Closet inspirations from around the wrld

August 28, 2014 MW Snapshot: 3.1 Phillip Lim


Today’s MW Snapshot is this ultra-dreamy Phillip Lim frock. We’re convinced this maribou-feathered sequined cocktail dress is THE perfect party dress. Our Material Wrld client received a whopping $54 dollars on this trade-in and instantly got a gift card to her choice of retailer, including Saks, Bloomingdales, and Shopbop. 

Today’s MW Snapshot Trade-In: $54

For more info on how you can get instant shopping funds, check out Material Wrld HERE. 

August 26, 2014 Retail Therapy: Pre-Fall Finds at Bloomingdale’s


Is it Friday yet? If you’re needing a little pick-me-up at the office, look no further than the Bloomie’s site…we’ve picked a few of our favorite Pre-Fall finds to turn your Tuesday right around. Now’s the time to shop for the fall season and these picks from Tibi, Burberry London, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Burberry Prorsum will do the trick. 

And when the season passes, don’t forget that all of these brands are included on our accepted brand list so you can trade in for instant shopping funds! (including our new bag program!)

For more info on what we accept, check out our accepted brand list HERE. 

August 22, 2014 MW Snapshot: Haute Hippie


Today’s MW Snapshot features this very sexy Haute Hippie one-shoulder frock. With an elegant tie-waist and an asymmetrical hemline this little number goes from office (add a blazer) to post work cocktail date in a flash. 

Our MW client got a whopping $100 dollars total trade-in value for her items and immediately received a gift card to her choice of retailers (Shopbop, Saks, or Bloomingdales)!

To trade-in your own designer fashions for instant shopping funds, visit us HERE.

August 21, 2014 Dream Closet: Charlize Theron


Can you believe the same person who starred in the not-so-hit movie “Mighty Joe Young” also later won and Academy award for her role in Monster?  Charlize Theron has proven her worth in the industry, and it hasn’t just been in the acting world. Charlize is a powerhouse producer, director, and fashion model…did we mention she also happens to be a mom? 

Theron maintains a fairly private profile, with the exception of the red carpet where she never disappoints. Her off-duty style is casual, clean, and contemporary, but at industry events, Charlize is the picture of elegance and conformability with glamour. Her beauty look is consistently polished and seemingly effortless (although we’ll continue to believe there’s a big team behind it…to make ourselves feel just a bit better). 

But here’s the kicker. She’s sassy. Her attitude is fearless, blunt, and a little more than straight to the point. She’s been known to put reporters in their place, curse like a sailor, and demand respect. Maybe that’s why we like her so very much. That, and her drool-worthy closet. 


“Being a young girl and not putting your worth into your beauty. That was not something that I was raised with. So when I left home and everybody was like, ‘Oh, you’re pretty,’ I was like, I don’t even know what that concept means.”

-Charlize Theron on self worth, as told to Esquire Magazine

Get your own Dream Closet, trade in your past season goods with Material Wrld…for more info, check us out HERE. 

August 18, 2014 MW Traveller: BOSTON

Just a short hop, skip, and jump from our home-base in NYC, is Boston…and before you think we’re going 100% prep on you, take a peek at our 5 favorite shopping destinations.

We can almost guarantee it would be worth the trip from NYC…


KM Hudson

Brand Favorites: With over 3000 bras in store, we can’t just pick a few!

MW Insider Tip: As much as we are concerned with our outerwear, KM Hudson reminds us that our “girls” should also be dressed to perfection. Drop in for a personalized bra fitting and one of KM Hudson’s helpful staff will find you the ideal undergarments, not matter what your size…be gone beige boring bras!

Where: 125 Charles St. Boston, MA 02114 (617) 624-9620


Dress Boston

Brand Favorites: Loeffler Randall, Steven Alan, A.P.C., and Current/Elliot

MW Insider Tip: This perfectly curated boutique will forever prove that Boston goes beyond just prep. Check out the wide selection of clothing, shoes, and jewels while strolling down shopper’s paradise, Charles St. 

Where: 70 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114 (617) 248-9910



Brand Favorites: DVF, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch

MW Insider Tip: Fashion girls know that no ensemble is complete without an incredible shoe. For an added bonus, check out their blog where they craft inspiration from within the store…making shopping even easier. 

Where: 51 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114 (617) 557-9991


Louis Boston

Brand Favorites: Jason Wu, Balenciaga, and too many others to name

MW Insider Tip: Louis is not a store, it’s an experience. Situated on Boston’s Fan Pier, this serious locale boasts a wild view and a totally new shopping experience. Louis has been around since 1925…but don’t let that trick you into thinking their style might be old-fashioned. The store features items on the cutting edge of what’s happening in design. 

Where: 60 Northern Ave. Boston MA 02210 (617) 262-6100


Tess and Carlos

Brand Favorites: Hache, Samantha Sung, and Joshi

MW Insider Tip: To satisfy your inner bohemian, visit Tess and Carlos. With lines spanning from France to local Boston designers, you’ll be sure to find something new and fresh! Check out their robust facebook page for updates and new arrivals, HERE. 

Where: 20 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA (617) 864-8377

August 15, 2014 1 note Closet Close Up: Sonali Vanjani


//Meet Sonali, a NJ native turned NYC gal on-the-go. She’s in International Merchandising at Coach…hello dream job. Sonali sent in some amazing items and we had to know more about her and share the items she sent in with our fellow Material Wrld clients, so we sat down to chat.//

MW: So Sonali, some of the best TV and movies are inspiring our wardrobes these days and most of them are set in non-modern time periods..which time period is most inspiring to you and why?
SV: The 1920’s. I love a good dress, and a standout piece.  That era just seemed to exude fun, fancy, sparkly dresses, all adorned with goodies.

MW: Yes please! Not to mention the amazing hair. Alright so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.  In 5 words, how would you describe your style?
SV: Well-balanced - Subtle, yet Bold. Feminine, yet refined Tailored, yet playful. - That’s more than 5 words…

MW: Your style game is obviously on point, but fill us in…what’s your can’t live without beauty product? 
SV: My Dior Blackout Mascara!

MW: If you had to give one piece of advice to yourself at 17, what would it be? 
SV: To Travel and not only see the world, but live and work abroad at a young age.  With age, comes responsibilities and you can’t just take off without having everything in check.

MW: Let’s dish, what’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
SV: Sundays are for re-run episodes of Game of Thrones

MW: Your guilty pleasure has a lot less calories than ours does. (laughing) When you’re out and about, what’s the biggest style faux-pas you see and can’t stand?
SV: Men in oversized suits.

MW:  Oh the pleated front pants…chills just thinking about it. Anyway, what are your favorite NYC spots?
SV: I love italian, the west village and old school restaurants - Babbo!

MW: And your non-negotiable weekend activity
SV: Yoga and a walk through the Union Square Green Market
                          SONALI’S TOTAL TRADE IN VALUE: $98

MW: Finally, what new piece did you snag with the gift card your earned from your Material Wrld trade?
SV: Spent it already on Shopbop for a Rag & Bone Navy Blazer.  Such a classic piece to wear in Spring and Winter.
"Very easy, friendly and efficient process.  A nice way to clean out the closet and get some nice surprises for it!"
-Sonali on her Material Wrld experience 
Have your own Closet Close Up moment and trade-in your designer fashions with Material Wrld, visit us here. 
August 13, 2014 BIG NEWS! Material Wrld + Dress For Success Join Forces For Fashion

What could be better than cleaning out your closet AND doing good for ladies who need a helping hand with their professional wardrobe? We here at Material Wrld are SO excited to announce our new partnership with a non-profit organization committed to empowering women with fashion and so much more, Dress for Success®.


From today through Monday, September 15th, 2014, we will be offering our Valet (we come to you!) service for Manhattan residents as well as our signature pre-paid mail in service nationwide for trade-ins. As usual, you’ll receive a gift card to your choice of Saks, Bloomingdales, or Shopbop for the trade-in value of your items, but here’s the kicker…. your choice to donate items we could not accept for tax credit will help empower women in need and we’ll be matching your contribution with $10 for each trade-in we issue a gift card for. 

“While shopping new fashion is a fun and rewarding experience, women often think of cleaning out their closets as a chore with resale as a time-consuming and painful experience. We wanted to change this by offering a unique experience that makes women feel great when they are upgrading their closets. We are excited to partner with Dress for Success since we strongly believe in their mission, and are working towards the same goals to upgrade closets and empower women to feel great about themselves,”

-Rie Yano, co-founder of Material Wrld.


Material Wrld is committed to supporting Dress for Success’s efforts to “upgrade the closets” of women and provide them with career development tools to reenter the workforce with confidence and dignity. Our #GetAndGive campaign, goes from now through September 15, 2014, so start sending in your items or if you’re in NYC, schedule a MW Valet pickup HERE.    

“We are grateful to Material Wrld for providing our supporters with an easier way to give—and for giving us a greater opportunity to get more women back to work.”

-Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide

***Also, we invite our Instagram community to upload images of their “favorite feel good outfit” with the hashtag #getandgive and tag @materialwrld. For every Instagram image, Material Wrld will donate $1 to Dress for Success!***
Visit to learn more about the campaign.
August 11, 2014 Material Wrld + Bin It: Making Your Move Less Painful


Cue the moment of panic when you realize that you have to move in NYC. In the summer. And clean out your closet. 

Have no fear ladies, Material Wrld is here to make your move less painful. Moving is the perfect time to clean out your closet, so you’re not spending time and energy moving items you no longer want. 

We’re passionate about refreshing your closet. Well, our new partner Bin It has the same passion about making moving simple and less of a headache. One of the most annoying parts of moving is the process of hunting down boxes, hauling them to your new spot, and then getting rid of the impending cardboard mountain that will soon take over your new living room.

With a few clicks, Bin It will deliver reusable bins directly to your place, then you pack them up at your leisure and simply schedule a pick up when you’ve moved. After the unpacking process is done, they’ll pick up the bins and you don’t have to deal with any of the clean up.


So here’s the clincher, for a limited time, you can designate one of your bins for packing up the designer fashions you no longer wear. This particular bin will be sent over to the Material Wrld office when they pick up your emptied bins, with no other effort on your part. We will then offer you a gift card to Saks, Bloomingdales, or Shopbop (your choice!) and will donate anything we can’t accept to Dress for Success. 

Imagine that…your move is easier, your closet is cleaner, and you’ve got instant shopping funds for a post-move treat. 

Check out Bin It, HERE.

August 7, 2014 1 note What’s HOT! at Material Wrld

// Each month in our “What’s HOT! at MW”, we highlight types of items we are looking for in particular (i.e. higher trade-in value for you when trading in)! Basically, it’s a great excuse to trade-in and get shopping for fall.//




For August trade-in’s, we’re looking for the following killer styles, but of course all items are welcome as long as they are in quality condition and live on our accepted brand list (updates monthly!):

Request a free Material Wrld kit NOW and get instant shopping funds, including all the above pieces chosen from Bloomingdale’s!

August 4, 2014 What’s NEW! at Material Wrld: August Edition

// Each month in our “What’s NEW! at MW”, we highlight our newly-accepted designers we are hunting down at the moment. We’re always adding to our “accepted brand list”, constantly expanding the range of items you can trade-in. Basically, this means a cleaner closet and more funds to get those Fall pieces you’ve been dying to grab before the season starts.//


New to MW for July:


Remember these tips when trading in at Material Wrld:

Fund that Fall wardrobe NOW. Request your free MW kit, HERE. 

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