Contributed by: Augustine Pilon (@lamyrtille), Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert
For this blogpost, I am going out of my traditional vintage looks to offer you some thrifted finds in the theme of sports and the outdoors. Being an amateur sportswoman, I like to be able to buy trendy and varied athletic clothing without having to pay a fortune. To do so, I often go to second-hand stores to find sportswear that are not only second hand, but also of good quality.
First of all, here are vintage bike shorts from the popular Quebec brand Louis Garneau. With its 90s look it stands out from what is produced today, while still being in good condition. It has a contoured chamois that is well padded on the inside to optimize comfort, control temperature and absorb shocks. Usually, a new pair of bike shorts is worth at least $50, and this one only cost me $10. That’s what I call a real bargain!
My second find is also from the brand Louis Garneau, but this time from a more recent collection. It is a thermal underwear top with a zip collar in very good condition. This kind of underwear is perfect to put as a first layer to go skiing, or to go running during cold autumn days. I feel that it will become an essential part of my sports wardrobe, since it is practical and timeless. This top was in great shape when I found it, so I will take really good care of it.
The third find is just amazing! They are sweatpants with a streetwear look that won’t go unnoticed. I’m a fan of its modern side with its brilliant red color, two white stripes, snaps and drawstring at the waist. These pants will accompany me during my workout as much as during the days when I want to relax. I will also be able to wear it in the street with sneakers and a sweater.
The fourth find is a sleeveless zipped fleece from Chaps Sports. I love its vintage style, its original patterns and colors! When I came across this unique piece, I was really happy, because I had been looking for a sleeveless fleece jacket for a long time. Usually, this kind of item is quite expensive when new, so it wasn’t even an option for me. Don’t wait for this kind of clothes to go on sale in new stores, go to a thrift store and you’ll be served! This fleece is perfect to be worn as an outer jacket in the fall or as a second layer over a thermal top, for example.
The next find are beige shorts from the brand Adidas that can be used for running as well as for the outdoors. They are light, breathable and have a very comfortable elastic waistband. The fabric is super soft and seems to dry very quickly. I can’t wait to try it for my mountain hikes next summer! In the meantime, I will use them for training at home. They only cost me $6 at the Salvation Army Thrift Store of my neighborhood.
Finally, here’s the last look, the one that may be less athletic than the others, but which may give me great company during my yoga sessions. They are blue tie-dye sweatpants with slightly tapered legs, elastic cuffs and ultra-soft fleece on the inside. Needless to say, it’s the ultimate comfort. You don’t have to sacrifice style to be comfortable! So… What do you think?
Have a good thrifting session 😊 !