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12 Months of Thrifting: How to Wear and Thrift a Pop of Color | Bonus Episode

Welcome to the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge! In this bonus episode, we discuss styling and thrifting tips for the this month’s thrift and style prompt: a pop of color. Click here for episode show notes.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Download the 12 Months of Thrifting schedule
12 Months of Thrifting Pinterest Board
2020 color of the year

a blue and orange graphic with boxes for each month of the year. Each  box lists a shopping prompt

Why a pop of color?

Introducing color to your wardrobe can bring your outfits to life. Colors set a mood!

Does the idea of wearing color scare you? Remember these tips:

It’s all about balance.
It takes practice to become more confident with color, so don’t give up on a certain color after a few tries.
You’ll find joy in color if you focus on how it makes you feel.

Easy ways to thrift colors: 

Understand what’s trending

This is a great way to get started with color. Keep an eye out for popular and seasonal colors because these will be the colors you’ll see a lot of in retail stores. Make note of these colors and then try find them at thrift stores. The 2020 color of the year is Classic Blue.

Get to know the names of hues

You’ve probably heard them before: warm, cool, neutral, jewel tone, pastel, neon, metallic. Understanding how these colors work on different skin tones, with other textures or colors could be helpful in your journey to add more color to your wardrobe.

Seek inspiration

This is so important! Our brains respond to color so you can seek inspiration anywhere. My favorite sources for color inspiration: nature, pantone, the runway.

Develop a color palette

Creating a color palette helps make your wardrobe more cohesive, in turn allowing you to quickly and easily put outfits together.

How to create a palette: Make note of the colors you already wear, colors you’re drawn to, and colors you incorporate in your every day life. Then jot down 1-3 neutrals you love and 1-3 bold colors you love. Focus on those when you’re thrifting.

Be open to trying new things

The thrift store is an amazing place to learn about and experiment with new colors.  I’ve found colors combinations I never knew existed because of the thrill of the hunt!

How to wear it: 

Mild dash: Easiest way to add a pop of color is by adding it to a monochromatic outfit. All black is always a great start.

Medium dash: add a pop of color to an outfit with two colors or more. For example: black and white + yellow. Black and camel + pink.

Spicy dash: a bright and bold look. For example:
1) a monochromatic outfit in one bold color (like a pink suit, all red, all yellow)
2) adding color to a print (like floral print with a pop of color)
3) color blocking.

How to color block: Mix two colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (red and pink, or yellow and orange, for example). Or mix two colors that are opposite on the color wheel (blue and yellow, for example).

I replicated Solange’s color blocking look using thrifted items. See it here.

I replicated this exact runway look with a thrifted look, featured here on New Day Cleveland here.

What is the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge?

The goal of the challenge is to help you add a “dash of thrift” to your outfits using 12 themes that you can easily find at secondhand stores.

How to join

Save or take a screen shot of the schedule.

For each month in 2020, use the schedule to shop for a specific prompt at secondhand stores. It can be locally, online, clothing swaps, whatever – as long as it’s secondhand.  Better yet, shop your own closet for these items you already own them!

Listen to the podcast, read the blog, or check IG and Facebook each month for styling and thrifting tips. 

Share your outfits and finds with us on social using #12MonthsofThrifting


Use this schedule as an inspirational tool and not as a strict guide.

Don’t feel pressured to buy something you don’t want to buy.

Add these items to a running thrift list and don’t give up because you couldn’t find something right away (you probably won’t)

Shop your closet if you already own these items

Explore different ways to wear secondhand (online, borrow, clothing swaps, locally, ) but don’t buy or wear something you don’t love

Share your finds with @dinasdays and #12MonthsofThrifting

Relax and have fun

12 Months of Thrifting Schedule:
January: Embroidery
February: Pop of Color
March: Shapes
April: Words
May: Florals
June: Metallic
July: Prints
August: Straw
September: Suede
October: Plaid
November: Velvet
December: Embellishments

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The music sampled in the podcast, Who Shot John and Audible Distraction, are written and performed by Dan Wilson.