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

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

Old school was never so cool

After the long and relaxing Labor Day weekend, we are ready to get back to work while others are ready for school! Today, we go back to our Upper West Side boutique to meet Charles, assistant manager of our 72nd Street boutique.

This month, our Good Look Guy exemplifies the very best our Goodwill stores and boutiques offer in fashion sense while still saving your hard-earned cents.

From the pool to school, the care free days segue seamlessly into more serious fall fashion under the tutelage of debonair, Assistant Manager Charles. Here he’s the epitome of head to toe professionalism with duds that do double duty from desk to dusk.

Metro males will want to emulate Charles’ standout, easy elegance, which was evident as soon as he joined the Goodwill NYNJ team two summers ago. Who could resist his passion for fashion? Or his great eye and innate color sense, so apparent when he enters any place, even a dimly lit room?

Now we turn the focus on this gifted shutterbug who can transform even the most style-averse man. With the simple pairing of exquisite Burberry and Brooks Brothers pieces, any masculine chassis is reborn as classy. Investment dressing is at your frugal fingertips. Just follow his lead and appropriate his impeccable taste for dapper additions that are well within your wallet and wardrobe space.

With Charles as your mentor, have a September to remember and one that makes every guy look that much smarter.

“I enjoy photographing people wearing formal attire. I’m keenly aware of what colors pop on camera, “says Charles. “For family portraits, I make sure there is cohesiveness in the color of the clothes they wear.”

Charles is the Assistant Manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique. He joined Goodwill NYNJ in August 2013. Charles loves fashion and is passionate about photography. He hopes to open his own photography studio some day.

Charles outfit:

  • Burberry men’s suit jacket and pants: $34.99 
  • Brooks Brothers shirt: $9.99   
  • Brooks Brothers Tie: $3.99

Goodwill 72nd Street boutique:

157 West 72nd Street

Manhattan, NY 10023

P: (212) 799-2723

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Goodwill Gems: Skin-Toned Stilettos with Style

We loved hearing about the trinkets of thanks you wore last week – we hope they gave your Thanksgiving an extra grateful glow! This week our Goodwill Gem is a little more naughty than nice, but we think the act of giving back while you give your wardrobe a boost is 100% worthy of a holiday hooray. Our Lauren Haslett toured the Goodwill stores for this week’s party-perfect find: Skin-Toned Stilettos with Style!

Sassy and sleek, you’ll be ready to celebrate the season in style with this week’s find!

Planning to turn some heads this holiday season? If you’re hoping to catch a particular someone’s eye or to snag a kiss under the mistletoe this December, this week’s Goodwill gem is the kind of piece that will help you do just that. You’ll be sure to grab some attention at a festive bash this year if you’re wearing a stunning pair of studded leather heels like this one. Find a pair in your skin tone and your legs will go for miles!

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Goodwill Gems: Trinkets of Thanks

You’ve got the turkey in the oven, the pie on the windowsill, the cranberry sauce in the can – what else is there? Your holiday outfit! Why not wear a Goodwill Gem today in honor of all the good your support has allowed our programs to do?

We’re thankful for a style that helps you help 14,000 people find employment in Greater NY & Northern NJ just last year alone. GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren assembles her holiday best full of Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good flair with this week’s Goodwill Gem column

Elegant and simple – yet certainly a statement piece – this stately necklace celebrates the holidays in a big way!

Feel like a queen at your festive Thanksgiving feast! With so many fêtes coming up on your winter social calendar, it’s imperative to have some great, go-to accessories you can throw on over any of your favorite sweaters, blouses or party dresses for an instant dose of bling – just the thing to get you sparkling for any holiday occasion.

And this week’s Goodwill find is just that kind of a piece. The thick gold link chain is enough to draw attention to your fabulous ensembles all on its own, but the eye-catching black oval – also encompassed in gold – that serves as this necklace’s focal point is truly spectacular. Deep black and brilliant gold contrast beautifully with one another, making this simple stunner the kind of necklace any stylish, thrifty girl would want to snap up in a second.

You could pair this versatile piece with dressy numbers, but also with more casual outfits. For a party requiring a fancier frock though, this vivid green cocktail dress below is flirty, feminine, and just the right hue for the season, making it the perfect partner for this week’s gem. The rich, vibrant color is not only holiday party appropriate, it also allows this black and gold gem to stand out, not fighting with its sparkle as an equally shiny or busily patterned top might do, but still provides enough contrast to create a brilliant backdrop for this beautiful necklace.

Gorgeous, green, and doing good - all thanks to Goodwill!

With a pair of luxurious-looking metallic heels – and perhaps some nude tights and a light sweater, shrug or blazer to ward off the winter chill, you’re ready for this sensational season, with plenty of cash left over for gift shopping!

Will you wear a Goodwill Gem today? Come share in the comments here, post a photo of the finished look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!

Goodwill Gems: Peek-a-Boo Pumps

We’re head over heels for, well, heels this season. And why shouldn’t we be? With all the holiday parties coming up, a girl’s gotta be prepared. Our columnist Lauren agrees and hit the Goodwill circuit in search of something just as cheeky than last week’s pair, but in a completely different (yet still party-perfect) way. The result? This week’s Goodwill Gem: the Peek-a-Boo Pumps.

