Luke takes the back-to-school cool vibe to the head of the class with this layered, stylish look. The colorful plaid shirt started us off (Coogi brand $2.99) paired with Gap Kids denim pants that were $4.99. A basic look on its own, but we added a gray vest ($2.99) and a kid-sized black blazer ($4.99) to take it to a more fashionable place. We incorporated Luke’s own tennis shoes, because what don’t tennis shoes go with? Now it feels trendy but fun! All the elements are items that totally work together or separately, and that is why Goodwill is a great resource for your children’s clothing! Lots of choices are what you want to have on hand for your kids as they navigate their way to being teachers' pet in style!
Need help creating the perfect outfit? Here's some AMAZING looks put together by our resident Fashion Expert, Bjorn Nasett. Each month Bjorn chooses two great ensembles (created from items found at Goodwill) and explains exactly how he went about pulling them together!
Winnie is a fashion girl, who illustrates here the juxtaposition of feminine and flirty with rock and roll fun. An easy-breezy dress is great for the gal on the go at school, and the Beauties brand dress in black-and-white with pink straps is perfect and a real bargain at $2.99. Another amazing find was the Beauties brand embellished denim vest that was also $2.99, and worked perfectly for the look we were going for. This vest could also be worn all season long with other items from her wardrobe. A fun accessory is the blue wrap wristwatch ($1.99) because being on time is a crucial lesson to learn. As always, kids love their tennis shoes so we just used the ones Winnie brought with her to the photo shoot! Like I always say, tennis shoes go with just about everything, and who doesn’t want to be cool in school?
Catherine, our 2016 Amazing Looks Model Contest winner “dresses” up for summer with a statement dress! With a dress this fabulous from Jessica Howard ($7.99) you don’t need to add a lot more to make it fashion forward. Goodwill is a great place to find a dress that will take you through the events and parties of the season. The bold print in an interesting combination of blue, white and brown is flattering to Catherine’s figure, and the cut of the sleeves and neckline are just right without showing too much skin. The hat and bracelet add some elements of contrast without distracting from the overall look (hat $2.99, wooden bangle $1.99). Finishing the look off are her own white sandals that add comfort, as well as polish with this ultimate July look!
Christopher is getting summer just right with this v-neck tee shirt from Mossimo ($2.99), that we tie-dyed ourselves using a kit found at the local Goodwill store. We rolled the shirt lengthwise and then did bold “stripes” of blue and yellow for a bright and fun warm-weather look. Shorts make the grade here as well in blue with striped seersucker lining. These can be worn with either side out, and they were a steal at just $3.99. We added some accessories like a ring ($4.99), sunglasses ($2.99), and black bracelet cuff ($2.99). The go-to summer accessory for men has to be the white tennis shoe, these are a Converse brand, and I found them for $24.99 NWT (new with tags), and they pulled it all together quite nicely. When the weather is hot, it’s important to have items like the ones Chris is wearing to take you to stylish places all season long!
Dale has a perfectly casual, but polished summer look going here. You know we all love our t-shirts and this green, black and white striped cotton t-shirt dress ( $5.99) hits all the right vibes. It’s simple, comfortable and fashionable all at the same time. We topped it with one of the stalwarts of the easy summer wardrobe the denim jacket (Mossimo $5.99). This one has that faded acid washed look that gives it a breezy feel and is not too heavy for this time of year. How about adding some cool vintage shades ($1.49), bangle bracelets ($6.99) and some awesome metallic espadrilles from DV ($4.99). Whether she’s going to a picnic or just shopping around town Dale knows she looks good and even better feels good in this fun outfit!
Maureen is showing us another side of the denim jacket. Using a casual piece like this dark denim jacket from Express ($5.99) to literally dress down this print frock done in blue and green, helps bridge the journey from casual to classy. The freshness of color is so important this season and this beautiful Calvin Klein dress ($5.99) is absolutely perfect for this time of year. We went bold for our accessories, starting with these cool studded blue/green shoes from Shoe Dazzle ($14.99), that elongate the leg and work well with the dress without being matchy-matchy. The silver necklace, bracelet and sunglasses were each priced at $2.99, but helps make Maureen look like a million bucks! Remember, you can always dress down any more formal attire by adding a casual piece like this jacket.
Catherine was our model search winner last year–and she’s one exuberant lady, which shows through in our photos this month. We’ve taken casual and put it to new fashion heights here. As an avid Goodwill shopper, Catherine brought some of her own items to the photo shoot, such as these off-white capri pants and a simple white t-shirt. What I did was add the fashion with key pieces and accessories. This patterned cardigan made of lightweight cotton from Forever 21 is the perfect item to elevate the basic items we started with, plus at $4.99 it’s a great bargain! I also found some cool espadrille flats in a soft metallic silver by DV that were just $4.99. The look is still casual but stylish, right? The enormous brown faux-tortoiseshell cuff, bronze earrings and beaded necklace just layer on the charm as well. She is ready for a special day of shopping, or a fun summer festival in this amazing look!
Rose was also one of our model search runner-ups last year, and she had already purchased this fun dress on one of her Goodwill shopping excursions. It’s bright and fun just like she is! This multi-color statement print dress by Nina Leonard was just $5.99! I couldn’t resist adding lots of fun accessories like the faux-fur vest in cream that was $15.99, and the fabulous maroon hat I found for $2.99. To literally elevate the petite model, we added the platform wedge clogs from Mossimo in black, which were $6.99. Accessories such as the skinny blue belt ($1.99), tassel necklace ($6.99) and bracelets for $1.99 each add just a little more movement to this crazy quilt of fashion. Rose not only pulled off this look but she owns it!
Our model Emily is print perfect in this beautiful dress from Mossimo that was just $6.99! It’s important to recognize a print that will work for you and this one covers all the bases. It’s not too colorful, but it is bold enough to stand out in a crowd. Dresses are always a great buy at Goodwill for the business woman, as well as the gal that likes to glam-up for special occasions. When Emily came to our photo shoot with some wardrobe pieces, I loved her ¾-length coat in white. It’s always great to have structured items like this that pair easily with dresses or separates. This coat and dress combo is fashion magazine worthy in my humble opinion. We did some flower earrings and a black pendant necklace that were a bargain at $1.49 and $1.99, as they added polish, but didn’t vie for attention with the rest of the look. Classic nude pumps like these by Bamboo ($6.99) should be a staple in any style-conscious woman’s closet. Emily is literally a breath of fresh fashion air.
IJ is ready for spring after a dull winter, and it doesn’t get more fun and casual than a great jeans outfit. Goodwill is a great place for jeans–and the ones you see here are no exception! These all-cotton DKNY jeans were just $4.99 and I couldn’t resist pairing them with the clever Darth Vader in roller skates t-shirt from Star Wars that was $3.99. If those prices don’t make you happy and excited for warm-weather shenanigans I don’t know what will! We topped it off with a thin cotton cardigan in gray-and-green from BDG for $4.99. These types of cardigans are great casual layering pieces for men and women alike. For accessories we went with the classic black watch and sunglasses from Merona that were $6.99 and $4.99, respectively. Since our model is already a man of style we used his Chuck Taylor by Converse tennis shoes to elevate the cool factor of this look. His bright smile says it all!