Mia is perfectly styled in this little black dress. A gal just can’t have too many! This bell-sleeved crochet mini dress was a great find. It was new with tags from the Xhilaration brand and priced at a smart $7.99! With a LBD, you can accessorize to your hearts content. Here I used a cameo ribbon choker from a DIY project I did last year. It looks great with the neckline of this dress and adds a certain vintage feel. The designer inspired pumps add a little interest here too, as they make their own statement. These kitten heels are by G Fresh and were priced at $6.99. So, you can see here a simple black dress, plus unique accessories make fantastic fashion, and Goodwill makes it affordable to experiment with your personal 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!
Chris looks fresh and bright with this casual fun look for April. Classic pieces mixed together always make for a great fashion statement as you can see here. The star of this show is the gingham check button down shirt, in blue and white from American Eagle for $4.99. But, a great supporting player for the warm sunny days ahead are the white jeans from Levi’s priced at $7.99. These two items can be worn numerous ways throughout the season, so they’re a great buy for any guy looking for an instant fashion upgrade. We added some accessories too, including a great oversized watch with red band that was $9.99, a coral scarf for $2.99, red belt for $1.99, and his own Keds brand deck shoes in navy and white. Having a few pieces that are summer favorites can make all the style difference!
Joel goes back to basics as we slowly head towards spring. What is back to basics? TIP: When shopping at Goodwill, men should always look for chinos, cords or other non-blue denim pants to add to their wardrobe. On Joel, we found some J Brand brown jeans for just $6.99, and they elevate the everyday look of denim just a little bit. A classic long-sleeved pullover from Mossimo was $3.99 in a dark blue-gray with some contrasting details. To accessorize, we used a European-style scarf that was $2.99 to add some color and flair, as well as some cool lace-up shoes in distressed blue from Joel’s own wardrobe. Suddenly, a back-to-basic shirt and pants combination doesn’t look so basic, does it?
Charmaine looks great in this leggings ensemble that’s perfect for the transitional weather ahead. You simply can’t go wrong with a pair of leather leggings because there are so many options for what you can pair with them. We decided to go for a more upscale-dressy look here with metallic accents and rich textures. The layered-look top featuring sparkly-contrasting pleated sleeves and peplum with a brown-and-black textured sweater by designer Alberto Makali was $14.99. To keep the luxurious look going, we simply added a statement necklace that was NWT (new with tags) to fill in the v-neck of the sweater with interest and style, also for $14.99. The Nina New York brand heels, feature a burnished gold vamp, ankle strap and embellished heels for $12.99. This is fashion and fun at its best with a monochromatic vibe. TIP: Brown and black look great together, and pairing these neutrals helps create a sophisticated and polished ensemble. Charmaine looks effortlessly chic, doesn’t she?
Jennifer is showing us the “gold” standard of style here by adding some metallic magic to items she already had in her wardrobe. She loves this black skirt that she found at Goodwill on one of her regular shopping trips. The full skirt proved to be a great match for the vintage Pierre Cardin gold knit sweater that had an attached tie belt! This great piece from the past was just $7.99, and could be worn with jeans, slacks, or other items from her wardrobe. TIP: Metallic items in classic silver or gold are considered “neutrals” and can work with almost any other color you pair them with. Our accessories take the look to fashionable heights with the lace-up black peep toe heels she brought along to the photo shoot, and the tassel necklace for $2.99, as well as the gold dangle earrings for $1.99 that we added in to keep her gleaming. She looks ready to take on whatever 2018 will hand her with confidence and sparkle!
Isaiah is looking fresh, and ready to put a little “spring” into his step. This month is a great time to head to Goodwill to freshen up your own outlook, as well as your wardrobe! We utilized a great faux-leather jacket that Isaiah brought to the photo shoot and built our cool, yet casual outfit from there. The black-and-white t- shirt from his own wardrobe is a great foil to the colorful purple chinos from GAP that we found for just $4.99. They really add a “pop” of color to this singer/songwriter’s look. TIP: Jeans, shoes, handbags or other items in bright colors can infuse the most ordinary outfit with a bit of swagger when paired with neutral items! To continue the rock-n-roll trend, the Converse All Star sneakers with multicolored shoelaces were a steal at $7.99, and just for fun, we gave him some “attitude” glasses that were $1.99. Who says the last few months of winter can’t be bright and stylish too?
Dale does a glamorous look to welcome in the New Year! This wonderful winter white wool suit with real fox trim and beautiful rhinestone closures, is the creation of film wardrobe designer Maria Dionisiou for her signature collection—and it cost only $14.99 at Goodwill! We modernized it with these Bamboo brand faux snakeskin platform heels done in a multicolor metallic. The simple drop rhinestone earrings were just $1.99, and Dale’s own rings complete the fashion story. When you run across something as fabulous as this suit in your size, you must buy it!! This suit could also be used for just the skirt, or just the jacket as separate pieces. Goodwill is just the place to find a unique item that becomes a legendary part of your dress-up wardrobe. She looks great don’t you think?
Sam channels high-fashion looks with this fantastic tailored coat. There was no label on this coat, but just looking at the details such as the interesting texture, neutral tones of black, gray and white, the sleeve treatment, the full cut of the bottom of the coat, and the slash front pockets told me that it was definitely a special piece! You just can’t have too many coats in my opinion, and at $9.99 this was a major fashion score. She wears it with her own simple black dress, but we did add a great no brand handbag that was only $7.99 to take it up a notch. The round sunglasses add an air of mystery and chic as well. She wears her own heels in the photos. Just a stunning and stylish look for under $20!
Emily looks cozy and cool in this textured ensemble, doesn’t she? When I go shopping at Goodwill, I take into consideration not only how an item looks, but also how it feels! She’s wearing this gray-and-white Joseph A. sweater that was $7.99. It’s so soft to the touch with a fuzzy texture and fun polka dot vibe. With a statement sweater like this you don’t need to do much more than throw on your favorite pair of jeans like Emily did here! For extra drama, I also added another layer of texture with the infinity scarf, also in gray faux fur, that was $3.99. Her simple tennis shoes are her own and lend an air of casual comfort to the overall look. Always go for items that feel good to the touch and bring a smile to you and those who see you.
Matt knows that layering is the way to go with the fluctuating temperatures of wintertime. Having some great, but simple pieces can turn any casual look into fashion with flair. We started with a graphic t-shirt from Salvage that was $4.99 and topped it with a Merona brand sweater that was $5.99. The red/burgundy tones are perfect for winter and a great foil to the black of the t-shirt. Goodwill is a great place for denim, as illustrated by the medium wash Land’s End jeans Matt is wearing here. His own rugged hiking boots keep it all grounded. Just to spice it up we threw on a European-style scarf from Eileen Fischer for $4.99, and some fashion sunglasses that were $2.99. American men are a little reticent to wear scarves sometimes, but I say face your fears and get some stylish gear like this to bring out your inner rockstar! No matter what, Matt is confident AND fashionable in this easy to do look.