GoodwillNyNj’s Guide to Thrifting, Part I: What to Wear to Goodwill

Thrift stores can be overwhelming. There, we said it. As fun as it is to ooh and aah over SammyDavisVintage‘s latest great find, ThriftyVintageChic‘s new-old ensemble, or Fly on a Dime‘s incredible steals, it can also be intimidating. There’s got to be a way to go from info overload to Goodwill Style Icon, right? Right!

Thrift fashion expert Emme breaks down the basics to make Goodwill work wonders for you.

Our new 4-part series by the fantastic thrift expert Emme Bonilla will show you how, whether you have 20-minutes, 60 minutes, or all the time in the world to find your absolute perfect secondhand style. But before we even tackle the game plans, Emme’s tackling the most basic of basics: what to wear when you head out to thrift. Check it out:

You know the type, the gal that when asked where she got that fabulous dress/scarf/handbag, beams and says “Goodwill on East 23rd Street!” You wonder if she’s been blessed with the knack of thrifting or if it’s an acquired skill (and perhaps a skill you can attain as well!). If the idea of a packed, seemingly unorganized thrift store is more appalling than appealing or if you simply don’t know where to start, read on for my tips and tricks on how to nab your own Goodwill scores.

Thrifting How-To Tip #1: Start off with the right outfit. If trying things on at the store, make it easy for yourself and wear an outfit that is conducive to trying things on right there instead of waiting for a dressing room. The key word is layers!

The perfect outfit to go thrifting in: layered and comfortable, plus you can try clothes on discreetly!

My outfit for fashion thrifting is streamlined & convertible (sounds like a sweet ride, doesn’t it?). It consists of leggings (thin, so I can try pants/skirts over them), a spaghetti strap tank top and a sleeveless tunic/dress. This way I can try on many items without immodest skin exposure. A convertible bra and panties in your skin color are useful underpinnings, especially if you’re tying on special occasion dresses. Avoid wearing necklaces, bracelets or dangling earrings – you could risk losing them if you’re pulling things over your head. And of course, cute and comfortable flats that are easy to slip on and off (so you can try on all the shoes, duh!) round off the outfit.

Pro Thrifting Tip: If thrifting in the winter, take an extra shopping bag with you. Put your coat and cold-weather accessories in it and check it at the store!

What do you wear when you’re headed to your local Goodwill? Come share your thoughts in the comments here, on the A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj Facebook Page or over at @GoodwillNyNj. Ciao!

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