Fall Fashion–but make it thrifted

Look for these 3 staples to spice up your wardrobe this fall

Fall Fashion–but make it thrifted

Madison Bethune, Contributor

In recent years, thrifting has taken the fashion world by storm. With “vintage” being on-trend, the lure of affordable prices, and the thrill of finding a cool piece, thrifting has become a fun (and practical) way to find unique items to add to your wardrobe. But, the thrift store can definitely be a hit or a miss. Sometimes you leave with handfuls of clothing, and other times you leave with nothing. It can also be overwhelming and uninspiring walking into a sea of metal racks stuffed with clothes. I’ve been thrifting for over four years now, and these are some of my favorite staples to look for fall.

Button-down shirts. 

Button-down shirts are great versatile pieces for fall. They can be worn on their own, or layered for that in-between fall weather we experience in New England. I like to look in the men’s section for dress shirts and button-downs for an oversized fit. Try a men’s dress shirt tied up for a night out, or a cotton button-down paired with mom jeans for a coffee date.


I know that short sleeves probably don’t come to mind when you think of colder weather, but hear me out. A really cute look is layering a t-shirt over a long sleeve. Plus, it’s an easy transition from summer to fall. Thrift stores have TONS of t-shirts, and to personalize them even more, grab a bottle of bleach and dye them! Bleach-dyeing is on trend right now and there are tons of YouTube videos that give step-by-step instructions on how to do so. Pair your tee with a pair of girlfriend jeans and some white sneakers for a laid-back but put-together outfit. 


When I think of fall fashion, flannels come to mind first. They’re a perfect fall piece that, when layered, can make a really fashionable and cozy outfit. Not to mention, the men’s section at a thrift store has tons of thick, oversized flannels that will keep you warm during all of your fall activities. I’ve found all of mine for under $10. And, if you want to step your flannel game up a notch this year, bleach dye these too. You can wear this with a pair of leggings to keep it casual or spice it up with some biker shorts on a warmer day with white tennis sneakers.








As a seasoned thrifter, my one piece of advice when thrifting is to go in with a purpose. Think about a few things you want to look for and keep your eyes peeled. Think about how pieces would look cropped, cut, or with some bleach or tie-dye. Be creative and have fun with it! Thrifting gives you one-of-a-kind pieces and can really make your wardrobe stand out from the rest.


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