Emily does up the holiday party circuit in style! Sometimes all you really need is one FABULOUS dress to make a great impression. The little black dress is a style cliche of the BEST variety! Every gal should have one as her ultimate go-to look for any dress up occasion. We found this NEW (with the original tags) dress from Marc New York, at one of our stores and knew I it would be the perfect foil for glamorous accessories of all kinds! The dress featured ruched details at the hip and draped beautifully because of the luxurious rayon and spandex fabric. Always look for fabric that feels rich and has a nice weight to it. This is an indication of high-quality construction. Because it’s the holiday season we glitzed up this look by bringing on the gold. Gold medallion necklaces, or for that matter any metallic necklace, is always in style, and so are these lovely bronze earrings from American Eagle. A simple vintage handbag with gold chain adds another touch of lady-like class! When it comes to shoes you can go with a strappy metallic sandal or you could also swap those out for some high heeled pumps in black. The possibilities are endless when you have a dress as great as this one is! A simple upswept hairstyle and some soft, yet glamorous make up creates party perfection! TIP: Whenever you’re at one of our stores, look at the dress section first so you won’t miss out on the perfect LBD for your wardrobe!
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.
Our cool and casual model Cory is all about the layering and texture in this great look using items from our stores, as well as a few things from his own closet. I can’t stress enough how easy it is to shop our stores for items that could work with other pieces in your wardrobe! I was on a search to find some classic corduroy pieces and I really hit the jackpot when I found these BDG brand corduroy slacks with jeans styling! They're the perfect weight and color for winter-worthy looks. I was also fortunate to come across this great camel-colored blazer by American Eagle. The style can go casual or dressy depending on what it’s paired with. Now that we have our two cozy corduroy pieces we can go to work pulling it ALL together! We decided to go for a fashion-forward look so we used one of Cory’s graphic t-shirts in black to add some contrast to the jacket. By pairing some distressed Kenneth Cole boots in a rich brown with these pieces we grounded the look and kept the vibe young and casual. The use of accessories such as the scarf and the RayBan sunglasses are the final piece of this stylish puzzle. This particular look came together quick because we had all the perfect elements, that when blended in the right way create a fashionable effect. Cory is looking great, I might add, as he prepares to attend all those fun get togethers that seem to pop up all through the holiday season!
Cory's Favorite Item: BDG corduroy pants
Robert is a cool teenage guy. He knows what looks good and cares about putting together a look that he’s comfortable with. With so much going for him already, we built his look here starting with an awesome button down cotton shirt with a Phoenix appliqué on the front, done in a khaki color from the Buffalo by David Button brand. Next, we added a pair of classic Levi’s jeans in a lighter wash than what we’ve been seeing in fashion as of late to keep the outfit fresh. The key to the cool factor here are the accessories that Robert himself brought to the table for the photo shoot. The nerd chic glasses, the white belt, and of course the very cool Van’s canvas deck shoes in a complementary shade of tan. This is the epitome of effortless style! Remember, great pieces like the unique shirt and accessories mixed with classic items like the jeans, are what create memorable fashion.
Robert's Favorite Item: Levi's Jeans
Our model search winner Trish illustrates just how one great dress can make all the difference when you want to make a statement with your fashion. Look at how well this simple sheath dress from Ann Taylor fits her. This was a real bargain due to the high quality of the cotton fabric and the machine embroidered pattern on the dress. The wonderful thing about a go-to dress like this is that it doesn’t need much in the way of accessorizing. We made it pop by adding some vintage yellow, floral earrings, and a green, beaded chain necklace that pick up on the tones of the embroidery in the dress. A classic pair of Ann Klein leather pumps and she was good to go wherever the day or evening might take her! Always look for high-quality name brand dresses when you’re out shopping at Goodwill, and you too can look as fabulously fashionable as Trish does!
Cory proves that sporty looks can be fashion forward too! Here we’ve combined classic elements such as the American Eagle plaid shorts, blue and white striped sweater, and a Ben Sherman graphic print t-shirt. When looking at all the items separately you might think they’d be too much together, but that is the beauty of layering when all the pieces share a common thread. In this case the common thread is red, white, and blue. These patriotic colors always work together in harmony even if the tones don’t exactly "match." Cory had some cool sunglasses and light blue Sperry Topsider deck shoes that really played along well with our sporty summer theme. He definitely has a fun, casual and comfortable look going here, and you can too by looking for similar items to add to your warm weather wardrobe.
