DIY Fall Decor


AGoodLook profile pic Jennifer Panchi| Goodwill NYNJ Staff 

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An excellent way to update your home this fall season is by merely adding a few glassware around the house. Goodwill carries a variety of glass in the home decor section. You can find from new and modern pieces to unique and vintage pieces. To make the glassware more appealing add your favorite fall theme candle, go outside and add some leaves or a few baby pumpkins.

Fall Decor- Table Setup

An excellent way to impress your guest this fall season is by having a topnotch table set for Thanksgiving. Though table setups and fine china can be pricey, I can assure you that you can find something affordable and with good quality at Goodwill.

Fall Decor- Picture Frames

Adding a few picture frames around the house brings back old memories. And a great way to update the basic picture frame is by adding a couple of artificial flowers, bows, leaves. You can find a wide selection of pre-owned and vintage picture frames at your local Goodwill and recreate one of these picture frames.

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Pillows are a great way to add some color to your old and slouchy couch. This fall season be creative and do it yourself. I’ve done this in the past and have easily added some twine, iron-on patches and have refurbished my old pillows. These go great on your living room sofa or bed.

A little imagination and little craft skills are all it takes to redecorate this autumn season. Any other craft ideas? Leave them in the comments below.


13 Essential Autumn Accessories To Fall For

As the summer winds down and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes begins to penetrate the air, we are more than ready to say goodbye to this sweltering heat and begin transitioning our wardrobes.

From layers to hats to boots and everything in between, revamping your autumn closet can feel a little overwhelming. You may ask yourself, what do I really need? But fear not! Goodwill is here to help! Here are 13 basic fall essentials to mix and match throughout the season:


The most important thing to remember when the seasons are changing is to keep warm. When it’s too cold for a T-shirt but too warm for a coat, a cozy wrap can go a long way.



The poncho is a comfortable and comforting piece that looks great on everyone and tends to cover all the right areas. A sleeveless poncho is also easy to whip on and off as the temperature demands, making it the ultimate autumn essential.



The cape is great both in terms of warmth and versatility, and if you’re a fan of layers this piece is perfect for you. Capes are back big time for autumn 2018, as spotted on fashion week runways and are the perfect addition to your autumn wardrobe.



The oversized shawl/scarf is the perfect solution for unpredictable and changing weather. Easy to put on and to take off, it also fits perfectly in your bag and around your neck, making it a particularly versatile piece.


Autumn means having to navigate a lot of temperamental weather. From winds to rain, you need to make sure that you’ve got something to cover your head and protect that fresh ‘do. Here are our recommendations:



The fedora hat truly is an autumn staple. Slick and stylish, the fedora completes any outfit and works great both during the day and at night. The best thing about the fedora hat is that it goes with just about anything, from a party to picnic and anything in between, ensuring that you stay warm, dry and fashionable.



When in doubt, wear a beanie hat! Ideal for windy weather, this timeless classic is guaranteed t keep you (and you ears!) nice and warm. This is also a classically stylish look that’s perfect for casual outings and even your commute to work.


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Favored by the likes of Queen Elisabeth II and the renowned designer Richard Quinn, the simple scarf is another iconic staple that belongs with the rest of your must-have autumn accessories, perfect for keeping you dry, warm and always stylish.


Oversized bags are your best friend, especially during autumn, when you’re constantly taking things on and off. Here are three fun options for you to play around with, perfect for every occasion.



The oversized metallic tote is ideal for walking around the city or going to college or work. Simple and stylish, you can fit quite a lot in a tote. Whether it’s your poncho or your subway read, it’s the simple and comfortable bag is there for you when you need it most.



As autumn approaches, so does rain season, which means that you’ve got to figure out a way to keep your things dry. You can swap out your work tote for a work ready backpack, which will save you the hassle of the juggling too many things at once and keeping all of your valuables nice and dry.



A cute crossbody bag is the perfect autumn accessory ideal for a night out. Something big enough to fit all of your basics (phone, keys, cash etc.) but small enough to not get in your way.



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Gold is the color of the season and nothing perks up a plain T or a simple sweater like a classic piece of statement jewelry. You can opt for either gold or copper to dress up any outfit, whether you’re going to work or to party.



One of the best things about autumn is all the accessories! Have fun and dress up your new layered wardrobe with an assortment of fun, funky ornaments to further dress up up your outfit.


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When it’s cold and windy out and you’ve got no choice but to throw that hat on or put your hair up in a bun, throw on a cool pair of dangly earrings to spice up your look!



