I know, I know, it’s still feels like summer in many places. For now. But if you’ve walked into a mall or clicked onto a clothing vendor website recently, you may have noticed that it’s practically Christmas in Retail Land. And besides, if you’re gonna shop for a season, better to do so in advance, am I right? OK, enough caveats.
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 fall and winter that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops:
Bordeaux / Maroon / Burgundy
You’re gonna have to fight me for any thriftable items in this color family. I’ve got a few pieces in my wardrobe, and they get near-constant wear during the cold months. Dark reds are incredibly versatile and work beautifully with neutrals, brighter reds and oranges, navy, pinks, magenta, hunter green … I could go on. As is the case with all color trends, this one will be among the easiest to thrift!
Eeesh. When is military NOT trending? Still, if you’re still searching for that perfect pair of slouchy cargos or ideal military jacket, hit up the charity shops this season. My own military blazer is one of my thrifted staples, and gets year-round wear.
This one may vary a bit by region, but around here everything from snap-front shirts to cowgirl boots can be found at thrift stores. Western-themed items have been trendy for many years, so if regular thrift stores fail you consider hip vintage shops. Prices might be higher than thrift, but they’ll likely be lower than brand new items. AND many vintage pieces were made in a time before fast fashion existed, so they’ll be durable. Look for belts, coats, boots, and shirts with Southwestern accents.
From what I’m reading and seeing, this trend could just be “white.” Winter white is an off-white, but designers showed everything from bright white to ivory to cream on the FW12 runways and retailers are following suit. White tops are generally considered to be game in all seasons, but now white blazers, pants, skirts, dresses, and shoes are being shoved beyond the traditional Labor Day cutoff. Again, color trends? Ever so thriftable. Thrift stores are generally lousy with white items – especially non-tops – and minor discoloration can easily be bleached into perfection.
Most of the leather clothing I’ve seen in thrift stores is black, which is perfectly aligned with the dark, modern looks that hit the runways. Black leather pencil skirts, black leather pants, and leather jackets in a variety of hues are generally available in most secondhand and consignment shops. If you’re jonesing for some leather for fall and winter, hit a few thrift shops first!
Sheath dresses are the main dress style available in MY local thrift haunts. Many of them are 10+ years old, but sheaths are a classic style that hasn’t mutated all that much over the years, so a 13-year-old dress will look nearly as current as a present-day dress. Especially if accessorized in with modern pieces. Before you plunk down for a brand new sheath, check the racks at a nearby charity shop.
What trendy items will YOU thrift for this season?
Images courtesy Style.com (Calvin Klein, Chloe, Burberry Prorsum)