Thrifting for Trends: Spring/Summer 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.)

Leather and suede


This one might sound familiar because designers have been showing leather and suede for spring and summer several years running now. And not just jackets – we’ve got dresses, skirts, pants, even tops sauntering down the runway. Thrifting for leather is a piece of cake, and you’re likely to find tons of leather pencil skirts and moto jackets. Many thrift stores will also have leather pants, but some will be in outdated cuts and styles, so choose carefully.

Wide leg pants


Both of these pairs are exaggerated wide legs with high waists, but really any flowy style will do. Various iterations of wide legged pants have appeared each and every decade, so you’re bound to find some options on the thrift racks. If the volume makes you hesitate, pick a dark color that won’t be as attention-grabbing. Balancing out the pants with a fitted or structured top works for many figures and styles.



Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is marsala, a variant of burgundy (and of oxblood which was a recent color of the year, too). This is a classic and incredibly versatile color, so if you don’t already have some in your closet head to your local Goodwill and pore over the racks. As is the case with all color trends, these ones will be among the easiest to thrift!

Bold stripes


Another classic, though these stripes aren’t your typical French sailor shirt stripes. Think broader strokes, high contrast, unusual placement … and items besides long-sleeved tees. Thrift stores will have an abundance of striped shirts and sweaters – which are always a good buy – but peek around for striped blazers, pants, skirts, and dresses, too.



This is the surprising one, if you ask me. Gingham has been a preppy staple for ages, but seeing it done up on the runways was unexpected and fun. You’re unlikely to find floaty gingham wrap dresses or other high-fashion-esque iterations, but a simple gingham shirt or skirt will help you cash in on this trend. And since this print is far from new, you should be able to find many options at your favorite secondhand haunts.

What trendy items will YOU thrift for this season?

Runway image sources: Derek Lam | Balmain | Victoria Beckham | Tibi | Diane Von Furstenberg

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3 Responses to “Thrifting for Trends: Spring/Summer 2015 Edition”

  1. Kerry

    I recently thrifted a gingham shirt myself. I love the idea of posting trends that you can thrift!

  2. Mia

    I’m not even sure if novelty prints are still a thing anymore, but over the weekend I thrifted some pants embroidered with tiny pineapples and I am PUMPED.