Annisa is also wearing a fabulous print dress, this time in an Aztec-type pattern. The turquoise blue tone is a summer-style staple and is quite flattering to almost any skin tone. A dress or two like this should be in every smart gals summer wardrobe! With the empire-waist style that flows very flatteringly from under the bust, this is a sure bet to keep you feeling cool and breezy on those scorching days ahead. The classic empire-waist style is also a great fit for lots of figures, as it brings the focus to the bustline and away from potential problem areas. We went ahead and added some fun summer accessories like the silver dangle earrings, hand beaded necklace in two tones of blue, and of course, the piece de resistance, the totally cool vintage straw handbag. When it came to footwear, we chose to go with Annisa’s own grey suede wedge heeled gladiator-style shoes to add a little height and protect her feet from the hot pavement on a day filled with summer shopping! Remember, a colorful sundress can, and will, help to keep you looking and feeling cool this summer in all the right ways, just like Annisa!
Damara looks ready for the bright days and cooler nights of summer in this colorful ensemble. Just like last month, where our focus was on dresses, we started with a teal-green and navy- paisley print dress from Merona. This is a great little summer sundress for sure, but we weren’t finished adding some more fashion flourishes quite yet. During the day Damara could casually tie the chartreuse lightweight acrylic sweater from Forever 21 over her shoulders. But, when the evening chill descends why not layer it over the dress and add a breezy bohemian scarf in black, purple and grey? The darker color of the scarf is a nice contrast with the brighter tones, and is a sophisticated choice. Since this look is casually cool, we used Damara’s own gold metallic flats to keep it relaxed and not too dressy. The gold metallic earrings,color blocked bangle bracelet and gold chain necklace add a little sparkle and shine, that bring out the beauty of our model, who looks like she’s ready to take on whatever adventures this summer may bring!
Jerricka celebrates the beginning of summer in this sophisticated party look. The dress she’s wearing is an ombre, black-and-white-and-blue patterned dress by Maeve. This is a great find for many reasons, let alone the low price tag! The silhouette is flattering, and the way the colors bleed into the skirt are cool, daring and interesting. That is what makes a statement! We accessorized by using a pearl headband with a flower as a necklace, and FYI, they make excellent chokers too just by adding a clasp instead of the elastic. Jerricka had these amazing blue and black lace pumps that worked so well with this look, because they are complementary but not necessarily matching. Simple silver earrings and a woven clutch with patent leather detail make this winning look just a little more playful! A great dress is an easy upgrade from separates, as this look demonstrates, so next time you’re at one of our stores start at the dress rack first!
Jeffrey is a perfect illustration of the power of a black and white color combination. Once again, we used some of Jeff’s favorite Goodwill purchases to pull together this modern, masculine look. We started with his favorite jeans and paired them with a Kenneth Cole button down shirt that had some black, white and grey details. Finding a shirt with details like the white placket on this one will help make any outfit into a fashionable look. From there we added the grey/black belt with metal grommets as well as a hip fedora hat with contrasting band, both of which Jeff found at the Goodwill store near his home! Topping it off is the Converse black and white sneakers, and just for a fun prop, a black and white golf umbrella! This guy definitely knows what’s cool, and that comes across in this laid-back and fun outfit that any guy could pull together!
Georgianne is a woman who likes to look put together even when wearing her favorite pair of blue jeans. In this spring look we used color to take her denim into a fun and more fashionable territory. Starting with a fabulous Anne Klein silk blouse in a canary yellow is a great idea. Utilizing a button up blouse like this one in any jewel tone will add sophistication and chic, especially when left untucked like a breezy tunic. Layer in some more color with a silk scarf like this multicolor example she’s wearing from Banana Republic! Taking cues from the tones in the scarf we added a turquoise bangle bracelet and some green sequin drop earrings that complement but don’t entirely match the rest of the tones. Her sleek dark brown leather ankle boots keep the long leg line going without drawing attention away from all the color. Neutral shoes are a great way to balance a more colorful top half! She looks casually classy, with just a little bit of a bohemian vibe.