Thrift your way to five of fall’s hottest trends

We took five of Marie Claire’s favorite fall trends and created them for a fraction of the price. Check out how you can thrift your way to fashion!

1. Spots, spots, spots! 

Marie Claire

“Spotted clothes run the gamut for fall/winter. Expect to see your usual leopard print on new outerwear styles and spots on everything from slip dresses to skirts. If you haven’t found that perfect leopard print faux fur coat yet, this season is your chance.”

Thrifted style

So, you’re not ready to fully commit to the leopard print pant suit, we get it. Make leopard office-appropriate with a fun, yet understated cardigan that can be layered with a simple white button up or blouse and black pants or jeans so you can rock the trend without feeling like you belong in the jungle.

Younga, GESMN retail business analyst


2.Asymmetrical neckline

Marie Claire

“Last year off-the-shoulder had its moment; this year, it’s all about the asymmetric neckline. Spotted on the runways of Carolina Herrera, as well as Zimmermann and Kate Spade New York, this slanted one-shoulder look perfectly highlights your collarbone and shoulder without displaying it all. This minor neckline tweak is all you need to elevate your outfits.”

Photo of model wearing an asymmetrical neckline dress walking down a runway.

Thrifted style

This can be a tough trend. To try it out without going too crazy, try a wrap sweater that still covers your shoulders but has the asymmetrical look that we’re seeing on the runways. Highlight your collar bone the same way a one shoulder dress does, while staying warm during the Minnesota fall.

Photo of Molly, GESMN Career Navigation Specialist, wearing an asymmetrical neckline sweater.

Molly, GESMN career navigator


3. Moody Florals

Marie Claire

“Retire your yellow daisy printed tops in favor of darker, moodier florals for fall/winter. As seen at Paco Rabanna, Prada, and Marc Jacobs’ fall ’19 runway shows, rich floral hues decorated dresses, tops and skirts, proving this print is more alive than ever for the autumn season.”

Thrifted Style

Florals and fall may not seem to go hand in hand, but for those of you already missing the summer weather, this could put you back in a good mood! A moody floral skirt is an effortless look with a plain white t shirt and a neutral flat or heel of your choice.

Betalham, GESMN re-entry counselor


4. jewel tones

Marie Claire

“You may remember this iconic runway image of three models in the most fabulous jewel-toned coasts for Max Mara’s fall 2019 runway show. No one does the monochromatic outfit better and you can bet these must-have pieces will inspire other fashion houses to follow suit. Whether you go for a teal coat or fuchsia-colored silk top, get ready to brighten up your all-black fall wardrobe.”

thifted style

Monochromatic outfits are not for the faint of heart, but just because you’re not ready to rock solid blue, doesn’t mean you have to forego the jewel tone look all together. Simplify things by reaching for a bit of color this fall in the form of a brightly-colored dress that will break up the muted tones you usually turn to.

Romisha, GESMN philanthropy database specialist


5. plaid Madness

marie claire

“Every season I tell myself I need a plaid blazer and every season I fail to buy one. However, hopefully for this fall that all changes because the plaid options are absurdly good. (Just look at this option for Veronica Beard’s pre-fall 2019 collection.) Both Burberry and MSGM served up plaid pieces in their runway shows, so prepare to wear the print with a cool-girl twist – like with biker shorts.”

thrifted style

Plaid for fall isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but this is the year to branch out past the classic red plaid flannel and expand the reach of the pattern to other areas of your wardrobe. The great part about finding a piece like a plaid blazer at Goodwill, is you can try out the look without breaking the bank.

Maggie, gesmn marketing manager