Secondhand looks are new again.
Fashion trends, or at least some version of them, circle back regularly. That makes shopping for previously owned clothing even easier for those who prefer styles that feel current without being cookie-cutter.
Just as important, it keeps a jacket, sweater or pair of boots from going to the landfill. As demand for sustainable fashion increases, embracing secondhand, vintage, upcycled and recycled options is becoming the norm for more shoppers.
Many of this fall’s fashion trends can be found in metro area stores that specialize in or at least offer a selection of pre-loved garments. Anyone new to the idea can ease into fall with a leather jacket, chunky soled shoes or platform heels. Head-to-toe leather was all over the runways in 2022. So were plenty of plaid, sweeping hemlines and lots of layering. There’s also a nod to the ’60s with swirling patterns and abstract designs. Trends from the 1980s that are having another moment include color, oversized proportions, plastic jewelry, big shoulders and glitz, even if it’s just a crystal buckle on a wide belt. And don’t forget about an all-important topper for your head. Berets and newsboy caps make the perfect statement.
Many of the looks from the last several years and decades are time- less, making pre-owned clothing even more appealing. Not ready to step wholeheartedly into sustainable fashion? Start by mixing old with new for a more interesting outfit and wardrobe. The planet will thank you.