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In case you missed my first post of the year, I introduced a new series-SAVE OR SPLURGE-where I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how to decide if an item, product or service is worth splurging on; or if it’s better off being borrowed, purchased secondhand, made or done yourself, or not worth the trouble at all.

I promise not all posts are going to be fashion focused, but there will be plenty sprinkled in! You guys let me me know you’re interested in a SAVE or SPLURGE post on denim, jeans, coats, makeup and more and I’m SO excited to dive deeper into all of these! Keep sending me your suggestions!

Today I’m talking the ultra chic and most classic fall and winter layer of all-the mock neck.  I don’t know what it is about this simple staple, but whenever I wear a mock neck sweater or top I feel completely pulled together.  Isn’t that the ultimate goal of creating a capsule wardrobe? To have a closet filled with pieces that are both effortless and elevating?

Layering pieces typically aren’t expensive, but can get pricey when you consider the type of material used and where it’s made.  I’d absolutely love to have a closet full of locally and ethically made USA items, but I’m not at a point in my life where I can justify shelling out over $200 for just a layering piece. Kudos if you can! There’s a Nashville designer and maker that I constantly swoon over (Elizabeth Suzanne, I’m looking at you!), but until then, #wardrobe goals.  Let’s be real-I doubt I’ll ever justify spending $200 for a top, but that’s what sample sales are for!

If that didn’t answer the SAVE or SPLURGE question for mock necks-it’s a definite SAVE!

I’ve found some seriously amazing mock neck tops at secondhand stores for less than $5.00.  When it comes to shopping layering pieces, no matter the season, here a few thrifting tips:

  1. Decide on what color you need before entering the store.  Having an idea ahead of time, will save you from aimlessly walking the aisles.  Some stores arrange items by color, making it even easier to find what you’re after.

  2. Choose high quality, eco-friendly materials. Supima cotton is my absolute favorite-NEVER pass up Supima.  I don’t normally get this excited about cotton-but seriously…it’s a life changer.  Supima cotton is only grown in America and yields extra long fibers that make for premium fabric in terms of strength, softness and color. Other favorite materials I’ve found secondhand include  silk, cashmere and linen.

  3. Don’t pass up on brands you’ve never heard of.  One of my favorite thrift finds from last year was an olive colored, mock neck, long sleeve top by an obscure brand from the 80’s. Classics never die and even though it’s the most basic article of clothing you can image, I’ve received numerous compliments while wearing it.

  4. Look for items that are made responsibly.  This can be difficult, since transparency in the fashion industry is a relatively new concept.  Research your brands, where they are made and if they have a current impact report.  My first Everlane purchase was a thrifted mock neck sweater that I’ve worn a ton and it still has lots of life left!

Check out my mock neck tops in all their glory!



Sweater: Everlane via Clothes Mentor


vintage Pima cotton mock neck via Goodwill


LL Bean Supima cotton mock neck via Goodwill


vintage pima cotton mock neck via Goodwill

mock neck-vintage

vintage pima cotton mock neck via Goodwill


Save or Splurge-Mock Neck Tops


January 22, 2018


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  1. I tripped over a stone.

    January 23rd, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Yay! Save! The ones you have, I’d never be able to tell name brand or no. ~Kim

  2. Erin Hendrickson, The Minimalist RD

    January 23rd, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Definitely a SAVE! I can’t believe the amazing condition some of the older tops I’ve found are in!

  3. Shelbi | Urban Girl's Closet

    February 1st, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Hey Erin! You look lovely in all the photos! Your outfits are so on point. I agree, shopping second hand is the best way to shop everytime!

    Great post! xo

  4. Erin Hendrickson, The Minimalist RD

    February 2nd, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you for reading Shelbi!!! There’s rarely been a time when I couldn’t find what I’m looking for second hand!

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