Sally McGraw

Sally McGraw is a stylist, blogger, and freelance writer whose massive shoe collection is threatening to overtake her tiny, North Minneapolis bungalow. Her popular daily fashion blog, Already Pretty, explores the intersection of personal style and body image, offers practical figure flattery advice, and urges women to love themselves regardless of weight, age, height, or body type. She firmly believes that style is a tool for self-love that should be accessible to everyone. Including you.

Thrifting for Trends: Spring/Summer 2012 Edition

Posted by: Sally McGraw under Clothing, Women, Shopping Updated: April 6, 2012 - 3:09 PM

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:

20s glam

OK, this is likely the most challenging of the group. With the upcoming release of Leo DiCaprio's version of "The Great Gatsby," designers were all over fringed flapper dresses and embellished gowns. Thriftable pieces that will capture this trend include drop waist dresses, mid-calf skirts, skullcap style hats (especially with flowers and embellishments), white/tennis-reminiscent items, and silky blouses.

Pastels

As always, color-centric trends are the easiest to thrift. Do take a peek at a few contemporary photos before heading out to shop, as this particular batch of pastels is a bit more deep/saturated than some. But you'll find all the shades from a bag of Jordan almonds at virtually every used clothing store in the land.

Graphic florals

Ditsy florals are classic, but this trend calls for a more abstract iteration. Or if not abstract, bold, big, and eye-catching. And believe me, such prints abound at thrift stores. Keep your eyes peeled for bright and primary colors, large prints, and anything that looks a bit graphic-designy.

Printed pants

This one comes with a warning: I prowled my local thrift haunts in search of printed pants for more than a year, and eventually bought these instead. But floral, paisley, and other fun printed pants abounded ... they just weren't available in styles I loved. If you find a pair that works but they're not quite right, consider altering them or having them tailored. In this iteration of the trend, printed pants should either feature exaggerated wide legs or very slim ones. 

Orange

What could be easier! Don't let anyone tell you that you need to run out and purchase the perfect tangerine frock. Orange is orange, and even neon versions are hot right now. Cruise the aisles looking for cuts and fabrics that suit your taste, and nab yourself some bold, orange items. Will you thrift for trends this season? Which ones are you excited to try?

Images via style.com

Sally McGraw is the author of Already Pretty, a daily blog about the intersection of style and body image. 

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