Fashion isn’t just about what we wear, but why we wear it. Clothing isn’t just something to keep us warm, but an indicator of how we live our lives. This summer the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin is featuring “A State of Fashion” now through September 17th. I was asked to do a fashion talk there last week and was so impressed with the museum that I wanted to share it with you through my photographs below in the slideshow.
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!
If you have specific questions send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sometimes when I shop at Goodwill, although it’s very rare, I DON’T have an idea of what I’m looking for. But those are days when I’m looking to be inspired by color, texture or pattern for a recycling project. This week I decided to use my $5 Club Goodwill reward to shop. I thought it would be a challenge to spend ONLY the $5. While I was looking through the craft section I noted that there were plastic handles for tote bags for $1.99, and that got me thinking that I could make a tote out from the fabric of a garment, to utilize them.
We put together three great looks featuring Goodwill items. Like I always say, fashion isn’t a price tag, it’s an attitude, a feeling, a statement. We will let the photos speak for themselves.
Prints are always one of those things that people like to debate about. Some people love them, while others avoid them entirely. Print garments draw the eye and bring attention to the wearer for sure, but there are ways to make them work for everyone.
Choker necklaces have a long history in the fashion accessory world. They were worn as early as the First Century A.D. In the 19th Century, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom was said to have started a fashion trend for chokers when she wore one to cover a small scar she had on her neck. Since then they have drifted in and out of fashion like so many other accessories do. As of right now chokers are being featured prominently in stores and in fashion spreads in magazines.
This week Goodwill Fashion Expert, Bjorn Nasett takes Milwaukee Fashion Blogger, Pamela Kieck on a Goodwill shopping excursion where they discuss what to look for at Goodwill and how to wear it!
Whenever I go to my local Goodwill store, I always check out the area where they put sewing patterns, scrapbooking and craft supplies. You just never know what you’ll find there to inspire you! Recently I ran across some colorful iron-on repair patches in different colors which were in a bin with other sewing items. Then I noticed some paper punches for scrapbooking. I got the idea that I could use a punch to cut out some designs from the iron on patches! Now, I just happened to have a star punch at home already, so I decided to use that. Stars are a great design because they transcend age and gender, and I thought they’d look great on a variety of items.
What is the future of fashion? To answer that question, we would have to look at many factors including social attitudes, globalism and, most importantly, new up-and-coming designers who can interpret the changes happening in the world every day while reflect those ideas in their fashions. I recently attended the “Transcend” fashion show, put on by Mount Mary University and held in downtown Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom. It’s always interesting to see what student designers have up their sleeves. (Pun intended!) What’s exciting about seeing their work on the runway is that it all came from the same place—an idea. Just like I always say about utilizing the resources of your local Goodwill store to polish your own style, fashion always starts with new and fresh ideas.
Everybody loves denim. I don’t think that there is any man, woman or child who does not have a pair of jeans is there? There are classic denim jackets of course, but there are other ways to incorporate denim into your everyday looks. This week I collaborated with local Milwaukee fashion blogger Riva Treasure.
If you enjoy James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, then you'll love our new web series, Goodwill Carpool with Bjorn! Ride along with our knowledgeable fashion expert, Bjorn Nasett as he takes everyday shoppers, local celebrities and more on a personal shopping experience to Goodwill. Bjorn explains how to spot trendy and chic fashion and what to look for when shopping at Goodwill—all while saving money and supporting our mission!
Over the years I’ve taken notice that the style I see on the street OUTSIDE of the New York Fashion Week shows is often more chic and wearable than what is being shown INSIDE on the runway! The people who actually attend the shows pull together looks representing what’s in style for THEM.