Good Look Gal Finds: Nifty, Thrifty, and Always Under $50


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Blair Sorrel, The Dollarwise Dilettante

A Good Look Contributor


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Another season, another reason 

The New Centenarians – we’re celebrating our 100th with the launch of The Good Look Gal and Guy. On the first Monday of each month, we’ll feature here Goodwill store employees and customers who exemplify the very best our Goodwill stores and boutiques offer in fashion sense while still saving your hard-earned cent.

Be ready for the shifting seasons with easy pieces that will layer up or sport solo.

Where else on the Upper West Side will you find such chic value? Look no further. In this first edition, we go to our 72nd Street boutique in Manhattan to check out how you can transition that summer outfit you purchased and get mileage out of it through the chillier September nights.

Indian Summer suggests warm yet slightly crisper temps so layering is the savvy solution. Here our always comely Sales Specialist, Shayanne, pairs a floral Calvin Klein blouse, J. Crew cutoffs, and stylish Union Bay wedgies for a sidewalk stroll during the remaining sultry days.

Fall marked her debut with Goodwill last October. As her anniversary approaches, we celebrate her singular flair for melding diverse garments to create an individualistic, yet flattering allure. You must agree that opposites are extremely attractive on her!

This talented looker thinks no ensemble is complete without the right hair so she is actively pursuing a beauty license while gracing the store. And she is clearly the best judge of what enhances her svelte form – a handsome Helmut Lang jacket and Wolford tights for a sensible, yet striking autumnal transition. Then indulge in a few lustrous, bargain baubles for a little extra sparkle to cap a winning stunner that only looks rich.

“I love fashion because it allows me to express myself and to be creative with different shapes and styles. I like to combine opposite shapes with a dab of color,” says Shayanne, a Sales Specialist at Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique since October 2014.

Shayanne’s summer outfit:  

  • Calvin Klein Blouse, $9.99 
  • J. Crew Shorts, $4.99

Fall outfit:

  • Helmut Lang New York Jacket, $19.99
  • Wolford Tights, $2.99 
  • UnionBay shoes, $ 9.99
  • Necklace, $0.99
  • Bracelet, $0.99 the set

Goodwill 72nd Street boutique:

157 West 72nd Street

Manhattan, NY 10023

P: (212) 799-2723

 

If you would like to be featured as the Good Look Gal or Guy wearing the outfit you purchased at your favorite Goodwill store for $50 or less, please email jmedellin@goodwillnynj.org

Blair Sorrel was the long-standing author of “The Dollarwise Dilettante,” a column at the Free Time Magazine, which highlighted free cultural offerings in New York City. Blair remains an inveterate thrifter and preferred customer who recognized both the bounty of bargains and abundance of panache on our graceful personnel. While she dabbles in accessories, www.HappyChics.com and other frivolity, she is adept at navigating what’s underfoot, www.StreetZaps.com

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!

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DIY Hi-Lo Frayed Denim Hem


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor


 

I’m obsessed with denim. I’m always wearing it and always thinking of new ways to create DIY’s.  Lately, I’ve seen many bloggers and influencers sporting the Hi-Lo denim trend. So it was clear that my next project would involve recreating this.

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How Thrifting and $20 Can Resurrect a Dying Wardrobe


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Shaunya Hartley, VintageShaun

A Good Look Contributor

 


 

 

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Iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg is quoted as saying “so when your eyes are swollen and you are bloated and you have your period, and you don’t know what to wear, you open your closet and you go for your friend.” And like old friends, your closet should be a retrospect of good times. But sometimes we can grow tired of our closet and we look to purge, which isn’t a bad thing but sometimes we just need to reconnect and add a little spice to our closet of old friends. One of the best ways I’ve found to add life to my wardrobe without really breaking the bank is to head to my favorite thrift store and look for pieces to resurrect my wardrobe.

When you head to that thrift store, hit the accessories section. Narrow it down to jewelry, scarves and belts. Those three can kick up any and everything, a white button down, a little black dress or your favorite coat. With jewelry go for necklaces and brooches. For scarves, go for those you can wrap around your head or neck and with belts think not only ones to  place in  your pants loops but one that can be thrown over a coat a dress or a jacket. 

Now imagine taking a sweater you’ve had for ages, put that chunky necklace on top and see how quickly it will smile back at you. Pull out that blazer that you always wear to interviews; place a brooch on it once you land your dream job. That handbag that is sturdy and faithful, tie that graphic scarf on the handle, pull that go to little black dress out and cinch your waist with a belt.  Here’s another tip, cap your budget at $20, therefore you can really narrow down what you need and think about what you have at home. A big budget is great but a cap makes you more creative and more resourceful.

