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.
The models you see in this blog are actual Goodwill shoppers who donated their time to participate in our annual Amazing Looks photo shoot. All clothing was selected from our very own Goodwill Store & Donation Centers and styled by Goodwill Fashion Expert, Bjorn Nasett. Hair and makeup was provided by Kitty Tierney of Impressions and all photography was created by Jessica Kaminski of Refinery Milwaukee.
All images for Goodwill's Amazing Looks prior to 2019 were supplied by John Grant Photography.
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!
Matt is a great guy, he’s a fitness entrepreneur who likes to look good, but he’s not too fussy. This is the perfect look for ANY guy to rock this winter! Layer upon layer of great items all found at Goodwill! The jeans and shoes were Matt’sown as he’s a veteran Goodwill shopper and knows that a stand out men’s look always starts with some awesome jeans and shoes. Now, layer on a dark t-shirt in purple from the GAP and add a patterned sweater that has an old-world classic look. Top it all off with a streamlined, quilted down jacket from 32 Degree Weather. Now Matt is definitely ready for all kinds of wintertime fun–indoors and out!
Sharita is all about the black-and-white prints! Mixing black-and-white textiles is the easiest way to create a long-lasting style. Sharita was one of our Amazing Looks Model Contest winners for 2016, and she has the Goodwill wardrobe to prove it! For this look we chose a black-and-white polka dot dress to anchor our look from Elle that had a nice a-line cut, striking but not too fancy. Our next goal was jewelry that complemented the dress, so we went with a bracelet, earrings and necklace–all from Goodwill that ranged in price from $3.99 to 6.99. I’m starting to feel a European flair here! Topping it all off was a fabulous wool coat that Sharita bought for $9.99 on one of her shopping trips to Goodwill! It would look truly amazing with any outfit, but here it really makes a great personal fashion statement, don’t you think? Her interesting Mary Jane-type patent leather flats are by Betsy Johnson. Layer, layer, layer and more layering is the way to go for stunning style this winter!