Weekend Window Sales and Election Day Rewards

ARE YOU A REWARDS CARD MEMBER?

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On Election Day, Tuesday – November 5 customers who use their rewards card will earn double points on all purchases!  To become a rewards card member, you can sign up at your local Goodwill Store or online (please allow one week for processing).

 

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General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules

New York City
72nd Street Store: Saturday 11/2
sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 11/1 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 11/1 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 11/2 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 11/2 sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford Store: Friday 11/1 sale 8 am
Wappingers Falls: Saturday 11/2 sale 8 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

 

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Goodwill Gems: Banish Gray Days for Good

Sweater weather is officially here, and many more overcast gray days are ahead. But that doesn’t mean that the outfits you wear to insulate yourself against the sunless days, snow, and drizzle need to be as blah as the weather.

To keep your spirits up and your outfits looking vibrant, even in the midst of the autumn chill, turn to bright accessories like this week’s gem. Found recently on an especially successful trip to my local Goodwill shop, this week’s find is a fiery red fabric and metal chain necklace that’s sure to boost your mood, no matter how gross the day. The style – soft, colorful fabric woven around simple metal links – is super chic and so on-trend right now. It’s also an amazingly simple kind of piece that still somehow manages to make a big style statement.

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This week’s fab find – a stunning fabric and metallic necklace – is a style that’s all the rage right now. Though it’s a trendy item, it’s not too gaudy, gimmicky, or bizarre, and could easily work with a multitude of outfits for years to come.

Add a graceful twist to everyday wear. This simply elegant piece will instantly add a bit of vivacity to your favorite comfy but not quite so bright looks. A relaxed but put together ensemble like this one – consisting of a pair of soft, skinny, black velvet pants (for a little texture), a classic chambray collared shirt, and a cozy gray knit sweater on top for some extra warmth – is lovely and totally seasonally appropriate on its own. It’s completely classic, and the muted color palette would look good on just about anyone, but that little pop of brilliant red and gold this necklace could add would take it to another (much happier) level entirely. Though this outfit it effortlessly polished, you could also easily pair a woven fabric and metallic chain necklace like this one with a neutral sweater dress, boots, and tights, or any of your other go-to fall and winter looks.

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This week’s fantastic gem adds a bit of freshness, liveliness and posh charm to any classic fall ensemble that needs a new breath of life, like the one pictured here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

 

Fashion Show Brings New Friendships and Projects

Happy Monday to all!

As we approach the end of October, National Disability Employment Awareness month, we want to follow-up on several connections and friendships, as well as upcoming projects that resulted from our October 1 Goodwill Suits You Fashion Show.

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When model Aileen was getting ready for the show, fashion stylist Luz Barbosa, who selected Aileen’s clothes for the show, gave her a cuff to wear.

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Luz strives to be environmentally conscious by repurposing jewelry and clothes, and believes that new styles can be recreated from old ones. She documents her handmade jewelry creations which she labels Luchie’s Creations. Luz aims to “give life to something forgotten” by taking old, unused, broken jewelry and re-using, re-purposing, re-fashioning and re-imagining it into existence. “Refashioning is lots of fun, sustainable and challenges your creativity,” Luz notes.

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Get ready! Luz has agreed to host the upcoming “Ready, Set, Thrift!” fashion challenge on Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at our East Harlem store. Winners will get fabulous prizes, including Goodwill gift cards and outfits perfect to celebrate the Holidays!

Stay tuned! More details will be forthcoming.

Halloween Window Contest PLUS Window Sales!

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Goodwill’s Halloween Window Contest is Back!

Voting starts today, Thursday, October 24 and concludes on Thursday,
October 31 at midnight.

Check out the photos and pick your favorite store window or showcase by voting on:

And to get you ready for Halloween, we will have special Halloween Window Sales at the following locations on Thursday, October 31:

  1. Livingston Store: tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
  2. Steinway Store: tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
  3. Massapequa Store: tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
  4. Bellmore Store: tickets 6:45 pm; sale 7 pm

Watch the video of the Halloween costumes Jennifer and her Damsels in Design came up for less than $30!

