Goodwill shopper and single mom, Katy, is doing a dressed-up daytime casual look this month. Layering is the way to go for fashion, as well as warmth during these long winter months. Here we did another look with jeans we found for $4.99 from AG, then we added a cotton t-shirt from J Crew ($5.99) as a base and topped it off with a great boucle knit cardigan in light blue from K&K for $4.99. Pretty basic right? Well, we didn’t stop there. Jewelry and accessories are what MAKE a tee and jeans look! I assembled some awesome accessories from Retique (Goodwill’s boutique store located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward) starting with a necklace for $6.99, earrings for $4.99, and a great statement scarab-type ring that was well priced at $14.99. Continuing our gold standard, we utilized a metallic leather belt from Anne Klein that was only 99 cents, and some gold Sperry top sider slip-ons ($6.99). Why not elevate your daytime looks with some great pieces like this from Goodwill?
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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Kurt is ready for anything his day might throw him in this easy, yet sophisticated take on casual menswear. Kurt buys many of his clothes at Goodwill, and his wife also enjoys the thrill of the hunt! When it came time to do our photo shoot, I simply asked Kurt to bring along some of his favorite items he purchased at our stores. Then I found a wool, Nordstrom mock turtleneck in black for $19.99 at Retique (Goodwill’s boutique store located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward). I thought it might work great with these essentials he found at Goodwill: Levi’s brand jeans - $5.99, ostrich leather cowboy boots in black - $19.99, and a fantastic Pele Studio leather jacket in brown that was just $29.99! Now these are pieces that can work for any man’s wardrobe! Next time you’re out shopping at Goodwill make sure to look for jeans, jackets, and boots because you can never have enough of these go-to items in your wardrobe!
Jack gets the winter look just right in this well-put together ensemble! Looking for outerwear at Goodwill is a great way to multiply your cold weather stockpile of fashions! Jack went shopping shortly before our photo shoot and was thrilled to find this MAIZE/NY quilted down coat for just $14.99. This kind of coat is both lightweight and cozy and perfect for when the seasonal winds blow. This coat has an upscale look thanks to the zipper elements and quilting design. I added in some tan skinny chinos from H&M that were $4.99 at Goodwill, and a vintage ski sweater from former Milwaukee and nationwide retailer, GIMBELS that I also found at Goodwill for $6.99. TIP: Knowing vintage brands always helps you find amazing items at our stores! Jack brought along his own Timberland boots which complimented the style vibes of this awesome outfit perfectly. Goodwill comes to the rescue again for affordable and fun winter choices for every member of the family!
Vera goes dramatic and monochromatic in this classy, dressed up look. If you read my Amazing Looks descriptions each month, you’ll see that here we did exactly what I always preach—make sure to always check out the coats and dresses first when you’re shopping at Goodwill. Why? Because a great coat or dress usually holds up well, and this is definitely the case with what Vera is wearing here. In fact, Vera herself found this beautiful black wool with fur trim coat from Alorna/NY at a Goodwill store near her home in Illinois. So, all I had to do was pair it with a beautiful Ralph Lauren dress I found at Goodwill for $9.99. The shoes were also from Goodwill (also found by Vera). This is definitely a perfect picture of elegance, style, and sophistication all in one outfit! Bravo for this kick-off to a new and more fashionable year ahead.
Sam is ready for a stylish winter in this incredible coat that was $9.99 at Goodwill. When I see an amazing coat like this at Goodwill, I always snap it up. When I shop at our stores, I always look at coats, dresses and blazers first. Why? Because a well-made coat, dress or blazer will stand out amongst all the other pieces. Once again, this coat has the hallmarks of fashion, elegant silhouette and fantastic details. With winter being a long affair here in the Midwest, having a wardrobe of coats and jackets is par for the course. Every stylish man or woman should have both casual and more special coats like this one in their wardrobe. Sam is wearing this statement coat with a leopard handbag I found for $7.99, and her own dress and shoes in basic black complete the ensemble. Sam looks just like a movie star now doesn’t she? You can too by shopping for a new-to-you coat at your local Goodwill!
Emily is ready for holiday parties in this awesome dress I found for $5.99! I always say that one great dress is all you need to make an entrance, and in this dress, Emily is no exception! When it comes to shopping for dresses at Goodwill, I look for quality and details. This dress is actually one piece! It has such a genius design and is very flattering to our model. It was a nice quality stretch knit fabric and very well made. The black embellished shoes by Vera Wang were priced at $6.99. The sunglasses are from my collection and are worn by BOTH models this month! Our hairdresser, Kitty on set from Impressions salon also gave her a cool party-look pompadour and it works perfectly with this statement dress!
Charmaine is the perfect illustration of my adage that all you need is “one great dress”. In this case, she’s wearing a classic shirtwaist dress in a small leopard print that buttons down the front. This Ralph Lauren designer dress was just $6.99 at my local Goodwill store. Don’t shy away from leopard prints! Just make sure the print looks rich in color and not cheap. A structured piece in leopard, such as a jacket or jeans, always works to create a stylish look. We simply added a wide belt in a soft brown, gold earrings, and a necklace from her own wardrobe. Beige Bandolino pumps were found by our model at Goodwill for $6.99—they coordinate but don’t dominate the leopard print. The brown leather designer purse was $14.99. Fashionable and professional is what I’d call this look!
Helena is wearing a great print here, but this time in her floral pattern skinny jeans. This particular pair is by designer Madewell and were just $4.99 at Goodwill. I thought it would be fun to play with a menswear look, so we used a light blue button-down dress shirt, a black necktie, and Chuck Taylor shoes from her own wardrobe to emulate a masculine style. To top it all off, we added a Mossimo blazer with faux leather insets ($5.99) and some attitude glasses in a burnt gold ($2.99). She looks like a rockstar doesn’t she? Ladies, take a look through the menswear department at Goodwill the next time you’re there. You may want to borrow something from the boys to elevate your own style!
Jennifer is doing denim—but not the usual jeans look. This is a great fitting denim dress with shirtwaist detailing, like the patch pockets and snap closures down the front. She bought this on one of her frequent trips to Goodwill for just $6.99. A denim piece that’s special, like this one, is a must-have for fall and winter layering. Speaking of layering, I added a cropped BCBG tweed coat with elbow patches that work quite well with the dress, it was $12.99. Bringing some color in is easy with a silk scarf that I found for $1.99, her own earrings add some sparkle and shine, and the ever-popular booties were just $6.99 at one of our well-organized stores. Look for special items like these to spice up your fall wardrobe, and if she added some tights and a heavier coat or sweater she’d be ready for the winter to come! Stylish and on-trend is what I would call this look. Jennifer really sparkles, doesn't she?
TJ is an aspiring actor and likes to have fun with what he wears. So, I went for a graphic t-shirt from Hanes for $2.99 with Mickey Mouse on it! As a student, TJ needs clothes that go the distance, and you can’t do better than some cool cargo pants—like these in a dark gray that I found for $2.99. They’re a great alternative to always wearing jeans. Topping it off is a super cool bomber-style jacket from Cherokee ($4.99) that’s made of sweatshirt material and denim. A great coat is an awesome addition to any young man's wardrobe. Finishing off the look are some Vans that TJ bought for himself at Goodwill for $6.99. Casual looks can be fun and fashionable if you know how to pull it all together (as he does). Playful and fun clothing also matches his upbeat personality!