8 Looks to Inspire Your Next Thrifting Haul

As a result of the increasingly digital world that we live in, where so much of what we see and experience blurs into one same-samey picture, we as humans are exploring new ways to bring a sense of individuality back into our lives. As a result, thrifting (once only referred to in Macklemore lyrics) has emerged victorious. And with good reason. You can find some incredible sustainably-sourced pieces that won’t harm your wallet, or the environment. Think of it as a creative and cost-effective way to define your own personal style.

FASHION teamed up with Value Village to shoot eight ‘gram-worthy looks to show you just how easy it is to bring this season’s trends into your closet without contributing to the landfill problem. We shot at three different locations in Ontario where teams are also working to preserve the environment: Camp Kawartha, Ecology Park and Trent University.

Sarah Jay, the stylist who conceptualized the shoot, explained the inspiration behind it saying, “Both fashion and architecture have substantial environmental impacts, so moving away from virgin materials is essential in mitigating these impacts. I wanted to showcase clothing reuse in the context of reclaimed wood, upcycled bottle walls and natural alternatives to conventional concrete, which together illustrate a world where style and sustainability are one. Impacts aside, it remains true that every thrifted item is unique which encourages us to develop authentic style; to step out in something truly original. Genuinely stylish pieces have no shelf life, and Value Village is full of timeless gems, waiting to be reimagined, reinterpreted and re-worn.”

Discover the editorial below:

SAFARI SEASON

Safari jackets and trench coats have become spring classics. Buy them once, have them forever.

Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough, Ont., with thanks to the Endeavour Centre.

Thrift tip: Dare to wear items in different ways. Buckles, buttons and belts can be twisted and tied to reveal new shapes.

MINIMAL MOOD

Clean lines and monochromatic pairings are anything but boring when the accessories add to the impact.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough, Ont., with thanks to the Endeavour Centre.

Thrift tip: Pick a colour and search the racks for tones that match.

SHAPE SHIFTER

Statement pieces don’t need embellishment if they have architectural impact.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre in Peterborough, Ont., with thanks to the Endeavour Centre.

Thrift tip: Seek out pieces with similar structure or silhouettes and let the shapes speak for themselves.

MATRIX MODE

Who said spring wasn’t leather weather? Not us.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at Ecology Park in Peterborough, Ont.

Thrift tip: Leather gets better with age so you’ll be loving these items for a very long time.

JUST RELAX

Nothing says spring like breezy layers and relaxed tailoring.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

Thrift tip: Browse the lingerie section for a wear-with-everything silk camisole to help balance the proportions of the look.

SUIT UP

Give traditional tailoring an update by going oversized in a rich jewel tone.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

Thrift tip: Search both the men’s and women’s sections when you thrift, and look outside your size range. Sizing isn’t universal and you might score regardless of what the tag says. Cinch large looks with a belt or let them be big – it’s a style slam dunk either way.

WHITE HOT

Go head to toe in complementary white hues for spring sophistication.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

Thrift tip: Look for bags that can be worn multiple ways to suit your outfit – like this purse, which we snapped over a belt for a DIY fanny pack.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Transition from the office to OOO with layered separates that are both practical and polished.

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Photography by Carlyle Routh. Photographed at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

Thrift tip: Sheer pieces are perfect for layering and add drama to everything.

Photography by CARLYLE ROUTH. Concept and styling by SARAH JAY. Creative direction by GEORGE ANTONOPOULOS. Hair and makeup by SABRINA RINALDI FOR P1M.CA/BEAUTYCOUNTER. Fashion assistant MEG MCCLEAN. Photography assistant MICHAEL KAZIMIERCZUK. 

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