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General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules

New York City
23rd Street Store: Friday 10/25
sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 10/25 sale 10 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:45 am, sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 10/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:30 am; sale 8:45 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:30 am;  sale 8:45 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 10/25 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Harrison Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 10/26
sale 10 pm
Vestal Store:
Saturday 10/26 sale 10 pm

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Goodwill Gems: How To Do Adorable Office Casual

Comfy work clothes! How we love them. And whether you’re lucky enough to be in workplace that’s casual all the time, or just one that lets you dress down on Fridays, there’s no shortage of ways to make casual clothes both cool-looking and polished enough for a professional environment.

Accessories are a great way to make a statement and make an otherwise relaxed ensemble look pretty and put together for work. This week’s fabulous find – a darling pair of classic, brown leather pumps – are one of those accessories that you can easily use to take your go-to casual favorites up a notch. Their sleek, slim lines and sexy pointed toe will instantly dress up anything in your wardrobe, no matter how simple or well-worn. And the rich, cognac-colored leather gives a little luxurious feel to all your favorite items in a snap (and also, I might add, goes with absolutely everything).

Work it. Comfortably. Though you could, of course, throw on these lovely heels with any number of fancier wardrobe staples, like a perfectly fitted sheath dress or pantsuit, it’s almost a little more fun to play with pairing them with less obvious pieces that you love just as much. For a weekend night out with friends, try a pair of pumps like these gems with some slouchy, distressed boyfriend jeans and favorite tee or sparkly tank, and a trim, fitted blazer. But for work, put a more polished-looking, but still simple and comfy, pair of pants on the bottom, like dark, straight-leg denim or slim-cut skinny trousers in your go-to black or a brighter color. Finish off the outfit with a classic white tee and blazer or, as pictured, a soft sweater in a pretty pastel hue. With a feminine, floral-print scarf and those sassy shoes, your effortlessly classy but casual work look is done!

Ways To Save: Create Your Own Halloween Costumes

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I’ve found that my favorite Halloween costumes have been the ones that I created myself using items from my closet. This can sometimes require a little bit of creativity, but with the internet at our fingertips and Goodwill stores at our convenience creating a do-it-yourself (DIY) costume can be fun and more importantly affordable!

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I am really inspired by all things 90’s related and Cher from the iconic movie Clueless was my absolute favorite! So I was thrilled when I spotted these two yellow skirt suits at the Goodwill Store on 2nd ave (b/n 88th & 89th) that would make perfect costumes!

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Tips for DIY Costume Shopping at Goodwill:

  • Give yourself a budget for how much you are willing to spend on your costume and stick to it. I think $25 is doable!
  • Search the web for ideas and inspiration that you can print and take with you as you shop.
  • Check all departments (women, men, kids) because you never know what you will find or what has been misplaced.
  • Purchase jeans or tops that you intend to destroy, rip or cover in dirt and fake blood from a Goodwill to save on retail costs.
  • Remember that when recreating a costume it doesn’t have to be an exact match.
  • Be creative and have an open mind!

If you don’t want to create your own DIY costume make sure to still check out your local Goodwill to see if they are selling actual Halloween costumes and accessories before you visit a costume store and pay full price!

Will you be dressing up for Halloween?

Xo

Nicole

Check out my blog HERE and Follow Me on Twitter HERE!

Special Edition: A Good Look!

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Thank you for reading A Good Look, Goodwill’s blog that brings you the latest thrift fashion tips and trends. We’ll continue to post three times per week. Mondays and Wednesdays, you’ll hear tips from our stylish fashion bloggers and on Thursdays, we’ll tell you which of our stores will hold the famous window sales or what promotions are coming up.

But today, we want to tell you that we are very excited. The Village Voice just named our Stuyvesant Square store as the Best Thrift Shop for 2013. What an honor!

For those of you who have not visited our Stuyvesant Square store, let me tell you that it’s located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We recently renovated this location and turned it into a gem. This is not Macklemore’s grandpa’s thrift store, but you can definitively find good bargains. For Halloween or to look great!

But you need to check for yourself. This is your weekend’s project!

Read the Village Voice review and see what NYC is raving about!

