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!
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.
Hayley our model search winner is a fabulous illustration of the layered boho look for fall. Taking a cue from the runways, we’ve pulled together an ensemble that combines, color, print and texture for a classic yet up-to-date daytime look. Like we always do in this section we’ve asked our model to provide us with her favorite pair of jeans as a starting point since she loves the fit and wash. I couldn’t agree more! A great pair of jeans sets the stage for the separates we’ve carefully yet casually combined here. A Jones New York paisley print silk blouse is a great counterpoint to the Aerie fuchsia sweater. This sweater has a loopy, loose weave that makes it a terrific layering piece. The colors work well together without exactly matching. The rich brown velvet fitted blazer from Ann Taylor was a fantastic find and brings the color palette down a little bit while allowing the colors to “pop." This jacket adds just the right touch of luxury that we’re going for. The real fun was bringing in the cool accessories, such as the paisley scarf we’ve used as a headband, the beaded watch, and the gold earrings. The Relic red leather handbag keeps the look crisp and ties in with the green leather heels. By swapping the handbag for a slouchier one, and adding some boots this could become even more casual in an instant. She looks confident, classy, and cozy doesn’t she?
Jeffrey was another of our model search winners making his debut this month. Let me tell you, this guy knows a thing or two about shopping at Goodwill! He found this Banana Republic two-piece windowpane plaid suit at his local Goodwill Store for $12.99. I asked him to bring it to our photo shoot so I could show him a few tricks to update his bargain-priced classic suit. FYI, every guy should have a suit, or at the very least, a jacket and pair of dress pants. We started with a light blue cotton button down dress shirt that most guys like him already own, and then added some interest with a red and blue paisley necktie. Instead of a vest, we’ve added a rich Concord-grape color merino wool v-neck sweater from Merona. See how it really makes the colors of the tie and suit stand out? To keep the look fashion-forward, Jeff brought in his own dark gray lace up trainers. This is an ensemble that could have been pulled directly from a men’s fashion magazine! All the tones work in harmony yet stand out in a masculine way. Men’s style is all about being up-to-date without being too trendy. Thinking outside the box and not being afraid of playing with color will set you apart from the rest of the guys, just like our model and Goodwill shopper Jeff!
Jeff's Favorite Item: Banana Republic two-piece windowpane plaid suit
Jerricka, a new model in our Goodwill family LOVED this look when we tried it on during a fitting. This is early fall at its best. Texture, pattern, and monochromatic color palettes always work wonders. The leopard print skinny jeans from BDG combined so well with the black boots that our model already owned that we set a course to go for rocker chic as our final fashion destination. The key piece here was this awesome black fringe strapless top from Charlotte Russe, that when worn with the boots and jeans makes it more daytime playful than evening sexy. Fortunately for our picture, Jerricka had a black leather motorcycle jacket that added the biker element and brings this tough-girl look together in a good way. To soften up all those rough edges we kept her styling super feminine, with coral red lipstick, pink nail polish, and a tousled curly hairstyle. TIP: Grooming is just as important as the clothes themselves! Last but not least, before this gal takes to the road are the pieces of jewelry that make a bold statement, like the gold necklace, tribal bracelet and oversize black earrings. Now, who’s ready to rumble with Jerricka as she rallies the flag of fun fall fashion?
Matt has been one of our favorite models for a while now. He serves as an illustration, as well as an inspiration for guys that want to step up their style, but look comfortable doing it. Here we started off with a pair of jeans that Matt already owned and liked. TIP: A guy should have only a few pairs of good fitting jeans instead of a bunch of ill-fitting ones. Layering your clothes is ALWAYS the key to creating a cool outfit. A graphic print tee shirt by Sonoma in a blue/yellow design is a good start for this look. It adds just the right amount of color. The next layer is a vintage Town Craft button down dress shirt that has a subtle pinstripe in brown and black. It adds some contrast to the lightweight jacket that is the perfect topper for fall or early spring, too. This is another vintage piece from Lee in brown poly/cotton blend fabric. It has western detailing as well as topstitched seams that just make it more interesting. A brown leather belt and Matt’s own well-worn hiking boots keep it on trend, yet realistic. Unforced fashion is always the right thing to do.
Matt's Favorite Item: Boots or jeans
Sabrina does casual classy with a look inspired by her favorite jeans. Thinking outside the box is a great way to work with anyone’s favorite denim piece. Using a ruffled and feminine pale blue blouse from Express as a foil to the utilitarian jeans, takes it into fashion territory. The uniquely textured jacket from Petite Sophisticate in a cream ivory adds just the right touch of structure with the softer edge of the blouse. A blue beaded necklace continues the color story. By keeping accessories like our Bamboo brand flats and cream purse by Cheson in the same tonal range, they allow the blues of the jeans/blouse to shine. This is one cool mom, showing us a hot spring look!
This month our mother and daughter duo Sabrina and Annisa give us the blues, as we feature shades of this popular color in both of their stylish spring ensembles.
Sabrina takes the classic little black dress into the glamour realm in this stunning Jeffrey & Dana black gown with lace inset bodice. Fabulous details like the lace are what make this chic and expensive looking, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for a knockout dress. This look is both covered up, yet body conscious because of the way the gown fits. This dress is made of a bias cut rayon/crepe fabric that clings to the figure in all the right ways. Bias cut simply means that the fabric was cut across the grain rather than with the grain, so it allows the fabric to flow and move softly. Jewelry can go two ways, first we have classic pearl earrings and necklace, and then just for fashion-forward fun, we added the chandelier earrings that feature extravagant peacock feathers. Extra special evening drama is certain with the addition of a Ronni Nicole black and red velvet coat. This is an unexpected, yet fantastic piece to have in your wardrobe for just such an occasion. Too often women wear their daytime coats for evening affairs. If you find a great coat like this buy it! It will come in handy for the odd formal event you may have to attend, and look marvelous with so many dressy outfits. Sabrina’s classic pumps complete, but don’t compete with this red carpet worthy ensemble!
Our model Matt shows us all how to wear a sport coat with style! Navy blue is always a great alternative to black or grey, and works hard for the guy wearing it all year round! Here we have a Haggar-brand vintage jacket with classic detailing like patch pockets and brass buttons. Simple khaki slacks from Dockers are a casual way to go with a blazer like this instead of traditional dress pants. What is really cool about this look is the tone-on-tone use of shirt and tie. The tomato soup-red Kenneth Cole shirt looks amazing with the red and gold tie from Brooks Brothers. Matt used his own brown loafers to complete the look. Take note guys, infusing a little color in your daily attire at the office is definitely the way to go. Why not try out a colorful dress shirt? All the other elements in this good-looking ensemble are just simple classic pieces that you may already have, or should look for on your next trip to Goodwill!
Hot mama Rachel was only weeks away from giving birth to her second child when we did this photo shoot. She is the perfect illustration of utilizing Goodwill to find fashionable looks for ALL occasions! Here, print mixing was the theme, starting with a Motherhood maternity skirt in a black and white polka dot print. From there instead of a maternity top, we used a plus sized blouse from Alfred Dunner in a fun graphic print that had just a few touches of color in it as well as a fashion forward bow tie at the collar. We completed the look with a vintage knit blazer in black poly that had a small detail of red piping with gold buttons. Accessories are red high heels from Metaphor, a purple patent handbag, and a necklace that is actually a Rolf’s silver chain link belt with red beads that we just simply used in a different way. Feeling fun, flirty and fashionable doesn’t have to stop when you’re expanding your family and Rachel really rocks this ensemble wouldn’t you say?