Charley is the picture of spring in this floral dress with empire waist. It was just $5.99 and is done in a wonderful multi-color print by Bonnie Jean. A girl of any age should have a couple of go-to dresses like this one when special occasions require a little more than a t-shirt and jeans. That doesn’t mean however that you can’t make it less fussy. By using Charley’s own brown leather sandals that have a more rustic quality, we’ve taken away the “precious” little girl vibe, and gone for more of a fashion-forward young lady confident look. Just for fun we also utilized a floral headband that you can learn to make for your daughter or yourself by checking out my blog here. All in all, this look is beautiful, classic, and age appropriate all at the same time! Here’s to sunnier days ahead!
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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All images for Goodwill's Amazing Looks prior to 2019 were supplied by John Grant Photography.
Robert is a guy who always seems to be smiling! That’s because he likes the way he looks, and it's one of the things that guided me in choosing items for his look this month—along with his confident outgoing attitude. So to pull this off, we mixed it up a little bit with a black-and-white houndstooth pattern t-shirt from Alternative Earth, that went along with a pale-yellow cardigan in a lightweight cotton by Express. This look is a nod to the 1980s a little bit, so we also used some great accessories like the black-and-white patterned sunglasses for $2.99, as well as the cool watch and black boots from Robert’s own wardrobe. TIP: One of the easiest ways for a guy to look a little more dressed up is to have a pair of black jeans on hand like these Lee jeans that I found for $5.99 at Goodwill. This is a casually-cool look for any spring and summertime activity, and don’t forget to wear your smile—just like our model Robert does!
Our tween model Imani is fresh and ready for spring! Spring style doesn’t get any better, or easier, than finding that perfect floral dress. Now, there are a lot of options when it comes to floral prints … subdued, bold, and everything in between. I found her a great cotton corduroy dress from Forever 21 that was $5.99. What a deal, and it’s both somber and bright at the same time! The dark background makes the bright colors of the predominantly red-and-yellow flowers pop in a subtle way since the print is on the small side. With her hair up, I thought why not add some flair with a DIY floral headpiece! Find out how to make it on my blog. With natural beauty and an engaging smile she’s ready for church, a dance or anything! The only thing we needed to add was a pair of cute black flats that our model already had. Who says floral is for old ladies? This young and vibrant gal proves that old adage wrong!
Mister Romain was visiting from France when we photographed these great looks on him. Boys can be just as stylish as the girls (as you can see). Keeping our color scheme monochromatic with shades of orangey-red makes all the difference between just getting dressed, and having real style! We started with that old standby of a great pair of jeans in a gray- stonewash finish from Tony Hawk for $4.99. The cool graphic t-shirt in red was just $2.99 and adds some rock-and-roll to the look. Every guy needs a great hoodie or two right? This one was by Champion and is a heavy-duty cotton that will hold up to a lot of wear, and it was $4.99. Romain himself had some cool black sneakers and that was all we needed to wrap up our cool, fashion-forward middle school guy look!
Our model this month, Jason, like so many guys wants to be comfortable as well as fashionable when it comes to getting dressed. Casual looks don’t have to be sloppy if you take some cues from his fun, preppy look this month. We started with his favorite pair of jeans scored at Goodwill on a recent shopping trip. They’re in a nice dark wash, so they go great with a variety of other items he already had that were also purchased at Goodwill. A plaid, short-sleeved button down shirt ($2.99), in red, white and gray is a good way to up the style factor instead of a t-shirt. It lends the gray O’Neil zip-front hoodie ($7.99) a little more substance too! Completing the look are some Steve Madden trainers in red-and-white ($4.99) and some cool shades ($2.99). When Jason needed some new clothing to fit his slimmed-down frame after diet and exercise resulted in dramatic weight loss, he turned to our well-organized stores to help him pull together a realistic working wardrobe. Not only was it easy on his budget, but it looks great too!
Kenzie takes a pair of jeans to a more high-fashion place by adding subtle hints of metallic, texture and neutral color in this amazing look. The dark-wash Banana Republic jeans are straight-legged. They’re a nice wardrobe builder and a nice, easy- -to-wear silhouette for $5.99! The beige/brown metallic-flecked sweater in a boucle knit ($5.99) is a great backdrop for layering some more texture over. We chose the fabulous Vera Wang faux-fur vest we scored for $4.99, which suits the season right now. That touch of luxury led us to accessorize this outfit with these Charlotte Russe wedge-heel booties ($6.99) with a gold/metallic embellishment, as well as layering on some classic gold -tone fashion jewelry ($2.99, $3.99) we plucked right out of the case at one of our stores! You really can’t go wrong with layering elements like the ones pictured here. Stylish, sophisticated and accessible is always the way to go!
Robert, our model this month, illustrates that casual and cool looks for men really do exist! With this outfit we showcase texture, pattern and layering, which are all key elements to pulling together great style. It starts with this black-and-white check Claiborne for men button down shirt for $4.99. TIP: You just can’t go wrong with a shirt like this since black-and-white never goes out of style. We added in some black jeans by Lee, which were a steal of a deal at $5.99, and are another go-to piece for a guy interested in looking a little more contemporary.
Maureen likes to present herself in chic and casual way during this long winter season. Here we started with her favorite jeans, just like ALL of us have, and we took it from there. I found an awesome Narciso Rodriguez designer knit shirt that was just $3.99, and I think it’s the epitome of wearable style. TIP: Long-sleeved knit tops are a great wardrobe builder - you just can’t have too many! We topped it with a trendy, classic and cozy faux-fur vest from STO that was $5.99. This vest lent our outfit some luxury and fun with its red zipper accent. Cold weather is the perfect time to pile on the accessories like the scarf and necklace shown here ($2.99 each at one of our stores). Maureen, a veteran thrift store and Goodwill shopper herself, provided some awesome boots to finish up our look on just the right note. Even though it’s definitely not a dressy look, Maureen still serves up some hot fashion during the not so hot winter weather!
Our model search winner Jason is a Goodwill shopper extraordinaire! He knows firsthand how our stores help those who need a new wardrobe after a life change such as weight loss. You can definitely get a lot for a little! The classic menswear look here is all about some cool jeans, and what to wear with them.
Our model Bari is all dressed up for holiday festivities in this chic, and almost Audrey Hepburn look. In a shimmering, short-sleeved black dress with simple lines, like the one we chose here from Xhileration for just $6.99 at Goodwill, you don’t need to do a lot more! With her hair up Bari looks fresh and ready for a classy yuletide soiree, or even a night out on New Year’s Eve!