Thrifting for Trends: Spring/Summer 2016 Edition

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.)

90s Throwback


Oh, I feel so old. Yes, the 90s are now retro and their distinctive trends – including slip dresses, all things grunge, and even fanny packs – made appearances on the runways for this season. Flannel, ditsy florals, and spaghetti straps will be easy to find at most thrift stores, and you might even score a pair of Doc Martens if you’re lucky. Now if only we could get dress clips back into the trend pipeline …



Ruffles have been making the rounds for several seasons running, and they’re still going strong. This embellishment has been around for centuries – literally – and although you’re unlikely to find an actual Victorian-era blouse on the consignment store racks, more recent ruffles will abound. (P.S. Victorian-influenced styles are also trendy for spring!)

Marled Knits


As a longtime fan of marl, I was surprised and pleased to see this knitwear pattern called out as a trend. My marled turtleneck was thrifted back in the fall, and it had many, many friends on the sweater-packed racks. Pullovers are the most commonly marled items, but you should be able to scoop up some cute cardigans, too.


Most pleated runway looks were on the micro side of things, but larger pleats still allow you to cash in on this trend. You’ll have the easiest time thrifting for pleated skirts and possibly a few dresses with pleat details. Bonus points for blouses and tops featuring pleats … they’re rarer, but still thrift-able.

Large-scale Plaids


Plaids are usually reserved for fall, but this spring brought a few fun tartans from brands both new (like Marissa Webb, shown here) and old. Designers opted for larger scale plaids, so seek those out if you can. But any light-colored version will do the trick, and secondhand plaid is incredibly easy to come by.

Other thriftable trends for the season: Anything orange, lightweight denim, sequins, bomber jackets, suede, and pajama-reminiscent tops and pants. Have fun hunting for these at your local charity, consignment, and thrift shops!

Image credits all, Tome, J.W. Anderson, Rag & Bone, Marissa Webb

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