Last year around the holidays a friend of mine hosted a party which required one thing of all the guests invited - wear something that glitters, glistens, shines, shimmers, or sparkles. So, as we’re in the last weeks of the season where people wear crazy Christmas sweaters and other attire, it seemed appropriate to find some items that represent over-the-top style from eras past. Just like the ghost of Christmas Past, embellished and bedazzled sweaters make appearances at Goodwill throughout the year, and they just seem to cry out for someone to take them home and appreciate their gaudy beauty. And that person would be me! I started collecting “trophy sweaters” from the 1970s, 80s and 90s a few years back because I couldn’t believe the designs (which went from mild-to-wild) and I wanted to create a documentation of sorts.
I did a photo shoot including many examples of shoulder-padded excess, as well as a couple of sequin masterpieces that would liven up any holiday gathering for sure! A few of these had Christmas themes, but most of them had abstract designs that are quite fascinating. To the casual observer, you might wonder what you would wear with something like this, right? First of all, with these sweaters, you could remove the shoulder pads if that doesn’t sit well with you. Next, you could get a pair of faux-leather leggings, or fitted pants to help balance the volume at the top and pair those with some cool booties, pumps, or even jazzed up sneakers. Why not?
Having fun and enjoying time with friends is really what this time of year is all about! Plus, adding a little shine, sparkle, and outrageous design never hurt anyone. As always, supporting Goodwill’s mission is a gift you can give your community now, and anytime you donate or shop our stores! Enjoy the slide show!