5 Thrifted Trends to Try in 2020

This blog post was made in collaboration with Value Village and all my opinions are my own. 

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With the end of the year in sight, I’m excited to embrace a new year of fashion and trends to try. One of my favorite events to see a preview of what trends are coming in the upcoming year is September’s New York Fashion Week. While most people look forward to the runway shows, I look forward to the incredible people standing in line to those shows. The street style around New York City during Fashion Week explodes in color, textures, and creativity.

I also turn to social media. I love to see what other fashion and style bloggers are wearing in the US and across the world. Social media is another way to see what street style trends are starting to trickle into people’s wardrobes.

If you’re looking for new trends to try and possibly thrift in 2020, this blog post is for you.

I’m sharing 5 trends you can thrift at Value Village!

Trend #1: Mini Bags

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One trend that emerged during New York Fashion Week is the mini bag. While this trend might seem impractical, you can make it work if you carry the bare minimum. I’m predicting that this trend is going to continue into 2020.

You’ll also find plenty of mini bags at Value Village. I found this red Kate Spade mini bag for $7.

Here are a few tips to help you shop for secondhand mini bags:

  • Assess the condition of the bag – make sure the zippers still work and the handles are still attached.  Light scuffs are okay but if the bag can’t function, I would pass on the bag.
  • Check the brands (if that’s something you’re interested in) – One of my blogger friends found an authentic Gucci purse at Value Village two years ago. I found this Kate Spade just last week!
  • Check to see if your phone will fit – if you’re looking for a mini bag that you can still put a few essential things in, check to see if your phone will fit in the bag. Typically, I only carry my keys and phones with me. I rarely carry a wallet these days!
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Trend #2: Neon

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If you love wearing bright colors and standing out in a crowd, neon thrifted trends are for you. This 80s trend is seeing a resurgence on the streets and our social media feed. I kept seeing neon green tops, neon pink accessories, and neon yellow coats.

One way I style neon pieces for an everyday look is by styling it with darker tones. For example, neon green looks really good with a dark navy blazer. I also wore jeans and added a small heel for an elevated, but wearable look.

Trend #3: Power Blazers

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Strong, padded shoulders from the 80s are making a comeback. Personally, I’m a fan of a strong blazer. You can wear it to work or style it with a neon top for the weekends.

Luckily you can find a great vintage blazer on the racks at Value Village. This blazer actually came with a matching blue skirt. But I decided to style it with jeans for an updated look.

Here are a few tips to finding a great vintage blazer:

  • Don’t be afraid of wearing other sizes – while I typically wear a 2 or 4 (small) in blazers, when I shop for second hand blazers I’m not afraid to try on a size or two up. You’ll get that oversized look and you’ll find a blazer you can layer during the fall and winter season.
  • Assess the condition of the blazer – check to see if the buttons are still intact, if there are any holes in the pockets or in other areas of the garment, and for any discoloration.
  • Try it on! – I highly recommend trying on the blazers and looking yourself in the mirror. Like all clothing, sometimes things look better on the rack or look better on person!

Trend #4: The midi boots

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While ankle booties have dominated the past few fall and winter seasons, I’m predicting that boot heights will go up. One boot silhouette I’ve been most excited about is the midi boot length. Other boot trends you might be able to find at Value Village also include:

  • Cowboy/western inspired boots
  • Combat boots (90s inspired)
  • Lug boots/platform boots
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Trend #5: Vintage prints

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Retro prints are expected to be an upcoming trend for spring and summer 2020. I was so excited when I found this vintage dress last year. For a fall/winter look, I ended up styling this dress with a white turtleneck sweater, a belt to highlight my waist, and neutral heels to let the bold print of the dress stand out.

If any of these thrifted trends excite you, I highly encourage you to check out Value Village! Shopping for new trends secondhand is a great way to embrace sustainability and save money.

What other thrifted trends/trends are you most excited about in 2020? Would you try any of these thrifted trends?

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Thank you for reading!

For more thrifted trends and secondhand style ideas, you can check out:

5 Tips for Thrifting Your Back to School Wardrobe

5 Reasons to Thrift Your Halloween Costume at Value Village

Love,

Emma

Photos: Holly Phan 

3 Comments

  1. November 19, 2019 / 7:43 am

    Yessssss gf! I love a good thrifted find! I haven’t yet to thrift a pair of shoes but it’s on my list! I love this blazer on you – such a pretty color!

    Xo Logan
    https://peculiarporter.com/

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