our “Curated by Curtsy” collections, complete with a selection of handpicked-items perfect for every occasion.
From walking to class, to chilling in the dorms, here are some key words you can search on Curtsy to find what you’re looking for! 🔎
There’s nothing like a Saturday in your college town! Check out these key terms to find the tailgate fit you’ve been looking for! 🔎
*YOUR SCHOOL COLORS*
Don’t feel like searching? Check out our “Gameday Inspo” collection!
Ready to enjoy a night on the town but don’t want to worry about rummaging through your closet only to find you have “nothing to wear”. Here are our faves to search on Curtsy to find going-out clothes! 🔎
It’s ✨Seller Week✨ here at Curtsy! This week, we are celebrating YOU, our wonderful community and celebrating how our amazing empowered gals are using Curtsy. Whether you’ve never sold before or have sold hundreds and thousands of items, we’re listing tips in the app & on our Instagram for some inspo. Stay tuned! But while you’re here, meet some of our amazing sellers:
💸 My Curtsy earnings: Over $15K! 💖 What I love about the Curtsy community: that everyone is so friendly & has a love for sustainable shopping just like me. My favorite thing about selling on Curtsy is I get to make relationships with people all around the country, which is something I never thought I would be able to do. 🔥 Pro tips: I’ve had the most success selling items that are NWT (New With Tags) as well as trendy brands and clothing.
PS. The Cardigan in my pic was a vintage find on Cursty! 🙌
💸 My Curtsy earnings: Over $1,600! 💖 What I love about the Curtsy community: I love connecting with members of the Curtsy community! Curtsy makes it so easy to meet other sellers and buyers by allowing an Instagram tab on your profile. Curtsy also has a super fun following on their Instagram, so you can connect with other girls who have similar styles as you, which also simplifies the buying/selling process! 🔥 Pro tips: I’ve had really great success selling purses I no longer wear, as well as my old prom dresses!
PS. I sold this cute set I’m wearing in my pic on Curtsy for $30!
💸 My Curtsy earnings: Over $2K! 💖 What I love about Curtsy: it’s so easy to buy and sell. You can modify filters and settings so that all clothes that pop up ate your style. Can be good or bad for my bank account! 🔥 Pro tips: I have the most success selling things don’t go out of style such as sweatpants, sweatshirts, or anything name brand.
💸 My Curtsy earnings: about $2,000 💖 What I love about Curtsy: So easy to navigate compared to other platforms. Customer service is always helpful & quick to respond. Items are purchased quickly on the app since there’s people actively looking to buy. 🔥 Pro tips: Sweaters, sweatpants, & athletic clothes have been selling well
💸 My Curtsy earnings: roughly $1,800 💖 What I love about Curtsy: the low seller fees & ease of shipment process. My favorite thing about the community is the already close-knit bond between the social media team and us stylists — it truly is a strong community of like-minded people! 🔥 Pro tips: I’ve sold a ton of Urban Outfitters and Free People, which I’ve been able to take my earnings and “trade” them in for new pieces for myself! My style is ever evolving, so it’s refreshing to see my old pieces being sold to a new home in exchange for new pieces!
💸 My Curtsy earnings: roughly $1,100 💖 What I love about Curtsy: how user friendly it is. It is laid out in the best way possible to maximize both selling and buying. Even when I did have questions at first when I started out Curtsy support was always there to help 🔥 Pro tips: Popular brands such as Zara, Princess Polly, Urban Outfitters, etc.
PS. I was obsessed with this Sunday Muse set I got off Curtsy! I even wore it to my 21st birthday trip to Nashville.
💸 My Curtsy earnings: about $1,300 💖 What I love about Curtsy: First off, it’s so easy to do. I love taking pictures of my items and I like to have a variety of pictures. I think about what picture I would want to see if I was buying it. I also love that it suggests a price based on the item. I love the Curtsy community, all the girls on their are so nice and helpful!! 🔥 Pro tips: I have sold a lot of shorts, shirts, bikinis, and shoes!
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Styles and cultures have been taken away from Black people for decades to be reclaimed as something more “trendy” or “appropriate.” There is a double standard between POC and white people when it comes to the fashion industry. Microaggressions frequently bash Black people for wearing the styles that they originated. Appreciating the culture rather than appropriating it comes with advocating for Black lives.
Like many trends, the bucket hat was initially invented purely for function. Often referred to as a “fishing hat”, bucket hats were first introduced in the 1900s to protect farmers and fishermen from the rain. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the bucket hat would be adopted as a high fashion item. In the 1980s, the hat became popular with rappers and remained a staple of street fashion into the 1990s. More recently, it has re-emerged as a fashion catwalk item after being sported by celebrities such as Rihanna and Megan Thee Stallion.
