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.
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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I love doing interviews with actual Goodwill shoppers to illustrate just how much value you can get for you, or your family, simply by strategically shopping at our stores. In this blog, I’m picking the brain of my friend of 25 years, Stefani Miller. I knew Stefani before she had a family, and I’ve watched her ease into the life of a busy mom and business entrepreneur. She is the poster child for back-to-school shopping for her kids! As a matter of fact, I was recently at Goodwill researching ideas for an upcoming blog post, and low-and-behold there was Stefani with her 10-year-old daughter and her niece, shopping for kids clothes! I decided then and there to get her take on why Goodwill has become an important and fun part of her shopping experience as a mom and homemaker.
As I write this post, I’m preparing clothing for a back-to-school segment for the Chicago ABC affiliate station’s morning show, “Windy City Live.” The more I peruse pictures of back-to-school fashion, the more I gain insight into what kids want to wear this year. But, I’ve also discovered that these same rules can apply for putting together great looks for anyone transcending chronological age. For the show I have four models that needed outfitting: two girls and two boys, ranging in age from five-to-nine years old. What struck me when I received the mini-models’ information from our marketing department here at Goodwill, was the very personal opinions expressed by the children about their clothing. It was their particular taste(s) coming through loud and clear! One girl professed that she doesn’t like the color pink, but she likes all kinds of pants. Practical girl, I would say. Another boy enjoys wearing shorts and the color blue. And, our smallest girl is akin to lots of colors, princess-type clothing and dance. My dilemma soon became, what can I do to please them all, as well as the producer for the show? Well, just like I do for all photo shoots and fashion shows, I went to Goodwill and found something for everyone. Here are some of my rules for finding great clothing for kids at Goodwill stores in your neighborhood …
A friend of mine who has four children once told me that you can only dictate what your child wears to a certain point. It doesn’t necessarily come at a particular age, but instead there comes a moment when your kid will tell YOU what’s in style, or what their friends are wearing. So, whenever I’m pulling together a back to school items for a child- focused photo shoot, I try to think like a kid does. I take into consideration the influences that children are exposed to everyday, and I try to incorporate that into what I bring to the photo shoot. Then like any smart adult, I give them some choices. Kids are very vocal about what they like, and what they don’t like – it’s as simple as that. So, when they actually like what I have for them to wear, I feel like I’ve hit a home run!