You just can't beat the perfect summer dress. Summer dresses are always a nice addition to your wardrobe because not only are they perfect for just about every occasion, but with the right pair of shoes and added accessories, they can easily transition from casual to more formal. Here Katy is wearing a fun purple floral dress from Express we found at Goodwill for $6.99. The green sandals ($6.99) were a nice addition for a more casual approach, and we also added a pair of floral earrings and a white bracelet, both found at Retique for $4.99. This is the perfect look for a casual wedding or even a night out with friends.
You can always find something amazing when shopping at Goodwill, but if you need a few tips on how to put together the perfect outfit, then you've come to the right place! Each month we highlight two ensembles created by Fashion Expert, Bjorn Nasett using items found at Goodwill. Check out Bjorn's Amazing Looks fashion tips and learn how you can make the most of your new-to-you wardrobe from Goodwill!
The models you see here are actual Goodwill shoppers who were kind enough to donate their time to participate in our annual Amazing Looks Photo Shoot. All were styled by Kitty Tierney of Impressions and photographed by Jessica Kaminski of The Refinery Photo Studio in Milwaukee.
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All images for Goodwill's Amazing Looks prior to 2019 were supplied by John Grant Photography.
Kurt is showing off is laid-back summer style with this look! As an avid Goodwill shopper, Kurt appreciates the thrill of the hunt so we started his look with a pair of comfortable chino shorts from Island Republic for $4.99. We paired it with a black cotton t-shirt from Goodfellow for $3.99 and a casual plaid button down for $4.99. But the best Goodwill find in this ensemble were the perfect-condition Teva sandals for $9.99! With this look Kurt is ready to relax at a casual summer party or an evening out with friends! Stay cool, Kurt!
Jack shows us his fun side with this humorous take on the “Hawaiian” shirt. Even though this look is based on a photo-realistic print t-shirt, it still says “summer”! This Get A Life brand t-shirt with a colorful beach scene was just $3.99. We paired it with a pair of white denim jeans from Lucky Brand ($6.99). They are a great addition to anyone's warm-weather wardrobe. Accessorizing is easy when you have a choice of shades like these faux wood and black sunglasses that were $1.99. Jack is going barefoot and fancy-free in a lot of these pictures, but he could wear some bright shoes like these yellow ones with green shoelaces from Retique.
Mary does summer dressing just right! Women always know that a great frock (dress) is the easiest way to look pulled together day or night when the weather is warm. For $6.99 this dress from MAVEE packs a lot of punch, and with its navy and light blue coloration, it’s just a perfect foil for accessories. We went a little over the top with this cool statement necklace I found at Retique for $9.99, and some dangly earrings for $4.99. Mary could go with flats or sandals with this look, but instead we went for these high-heeled pumps with bow detail from Liliana for $12.99. Mary is ready for summer parties and breezy evenings in this sophisticated ensemble.
Kaitlyn’s outfit is a great example of bold fashion for summer. When you find stylish pieces at Goodwill who says they can't be transformed into a fabulous statement without going over the top? The key is all about proportion! This floral Donna Rico designer dress ($14.99) was a perfect fit for Kaitlyn’s unique style. With details like a self-belt, and pockets, it would be difficult to find anything better for the season's festivities. Adding to the dressy nature of this dress are the leather Vince Camuto designer pumps with multicolor snakeskin detail ($9.99)! When wearing bold pieces you need to scale back a bit on the jewelry, so we opted for floral earrings and a bracelet that were just $4.99 each at Retique. Fresh and pretty with a little edge is style perfection in my book!
Chris is a Goodwill shopper who loves laughter and fun. What better way to show that than through fashion? For this ensemble Chris wore his own jeans and shoes and I added a funky cat print t-shirt in a bright blue ($3.99), worn under a Hawaiian print cotton shirt ($4.99). The blues and grays added a little contrast and cohesion to the t-shirt. Monochromatic outfits are always on point when you blend similar tones to create fun looks. Chris loved the unique glasses ($1.99), so I gave them to him after the shoot. He felt confident and extremely happy, and isn't that what it's all about? Shop, create, smile!
Our lovely model-mom Katy wears the color of spring in this fresh and amazing look. All it takes is one awesome dress to create your own high-fashion style. (Check out the dress section at Goodwill first!) This one is Laundry by Shelly Segal ($12.99) and features a green-and-white floral print, as well as ruching detail at the cuffs and waist. We accented it with a gold necklace ($4.99) and earrings ($4.99) as well as some high heeled sandals by Jessica Simpson, also in metallic gold ($6.99). This is an outfit that could grace any stylish occasion anywhere in the world for under $30!
Vera dresses up a denim 2-piece that she found at Goodwill for $8.99. We added her own yellow t-shirt to set off the dark denim. But, the star of the show is a fabulous set of jewelry featuring a necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring ($49.99). This set could be worn separately in multiple ways and would be a great high-quality accessory investment. See how it takes this denim duo to new fashion heights? We also used some beige (linen/burlap) textured espadrilles ($4.99) to keep the focus on Vera and the sparkle she brings to yet another seriously amazing look.
Jack is blooming with fashion power in this sophisticated ensemble suitable for any dressy event at school or anywhere. Who says floral isn't for guys? When it’s as cool as this floral print tie from Clubfellow ($2.99) it steals the show! Did you know Goodwill is a great place for men’s dress shirts? I found this one from J.Lindberg in black cotton for $5.99. A black button-down shirt is always a smart look with a blazer like this Alan Flusser brand corduroy jacket that our model purchased before the photo shoot for $5.99. The jacket pairs up quite well with the DKNY jeans that were $6.99. Pulling it all together is the model’s own boots in rich brown leather. Always take a moment to see if your items “go together” rather than match. That’s what makes a stylish look like this one work so perfectly. It’s a balance between dressy and casual and it suits Jack quite well!
Mary is a veteran Goodwill supporter and provided us with most of the items for this look from her own purchases! Jeans are always the basis for a hip, modern look and these jean from Mossimo were just $4.99. Layering on more springtime style with a cotton tunic shirt in navy blue from Merona ($4.99) provides a great backdrop for the floral scarf ($2.99) and the mint green GAP trench coat that was a great bargain at $9.99. Just for playful fun, we added her own sunglasses as well as copper-metallic leather slip-ons by VANS for $6.99. This look is polished and poised, yet fun and casual. Spring style is the name of the game for Mary!