It’s not gloves season yet! And until it is, you can catch us sporting a cool and casual assortment of rings to keep our look funky and fresh.

What’s are some of your go-to autumn pieces to shop at goodwill? Let us know in the comments below!

NYFW Trends you can get at Goodwill

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It’s technically still 1,000 degrees outside but New York Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday night with designer Tom Ford showcasing his Spring/Summer19  collection. Like Tom Ford, many other designers will be debuting the upcoming trends. But let’s be honest, not all of us have the money to purchase these trends right when they hit the clothing racks. Trends come and go, and why spend $1,000 on something so temporary. But lucky for us fashionistas, Goodwill already has all these trends, and for way less, you can get them here. Here are 15 Fall /Winter fashion trends spotted during NYFW.

  1. Animal Print 

Animal PrintThis is not your traditional leopard print top. Animal print is more functional than ever!  From fun colored pants to shoes everyone can try this trend without fear of failure.

2. The Western Boots

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3. Yellow

Yellow Mellow (1)Yellow, this color is all about being bold and establishing a presence.

4. Suits

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5. Tweed 


6. Red

CaptureAs the chilly weather approaches warm up with a hot red duster to make a statement.

7. Sherling Coats

Sherling CoatsOnce known as the “dad jacket” is now the most significant trend.

8. Plaid 

Derek-Lam-Fall-2018Plaid immediately gives me Gossip Girl vibes. Take this preppy print and make it fashion!

9. Puff Jackets

Puffer JacketFrom the runway to the streets, this jacket will be the ultimate fashion statement while still keeping warm.

10. Fringe/Tassels

7d0d2bab0f650e5de6ec39752b4d6a6cAdd some fun and flair to your fall wore drove with fringe and tassels.

11. 80’s

80'sThis is basically what Madonna was rocking back in her starting years.

12. Brand Logos

aw-18-fashion-trends-the-only-looks-you-need-to-know-2932049.700x0cBrand logos on clothing have been around for quite a few seasons, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Continue to rock this trend with any brand of your choice.

13. Gloss

aw-18-fashion-trends-the-only-looks-you-need-to-know-2932052.700x0cIf a fashion statement is what you are trying to make then dare to try this trend to create a presence anywhere you go.

14. Dad Sneakers

6eaf9cf3dbec13b8c1136ca258617920You’ve seen this trend all over your Instagram feed! At first glance, this seems a little bit over the top, but with models like Bella Hadid rocking it you’re whiling to try it yourself.

15. Oversize Clutch

5a04926da67d8d6b2377dd6ae443d4bb (1)For quite some time now it’s been all about the small bags/purses but this season we are making room for the oversize bags.

Make sure to run to your local Goodwill store to purchase any of these styles. What trend will you rock this season? Let us know in the comments below!

Adaptive Fashion- How important is inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry?

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New York Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. While Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kai Gerber make their way down the runway, something is missing in those garments, Inclusivity. Although the world of fashion is full of glamour and charm, there is indeed not a lot of representation for all. For as long history can remember disabled individuals had been restricted from fashion.

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In recent years many fashion brands have taken on the responsibility of providing style for those with physical disabilities because who says individuals with physical disabilities can’t be stylish? And big name brands that have taken on the leadership include Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Target and many more because if you think not fitting into your vintage Levis is a struggle imagine not being able to wear any jeans out on the market. This is the case for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Prosthetics, Down syndrome, and much more. For this reason and more Tommy Hilfiger created “Tommy Adaptive” with these individuals in mind. Adaptive clothing means using Velcro, magnetic buttons, and elastic bands for jeans instead of the traditional zippers and bottoms which are difficult for many people with Cerebral Palsy.

Other brands include Nike with the creation of the Nike Fly Ease sneaker. A sneaker that makes it easy to put on, by just sliding your foot from the back of the shoe and shutting the zipper as opposed to shoving your foot in and then tying the shoelaces.

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Another brand designing for individuals with physical disabilities in mind is Billy Footwear. This footwear company specializes in providing high quality and high comfort for kids with special physical needs, with cool and edgy designs no kid has to ever has to pass out on a trend.

If clothing can boost someone’s confidence imagine what adaptive clothing can do for an individual with a physical disability. This is why adaptive fashion is highly important in the fashion industry. And one that is making sure everyone feels empowered is Bezgraniz Couture creating garments that are gender non-conforming and accessible to everyone regardless of size and ability. From the selection of the fabric to the styling, everything is thought out to fit anyone.