Simple yet sexy, these easy-to-wear suede heels will quickly become a can’t-live-without-it part of your wardrobe.

A pair of pumps will make any girl walk a little taller – but it takes a special pair to unleash a whole new you. These sexy black shoes are in a favorite cold-weather fabric – suede – but the lace-up style and open toe beg for a wink and a nod.

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Goodwill Gems: Cheeky Heels

We’re just about to tumble into the holiday season – is your wardrobe ready? We’re craving finds that can cross from office work to company party, and our Lauren Haslett is on the ground, gem-scouting her way across the Goodwill trail just for you. This week’s Goodwill Gem: the Cheeky Heels.

With a retro flair and larger-than-life style, these eclectic heels are the perfect addition to any high-stepper’s closet.

If you’ve still been searching for the perfect pair of winter work shoes, I may have located that elusive pair in a local NYC-area Goodwill this past weekend. In sophisticated black suede, these 70s-style shoes are playful without being immature. The wooden stack heel (a big look in the 70s) will ground you as you navigate sleety sidewalks and just polished corridors. The cheeky zigzag pattern on top of the rounded toe transforms the show from another pair of black pumps into a style statement.

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Goodwill Gem: The Bigger-Than-You-Think Bag

We may be busy calculate the huge show of votes for our Goodwill Halloween Contest (thank you!), but we know you all are already on your way into November fashion. To help ease you into a new season of winter wonder, our Lauren Haslett hit the Goodwill trail to find an accessory that could tackle whatever came her way, from everyday work to holiday parties. What did she find? This week’s Goodwill Gem: the Bigger-Than-You-Think Bag.

Casual, stylish, and big enough to stow everything you'd need to hibernate... I mean, hit the town.

Sometimes good things come in small packages. (Like diamonds. Hint hint, Santa.) But sometimes, bigger really is better, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect bag to get you through the city’s snowy, slushy, wet winter weather. And lucky for you and me, the ultimate in winter bags showed up at my local Goodwill just in time.

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Goodwill Gem: Cowboy Boots

Halloween is right around the corner, just waiting to shout BOO! With the holiday in mind, our columnist Lauren is searching her local Goodwill for items that can do double-duty – finds fit for a costume party, but chic enough to last into the days, months and years beyond. Curious about her latest find? Well giddy’up cowboy, here’s this week’s Goodwill Gem: Cowboy Boots!

In traditional country style, these homey cowgirl boots have a soft leather upper in a natural hue and the characteristic stitching that makes a boot so fabulous, you’ll never want to take it off, no matter where you actually are - even at a cemetery dance party. Ooo spooky.

Need an escape? Whether it’s for a Halloween fantasy or just your average autumn day, nothing can transport you out of the city more quickly than a pair of classic cowgirl boots. This fantastic pair – rounded up at my local Goodwill store, of course – is the real deal.

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Goodwill Gem: A Bolt of Tough-Girl Style

Last night’s Goodwill DMD Fashion Show was amazing! We’ll have a post up about it soon, but for now, here’s a little Halloween-themed glitz to get you through the day. That’s right, it’s our columnist Lauren‘s latest Goodwill Gem: a bolt of tough-girl style. Thank goodness great finds at your local Goodwill strike twice (and three times, and four, and…)

This signature accessory will make a statement, no matter what you outfit you put it on over.

Have you been looking for that perfect piece to inject your style with some sizzle? Look no further, because this week’s gem is a truly electric accessory that will surely do just that – and might even breeze you into Halloween (goth girl, rock star, the galaxy… the possibilities are endless)!

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Goodwill Gem: A Little Something Pretty

Fall Flirt is going strong – and, this week, it’s going girly. Our thrift-loving Lauren dropped into Goodwill and walked out with a charm sure to charm her way into Autumn’s cold, cold heart. Take a look at the newest Goodwill Gems, thrift fashion fans: a little something pretty.

Old-fashioned charm is revamped for a new age and becomes the perfect accessory for a modern-day lady.

I wanted something pretty. But since I’m a girl on a tight budget, I try to be practical, too, and I knew there was only one place to go to get something I didn’t really need, but would love to own, and that was also affordable. Where is this wonderful place? My local Goodwill store, of course!

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Goodwill Gems: Bringing Booties Back

Fall Flirt is bringing booties back – are you ready? Our thrift-loving Lauren is, having toured her local Goodwills, in search of the quintessential fall footwear essential. Take a look at the newest Goodwill Gems, thrift fashion fans: the bold and beautiful bootie boot.

A delicate heel, pointy toe and faux-croc finish - does it get any better than this, bootie hunters?

I suppose I might as well just call this a shoe blog for all the cute kicks that keep popping up here, but I hope you aren’t tired of my fab footwear finds yet! A girl can never have too many shoes (if you disagree, though, please donate the extras to Goodwill!). This week’s find is a pair that no fashionable lady-about-town could possibly pass on.

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