Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 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.)

Monochrome Outfits

Fall 2016 fashion trend, monochrome outfits

This isn’t a specific thriftable piece, of course, but it’s a dressing technique that was incredibly prevalent in the RTW shows that’s easily re-created using thrifted pieces. Combining several shades of the same color into your layers and accessories is bold, to be sure, but you don’t have to go with oranges and purples if you’d rather keep things subdued. Try riffing on navy or burgundy for monochrome outfits that are both seasonal and on-trend. How does thrifting figure in? If you’ve got a dominant color in your closet, add a few thrifted pieces in related shades to craft your looks.

Leopard Print

Fall 2016 fashion trend, leopard print animal print

Yep. Leopard print. Again. Or, really, always. But this classic print was so ubiquitous that many publications sheepishly agreed that it qualifies as “trendy.” Leopard, cheetah, and virtually all animal prints are incredibly easy to thrift in most sizes and virtually all pieces. My skirt here is a great find, but I’ve thrifted leopard cardigans, pullovers, blouses, and more in my time!

Romantic Styles and Soft Colors

Fall 2016 fashion trends, romantic blush

Bust out the tulle, friends, because blush, pastels, diaphanous fabrics, and all things romantic are super hot for fall and winter. Lace, light florals, and brocade all qualify as well, and are all quite thriftable. Focus on palette (think costumes for A Midsummer Night’s Dream … even if it’s November) and texture (plush fibers, rich embellishment, nothing plain and nothing cotton). Velvet blazers and full, printed skirts will be among the easiest pieces to thrift.

Kelly Green

Fall 2016 fashion trends kelly green
Technically, this color trend is drawn from pre-fall … for fall and winter, most experts are calling out … wait for it … BROWN. (As a lover of neutrals, I’m totally behind this. But also know you color-holics might be looking for something zippier than chocolate, tan, and rust.) As is the case with all color trends, these ones will be among the easiest to thrift!


Fall 2016 fashion trend neck scarf neckerchief bandana

I love a massive, head-eating, oversized scarf for winter, but the style forecasters are betting on small silk squares instead. Good news for thrifters, since this is the size and style of scarf that dominates most secondhand stores! Think of this as an extension of summer’s bandana obsession, and style your small silks in similar ways.

Other thriftable trends for the season: Brocade, faux fur, chokers, plaid/tartan, lug-sole boots, dark florals, and navy-inspired looks. Have fun hunting for these at your local charity, consignment, and thrift shops!

Image credits all, Akris, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Maison Margiela

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3 Responses to “Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2016 Edition”

  1. janejetson

    THis is so helpful. I have always admired monochromatic outfits but it looked so boring when I tried it. Now I have the memo, “Combining several shades of the same color into your layers and accessories.” I think shades are what will make my look interesting.

  2. Julie Garbutt

    ahhhh, have been wanting to buy a kelly green coat. I’m a neutrals lady, but that color is just so striking and might be even more so against snow. 🙂