Something New, Borrowed, Old, and Goodwill Blue

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.


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.


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.


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!


A GoodLooking Intern

Although I can’t spend my summers hanging by the pool anymore, being an intern definitely has its perks. At Goodwill I’ve already had the chance to publish my own blog posts, spend some more time in New York City, and work with a great staff. But when it comes to fashion, the intern-life can be a rough adjustment for a college student. (Especially if you’re used to wearing sweats to class!)

As a girl who usually wears casual maxi skirts and little dresses I was a little worried about the whole “business casual” thing. But after surfing through some Pinterest boards and looking through my closet, I realized that all it takes is a few good pieces to rock your internship style!

If you find the right pieces, you’ll be able to mix them in with clothes you already have so you keep the style you love (and keep the money you need).

Here are three of my picks for “business casual” internship-style staple items every young intern should have this summer!

1. Comfortable Blazer or Cardigan

Kim K blazer style

Most offices are ALWAYS freezing. I’ll take the icy tundra vibe over a summer office with no AC any day, but I always need to be prepared for the chill. Having a classic (and comfortable!) cardigan is key for the office-life. You’ll survive the chill and cover up any inappropriate straps or sleeveless pieces. If your office is a little more professional, try going for a blazer to dress up your look. Once you find a great neutral blazer or cardigan you can wear it over any outfit you have for a practical and stylish look. Or, try a bight blazer like this one that Kim Kardashian is rocking for a pop-of-color look!

2. Conservative Dress


If you’re more of a skirt and dresses kind of person like me, work-appropriate dresses are the way to go for intern-style. Try to find a dress that does not show any cleavage and falls at your knees or slightly above them. Meeting a boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents, going to a family party, attending a religious service, or working at a future company are all great excuses you may find to wear this dress again. Try to find 2-3 of these dresses that work great for you. Then, you can mix and match them with statement necklaces, belts, or cardigans you already have for a different look each time you wear them! Try a statement pattern dress like this one Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Pre-Golden Globes party for DuJour Magazine!

3. Work Pants

Blake Lively pants

Slacks, trousers, or whatever you call them, these pants are made for workin’! Having a comfortable, yet professional pair of pants is essential for building your intern-wardrobe. Find a basic black or other neutral pair that you can wear over and over again. Don’t worry though, pants aren’t all work and no fun! There are also some more more fun “work pants” like these adorable color-block ones that Blake Lively is sporting. This way, you can still express your personal style while you look great in the office.


Now that you know what to pieces to include in your intern wardrobe, the question is where to buy all these pieces. Instead of spending all your money in the professional sections of some major department stores, try visiting thrift stores like your local Goodwill where you can find professional pieces at great prices! Our stores have a large selection of blazers and other professional pieces to chose from so you can look vintage and chic when you’re at work!

What will you wear to rock your internship style this summer?


Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.


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Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Summer is back – and so is Boutique You! Show that weather what hot really is with the easy-peasy short-sleeved Anda Dress.

Just add white gloves and you've got your garden party outfit set; throw on some heels and you're ready for girls' night out.

Isn’t she a beaut’?  There’s nothing simpler than the  Anda dress – and with Goodwill’s endless fabric options, you can make a million and still be 100% one-of-a-kind. Rethink silk sheets, gauzy drapes and tropical tablecloths into a whole wardrobe of breezy attire. This dress is simple to sew, and the perfect thing for your picnics, playdates, and summer flings!

To make this dream piece a reality, click here for BurdaStyle’s excellent how-to instructions. And once you’ve found your favorite Goodwill fabric and fashioned your frock, don’t forget to accessorize with a sweet little Flower Corsage and show the whole world that you support reusability, sustainable fashion, and creativity Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall!