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Amazing Looks from Goodwill

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.

Click here to learn more about our annual Amazing Looks Model Contest!

All images for Goodwill's Amazing Looks prior to 2019 were supplied by John Grant Photography.

Damara - Mixing It Up with Bright Colors

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM


Damara, is one bright and sunny lady! Her personality shines through no matter what she wears, so that’s why I complemented her disposition with some bright fashion choices. Mixing patterns seems like it would be tough but it really isn’t. Focus on items that complement, but don’t match necessarily. As a base we used neutral cropped pants from AB Studio for $4.99, and her own wedge-heeled shoes in tan. These wide-leg capris are all the rage again in fashion so keep your eye out for some when you’re shopping!  The top is a green/blue print from Exertec for $3.99 and it served as a great foil for the orange Mossimo cardigan ($4.99) and the Ensign coral blazer ($6.99). Since both tones are similar, they work well together or separately! Remember, that cool tones work well with warmer tones and the colors just really pop here when we put it all in the style blender! A patterned scarf, as well as a cool dangly necklace ($3.99), were all she needed to make this look into a memorable fashion statement. Bright always makes right when you sparkle like Damara does in another Amazing Look brought to you by our team!

Damara's Favorite Items: Capris, jacket and sweater 

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Jeff - Classic Twist on Sportswear

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 1, 2014 4:07:00 PM

Jeff heads into fall with a classic twist on the sportswear look. We started with a pair of GAP khakis in a tan color and added a J Crew button down shirt in a blue-and-white check pattern that plays well off of the plain pants. For fun we topped it off with Jeff’s own Express athletic jacket in green, a Martin Dingoman hat, and a J Crew belt, ALL items that were purchased by our model at Goodwill BEFORE our photo shoot! With his sense of style all I had to do was add some sporty Converse sneakers in classic black and white! All the elements at play in this ensemble are easily available at any of our Goodwill retail stores, they may not be the same brands, but the idea is what is great here. TIP: Pairing sportswear/athletic wear with traditional pieces gives them a new and stylish look! Hats off, literally to Jeff for being a loyal Goodwill shopper and for being a sensible style icon for guys!

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Topics: Goodwill, Bjorn Nasett, Amazing Looks, Amazing Looks, Goodwill Amazing Looks, fall fashion

Hayley - Day to Night in One Dress

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 1, 2014 3:59:00 PM

Hayley illustrates a perfect day-to-evening look using just a few great pieces. Playing off the monochromatic trend, we scored this two-piece Prada outfit in a neutral khaki green that can be worn together or separately. (TIP: Two-piece outfits that have simple lines are the most versatile pieces for layering and mixing and matching with other pieces in your wardrobe!) First, for a daytime appropriate look for office or other pursuits, we topped off the two-piece wonder with a Jones New York plaid blouse that is self belted which gives it just the right amount of polish, as well as a counterpoint to the khaki color of the original look. (TIP: Plaid is in for fall, and will also definitely (still) be in as we head toward spring!) For fun and some color we added some cute accessories like drop earrings and a beaded bracelet, and our models own Etienne Agner orange sandal wedges. Keeping the contrast going is a purse in a variant on the orange theme. Now let’s go to an evening look with the same pieces! We simply slipped off the blouse/blazer, and let the simplicity of the two piece shine. To jazz up the glamor we added a gold chain necklace, gold bangle bracelets, a wooden bangle bracelet, and some stunning starfish earrings! High-heeled Mary Jane shoes in a lovely green add a level of sophistication and a vibrant purple handbag makes the whole look into a true fashion statement. These two looks can be a great addition to a stylish wardrobe as we head into the fall season!

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Robert - Comfortably Cool

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

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Trish - One Great Dress

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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!

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Cory - Sporty and Fashion Forward

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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.

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Devion - Layering for Fall & Winter

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 1, 2012 9:25:00 AM

Devion demonstrates the very best of layering for fall and winter fashion.  We started with a pair of great jeans from Zara Men, and then started adding on.  His own black hiking boots gave us the idea for some urban flair with the rest of the look.  A long sleeved white t-shirt forms a base for the colorful H&M striped sweater on top.  Color blocking like this is a great way to infuse color and pattern into a simple jeans ensemble.  Topping it off is a classic black trench in a car coat length.  The one here is from Chaps and really keeps the look clean and impeccably stylish.  Here we’ve added a belt, and that always makes any outfit seem a little more tailored and well thought out.  This is a great ensemble that would be suitable for any casual occasion where a guy wants to stand out in a good way!

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Topics: Goodwill, Bjorn Nasett, Amazing Looks, Fashion, Fashion Trends

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