An Unexpected Combination: Mixing It Up at Goodwill

Good news, crafty readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: building unique style out of random Goodwill. Enjoy!

Shorts and Thermals? Yes, please!

I love when an unexpected combination works. I woke up a few days ago with absolutely nothing to wear but those very items you see in the photo above.

Shorts and thermal pants? Crazy, I know, but I really love this outfit! Those shorts were originally pants, which I found during the peak of summer. With a little snip and hem, they became an awesome pair of high-waist shorts (also featured in an earlier post).

While the thermals are not thrifted, they provide a great, though subtle contrast to the pants. Additionally, my sweater is also predominantly green like the pants, though a different shade. Two different shades of the same color in one outfit? Sure, why not?! On your next Goodwill visit, try looking for pieces that are the same color, but different tones, especially shades of grey, blue and, of course green.

While not being so matchy-matchy, pairing tones of the same color in a single outfit is a surprising change of pace that can often look really cool, especially by pairing a lighter hue with a much darker one. Colors are extremely versatile. Think of all the amazing, unexpected color pairings in nature, and how beautiful they look, even if they don’t apply to conventional “fashion rules.”

My thrifted card case makes the outfit complete 🙂

I finished off this look with my favorite, thrifted brown shoes, and my thrifted card case. The beauty of the Goodwill is the unexpected treasures you find.Try pairing all the different eras, fits and prints together to create your own surprising mix!

What’s your weirdest fashion combination that just seemed to work?
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