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Other brands specializing in adaptive apparel include

  • -Silverts
  • -Able2Wear
  • -Care+wear
  • -NBZ Clothing
  • -Etsy
  • -Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing
  • -Plae
  • -and much more

Fashion has no rules; therefore, fashion should not restrict anyone no matter age, gender, size, ability or financial status and these brands are making sure that no one misses out.



10 Halloween Costumes you didn’t know you had

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Halloween is an exhilarating and fun holiday. Many wait all year for this one day to dress up in crazy costumes, but sometimes these costumes can hurt your wallet some going up to $100+. Here are some cool and affordable Halloween costumes.

  1. Rosie the Riveter

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In recent years this costume has gained massive popularity. Rosie the Riveter was a pioneer during WWII as she represented the millions of women who work in factories during the time. A bandana and a denim top and bottom combination and call it a day.

2. Marilyn Monroe

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A fashion icon, Marilyn Monroe became a global film actress through her “blonde bombshell” characters. A mid-length halter dress and are lip is all you need to pull this look together.

3. Holly Golightly

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This character became a fashion icon with the LBD. All you need is a little black dress and some pearls to complete the look.

4. Frida Kahlo

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With her unapologetic personality, this artist became well known not only for her art but her unique look. All you need is a maxi skirt of your choice, an off-the-shoulder floral top to recreate this iconic look.

5. Carmen Miranda

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Recreate the Carmen Miranda look by pairing a maxi skirt, a floral top, and a headpiece.

6. Wednesday Adams

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Dark and unapologetic, who doesn’t love the iconic look of Wednesday Adams? All you need is a white bottom down top and an LBD. Tie everything together by putting your hair in some braids.

7. Cher from Clueless

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This 90’s teenage movie queen gave us all the iconic looks we wished we rocked. All you need is a fun checkered print skirt and blazer combo.

8. Spice Girls

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This 90’s pop groups were known for their crazy styles! Grab your closest girlfriends and recreate your favorite spice girl look.

9. Elle Woods

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All things pink! Elle Woods was not your typical law student. For all, you girly girls this costume is perfect for you. Anything pink will work!

10. Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl


These two stylish bff’s had some iconic looks all throughout the series.


Boowill 2017: Easy DIY Amulet for Halloween


By Goodwill NYNJ





“…By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!” It’s almost October which means that ghouls and goblins are stirring about, plotting their approach. How will you protect yourself? If you’re ready to jump into the Halloween spirit, an amulet can summon sanctuary to protect you against ill will. Whether the costume you’re planning needs a little extra protection or you just love that witchy look, we’re here today to inspire a little creativity in the form of an alluring charm.




Because an amulet is simply an ornament that will protect its wearer, its style can really look however you’d like. Wear it on a bracelet, a brooch, or even tuck it into your pocket. For a truly bewitching vibe, I chose to make mine a long, draping necklace. I sought rose quartz in my thrift store search because many people believe it has beneficial powers which create a sense of calm and promote love. I also knew I wanted my amulet to incorporate circles because they are a symbol of unity and protection.


But why bother with thrift stores? Why not just buy all of the elements at the craft store if you have to go there anyway? Well, I love anything with a little history. Pieces that have been well-loved before I take them home always pique my curiosity and add a little meaning for me. I also feel great about supporting Goodwill because their programs that move people to employment can reduce reliance on over-stretched public assistance programs. That helps my local community and our nation as a whole. In that way, it feels like my amulet would not just be protecting me, but the futures of those Goodwill helps, too!


So, here’s how I made it: first, I scouted my local Goodwill for some foundation pieces (a long chain and a shorter necklace with a rose quartz stone) then grabbed some copper wire and a circle charm from the craft store to round the piece out. Depending on what you find under your thrift store’s display case, you could add more layers or embellishment and maybe skip the craft store altogether! My instructions will be a bit vague because the materials you find will vary from mine and your taste may, too, but hopefully it will give you a little guidance.






  • Long necklace chain
  • Thrifted jewelry with a large stone
  • Wire (I used copper-colored 22-gauge) that’s thin enough to thread through your stone, chain, and charms
  • Any additional charms (optional)
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry pliers




Step 1: Find the center link of the chain (the one that falls the lowest in front when the clasp rests centrally at the back of your neck) and lay it out. Use the pliers to open up the jump ring (the little connecting circle) on your first charm then hook that through the center link and use the pliers to close it again.




