Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2015 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 fall and winter 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.)

Chunky knits

chunky knits fall trend

Now is the PERFECT time to hit your local thrift stores in search of some cozy, chunky knit sweaters and sweater dresses. The winter stock is already out, and you’ll be able to score some heavy-duty knitwear. As you can see, pastels and light colors hit the runways, but thick knits in just about any palette will do the trick.

Dark florals

dark florals fall trend

This one has certainly made the rounds several years running, but that makes it all the easier to thrift. What you want here is a print that has a dark color as the background. Floral prints in which the blooms themselves are done in dark prints will look lovely, but a black, eggplant, burgundy, or navy background with botanicals of all kinds will capture the somber mood you want here. Dark florals will be mixed in among the brighter and lighter ones at your local Goodwill. When you can, opt for large-scale florals over ditsy styles.


turtlenecks fall trend

I find turtlenecks to be pragmatic, but a little tricky to style. Designers showed them as stand-alone tops – my preference – and also layered under sleeveless dresses, which I feel can get a little schoolgirl-y. But this style of sweater is certainly pragmatic, and can be very elegant when worn simply or with a statement necklace. Turtlenecks are eternal, so you’ll find them in a rainbow of colors and array of sizes on the thrift store racks.

Mini skirts

mini skirts fall trend

Mini skirts are marvelous for fall and winter since tights are typically part of the equation. Even if you feel a little too exposed in this style of skirt with bare legs, add a nice pair of opaques and some boots to the mix, and you’re good to go. Leather is also big this season, and if you love the look of a leather mini, by all means go for it – I’ve seen many in my thrifting excursions. But more sedate materials – wool, rayon, ponte – will all be available in secondhand abundance, too.

Layered crop tops

crop tops fall trend

So this is a two-parter, but it’s the crop top that’s the essential piece. And although crops are a fairly recently revived trend, they are definitely thrift-able. You can also consider thrifting and cropping yourself or with the help of a tailor. Designers showed crops layered over button-front shirts, but they also layer beautifully over dresses, creating fun proportions in the process.

Why buy new when you can update your wardrobe with a handful of affordable secondhand pieces? Now get out there and thrift!

Image credits all, Altuzarra, Burberry Prorsum, Thakoon, Saint Laurent, Rosie Assoulin

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3 Responses to “Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2015 Edition”

  1. Sarahbeth

    Oh, I always look forward to these since I will be thrifting no matter what and brand-new clothes are out of the question financially at the moment! One thing I’d love to see you highlight is more of the details that made their way down the runway this fall–turtlenecks, chunky knits and short skirts all seem very par for the course for winter. What details, colors, and styling tricks did you take away from this season’s shows?

    • BartSkipner

      I think classic styles are a lot easier to find in most thrift/consignment/second-hand stores than trying to keep up with runway trends. So often, the proportions and line differ too much from the most recent fashions.