One look around my website or Instagram account and it becomes clear that I am a big fan of incorporating color in every aspect of my life. Be it my home decor or my wardrobe, I prefer bright and bold colors over the more traditional tones of beige, black, or white. At the beginning of each new season I love to snatch up fashion magazines and scroll Pinterest for a look at what shade will be the hot new trend.
This year the spring color trend I’m seeing over and again is yellow. SO much yellow! Before you give me a big sigh and a rant about how hard it is to wear yellow, know that this color trend incorporates every shade; bold golden tones all the way to more saturated, lemon-y shades.
Cosmopolitan magazine recapped highlights of the hue popping up all over New York Fashion Week.
While I’m eager to add this bright and happy color to my wardrobe, you can bet I won’t be dropping loads of cash on such a specific color when I know I can find it at the thrift store! Read on for tips on how to find it, and how to wear the hottest hue of the season
Thrift Store Tips:
- Go with a list! Decide which colors and styles you want to focus on for the season. Are you thinking a top in the shade of lemon? Maybe a midi skirt in goldenrod? Write them down on a post-it and stick it in your purse; it will help keep you on task when you get to the thrift store. For the record, this has about a 50% success rate for me; I almost always find something not on my list that I can’t live without!
- Shop by color not by size. When I’m shopping for a specific color, I make a quick pass through ALL the racks and only stop for items of the particular color I am looking for. I do alter a fair amount of my thrifted finds, but if sewing isn’t your thing remember that a quick roll of the cuffs makes a too short blazer look perfectly cropped, and rolling up the sleeves of a tee and tying a quick knot at the front instantly takes it from too big to fitted and more flattering. Spoiler alert: you will see both of these styling tricks pop up later in this post.
Start small with yellow accessories. If you aren’t sure about the color of the moment, start by testing it out in small doses. Accessories are an easy way to add a pop of color without committing to a full outfit in a shade you aren’t so sure of.
- If my jewelry doesn’t come from a thrift store, then it most likely comes from a local artist, which is the case with these earrings from Wax and Wane Handmade. Made locally in Ohio from polymer clay, these earrings are so light and easy to wear, and I love the golden shade and geometric shapes. They are unlike anything currently residing in my jewelry box.
- The yellow bandana started life in a boring white. I used tumeric to dye it this brillant yellow, and I most definitely will be wearing it all summer long! Wearing around the neck is a fresh alternative to traditional jewelry, but the versatility of a bandana is so appealing. I can definitely see myself wearing it as a headband, or an accessory around one of my leather bags this summer, similar to this one I recently spotted on Instagram.
Go bold and add some pattern. One of the best parts of thrift store shopping for on trend styles is the chance to try something new without the pricey investment. I’ve started making the effort to dress up more often, and I love going with an outfit that is unexpected! In this case I found a $5 blazer at Goodwill in the most perfect black and gold plaid. The sleeves were too short so I cuffed them twice, and am loving the cropped look. I paired with a black taffeta ruffled skirt, also from Goodwill for $5, and a pair of wedge heel sneakers I’ve had for years. The whole outfit gives me a 90s Clueless vibe; if only I could find a matching plaid skirt!
If crazy ruffled skirts and wedge heel sneakers are a bit too bold for you, try pairing a bold pattern with basics like a simple t-shirt and jeans. Jewelry is another great place to add a bold statement to your look as I did here with my large black and white ring and black leather earrings.
I love pretty much everything Madewell creates, and while perusing their spring launch online I instantly fell for the golden midi skirt pictured below. Until I saw the price tag of $98. Am I really going to love that gold skirt 3 seasons from now? Do I have anything to wear with it, and will I wear it enough to justify the high price tag? The answers were all no. I was drawn more to the style and length of the skirt than I was the color, so I started sifting through the thrift store for a similar alternative. The black version I found at Goodwill for $4 and I have been wearing it non-stop! The D.A.R.E t-shirt came from Goodwill Outlet, for $1. I decided to add a bold statement with jewelry, which dresses up the more casual vibe of the outfit.
Madewell Skirt $98
My Entire Outfit (including jewelry): $39
- Earrings from Wax and Wane Handmade: $34
- Necklace: gift from a friend 15+ years ago
- T-Shirt: $1 at Goodwill Outlet
- Skirt: $4 at Goodwill
- Sandals: already owned for a season or two
Choose color for an everyday staple.
I’ll admit I am a total jeans and t-shirt kinda gal. While I love getting dressed up and putting together wild outfits, the majority of my days I am in jeans and a t-shirt. I wanted something I could easily throw on to elevate my simple style, and lucked out with this cardigan find for $3. Its from J. Crew and hardly worn!
I add brightly patterned sneakers ($10 clearance at DSW!) and a chunky colorful necklace I brought back from vacation in February. I love how just a few pieces of color totally transformed my otherwise boring jeans and t-shirt look.
Okay so have I changed your mind on yellow? Are you going to give it a try this spring season? I would love to hear how you plan to incorporate the seasons hottest shade in the comments below!
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