Since I am still waiting on original pictures from my camera to post here (have the camera, now I need the card reader and the charger from Wes...:), I wanted to give a brief run-down of what we can look forward to for Spring 2010's fashions. Colors, silhouettes, and how to find them at the thrift store. Or at least something that looks like Spring 2010's fashions! :)
This spring, we're going to see a very wide variety of colors...we generally end up with a lot of pastels/neutrals in the spring palette, but I prefer to go a little brighter after the dark colors of winter. The "break-through" colors of last spring--coral, citron and cobalt--will still be here, in addition to turquoise and lime. We will, I'm afraid to say, see some lavender and pale pink, but those can be forgiven (or even enjoyed, with the proper accessories). THE shoe color for the spring and summer is nude, which in my opinion is slightly boring, but I can see owning a pair as a nod to fashion. :)
As for style, just about anything goes! The recurring theme that I see, though, is retro. Which is great news for us thrifty folks! High-waisted jeans (not my style, but a good look on slimmer girls) and pencil skirts are definitely on the cutting-edge of style, while the 70's bohemian look is more casual. For the more adventurous among you, try some 80's-inspired techno wear; asymmetrical seams, built-up shoulders and bold, primary colors. This is more of a fringe-look, but I think some of the aspects of the 80's could be fun to incorporate. Just don't crimp your hair! :)
Some of my favorites for the spring:
(From Banana Republic--good use of pastels!)
(from Nordstrom--here you see the high-waisted pencil skirt that so many designers favor this season)
(from Piperlime--good way to get the strappy sandal and nude color of the season in one)
Things to remember when you're thrift shopping for fashions that will work work in this current season:
1) Know what the current colors of the season are; sometimes vintage items, or items from a few seasons ago will have the right color and are perfect for helping save some money.
2) Know the current silhouette. This is very important, because an item can fit you well, and look fairly good, but the silhouette can be completely wrong. Having an obviously less-than-current silhouette will definitely label you as a thrift shopper!
I am planning another post about thrift-shopping pointers, and would love to have your feedback!