Think of your thrift store as a place to go for new friends and once you find some items introduce them to your old friends back in your closet at home and wear them like a well-connected networking party. 

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.

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

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!

 

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DIY Crop Top Tee w/ @TheFabJunkie


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor


 

Crop tops can be winter friendly but at this point who’s thinking of winter? I think we’re all ready for SPRING! Here’s an easy DIY for turning an old or thrift tee into a crop top. Check out the step by step directions after the cut:

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Everyday Thrifting


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David Morgan, Yes, David is Here

A Good Look Contributor

 


 

Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion for men. This week: optimizing your thrifting finds. Enjoy!

Each of these outfits contain one or more thrifted elements. How do you incorporate your Goodwill finds into your everyday wear?

Recently, I have begun maintaining a Flickr set of some of my daily outfits. Going through the few pictures I’ve posted so far, I’m surprised out how much of my clothes are from the Goodwill. I know I thift a lot, but certainly didn’t know it was that much. Everyday, at least some part of my outfit is thrifted, a testament to both the versatility and diversity of thrift store shopping.

Whatever the occasion, I guarantee that you can find a look within the thrift store. The most important tip I can offer in debunking any feeling of hesitancy is that:

  • Price does not determine style, and not even quality.

I have had pairs of pants worth hundreds of dollors rip after a few months, and I’ve had pants bought for dirt cheap last for years.

While I definitely appreciate the value of exceptional craftsmanship, and understand that some well-made clothes are truly worth the investment, you really cannot determine the quality of thrifted clothes based on price.

  • The hierarchical rules of fashion just do not apply at the thrift store.

Both high and low-end pieces have the same playing field and price point, which definitely puts the cash-strapped fashionisto at ease.

In short, if you are worried that thrifting will make you look cheap, I assure you it won’t. Dior coats share the same rack as high school varsity gear, and both are there for your wearing pleasure.

Each of these outfits contain one or more thrifted elements. How do you incorporate your Goodwill finds into your everyday wear?

If you are a thrifting pro, what high-end pieces have you stumbled upon at the thrift store? And how does thrifting influence your everyday style? Perhaps our examples will ease the worried minds of strict department store adherents 🙂

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!

Sporting Your Goodwill Finds


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Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


 

It’s summer! School’s out, the sun’s out, and everyone wants to go out… to the ball game. It is prime sports season and whether it’s your own freewill or not, you will most likely find yourself watching a game. For fans, sporting events can be a joyous occasion. The suspense of the game and the rigor of the crowd are what you wait for all year. You’re in your element. However, if you’re anything but a sports fan, you’re in your worst nightmare. The suspense of the game is like watching paint dry and the rigor of the crowd scares you. Whether you love or despise the game, you still want to look your best. That can be hard to do when you’re trying to dress for the sporting occasion. Over-sized t-shirts and unisex jerseys are tricky to feel your absolute best in. If you’re a sports fan, you won’t be able to enjoy the game as much as you would if you don’t feel confident in your attire. If you’re anything but a sports fan, sometimes your outfit (and the food) are the only thing you’ll be looking forward to on the big game day. Either way, we’ve provided two different ways you can style your sporting goods. Checkout the lineup!

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This outfit is perfect for one of two people: the avid sports game goer or the completely clueless about sports but still goes-er. The signed ESPN shirt is perfect for these very different people. You can turn up to any sporting event and still be on par, considering that ESPN is a sports network that covers a wide variety of sports. The t-shirt is over-sized, but that can work in your favor if you roll up the sleeves and tuck it into whatever bottoms you decide to wear. We’ve decided to create a feminine look, playing with the indicative red ESPN logo. We’ve complemented the tee with a short red skirt and matching heels. You might even want to wear red lipstick. The cased baseball is optional. This outfit is perfect for any sporting occasion, ranging from baseball games to football viewing’s at your parents’ house.

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This is for anyone that is a team player, but doesn’t want to look like one. At a game, you’ll probably see many people wearing your favorite player’s jersey. Make yourself stand out by incorporating your own style, or at least our style. We’ve combined this Laker’s jersey with high waisted flair jeans. You may also want to include a funky belt like this chained one. Whether or not you want to BYOB (bring your own basketball) is up to you.

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All items in the photos can or could’ve been found at ShopGoodwill. Sports is all about bringing people together and routing to win. Shopping at goodwill is a win-win situation. Your purchases help the community, which is an ultimate score.

