We Tried Thrifting Fashion Month’s Biggest Trends

By Jessica Quezada

Here’s the thing about capital-F fashion — very rarely, does it speak to what the every-day shopper has access to. Most people don’t have the means to line their closets in the latest Gucci, Balenciaga and Celine; and even the ones who do still have to wait at least six months for their latest runway obsessions to hit the retail floor. It can be hard to update your look without feeling like you have to pick and choose from the trends you like and the ones you can afford. (Well, there’s always fast-fashion, but that has its own sustainability problems among other things!) So, we set out to see if we could thrift Fashion Month’s biggest trends — the double denim looks, the sparkle parties, and the sensual mesh situations among others, which shouldn’t be difficult considering we’re always hearing about how everything old is new again, right? It’s also a double win because thrifting saves money, and it’s pretty much a guarantee that you won’t look like anyone else at a party or on the street.

Be warned though, stumbling upon these items is no easy feat. It takes a lot of time and patience to wade through all your local thrift stores — or surf the internet — until you come across that golden piece. It also takes serious knowledge of cuts, colors, and labels — beware of fakes! — and of course some major self control. But the results will be seriously worth it, click ahead for some inspiration, and happy thrifting!

Glamour Girl

Shimmer & shine are ready to play along fall’s standard burgundy and gray. Be that one friend we all have that is always extra. Go ahead! Step into a room and own it like a disco ball.

Vintage Candy Pink Gloss Eyelids, Vintage 70’s Men’s Disco Button-Up, Red Mules

Denim Diva

Denim on denim has been trending throughout the 2010’s, but it’s also a great way to incorporate all those other fall trends we can’t get enough of (a fun beret, some shiny shoes) into the mix.

Vintage Levi’s shirt, Levi’s Flare Jeans, Mix Match Belt

Let The Leather Linger

Leather is always a winter staple but its early debut on the runway has us rethinking all the ways we can wear it. December has plenty room for leather pants and jackets so start off small and slow to make it last through the season.

Vintage Plain White T-shirt, Harley Davidson vest, Vintage Mini Skirt, Silver Link Earrings

Mesh It All Together

Weather transitions are the best (and only) time to bring your favorite pieces from the previous season into the next. Mesh was everywhere this summer but adding a beret instantly combines last summer’s must-have with this fall’s favorite.

Vintage Red Beret, Vintage Tan Mesh Men’s Shirt, Flared Levi’s, Tan Clogs

Stay Warm, Stay Cool

Suede is the best way to stay warm and stay cool at the same time. The ’70s are everywhere this fall, and what is a ’70s trend without a little suede? (Incomplete, that’s what it is.)

Vintage 70’s Men’s T-Shirt, Vintage Suede Pants, Silver Booties

Perched in Plaid

Plaid and fall are so synonymous at this point, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. This season is no different, but you can switch it up with delicate colors for the night time chill.

Vintage Elvira Jacket, Ben Davis T-shirt, Skirt, Velvet Shoes.

Perched in Plaid

Plaid and fall are so synonymous at this point, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. This season is no different, but you can switch it up with delicate colors for the night time chill.

Vintage Elvira Jacket, Ben Davis T-Shirt, Skirt, Velvet Shoes.

I Get By With A Little Help from My Friends

The best part about thrifting your fall looks, is the thrill of the hunt — scouting the best spots, digging through bins, visualizing all the ways your new treasures will fit into your wardrobe. However it’s done, make sure you bring some buddies along the way.

Models (left to right):Amara, Mecca, Shae

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