Rachel is our model this month, and at the time of the photo shoot she was just about to have her second child! This month our focus in on blazers, so we did a trendy layered look for this lovely mom that looks fashionable, yet fun. When it comes to clothing, we all know nothing fits like, or feels better, than a great pair of jeans! So here we started by using Rachel’s own dark-wash jeans as a base. From there we added a black, white, and tan print blouse from Lane Bryant which adds some contrast and texture to our bohemian look. Next up is a terrific black blazer with an easy fit that can accommodate her changing figure in just the right ways. This one is a high-quality piece from JH Collectible, and the cut of it worked so well with the lovely blouse! The lengths of both were perfect for allowing us to leave the blouse untucked! Now on to the fun part ... the accessories. A cool, vintage-style medallion necklace draws the eye up and the cool sunglasses, as well as an awesome vintage straw hat help frame her radiant face. Some small drop earrings with pearls and a beaded bracelet are all we needed to complete this daytime look. The tan flats are a wardrobe staple that Rachel brought with her to the shoot. FYI, neutral color shoes such black, nude and brown should always be the backbone of your footwear collection. These colors can be combined effortlessly with almost anything you might wear, so make sure to have a wide variety! Rachel comes across here as comfortable, funky, and above all, happy!
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!
Charley looks like the coolest cat in town in this simple, yet inspired outfit. The recipe for great spring and summer looks is super easy. First, start off with your favorite pair of jeans, leggings, or pants like the denim ones shown here from American Eagle, which came from Charley’s closet. Next, add a vintage button-up women’s blouse in a unique print and coloration. I totally fell in love with this no brand top, which I found for $3.99 at Goodwill. It works perfectly worn over her jeans AND her “go to” flip-flop sandals that she brought to the photo shoot. Just for fun, I let her borrow my blue tinted “attitude” glasses that really helped pull it all together. TIP: Always look for interesting shirts, tops, or blouses when you’re shopping Goodwill, to mix with your favorite casual jeans! Is Charley a rockstar in the making wouldn’t you say?
Julie shows us this month that casual doesn’t have to be boring. I was inspired by her metallic “leather” jacket that she brought along to the photoshoot. We started with a pair of gray leopard-print jeggings (jeans/leggings) from H&M that were $4.99. I felt these cool pants would lend a bit of rock-n-roll to this look. From there I added a black layered-look sweater from Apt. 9 that was just $4.99. Having the two textures in one sweater is an easy style cheat! Julie also happened to have some really great silver tennis shoes in her closet that kept the outfit casual, yet fun. You could also wear some leather boots with this look as well. The over-the-top round mirrored sunglasses are definitely fun sun protection, aren’t they? You simply cannot have too many pairs of shades in my book. They are an essential accessory for making you feel fabulous and fashionable in a flash. Julie is a head turner in the best way possible!
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!
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?