Step 2: Remove the stone from its original necklace chain (if you have to switch chains) and cut a length of wire to fit through it.




Step 3: Bend the wire up the sides of the stone until they meet in the top center of the stone. Twist the two sides together at least once. The more you twist, the further the stone will rest from the chain link.




Step 4: Position the stone wherever you think it looks good behind the charm and twist the wire again, but this time around the jump ring. Trim the excess wire and use the pliers to squeeze the ends in toward the center of the circle and away from the wearer. If these ends are resting on the side of the necklace that will hit your body, you risk getting scratched or pulling the fabric of your clothing, so again, make sure they’re tucked inside the ring.




Step 5: Cut another length of wire that is quite a bit bigger than the stone. Put the wire through the jump ring with the stone and charm. Bend it into a circle (it may already be circular if it’s stored that way in the package), and overlap both ends. Tighten the size of the circle until the wire is doubled all the way around. Twist both pieces gently together to create a loosely interwoven circle. Wrap and bend the ends a little tighter than the rest of the circle so they’ll stay in place. Squeeze the top of the hoop gently into a slight tear-drop shape with the top being where the ends meet so that part stays within the jump ring during wear.




And that’s it! Enjoy your new amulet necklace and the feeling of protection it, hopefully, brings your way. Before you start you could do a little research on different crystal types and charm shapes then scout your stores with your favorites in mind. Wishing you all the best as you head out into the night on All Hallows’ Eve!



When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Pop of Color for Fall & Winter

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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


Are you as excited as I am for the Indian Summer we’re having? I’m rejoicing over the idea of wearing some of my bright and colorful summer wardrobe well into October. But I have a feeling that the cold is going to suddenly hit us and I’m not sure if I’m ready to give up wearing bright colors just yet.


I’ve been known to stand out in a crowd of people in New York City because of my bright coats. I plan on doing the same this fall and winter and so can you! Here’s my tips for wearing color in the colder months:


Embrace a pop of color


A pop of color is always the easiest way to incorporate into your look. If you’re into wearing mostly black like most New Yorkers, try adding a bright accessory like a purse, scarf of gloves or coat with your wardrobe. I always grab this thrifted green coat at the beginning of fall and wear it well into the winter with a fun, chunky scarf and winter accessories.


Darker colors and hues count too


If bright colors aren’t quite your thing, why not try darker colors like mustard yellow, hunter green, burgundy or dark orange. These colors actually go together really well and tend to make the perfect fall outfit and look that you can incorporate into winter time.



Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.


When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Boowill 2017: Tips for Building a Halloween Potion Station


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I love this time of year! It’s so fun to create a haunting mood in my home with eerie decor, spooky tunes, and so. many. candles. Goodwill has the best stuff for decorating during this season because there’s so much variety that, with a few little updates, can feel completely magical. The potion station I’m building today could serve as the perfect spot to put out candy for trick-or-treaters or to set a mood in the entry way of your home during a Halloween party. You could also look for larger jars and bowls that you use to serve real food. Here are some tips for making an authentic looking apothecary!


First, check Goodwill for some materials. I like to look through the glassware, kitchen, and book sections because I find items there that look like actual props from the set of Hocus Pocus (and that’s basically my gauge for good Halloween decor). Jars and bottles, especially if they have cork stoppers, are really great finds. They’re ideal for Halloween haunting, but can transition well during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year.  Even if they don’t have a cork in the store, you can save one from a bottle of wine and use that to complete the look.




Silver, copper, and pewter dishware are perfect for this theme, too. When they’re thrifted, you don’t have to choose between real metal or a manageable price tag—you can have both! Plus, when you find what you need at Goodwill you’re helping their organizations provide support services — including child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and other services — that enable people from all backgrounds to obtain and maintain economic independence and an increased quality of life.




Do you feel like you’ve seen that candlestick holder before? You probably have. I bought it from a Goodwill store in Maine about five years ago and we still use it for everything from Halloween decor to Christmas mood lighting and when the power goes out in snowstorms! The mug and tiny tray are nice additions, too, because they balance out the metallic look of the candlestick holder and corral the smaller jars. Don’t forget to look for old books (or age some not-so-old thrifted books) when you’re there. Stacking tomes brings height to your display and with carefully chosen titles they can mimic spell books. I also added a little burlap under my tray to match the jar labels, cork, and book pages. This could be any cloth that looks like it might have a little history, though.




