It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And no, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about the twice a year epic style extravaganza known as New York Fashion Week. Models, celebrities, stylists and editors converge in this great city to tell you what you should wear six months in advance. And I love every single moment of it.
You’re probably wondering what New York Fashion Week has to do with Goodwill or thrifting. Well, newsflash: a lot! Here’s the breakdown: The creations of designers are influenced by clothing of yesteryear, and most of that comes from thrift stores. Chances are that all those amazing fashionistas getting their picture taken outside the shows are probably wearing something purchased at a thrift store. Your favorite fashion bloggers are bragging out loud about their favorite thrifted piece and the models; they effortlessly throw on designer pieces they’ve been gifted with an epic piece from their favorite Goodwill.
For the past couple of seasons, I’ve tried to incorporate in my ensemble at least one item bought at a thrift store during Fashion Week. Whether it’s a fur jacket I’ve had for two decades or a brooch I picked up during a major thrifting haul, incorporating my thrift finds into my Fashion Week outfits is always fun. Wearing a thrifted or vintage item post-recession is far more chic than an uber expensive logo designer frock. New York Fashion Week maybe intimidating to the naked eye but it actually a cornucopia of well-crafted outfits with the majority wearing affordable looks, just really well put together.
Here are a few of the looks I wore in past Fashion Weeks. Can you guest what is thrifted? If you can identify the thrifted items, you may win a chance of having me give you a closet overhaul session valued at $400. In this session, I will organize your closet and answer all your style questions. So, guess away and good luck!
Please enter your answer in the comment section below. The first to answer correctly wins.
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.
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