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!
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!
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!
Jason is all about workplace dressing with an eye for style. As our model search winner last year, he represents all that Goodwill can offer a guy who wants to step up his fashion game at the office. Menswear shopping at Goodwill could easily start with a designer-quality dress shirt like this lavender and white-striped Chaps brand going for just $5.99. It really sets off the basic black dress pants that he already had in his closet (like most guys do). We contrasted the button down shirt with a vintage neck tie from designer Valentino ($2.99) and some black dress shoes from Kenneth Cole Reaction that he had purchased himself at his local Goodwill for $5.99. This guy looks like a million bucks, and honestly, most memorable people dress well. The added bonus for men is our low prices for quality items. Jason looks ready for that promotion now!
Charley shows us what a fresh spring could look like! Goodwill is a great place to go for kids’ clothing at reasonable prices! Aqua was our theme here as we combined quite a few items featuring that hue. Kids love clothes that are fun and easy to wear, don’t they? So choosing a colorful pair of jean leggings like these from So brand ($3.99), a super cool long sleeved striped t-shirt also from So brand ($2.99), and topping it off with an animal print hoodie from Children’s Place ($3.99), made pulling this look together a snap. Notice the way the sleeves can be worn as hand warmers too because they have a thumb hole in the cuffs! Charley had some basic black flats already so we went with those for this outfit. All in all she is a fashion-forward young lady with the color and pattern mixing complementing her unique and happy personality!
Maureen shows us this month that looking rich, doesn’t have to cost a lot when you shop for quality items at Goodwill! We went for a monochromatic, metallic look here and it’s all about the details. A great dress can lay the groundwork for a great outfit. This little black dress from BG’s was just $5.99, and the cool leggings by Simon Chang were $4.99. Note the design embellishment on the leggings! You can’t top it all off any better than with this jacquard coat in a metallic pewter/gold from Newport News at $8.99. To make it even more stylish we layered on jewelry and accessories that ranged in price from $2.99-to-$4.99. Right on trend this season are her Carmen Marc Valvo booties that were an unbelievable deal for just $12.99! Maureen is runway ready with this look (at a mere fraction of the cost of retail) while proving that dressing well is a thought process NOT a price tag!
Nell is a guy that likes his comfort, but he wants to look cool too! Denim always saves the day for men AND women alike! Here, we took a Gap button down shirt in a blue-and-white gingham pattern and paired it with some dark denim jeans from Rustler that were $7.99. Next, we added a denim jacket by Sicily that was $12.99. Quality denim is always a great buy at Goodwill! Nell is avid Goodwill shopper so we also used a watch, hat and belt that Nell purchased to dress up the look a little more. A great pair of sneakers from Asics at $6.99 were all we needed to carry the casual, yet fashionable look to its stylish conclusion. Nell looks fantastic and projects a masculine, confident image that didn’t break the bank!
Christopher, our model this month, is in a casual mood to start the New Year, so of course he’s wearing jeans and a cool sweater. I found this awesome ski-themed sweater at Goodwill with the price tags still on from the original retailer! But, this Merona sweater was just $4.99 at one of our well-organized stores. To go along with that we took these great fitting jeans in a dark blue hue from Levi’s brand for just $9.99. Seriously, what more do you need! Our model supplied his own leather loafers in brown and tan from Stacy Adams shoes to finish it all off. Can you tell that we shot this look in the summer? Christopher forgot his socks! Although a lot of guys forgo socks these days, so yes, it is still a thing. If I looked as good as Chris does I’d go sockless too!
Catherine was our Amazing Looks Model Contest winner last year and she’s a veteran Goodwill shopper! She has unique taste, so we decided to go with that for her look this month. We mixed it up with a combination of many separates, starting with her own casual black slacks as a base. From there we mixed patterns with a striped top from Who What Wear that was just $4.99, and then topped it with the multi-colored jacket from Russ that featured gold buttons for $4.99. A red cuff with gold, and some cool earrings add just another touch of fun for $1.99 each. To take it to a sporty place we went with these white shoes with sparkle from A+ for $14.99, and added a black handbag for $12.99. Catherine has glasses to go with her moods, so here she chose some cool red glasses to add that last piece of flair to an already awesome outfit! Think out of the box like Catherine does, and you’ll have a new outlook as well for the New Year ahead!