The colour of the fall season is oxblood. You didn't hear it here first. You probably seen the trend style stories on the internets and you've been like 'oh cool, burgundy is so in this year' but then an invisible fashion dictator raps you over the knuckles and corrects you. If you want to be fancy, it's oxblood, OK?
Resisting the urge to run to my nearest Zara, I instead took stock of my own closet. Turns out that of the 6 deep red pieces I own, 5 of them are second hand. Burgundy is such a classic colour that everytime it is back in style, it gets manufactured in standard silhouettes. That's why it is such an easy trend to thrift.
When neon came back in, it wasn't hard to find neon in the thrift store as well. But the neon of 2012 is a little different than the neon of the early 90's; it got re-interpreted in a new way. It was a little like neon grew up. Pants, clutches and pumps were all produced in neon colour ways this time around. While there certainly is usuable neon to be found in the thrift store, the vintage tees, head bands and workout jackets available are often more ironic than chic. In that way, maroon items at the thrift store are an easier find. Burgandy has been in and out of favour for decades so there is a lot of choice available. It has been used as the colour way for many classic items, not just trendy items. A thrifted oxblood blazer, sweater or circle skirt can easily be paired with a modern shoe or a motorbike jacket and look on trend. It's worth looking in the purse section as well; I've found three burgundy leather clutches in the last year!
So, regardless of whether you call it maroon, burgundy, wine or fancy oxblood, just make sure you give a thrift store a chance at this trend... That's the best part of the thrift shopping, everything old is new again.