3 Fall Must Haves


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor


 

Can you believe that summer is pretty much gone? Temperatures in New York City have already dropped and we’re already starting to grab our fall fashion essentials. But who doesn’t love fall fashion? Fall is magical in New York and dressing for it can be too! Here are three fall must haves that every fashionista needs to have in her closet for this fall:

 

Jean Jacket

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There’s nothing more versatile and easier to wear than a jean jacket. It should be illegal to not own at least one. I have about five in my closet in different washes and styles. I love throwing them on with dress pants and over date night dresses when the temperature starts to dip down in the fall.

 

Scarf

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Scarves of all sizes and in all prints and colors are a must-have for throwing over your shoulders or tying around your neck to create the perfect fall look. Pair your favorite scarf with a long sleeve t-shirt for the most adorable fall look.

 

Backpack

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Nothing says fall like a backpack. I have a million of them and get nostalgic when getting a new one for the fall season. There are so many super adorable ones around these days in a variety of colors, styles, and materials. Try trading in your over-sized purse for a backpack and turn heads while you head stylishly into fall.

 

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

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New Year, New Style Resolutions

Every January 1, most of us resolve to do a bit better than the year before. We resolve to treat ourselves better, take care of ourselves better. We resolve to get in shape and finally find our signature look. This year, don’t let yourself fall right off the resolution wagon.

This week’s gem is a darling little handbag that’s perfect for toting absolutely anywhere, and which is sure to brighten any bitingly cold winter days with its sunny yellow pattern. The distinctive gray-and-yellow color scheme and leather strap that loops over the top of the bag from back to front makes this accessory one that’s sure to stand out. The simple silver button closure and damask-style pattern is highly sophisticated and will easily elevate any look, from the super casual to a fancier ensemble.

gray purse with yellow details and leather strapThis too-cute bag is just the right size for holding your daily essentials, and still small enough to be a comfortable choice for a night out.

A new year calls for new style goals. Aim high in 2014, and focus on pulling together a fun but polished look that will impress anyone, inside or outside of the office. This chic bag is the perfect starting point for a year full of fashionable and effortlessly sophisticated outfits. Use it to add a pop of pattern and color to a bold office look like the one pictured here – the bright skirt is an equally vivid and flattering hue on almost any woman, no matter her skin tone, eye color, or hair color. The black and white top balances out the bright bottoms, so the overall look doesn’t become too garish or loud, but as the neutrally colored cardigan has a lovely floral pattern to it, the ensemble still looks modern, fun, and fresh. A sweet and lovely bag like this one is all a lady would need to immediately and perfectly accent this vibrant, colorful look and bring the entire outfit together. It’s just as easy to wear, however, with a classic, casual look. For a more relaxed, weekend-appropriate get-up, toss on a pair slouchy, cuffed, boyfriend jeans, a loose, comfy white tee, and tailored blazer for a cool but still polished everyday outfit.

bright purple skirt black tank and print cardiganA colorful, patterned bag might seem like difficult accessory to pair with many items in your wardrobe, but when it comes in a classic, simple shape with chic, modern styling, you’ll find it seems to add a bit of sophistication and subtle glamour to almost any outfit you can think to put together.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Goodwill Gems: Easy Elegance With Just One Piece

A classic accent can instantly lift any look. This week’s gem is an elegant embellishment in a stunningly simple combination of black, white, and gold. This bewitching bangle is large enough to instantly catch the eye, with just a hint of shimmer from the metallic gold stripes and interior. But it manages to be chic and fun without an overload of bling, still adding an air of sophistication to nearly any ensemble you might choose to pair it with. The white painted detail found within the alternating gold bands is simple, but not plain – the single dot surrounded by teardrop shapes has an almost exotic flair to it, like something found while traveling in Europe or the Middle East.

Large gold bangle with white and black detailThis captivating accessory is enchanting and dramatic – the classic combination of gold metal and contrasting black and white painted details stands out easily, while looking both charmingly unique and elegant.

So what to pair with this pretty bangle? Its neutral hues mean you could put it on to accent almost any look, but because of the classic color combination, it would look truly stunning next to something bright and vivid. Try it with everything from a everyday basics, like jeans and a cozy knit sweater, to slightly dressier workday wear like leather boots and comfortable but figure-flattering sweater dress. But you could even put it on to finish off an even fancier look, like the cocktail party-perfect ensemble pictured here. The deep cobalt blue color of the dress is a beautifully bright backdrop for this lovely accessory, and the black lace detail echoes the black stripes around the circumference of the bracelet.

Cobalt blue dress with black laceThis pretty piece is a gorgeous accessory that can effortlessly add a bit of class and glamour to any outfit, whether casual, dressy, or anywhere in between.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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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