Seasonal transition pieces are the linchpin of a well-curated wardrobe. Goodwill is a great place to search out unique items that can pair-up and layer with lighter items that work well when the thermometer fluctuates. One of my personal favorites from my own wardrobe is a denim trench coat I’ve worn for years—both in the springtime and again in the fall. Denim is perfect for straddling all four seasons. Below you’ll see photos of similar items I’ve picked up at Goodwill that represent types of clothing that’ll take you from the throws of late summer to the chills of fall.
Goodwill Fashion Expert—Bjorn Nasett
Wisconsin farm boy, Bjorn Nasett has a career that spans 30 years. He enjoys being a writer, wardrobe stylist, vintage and resale clothing expert, hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer! In his spare time he adopts senior dogs and strongly believes in pet adoption. Check out his website www.fashionfarmboy.com!
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The thing about kids is they always have something to say about the clothes they wear, am I right? Even though I don’t have kids, I have styled many kids for photo shoots, and I’ve learned their likes and dislikes first hand. As I prepare for yet another Amazing Looks photo shoot by shopping at our Goodwill stores, I’m struck by the amount of kids clothing and accessories that’s available on any given day.
A great back-to-school wardrobe can mean different things to different age groups. Usually mom or dad is helping their little ones pick out the best styles, but when kids get a bit older they become more opinionated—even when parents still hold the purse strings. When it’s time to head off for college, young adults are looking to find themselves and a style that’s all their own, so they’ll buy what they like according to their whims.
There is nothing more comfy than a t-shirt, right? When the weather gets hot and you want comfort AND style, it’s time to head to your local Goodwill to see how you can upgrade your summer “tee” game.
An artisan is defined as someone who does skilled work. Sometimes when I’m shopping at Goodwill, I find pieces that reflect that quality, handcrafted, well-made aesthetic. Take, for example, the print and details of these two designer dresses that I found recently.
No, I’m not talking about the town in Wisconsin, but instead how the color green is the symbol of spring that we all recognize and appreciate. But, how many of us appreciate this color as a fashion statement? Green is tricky for a lot of people to wear. But let’s break down the components of that shade just a bit. Blue + Yellow = Green. When looking at items for your wardrobe, green doesn’t have to mean bright Leprechaun color, unless that’s what you’re drawn to. In reality there is quite a spectrum of shades in the green family that can be very user friendly—from pastel-bluish green, to yellow- green and, of course lots of other variations.
Around this time of year, I like to try to bring a bit of color into my wardrobe just to spread a little cheer. I always feel a bit happier when I see bright colors toward the end of winter. As the days get longer and the sun gets brighter—so should we.
I love to do projects that relate to fashion. So, when I was at my local Goodwill recently, I bought some sewing patterns and had an idea to use them in a creative way to transform some Styrofoam mannequin heads that are used to display hats from a boutique where I work part time.
For working men who have to wear professional apparel, there’s nothing quite like the neck tie to perk up a dark suit during the wintertime. It makes perfect sense to add to your (or your husband, or significant other’s) tie collection by shopping the men’s area at your local Goodwill. With less than $20 in my pocket, I went in search of some cool (and perhaps even a bit artsy) ties that I could bring home to spruce up my own wardrobe, or give as gifts to dapper friends.
Love them or hate them, leggings are here to stay. For a lot of women leggings are an easy alternative to jeans and slacks. But, I have to say that as a rule, leggings should always be worn with a top or dress that has some coverage. I mean, if you’re working out at the gym then this rule could be broken, but as daytime or nightwear, it’s always better to opt for a modicum of modesty.
This time of year is the perfect time to take stock of your winter sweater collection. Go through and take out any sweaters you didn’t wear last season and put them aside to donate to Goodwill. This will clear the way to purchase some new-to-you pieces from a store in your area.
Project ReUNITED was a one-night-only runway reunion of fashion designers from Project Runway - Season 15. Benefitting the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County's Community Fund, the event, held on October 11th at Milwaukee's InterContinental Hotel, was sponsored by Goodwill-partner, Boston Store.