We all have our methods of choosing items of interest at Goodwill each time we shop. This week I asked my stylish friend Jordan to come shopping with me and pick five items that should make every gal’s fall wardrobe must-have list. I thought she was the perfect choice to take on my “Pick 5” challenge. Here’s what she got ...
Michael Kors red patent leather coat - $39.99 at Goodwill
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 return of Men’s Fashion Week just concluded in New York City, and with that, the focus on male style has taken a giant leap forward in the minds of the public at large. On the scene for the numerous daily shows and presentations was my dear friend and fabulous fashion blogger, Kim Cihlar. I thought I’d impose upon her to share with us an insider’s sneak peek of what the powers that be on the men’s fashion scene have in store for the super stylish man!
Summertime clothing choices should be fun and fancy free, right? Well, those bold colors, breezy fabrics and casual comfort were all on display at the runway show I attended for Spanish designer Custo Barcelona’s Spring and Summer 2015 Collection (www.custobarcelona.com). While the models are quite obviously not what you would call average in looks or even sizing, one thing we can take away from the presentation are the ideas about what’s in style for the season we’re in. While these ideas are not always meant to be literal, they could be if they’re suitable for you and your personal tastes. When I go through these photos I took at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, I see ways to update anyone’s style game by taking clues and adapting those themes for the real world (the one that is far from the runway)! Let’s take a look at some of the models and identify trends we can ALL get behind …
There’s something about beautiful flowers that make us happy isn’t there? Even the toughest customer will notice the lush beauty and artistry of a floral arrangement outside a home or business. The natural world, especially floral motifs have been an inspiration for fashion designers since the beginning of time. Both decorative and feminine, floral blooms are responsible for one of the single most prevalent design aesthetics in history!
Well here we are at the beginning of another summer style season. What this means for most us is figuring out how to look good while staying comfortable as the temperatures rise. Some of the best examples of strong fashion opinions come from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Of course, that’s where designers have models strut their latest looks for the public to weigh in on. But, for me the real show is the people out on the street, or attending the runway presentations. Herewith, I present photographs that I took of the fascinating fashions worn by real people, NOT models, which impressed me on the streets of Manhattan.
Retro red was the theme for this gal who posed for me on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The wrap-style bodice and full skirt of this dress give her a nice waistline accentuated, of course, with the animal print belt! You just can’t beat black and red as a color combination, and her accessories bring out the vintage vibe even more. She looks confident, happy, and fun!
It would not be an overstatement to say that scarves are by far the simplest, most inexpensive, and creative way to spark up a summer wardrobe. These bits of fabric come in a variety of colors, patterns, fabrics and sizes, making them suitable for multiple uses and styling possibilities. In my book there are really only three sizes of MUST HAVE scarves! These would be the old-fashioned cotton handkerchief size, the long-and-narrow, and the pashmina. These three are so versatile and easy to work with that even the “scarf-phobic” can find a way to utilize their charm. Let’s get the summer styling ideas started!
It’s so great to know that regular guys, not necessarily fashion people, can figure out how to put together outfits that look great. All it takes is a little common sense, along with an understanding of quality and detail. Jason not only won our Amazing Looks Model Contest this year, but he won our hearts as well. Here he shares the story of his personal journey toward gaining new self-confidence, and how Goodwill helped him achieve those goals. Goodwill has so much to offer a person, like Jason, who was at a crossroad in his life and looking to make a serious change.
Staying organized is hard to do sometimes when you’re a buyer and seller of vintage and resale items. I have racks and racks of clothing from different eras
taking up quite a bit of space at my home studio. In addition, I’ve always been drawn to sewing patterns from different eras as well. The original DIY fashions, I guess you could say! Sometimes these fashions can serve as inspiration or reference, or in the case of this week’s blog, both! While out shopping at the Goodwill near my house for some summer items for an upcoming photo shoot, I came across this lovely floral sleeveless top by Ralph Lauren in a rich cotton. As is, it’s a great summer staple for sure, but with a few tweaks I knew I could take it to a new level of sophistication and fun! This project is so simple that literally anyone can do it. It doesn’t require major sewing skills, but being able to run a simple straight stitch on a sewing machine could help. You might also take this to a friend who could help you with it, in exchange for something you could do for him or her! Bartering is a great way to accomplish things, and it doesn’t cost you a thing!
There’s an ease to summer fashions that ‘s all about comfort isn’t there? You know what I mean, right? I’m talking about some simple pieces which can be thrown on when the weather is hot, but still allow us to look cool and stylish. Summer dressing is all about color, texture and accessories. Ditch the ill fitting baggy t-shirts, the oversized cargo shorts, and save those for your next camping trip okay? This week we’re going to take a look at surefire ways to rev up your style as the mercury rises. Last year in the heat of the summer, I attended an outdoor fashion show in downtown Chicago at Daley Plaza. The looks being shown were pretty much pieces any gal could wear just by mixing and matching. If you don’t have any of the items I’ll be describing here in this post, now might be the time to start pulling together some bits and pieces that fit the bill so-to-speak, from the Goodwill in your neighborhood, for starters … and then let the summer fun begin!
As the age-old adage states, “April showers bring May flowers.” But, what that statement really means is that it’s time, once again, to check out all the floral fashions. Anyone can wear a great floral pattern at any time of the calendar year, but spring and summer is when we must pay attention to the use of floral prints in your wardrobe. Year after year we talk about floral patterns in fashion-trend reporting, and just like their horticultural counterparts, there are literally hundreds of variations which can inspire and refresh your viewpoint on this topic. At the spring and summer runway shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC, we saw some interesting examples of this yearly trend as they blossomed into reality. From mild to wild, the choice is yours, so pick a posie and let the style bouquet begin!
Now I must admit, I’ve never watched the show which brought the color orange back into the public eye. But, I was at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last September when some of the top fashion designers strutted their sartorial stuff for the world to see. This twice a year presentation is always full of fashion ideas to talk about and take note of. Prevalent on a lot of runways was the fascinating color, orange. Now I know what you’re thinking, orange is not for everyone, and maybe it shouldn’t be. But, orange can be wearable if the shade is right and the garment or accessory is on trend. Sometimes you may be hesitant to experiment a little bit with colors or styles you’ve never tried. So before you say, “I can’t wear that color,” just try on a few things featuring this shade. Orange isn’t just a marriage of the primary colors red and yellow, but it can be a compliment, and sometimes a contrast to other tones. Whether you choose a full-throttle look or just an accent, orange can really make an outfit stand out from the crowd! Let’s take a look at a few styles inspired by this citrus sensation!