Say goodbye to heatstroke like weather, and hello to weather that makes you want to layer! The cold weather is fast approaching and we all know shopping for the latest trends can be expensive, look no further as we list what hot trends from the early 2000s to look for at your local thrift store. Shopping at second-hand stores is not only sustainable but it also saves you money. Find one of a kind pieces while helping prevent clothes from ending up in landfills. Fashion is always evolving, but of course, everything that was old becomes new again. One truly iconic era, the early 2000s, and many styles are making their way back into our closets. Here are a few of them.
- Cardigans as shirts
Everyone remembers cardigans as cover-ups or the sweaters your mom use to buy for work, but these cute knits are coming back with a stylish new twist! Cardigans are common in formal wear which can easily be found at thrift stores. In the past 5 years, many people have ditched their ugly button-down sweaters for more modern styles. You can easily find many different styles these tops in the cardigans or sweaters section at your local thrift store. These tops are inexpensive and will become a classic staple in your wardrobe. A neutral or light-colored cardigan paired with high waisted jeans or slacks is a cozy, trendy outfit that is perfect for the fall.
2. Cargo Pants
Yes, cargo pants have been in fashion for a while, but you’ll have a better chance of finding real durable tactical looking cargo pants second-hand. Fast fashion retailers have overused the term ‘cargo’ in design with less than two pockets and it’s disappointing, to say the least. A good pair of cargos are usually made with many pockets, zippers, and have many interesting accents. Good brands to look for could be Dickies or even Levi’s.
Modern streetwear and classic vintage outfits all incorporate cargo pants. These pants are not only versatile but are perfect for fall as they are often made with thick warm fabrics. If you sew, buying a pair of pants a size or two bigger than regular and taking them in only at the waist will give you the super cool high waisted look. A small tank top, crop top, or your favourite band t-shirts pairs perfectly with cargo pants. You can wear running shoes, we’ve at a place where they can be dressed up with some strappy heels. The possibilities are endless, and you won’t regret picking up these bad boys.
3. Mini Purses
This new generation of style icons has a huge affinity for impractical things such as tiny sunglasses, long acrylic nails and of course tiny handbag. Shoulder bags are everyone’s latest obsession, from Kim Kardashian to local fashion bloggers. These bags become chic accessories that are sure to complement all of your fall fashion looks!
The perfect outfit is not complete without the right accessories to match. Tiny handbags add a touch you’ve been missing for your fall outfits. Handbags are plentiful at second-hand shops and can be found under ten dollars sometimes! Value Village has a great selection of handbags, but if you’re opting for higher end options, Depop is a great place to check. Depop is a marketplace app where you can find a selection of items from designer to deadstock brands for a fraction of the retail price. Tiny shoulder bags have come back into style because they add the perfect finishing touch to your fashionable look. A brightly colored mini bag can be the perfect statement in a simple glam outfit. Tiny handbags are good for when you’re going out and you only need your cards, phone, and a lipstick. Designer or not, tiny handbags elevate any look by adding a chic touch that is sure to turn any fall outfit Instagram ready.
Written by: Veronica Alves