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 Slit Knee Denim


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Suma KaulThe Fab Junkie

A Good Look Contributor


 

When you’re in love with all things denim, you always try to think of new DIYs to create. Currently trending in the world of denim is the Slit Knee. The difference between this and other shredded denim style is that there’s just a subtle rip that lies directly on the knee.

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20 Signs You’re a Thrift Shopper

You might be a thrifter if…


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JasmineSkyy Forcer

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


 

Let’s face it! Thrifting is more than a habit, it’s a lifestyle. One that’s forged with fire and earned through grit. We live for the killer find. Not sure if you’re one of us? Read on below:

  1. You know all the different color tag days at your local Goodwillgiphy (3)
  2. You’ve signed up for rewards program
  3. You have a swap party with your friends every other month
  4. You can tell the value of a dress by looking at the hemgiphy (5)
  5. You manage to find 8 wearable pieces in under an hour
  6. You use the hashtags #retro #vintage #secondhandfirst on all your Instagram postssource
  7. You’ve mastered “Donate. Keep. Toss.”
  8. Your husband knows that when you say need “me time” that means you’re going thriftinggiphy.gif
  9. You and you local Goodwill team are on a last name basisgiphy (2).gif
  10. You have a reusable bag that says “Thriftaholic”
  11. Your friends hate you because your shopping expenses are a fraction of theirs
  12. You participate in thrift challenges on Instagram
  13. You love telling people how much you spent on your new-to-you BCBG dresssource (1).gif
  14. “Thrift til You Drop” has come a mantra in your house
  15. “Let me guess, you thrifted that?” has become the theme song of your life
  16. At least 3 pieces of furniture in your house are thrifted
  17. You can save for an international vacation with all the money you saved on shoes
  18. Your tailor knows you by name giphy (6)
  19. If you bring a gift, it’s got to be thrift
  20. People always come to you for thrifting advice

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!

Something New, Borrowed, Old, and Goodwill Blue


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Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


 

Finding the love of your life is a lot like thrifting. First you enter without knowing what you’re looking for. All you know is that once you see it, you’ll know it’s the one. Everything in the store is unique; each item is different and has its own history. You scour through countless racks and bins in search of what would fit perfectly into your life. You never lose hope, despite all the far and near misses.

But you’ve managed to do what some people deem impossible. You’ve found the needle in the haystack… Waldo… your soul mate! Now all that is left to do is marry him/her. This is where you’ll find yourself back at the thrift store. Not the metaphorical one about love. That part is thankfully over. We’re talking the real physical thrift store, your local Goodwill.

Goodwill can help you find the most important thing you’re ever going to wear, your wedding dress! The gravity and seriousness of finding a great gown does not equate having to spend a hefty dime. Goodwill’s bridal selection gives you an immense variety for a fraction of the cost. We’ve listed a few frocks to woo you.

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This is a floor length Judd Waddell dress in the size 6.  The silhouette is ballgown with a fitted bodice and a full skirt. It has sweetheart neckline, beaded natural waist, and a tulle skirt.

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This is a floor length Allure Bridals dress in the size 10. It has a trumpet silhouette and a v-neckline. The details on this dress are immense, having everything ranging from lace to a textured skirt and train. It comes with a partially beaded belt for an extra amount of sparkle.

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This is a floor length Kelly Faetanini dress in the size 6. This dress is the perfect about of subtly and drama. The floral-eqsue pattern wrapped around the classic plain satin is both elegant and fashion forward.

Visit Goodwill when you’re on the prowl for your wedding dress. You won’t only be saying yes to a dress. You’ll also be saying yes to sustainable fashion and helping the community. It’s everything you could want in a dress and then some more.

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!

Top 4 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

MsSomethingBlue, Contributor

Best friends. Soulmates. Girlfriends. Whatever you call them, your bridesmaid are some of the most important women in your life. Why not make them feel special with a really great gift? Gone are the days of bridesmaid to bride only gifts. Brides are starting a new tradition of gifts for their bridesmaids.

  1. The DIY. Weddings can be pricey, from the dress to the cake to the photographer. For our budget friendly brides we recommend doing it yourself! D-I-Y doesn’t mean cheap but affordable. D-I-Y gifts can be some of the most thoughtful gifts people receive. I recommend wine glasses with painted sayings or designs. Like this DIY by Mommy Like Whoa. It’s fun, cute and who doesn’t love a glass of wine? You can even thrift your glasses for as low as $1 at a Goodwill storeDIY-decorated-wine-glasses-mommylikewhoa.com_.jpg Continue reading “Top 4 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas”