It’s time, once again, to examine the hot “new” trends for the season, and remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles that are trending for spring and summer that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.)
About as groundbreaking for spring as florals, I know. It merits mentioning that just about every fashion magazine highlighted actual florals as a trend for this season. Will there ever be a time when florals aren’t appropriate for spring and summer wear? Probably not. And although pastels are a classic palette for warm weather, especially around Easter time, they fell out of favor for a good long time. They’re back now, though, and extremely hot for the coming season. If pastels don’t suit your complexion, wear them away from your face in pants, skirts, shoes, belts, or bags. As is the case with all color trends, this one will be incredibly easy to thrift! Pastels have been around for many decades, which means they’ll be readily available at your local thrift shop.
So you’ve got your mini, your knee-length, your midi, and your maxi … where exactly does “tea length” fall? By most definitions, it hits near the bottom of the calf. A little nitpicky since most midi skirts hit mid-calf, but this longer-than-midi, shorter-than-maxi length does give a distinctly different feel and look than its skirty counterparts. Tea-length skirts are quite common in thrift stores, though many will be in very 90s prints. Mix your thrifted skirt with some edgy items for an updated look. (Mine is leather, so it’s plenty edgy on its own.)
Most broad print categories are readily thriftable, and geometrics are no exception. Anything graphic and regular will qualify, and stripes and polka dots will be plentiful, searching for windowpane, tiled prints, basketweave, chevron, or other less common prints will up your style ante. Even a pin dot print like the one on my thrifted shirt here may feel more trendy than simple spots or stripes.
Pleats took many forms on the runways, but were most prominently featured in skirts and dresses (as you might expect). Although smaller knife pleats were common, you can cash in on the trend with pleats of just about any shape, size, and configuration. Pleats are far from new, so they will be wonderfully thrift-able. As with tea-length skirts, they can read a bit stodgy at times, so be sure to pair with updated color schemes, shapes, and layers.
More of an overall aesthetic than a single trend, this look showed up at the Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Moschino, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, and Saint Laurent shows in various incarnations. Lots of black and loads of leather, but paired with drapey, flirty, and feminine fabrics and silhouettes. For this look, thrift up leather pencil skirts, silky blouses, tuxedo pants and jackets, metallic fabrics, and moto style jackets – all of which can be found at most well-stocked secondhand stores.
What trendy items will YOU thrift for this season?
(This post first appeared on the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota blog.)