Stuyvesant Square Goodwill Store:
1704 2nd Avenue (at 88th Street)
NY, NY 10128
P: (212) 831-1830

Weekend Window Sales: Shoppers Wanted!

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Time for another round of GoodwillNyNj Window Sales! Join us this weekend for incredible deals and be sure to pipe up in our comments if you chance a great find. Here’s the line-up for what’s on the way in the next couple days:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18:

  • The Steinway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. Offered every Friday. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103
    (718-932-0418).
  • The Massapequa Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual window item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public. You’ll find the Massapequa Goodwill at 814 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 (516-795-0237).
  • The Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 7:45 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8 a.m. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they’re through, any remaining window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the Bronx Goodwill at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).
  • The 79th Street Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale begins at 10 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrived. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, customers may rejoin the line to make another selection. 217 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 (212-874-5050).
  • The Livingston Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Livingston Goodwill at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037).
  • The Chelsea Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their transaction is complete, window sale shoppers must leave the store until it opens to everyone at 10. You’ll find the Chelsea Goodwill at 103 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 (646-638-1725).

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19:

  • The Goodwill 72nd Street Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 9 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Following distribution, the store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 10, the store opens to everyone. You’ll find the Goodwill 72nd Street Boutique at 157 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023 (212-799-2723).
  • The Harlem Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale starts at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchases are made, they may rejoin the line to make additional selections. You’ll find the Goodwill Harlem Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (212-862-0020).
  • The Fulton Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:45 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Fulton Goodwill at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 9:30 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Goodwill at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).
  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:45 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens to the general public at 9:30. You’ll find the Bellmore Goodwill at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).
  • The Pequannock Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Pequannock Store at 561 Route 23, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 (973-616-2860).
  • The Elmsford Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers, first come-first serve, at the 8 a.m. start of the sale. The store admits one customer at a time, who has five minutes to select up to five items. Once their transaction is complete, window sale shoppers may take their purchases to their car and come back to shop the store. If they want more items from the window, they will need to get another ticket at that time. The store opens to all customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Elmsford Goodwill at 380 North Sawmill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 (914-347-4376).
  • The Jersey City Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the doors open at 8. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs. You’ll find the Jersey City Goodwill at 2815 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201-946-6735).
  • The Paramus Goodwill Window Sale: Sale starts at 9 am. Numbered tickets start giving out at 8:30 a.m. Two ticket holders at a time, and three item max on windows sale items. Customer purchases immediately, and can take items back to their car. They are allowed back in to shop the sales floor (no window sale items). Same customer can get new ticket if they want more window sale items. Store opens at 10 a.m. All items are available for sale unless window sale customers are still waiting for their number to be called. You’ll find the Paramus Goodwill at 809 New Jersey 17, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201-444-0596).

And just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all. Hope to see you soon, Goodwill fans!

Goodwill Gems: Easy, Artsy Chic

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Looking cool doesn’t have to be hard.

With a stylish scarf like this one, found this week at my local Goodwill store, you can easily add a bit of pizzazz to any look, dressy or casual. It’s covered in a variety of pretty patterns, all in cool blues, greens, purples, grays and blacks that are absolutely the ideal color palate for the cooler months. A mix of geometric, more modern prints and larger, floral designs, this scarf’s patterns could look jumbled, but instead flow together in a way that gives this piece an almost quirky, but still cool, look. Aside from warming you up and keeping out the freezing cold winter air, an effortlessly beautiful and artistically inspired accessory like this scarf can easily be thrown on in an instant to change the entire feel of an outfit.

This picture-perfect scarf printed in an array of artistic motifs, all done in cool, soothing colors that are just right for pairing with all your fall and winter attire.

 

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Weekend chic is actually unbelievably easy to pull together.

An easy way to amp up a casual look or to add a bit of funky flair to a more tailored, work-friendly look, a scarf like this is a beautiful accessory you can use with nearly everything in your wardrobe. It’d be a lovely spark of color and vibrancy on top of a dressier, all-black look. But here, I’ve decided to layer it on top of a more relaxed look that’s perfect for a quiet Friday at the office or a weekend of wandering around the city and enjoying favorite fall tasks, like visiting the farmers’ market or eating the last outdoor brunches of season. The basic pieces anchoring this ensemble – a simple cotton tee and soft, straight-cut slacks – are in a pretty charcoal gray and navy blue, which perfectly complement all the cool hues in this week’s gem. And a simple, tailored tan blazer is the perfect final touch to pull this whole effortlessly fresh weekend look together.