To take my display to the next level, I decided to add a couple of labels. I wanted a bit of a mismatched look so I didn’t label everything, but you certainly could if you were using these containers to serve food and drinks at a party. The labels were so easy, too! Here’s what I needed:




  • Cardstock paper
  • 2 tea bags (Not herbal tea. I used Earl Grey.)
  • Cooling rack
  • Drip pan
  • Glue (Elmer’s or ModPodge would be perfect.)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Fountain or rolling ball pen




Step 1: Cut the cardstock to the size you’ll need for labels. Don’t worry about the cuts being perfectly level. You want them to look worn so you can even snip some little Vs out of the edges.


Step 2: Boil ½ a cup of water then let the two tea bags steep in it for at least five minutes.




Step 3: Place the cooling rack over the drip pan and put the labels on top. Brush on a generous amount of tea on the whole piece of paper. Let it pool a little in places to create a darker splotch that brings a lot of character.




Step 4: Put that set-up (drip tray, rack, and paper) into the oven and turn it on its lowest setting. Leave it in for only a few minutes, keeping a close eye on its drying progress. Take it out the moment it appears dry. Do not let it burn.


Step 5: Remove the paper from the oven and draw on your label.


Step 6: Brush a thin coat of glue on the back of the label then stick it to the jar. You’re done!




Now that you’ve got some props to work with, it’s time to add potion ingredients! I channeled my inner herbalist when I put together my display because witches would also need to do a lot of foraging before they could begin their work. Don’t worry about filling every container to the brim. If it’s a frequently used apothecary some ingredients will be running low.





The two places I looked for ingredients were in my kitchen and my yard. Inside I found spices, iced tea, and a candle (the white corked jar) that passed as ingredients ready to be added to a concoction. Outside, I picked goldenrod (the yellow flowers and “witch hazel boughs”) then separated it into the two different jars. Don’t forget about dried flowers–the lavender and “night shade petals” were dried from the garden earlier in the summer and they’re perfect. Don’t you always imagine a lot of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling of a witch’s lair?




If I needed anything else to round out my display I’d love to try grape juice or wine in a decanter, ginger root in a dish, or a jar of toadstools. Don’t forget to illuminate the area with candlelight for a magical glow! Have so much fun putting together your apothecary and mix up a little Felix Felicis for me, would ya?

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

DIY Halloween Costume: Office Cat

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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


I don’t know about you, but I live for wearing my Halloween costume on the actual holiday. Did you know that Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year? I think there’s nothing more fun than wearing a Halloween costume to work. Here’s a cute and super easy cat costume that can be worn to the office or any party where you might not have too much time to put together an over the top Halloween costume. Here’s how I achieved it:


Cat Ears

I attempted to make cat ears, but they didn’t quite turn out so great. Sigh. But my plan B was to wear two little mini hair buns where my cat ears would have been. I simply twisted two sections of my hair and twisted them to make these buns. I think it would be so cute to add a little glitter or hair paint to these as well.


Eye Make Up

I rarely leave the house without cat eye eyeliner. I will admit that it took me a while to learn how to apply. The good thing is that you can draw a cat eye in several different styles. Pick the one that’s easiest for you. You can also skip the eye liner and achieve the cat eye look with eye shadow.


Nose & Whiskers

These really make the costume. I used a black eye liner pencil to draw in the dot on my nose and the fun whiskers. It took just a few minutes and I felt totally transformed into a kitty cat!


Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

DIY Halloween Costume: Rosie the Riveter

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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


Rosie the Riveter is the coolest girl power icon there is! Just about everyone knows the famous We Can Do it! Poster. The Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume happens to be one of the easiest DIY costumes ever. You can use items that you already have in your closet or you can easily thrift what you need. You’ll surely use and wear them again. Here’s what you need for your DIY Rosie the Riveter costume:



The outfit is the easiest part for this costume. Any jean on jean look can work – a jean jumpsuit, jeans worn with a jean shirt, jean overalls. I wore a pair of jeans with a jean shirt tied at the waist.



The red bandana really makes this costume. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a red bandana but I used a pink one that I had in my stash of scarves instead. You can use a bandana of any size as a head wrap or even wear as a head turban style that covers the entire head. For shoes you can do boots, converse or any flat shoes.


Make Up & Hair

You can wear your hair up in a ponytail and create a retro look with a tiny bump at the front of the hair or rolled bangs. After researching this Halloween costume, I found that wearing your hair out is totally fine also.

I’m so into retro make up and wore cat eyeliner and red lipstick to capture the look from the famous We Can Do It! Poster.


Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!