Dressing for back to school can be tricky with the fluctuating temperatures, but as long as you have some great pieces to layer it’s all good! Kristin is a boho-style girl with flame-red color on the ends of her hair, so putting her in a casual dress that featured tie dye on the bodice and elasticized waistband, along with a chambray skirt from Say What, was an easy choice. We layered the dress over another pink t-shirt from Mossimo for added style, and to make it less of a sundress and even more appropriate for school. We jazzed it up with some cool accessories like the gray spiked bracelets and the delicate hippie- style necklace, and used her own white sandals to keep it fun. The big idea here is to use a dressier blazer in gray from Last Kiss to give our other pieces not only more style, but some substance as well. Blazers make great transitional jackets in early fall and spring, too! Kristin is ready to “school” her fellow classmates in the elements of style!
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.
Nothing says back-to-school cool like a casual, layered look like the one our model Ian, (IJ) is sporting this month. All you need to put it all together are a few key items. We started with a great alternative to jeans for everyday wear. These gray-and-white pinstripe chinos from Gap are perfect for a sophisticated, yet easy look. With those as a base, we added an all-important graphic t-shirt with a red-white-and-blue Triumph motorcycle design by Lucky Brand. This creates a great contrast for the black button down long-sleeve shirt we used as an alternative to a denim jacket. To make everything “pop” a little more we added a white watch from Xhileration, as well as some always cool slip-on deck-style shoes from Vans.This look is polished enough for day tripping around campus, but casual enough for a game of basketball on the court as well. IJ is all smiles because he knows he looks good!
Bari is a teen who likes to dress up a little bit, so we thought we’d combine some fresh and colorful separates, that will ease her out of summer pursuits and back into the classroom. When everyone else is wearing jeans, Bari will stand out in an awesome way with this floral patterned skirt from Express in green and blue, that we’ve paired with a sleeveless blouse from H&M in a complementary green color. This is a great transitional look, that could be layered with a cotton cardigan if need be as the temperatures vary in classrooms. We styled it with the white sandals, which our model brought to the photo shoot, and I think it’s a perfectly pulled together late summer look. We also accessorized with a few of her own unique jewelry pieces like the silver stud earrings, in addition to the cool-blue leather bracelet, and then added a sliver belt from Goodwill for $2.99, as well as a green, beaded metallic bracelet that was $.99! All in all, she will no doubt go the head of the fashion class with this winning ensemble!
Charley, our grade school age model, shows us that some girls really like to glam it up! Sophisticated tones of black, gray and pink in an amusing pattern on this tunic dress from Haven Girl, was just the beginning for this pint size fashionista. From that auspicious start we brought out the black velvet jacket from Cherokee, that adds both warmth and a little edge to our very stylish little girl. While we were doing the photo shoot Charley insisted on helping us with accessories, so she slipped on a silver ring, faux turquoise and silver earrings, and a long silver necklace that made her feel less drab and a lot more fab! Utilizing her favorite go-to leggings in black (for girls her age, you just can’t have too many pairs of leggings!) and her own sparkly silver flats, this little dynamo shows us that over the top can sometimes work perfectly! She naturally has a great eye! Goodwill is a wonderful place to allow your kids to explore the world of fashion, with a price tag that any parent can definitely get behind. Charley really rocks this look with ease and confidence!