It’s that time again! Time for me to remind you (and myself) that nothing in the world of style is new, and that the season’s hottest trends are EMINENTLY thrift-able. Eminently, people. These trends are basically begging to be thrifted.
Maxi dresses and skirts
Surprise! Maxi skirts and dresses are going to be HUGE this season! I can see that you’re all reeling in surprise. Seriously, though, since these longer lengths have been hot for years, the thrift shops are lousy with ’em. And, of course, maxis are generational so if you scour the racks you might find a funky vintage version or two.
The colors in question are mainly saturated brights like turquoise, tomato red, cobalt, citron yellow, and emerald green. The trendmasters are showing them color-blocked most frequently, but I’m gonna feel free to play around with more organic mixes. As for the thrifting component? As always, color trends are the easiest to thrift. Most thrift shops organize by color, so you can grab your tomato blouse from the reds, cobalt dress from the blues, and citron tee from the yellows. Easy, cheap, awesome.
Now, ya’ll know I adore platforms … but um … these are yet to catch my fancy. Still they are the hot shoe shape for the season, I’m told. And, turns out, they’ve been made for DECADES. The 90s saw a huge wave of chunky, flat platform shoes. And this style might have been popular in the 70s. Maybe. Just maybe. Before you plunk down for a new pair, check the racks at your local thrift wonderland. (If you fear wearing secondhand footwear, this forum has many suggestions for how to clean and disinfect them.)
With warm weather comes bright whites. Once again, color trends = thrift cake. Whites can get a bit dingy with age, as we all know, but bleach, vinegar, Oxyclean, and other easy treatments can work wonders on a greying or yellowing item. I can totally see buying white tanks and tees new, but if you’re keen to try something a little more adventurous like white pants or a funky white dress, see what you can thrift.
No two thrift stores are alike, and while some seem stuck in the 70s, others rarely sell anything made after 1997. Nevertheless, it seems odd to seek out reproduction 70s pieces when REAL LIVE 70s pieces are available at loads of secondhand shops. If your areas shops tend to carry more current items, try vintage specialty shops. (The caveat, of course, is sizing. Vintage sizing is generally smaller and can be unpredictable … so if the search for 70s-era pieces puts you into a Size Rage, forget it. Buy new.)
Wide leg and flare jeans
I never actually got RID of my flares, just stashed them in the basement. But if you donated all your pairs, there’s a good chance some of them are waiting to be bought back. Thrift stores generally have giant racks dedicated to denim, and you’ll find everything from skinnies to low-rise, trouser to cropped, and the suddenly sought-after wide legs and flares. Thrift on, friends. Thrift on.
Will you be partaking of these springy trends? Anyone else plan to thrift up a storm to make ’em possible?
Originally posted 2011-04-22 06:24:16.