One of the latest trends ruling Pinterest, creative acrylic nails are everywhere. However, as decorative nail art enters the mainstream, Black women are being left out of the conversation that they started. Acrylic nails are still frequently labelled as ‘trashy’, ‘cheap’ and ‘ghetto’ when worn by a black woman. It’s important to be respectful as a non-POC when choosing to wear nails and to change the rhetoric to give credit where credit is due.
While branding first played a role in fashion as a way to showcase class and status, it soon became an aesthetic look that many still know and love today. In the ‘80s, designer Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan, began dressing hip-hop’s top artists by reengineering these luxury logos in a bold and flashy way. Dapper Dan helped start a resurgence in creativity in the fashion industry.
The hoop earring has evolved into an essential fashion accessory, and the staple of anyone’s jewelry collection. Black women have brought hoop earrings into the mainstream and have sustained their popularity for decades. In the 60s and 70s, hoops were a way to embrace Afro-Centric styles. We can see these iconic earring on some of the most influential celebrities such as Diana Ross and Maya Angelou.
After the past year of staying at home, baggy clothes have become all the rave, and will still be my go-to fashion choice post covid. Skinny jeans are out, and straight-leg mom jeans are in. The origins of the oversized clothing trend dates back to the ’80s hip hop era, and stems from black communities and families, as well as financial hardships. Larger clothing was passed down to younger family members from older family members to save money. Baggy clothing is a comfortable trend for all shapes and sizes.
Often called “sneaker heads”, the community made up of people with a deep love for sneakers first became popularized in the 1970s and 80s with sneakers made famous by hip hop starts and athletes. Sneaker culture and collecting unique, limited edition, and flashy sneakers became a hobby and identity for many. Basketball icon Michael Jordan released his “Nike Air Jordans” in 1985, and these shoes are often seen as the first step to becoming a sneakerhead. The resale of these rare and exclusive sneaker has become an industry in it of itself, as we see in GOAT and Stockx.
When we think of tracksuits today, I often think of the bright red tracksuit Sue Sylvester wore every day in the TV series Glee. However, Baby Phat walked so Sue Sylvester could run. Initially named “Phat Fashions, Kimora Lee Simmons launched her tracksuit empire in 1999. This street style became a fashion essential due to its comfortability and iconic look. Rappers like Jay-Z also skyrocketed the tracksuit trend into popularity when it became a symbol of wealth, that you didn’t need to “sweat the small stuff such as getting dressed”- that a tracksuit was fashionable enough.
Head-wraps and silk headscarves are ruling the summer trends this season. And there’s no question why – whether it’s to look luxurious or conceal a bad hair day, silk headscarves can make an outfit. It is however important to recognize the origin of this trend and what it represents. Born into slavery, reclaimed by Black women, the headwrap is now a celebrated in the fashion industry to express style and identity.
What do you give to the #1 person in your life who has given you your entire life? Or is it a new addition in your life (mother-in-law)? And if Mother’s Day is not something you are regularly celebrating, then consider this the perfect opportunity to gift yourself something in the name of 🌼 self care🌼.
Also, we know 2020 was rough for family celebrations. Hopefully 2021 will bring you more opportunities to travel & see your fam but in the meantime here at Curtsy, we’ve got you with our Mother’s Day 2021 gift guide…
🤩 Seeing your mom this Mother’s Day?
Plan a fun picnic complete with rosé and a charcuterie board. Perfect excuse to eat snacks as a meal.
You can never go wrong with a spa day.Facials, massage, mani pedi. Some quality rest & relaxation time.
Cook a meal (or 2) for her! With meal kits like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc. you don’t need a culinary degree to whip up a 3 course meal.
One week renting off Curtsy? Challenge accepted, Curtsy HQ. In case you didn’t know, it is totally possible to rent your entire wardrobe off Curtsy now. The app now offers tops and bottoms in addition to just cocktail dresses. So you’ll find new categories on the app for tops, bottoms and even two-pieces!
Disclaimer: I am no stranger to Curtsy. I’ve had more than 60 requests from my closet and 39 rentals in the past 4 semesters. I’ve made over $800 off my own clothes! Better yet, I’ve turned that money around and rented over 10 times from other girls on the app. I’m going to use all of this experience to show you how to rent like a #girlboss.
Spoiler alert: this renting escapade cost me only $80 for FOUR bomb outfits. Without Curtsy, these FOUR items would have cost me $383. That’s right, I saved $300 using Curtsy. My lifetime Curtsy savings are legit $2,005.00. Yeah, I gasped too.
Here is what my agenda looked like for this week of renting. The week featured a lot of messaging on the app, meeting up with girls at NC State, trying on clothes and my favorite part– wearing AWESOME clothes. Follow along to see how each step in the renting process works!