No chic weekend look could be easier than a favorite pair of polished but comfortable pants, a go-with-everything jacket, and a classic fitted cotton tee, all topped off with a soft and vividly patterned scarf.

Guest Blogger Shaunya: How To Wear Your Entire Wardrobe

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Starting today, she will guest blog for A Good Look every other Monday. Don’t miss it!

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

Wear Your Closet

Statistics say that most people wear 20 percent of their wardrobe 80 percent of the time. Many of us, me included have fallen into this habit of having wardrobe favorites and wardrobe orphans. Clothing that sees the light of day too much and clothing that never gets to see the light of day.

Falling into this wardrobe rut happens to all of us whether you are completely at odds about fashion or whether you are a connoisseur of style. It can be for so many reasons, weight gain/ loss, sentimental value, laziness, lack of time, poor buying habits. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your wardrobe for fall and all the seasons ahead: 

    1. STOP THE IMPULSE BUYS
      Impulse purchases happen to all of us. Something caught your eye and it was affordable but you would have never purchased it at full price. Maybe a salesperson talked you into something, told you how amazing you looked and it was a different story once you got home but you were embarrassed to return it and have  the sales person lose their commission.  I use to be a major impulse purchaser, anything embellished, and I bought it. I have an entire pile of sequin, bejeweled pieces, that have me asking myself, what was I thinking?  The best way to stop impulse purchases is with sleep. Yes, a good night’s sleep will either have you dreaming about a piece and the realization that you must have it, or you’ll go home and realize it’s not a necessity.


    2. MAKE SURE EVERY PURCHASE HAS A TEAM
      In sports every player is an individual who stands alone but at the same time needs their team to win the game. The next time you shop, think of that item as a player and your wardrobe as the team. A player has to compliment the team and a great team is not built overnight. For every one item your purchase, you should have three items at home that will compliment it. If you are at the register and saying to yourself, what top/bottom/shoes goes with this, put it back. If you purchase something knowing that it goes with nothing in your wardrobe present day, that item of clothing will have a 90 percent chance of never being worn. Next time you shop, think about the team at home not just the newly acquired draft pick.

    3. DRESS FOR THE LIFE YOU HAVE ON THAT DAY
      We can oooh and ahh at the cool artist down the hall’s ability to wear a pink leather dress like it’s the coolest thing ever but you work in a law firm, there has and never will be a place for pink leather. Shopping is a lot like art; we can browse and educate ourselves without buying because really at the end of the day, where are we going to place the Mona Lisa in our studio apartment. Same should go for your wardrobe, you can admire the style choices of strangers or even celebrities but you have to put into perspective the life you actually live. Buying tons of punk rock influenced pieces and you’re a nurse doesn’t make sense. Just as if you buy delicate silk blouses and you work with messy toddlers all day. Your wardrobe should be practical in the sense that you are wearing and buying for the life you live on that very day. Not when you lose the last ten pounds, or not for an event that you’ll never get an invite to buy for the life you have right then and there.

    4. ROTATE, ROTATE, ROTATE
      If you pull something out of your closet, once you’ve worn it and cleaned it put it the back of your closet. The rotation of clothing makes it easy to wear your entire wardrobe. So often we reach for the items right in front of us, and we wear things and put them right back in the same spot, many items to never see daylight. Think of your wardrobe as an all-star lineup, one person kicks and goes to the end of the line until everyone gets a shot. Impose that rule on your wardrobe; give every piece a running start.

    5. PURGE
      Too many purging should be done first with a wardrobe or the last. Expunging your closet can be liberating or depressing or both. If it doesn’t fit, if you haven’t worn it in over two years, if you’ve never worn it in three years and if doesn’t go with anything, get rid of it. Best place to get rid of your gently or never worn items, your local Goodwill. What is one person’s never worn wardrobe is another person’s amazing thrift store find.