Even though I used to spend hours and hours perusing the sales racks (and the cute sales boy, Jared, who is now apparently a born again Christian) at Urban Outfitters in college, now I get a migraine every time I step into one. The thing that pisses me off most about UO is how blatantly it co-ops thrifted style and jacks up the price about five million times (all while making the goods in sweatshops). Every time I go into one, I am constantly gravitating between finding myself thinking "I could so get this thrifting," and wanting to poop all over the self-referential/self-loathing hipster merchandise.
So imagine my surprise/delight when I opened up the most recent UO email (I get it for work. Research. You know.) for "Holiday 2010" and found several pieces that I have already thrifted. Some of these might be a bit of a stretch, but I found them close enough to see a resemblance.
First....the long sleeved, crushed velvet, black mini dress:
The UO version will set you back $49, mine (below) was about $2. It is worth noting that this week, I almost picked up a velvet leotard for $2, the top of which looks very similar to UO's "Cope Velvet Tank Top," also priced at $49, but decided against it as I am sick of completely disrobing every time I need to pee.
Then we have the short black and white geometric sweater:
I suppose technically, mine is gray and black, but it still looks a lot sweeter AND was about $57 less than the UO version.
And then there are the little leather riding boots:
I see the UO ones as a mix between these two pairs but for a fraction (about 5%) of the price:
Apparently, according to UO, long sweaters are also in style this season, as seen with these:
Kind of reminds me off this sweater, except that mine was $4 (as opposed to $69 and the absolutely insane price of $98) and looks about one million times cooler:
And then, finally, we have the faux fur coat.
Not only do I not look like some washed up prom queen in it, but mine was $4, instead of $168 (do they know that you can thrift real fur for less than $50??).