Sunday: search the app for potential rents
Monday: message owners about renting
Tuesday: try on Urban skirt, Zara jacket, Lauren Moshi Dress & Express two-piece
Wednesday: wear Urban skirt to V-Day din with bf
Thursday: strut stuff in two-piece at ADPi Cocktail
Friday: Look cute and casual in distressed sweater
Saturday: B-day party time rockin’ leather jacket with lace tank under
Scope out the scene
So, the app’s feed kinda looks like Pinterest. You can scroll for days. Better yet, you can “heart” anything and everything while you scroll. I try to go on the app at least once a week to heart new items so that I can keep my “loves” up to date.
This week’s agenda calls for some going out clothes and an outfit for my Valentine’s Day cocktail. With the addition of non-dresses to the app, you can rent for more than just cocktails once or twice a month. Why keep re-wearing the same tank top with the same skort every weekend when you could spice it up with Curtsy??
I found this 3/4 length sleeve leather jacket to pair with something out of my own closet and this loungey Lauren Moshi dress. I also found this adorable black and white striped skirt from Urban, and I REALLY hope it fits. When I shop, I’m way more likely to buy tops than bottoms so the many, many skirts on Curtsy keep me #blessed. Last but not least, found a red two-piece from Express for my sorority cocktail.
The world is my dressing room
Curtsy is like a hyper-local Revolve store, really. It’s like their website brought to your campus. I went ahead and messaged the owners of the skirt/jacket/t-shirt dress and asked if I could come by today or tomorrow to try them on. Two girls said they’d be home tonight for me to try on, and I’m snagging the jacket from Hope while’s she at the library studying for her test. It’s like Curtsy to-go???!
The good thing about trying on is you don’t have a time frame where you’re in crunch time trying not to get charged. I didn’t start the try-on period until I was at the house trying on the skirt. If it works, you pay. If not, you don’t.
Trying on clothes is sometimes a swing and a miss. Curtsy understands those strike-outs and only charges you when you find that home run piece.
To commit, or not to commit
This skirt fit like a glove. I mean really… I don’t think my own skirts fit me this well. Shout out to you, Kelsey!! Since it fit, I went on the app and paid her right there, it was really easy.
After I left there, I went to try on the t-shirt dress. I couldn’t help but laugh at how I looked in it. It is SO CUTE in pictures, but I really looked like I was omw to a sleepover in it. Maybe next time 🙁 Bella is such a good friend, she’s in the pic with me. She took some shots of me trying on clothes and agreed that this was not a good look for me this weekend, or ever.
I didn’t have to pay for the dress since it didn’t fit. The app doesn’t automatically charge you anymore! Lucky me, Rachel has literally ALL of her closet on Curtsy so I went through and found something else of hers to rent– super cute sweater as seen up top.
Strike a pose, woman
I totally get made fun of for tagging Curtsy in all of my pictures, but I’m really hoping I get re-posted some day… persistence is key, ya know? And when people ask you where you got your outfit, always tell them Curtsy!! Nothing like making someone feel silly for paying full price for a dress that’s on the app for $20.
Even more reason to strike a pose… look at these savings.
Urban Outfitters skirt – $60, rent for $14
Express two-piece – $90, rent for $18
Zara leather jacket – $60, rent for $15
Lauren Moshi sweater – $173, rent for $30
Doesn’t this leave you wondering why you ever go shopping?
The morning after
The post-wear steps are a lot easier than you think. On Sunday, I messaged the owners on the app and asked them when I could bring by their clothes. I’m not a huge drink-spiller so I didn’t need to get anything dry cleaned, phew. But if you do, it’s really no biggie. Curtsy insures each item up to $1,000, so they’ll pay for minor damages in case something happens while you’re wearing it!
Don’t forget to make it official. I’m so bad at this, but try to be better than me. When I say official, I mean make sure you mark the item as returned on the app. You could get charged a late fee if you don’t return it in time! It will also ask you to review your experience, and ALWAYS upload pics of you in the clothing if you took any! It’s so helpful for other potential renters to see how the skirt fits or how the dress hangs. Help a sista out.
Bask in the Curtsy glow
Now, go tell your friends about Curtsy. Brag about how you wore a $300 dress for $20. Show them how great you looked without breaking the bank. Never spend that much money again, and look flawless while you do it. While you’re at it, let me help you bask in the Curtsy glow. Thanks for renting along with me! Use FRANKIE15 for 15% off your next Curtsy rental! Follow me @frankiebmiller on the ‘gram to see how I wear Curtsy each week!
This girl does not sit still. She’s a small town girl from Mississippi who’s taking this big city by storm. She’s a blogger, yogi, marketing guru, and hair & makeup artist. Ladies, meet your Atlanta inspiration of the week: Katherine Riddick.