Thrift Haul! See the 2022 Trends I Found Secondhand

Every day, a new "vintage" style trend makes its way back around into the trend cycle. Instead of buying modern-day trends brand-new, I and many other fashion people have found a special love in purchasing the trends secondhand. Once you get into the habit of searching the racks at your local thrift store, you learn that it's not hard to create a really cool outfit with clothing that has lived a previous life. Not only do you find things of high quality at a lower price point, but you'll also unearth unique items that you wouldn't find so easily at a mass-market retailer. The pieces I find end up feeling more special and sometimes even more wearable than the items I buy brand-new. 

I've always loved thrifting, but I decided to put my shopping skills to the test and see what 2022 trends I could find while secondhand shopping. I found five pieces that feel very relevant to what's current now, and they've immediately become some of my favorite items in my closet. That said, I'm sharing my most recent thrift-store finds with you below. Keep reading to see how I've styled each piece, from a boxy blazer that goes with everything to my dream Calvin Klein button-down. Hopefully, my success will give you the motivation to plan a thrifting trip in the near future. And if you can't make it out to the thrift store IRL, I found some secondhand items online for you to shop, but act quick because they sell fast.

1. Saturated Shades


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Thrifting Tip: Invest in staple pieces and look for statement items secondhand. They'll actually be unique, and you'll feel like you found a special gem made just for you. The excitement of the find alone will motivate you to wear it more often.

When I spotted this cobalt-blue set, I instantly knew I had to have it. Most of my "statement" pieces have actually been found thrifting—the stores are always flooded with bright-colored sweaters, blazers, and trousers. You often find unique colors that aren't as popular on the market and prints that'll rake in compliments anywhere you go.

2. Breezy Button-Downs


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Thrifting Tip: Don't sleep on the men's section. In fact, when looking for loose shirting, head straight to the men's section. You'll find high-quality and soft button-downs that'll become wardrobe staples immediately.

If you ask any of our editors, they'll agree with the fact that the best button-downs are found secondhand. They are incredibly soft (team vintage quality forever), and the fit is often relaxed, just like I like it. Take one scope in the men's section and you'll find a plethora of button-downs from Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and more. I picked up this Calvin Klein one for under $15 and have been wearing it nonstop.

3. Bomber Jackets


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Thrifting Tip: Outerwear is probably one of the more expensive things you'll have to purchase, but when it comes to materials like leather, wool, and suede, the thrift store often has better options. The quality of the material is usually better than what's on the mass market, and it'll be cheaper.

I'm sure you've already heard, but bomber jackets are back. After searching through retailers for one, I found this option secondhand, and it definitely beats any jacket that was sitting in my cart online. Vintage bombers have a relaxed fit, are comfortable, and immediately give that "cool girl" factor. My next goal is to buy a leather version secondhand. (You should buy that Etsy option before I beat you to it.)

4. Relaxed Tailoring


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Thrifting Tip: Always remember that tailors exist! If you find a suit that seems perfect but could use a little work, make that purchase, and don't be afraid to head to the tailor. You'd be surprised by how much they can change the garment to make it seem like it was made for you.

I'll admit it—I've always bought my blazers brand-new. I didn't trust the hype of thrifted blazers, as I always assumed they would be ill-fitted. I was clearly wrong. After sifting through a few racks, I found a few perfectly fitted blazers. They had the fit and quality of a blazers five times their price, and I now understand what the hype is about. If you're on the hunt for a chic blazer, you know where to go. (Bonus points if there's matching pants, which a lot of secondhand stores usually have.)

5. Cargo Pants


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Thrifting Tip: Sometimes, it can be tempting to buy what's trendy at the thrift store without even thinking about it. Even when you're shopping a trendy item, try to make sure it's still versatile. While I loved a few more "trendier" pairs of cargo pants at the thrift, I settled for this black pair with gold buttons because I knew it would get more wear. You don't want a thrifted item to collect dust in your own closet, too. 

I never thought I'd find myself thrifting a Y2K trend till I found this pair of black Ralph Lauren cargo pants and immediately threw it in my cart. The trend is both versatile and comfortable, which are qualities I prioritize in my wardrobe. Brands are quickly adding the new It pants to their collections, but give the secondhand market a go—all the 2000s cargo pants are waiting for you.

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.