Goodwill Gems: Cinco de Mayo Style

Just in time for a gorgeous weekend, we’ve got a Special Edition Goodwill Gems for you. After all, with Cinco de Mayo falling on a perfect-weather Sunday, how could we resist? Lauren headed to her local Goodwill just in time for the sunshine celebration. Come see what she found in this week’s Goodwill Gem: Cinco de Mayo Style!

No Cinco de Mayo party ensemble would be complete with a celebratory sombrero like this one!
Take your Cinco de Mayo celebration to the next level with a sun-shielding sombrero like this!

This year, step out for Cinco de Mayo in serious party style. There are plenty of bashes across NYC and the Tri-State area, and even if the tequila and tacos are really your main focus, every party is more fun when you’re decked out in the proper attire, right?

With the 5th fast-approaching, there’s not much time to prepare, and since you might be looking for accessories that a little (or a lot) different than your everyday style, you probably don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on them, either. The solution, of course, is your local Goodwill store.

Believe it or not, if you search, you can come across some fabulous accessories perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend, like this woven straw sombrero. It’s relatively simple, as far as sombreros go, but it’s brightly colored trim still makes it feel super festive. And its unfussy decorations leave room for you to really make it your own – if you feel the need, you can always jazz up a basic hat like this one with your own flowers, ribbons, or other festive accoutrements.

On a day like this, you want to let your accessories steal the show. So I suggest going with an extremely basic outfit, as I’ve done here, to really show off any glitzy, glamorous, or downright daring outfit toppers to full effect. Essential pieces – like dark, stretchy skinny pants and a plain tee – will allow you to pile on the accessories without looking like you went completely and totally overboard.

Get away from the everyday, and try jazzing up a plain-Jane outfit with some new accessories in vivid hues to get festive this May 5th.
Get away from the everyday, and try jazzing up a plain-Jane outfit with some new accessories in vivid hues to get festive this May 5th.

A sombrero or other equally fabulous headpiece makes a great focal point, but on such a festive occasion, more is always better. Load on lots of colorful items – bracelets, necklaces, ribbons, feathered or flowered hair accessories or broaches – anything you can find that comes in a vibrant color palette is fair game.

Just feel free to let loose and have fun with it! A day of celebration is the perfect time to experiment and, who knows, maybe come to the realization that stepping out on a limb and playing around with your everyday style can actually be a lot of fun.

And once your Cinco de Mayo fun is over, keep the celebration going with a full week of Goodwill sales, thanks to Goodwill Industries’ Week! Here’s the plan:

  • Monday, May 6 – 25%-off Ladies’ Bottoms
  • Tuesday, May 7 – 25%-off Men’s Bottoms
  • Wednesday, May 8 – 25%-off Kids Attire
  • Thursday, May 9 – 25%-off Men’s & Ladies’ Tops
  • Friday, May 10 – 25%-off Wares
  • Saturday, May 11 – 25%-off Pocketbooks, Shoes & Accessories for Mom

Come share your party looks and fantastic thrift finds! Tell us over on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style. Keep us posted and keep rocking your style, fellow Goodwill hunters!

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