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

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

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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Everyday Thrifting


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David Morgan, Yes, David is Here

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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!

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Accessorizing is no longer a gender-specific concept, every gentleman needs to know how to accessorize his outfits to turn heads and get the attention he deserves.

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Goodwill Fashion Find For Less: Mens Blazer Jackets

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I’ve mentioned in a previous post how I love shopping at my local Goodwill for work appropriate clothing because you can score great brands at the best prices. The same goes for stylish investment pieces like casual blazer jackets that can be worn for a night out or a casual Friday at work.

Recently, I made a trip to Goodwill with the bf to search for a blazer, and we found some great options. I decided on a navy jacket from Kenneth Cole and a stylish grey number from INC for a total of just about $40 bucks. When I looked up the average retail prices for similar pieces I found out that we saved around $200! Don’t you just love a good bargain?!

What is your latest Goodwill Fashion Find?

xoxo
Nicole

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

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Borrowed from the Boys

Sometimes, a little ambiguity makes an outfit just that much more interesting. Though it can be a lot of fun to dress up in super frilly, floral, feminine styles, it can feel just as exciting to mix in more structured, traditionally “masculine” feeling pieces, too – especially if your entire wardrobe is on the girlier side. A slightly more boyish, unexpected item can even work to accentuate your most feminine features, thanks to the added contrast.

Case in point: these cool, edgy little booties, which I was lucky enough to stumble upon this week at my local Goodwill shop. The light taupe color is ideal for spring – it’s a welcome break from winter’s practical and prevalent, but also darker and drearier hues, like blacks and grays. And because it’s still a neutral, this tone lightens up spring looks but still easily mixes with just about anything in your wardrobe, from boldly printed dresses and jumpers to favorite jeans and tees. And because they’re also flat, these beautiful booties are also comfortable enough to wear around town all day, every day – whether you’re heading to the office or planning to walk around and explore your city – or anywhere else you might find yourself.

taupe edgy booties

These cute ankle boots may be reminiscent of menswear, but the almost eyelet-like scalloped detail and soft, taupe color give these edgy shoes just enough feminine flair.

Cool, casual fun. Taking a cue from men’s fashion doesn’t mean your ensembles have to be totally lacking in any pretty, girly qualities, or that you can’t still look totally put together, even in a more casual ensemble. Though you could certainly throw these darling boots on with a super flirty, feminine piece, like a brightly colored floral sundress, to give it a cool edge, they look equally adorable when paired with a really relaxed outfit choice, like what I’ve picked here. The slim, stretchy trousers would easily fit right into these booties, though they’re only ankle height, and let my new footwear take center stage. And a classic collared shirt in a breezy chambray fabric, topped with a cozy, three-quarter-sleeve sweater for added warmth and texture, is a great way to finish off this comfy, but still totally cool, menswear-inspired outfit. Some simple silver jewelry adds a feminine, but still subtle, touch that brings all of these go-to wardrobe staples together.

men's fashion for women

Go all out and borrow your whole look from the boys – you’re sure to come up with an ensemble that’s classic, simple, and totally chic, especially if it’s finished off with a pair of well-tailored, wear-everywhere ankle boots like these.

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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To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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Guest Blogger Nicole: Menswear – Create the Perfect Holiday Outfit for Less!

Mens Fashion CollageThe holiday season is in full swing and you may already be spending a ton of money on gifts and now you need something nice to wear for holiday get together’s and parties. Luckily, Goodwill is chock full of awesome finds that won’t cause you to break the bank!

Sweaters
A great sweater is the quintessential holiday must have. A cardigan sweater allows you to layer, which is perfect during the winter. Goodwill has sweaters for a steal at $9.99!

Pants
When you need a new pair of dress pants Goodwill should be your first stop. Many of their stores have a very large selection of designer bottoms starting for as low as $7.99!

Collared Shirts
The collared shirt is a wardrobe staple and if you shop around you can score amazing designer tops at a fraction of the cost. I’ve stumbled upon Burberry, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole and Brooks Brothers tops while shopping at Goodwill!

Shoes
Shopping for shoes at Goodwill can be hit or miss due to size availability, but you never know what you may find. On my most recent visit I saw a pair of Italian made genuine leather dress shoes for $19.99!

So before you reach into the back of your closet for that same old red sweater you have been wearing for the past 3 Christmas holidays head on over to your local Goodwill to see what you find!

Happy Holidays!

xo
Nicole

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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Guest Blogger Nicole: Finding Outfits My Boyfriend Can Wear At His New Job

We want to welcome Fashion blogger Nicole Colon to A Good Look. Nicole will be guest blogging for Goodwill every other Monday.

Huge apologies to Nicole! We failed to introduce her when she guest blogged two weeks ago. She showed us how to get creative and come up with amazingly low-cost Halloween costumes.

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life.

Last month, Nicole was one of the six fashion bloggers who helped select outfits for the models who participated in our Goodwill Suits You fashion show, to celebrate October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Watch Nicole styling Richard at the 72nd Street Store in this video.

Goodwill Fashion Finds For LessWhether you are starting a new job or in need of some new threads shopping for work wear can be costly. My boyfriend recently started a new job and was in need of trousers so we decided to see what the Goodwill had to offer and we were so happy we did! We went to the Goodwill Stuyvesant Square location and were greeted with racks on racks of men’s dress pants. My bf ended up scoring two pairs of Brooks Brothers pants and a pair of Banana Republic pants all for under $25! That is a retail cost of over $240!

I highly recommend the Goodwill as a place to shop for dress pants and denim too! The pants we scored were in excellent condition and probably barely even worn. SCORE!

What is your latest Goodwill Fashion Find?

xo
Nicole

Check out Nicole’s blog: www.stylemebad.com

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

A Look Back: The Goodwill Favorites

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye, even if you know something’s going to a better place. Our amazing donators out there know what we’re talking about. But if you don’t set something free, how can it find its perfect new home? Well, our columnist David Morgan is setting off on his own and we’ll miss him very much. However, he’s not leaving us empty-handed. Here is his post on his best all-time Goodwill ensembles. Hope you enjoy!

Blogger, singer, crafter, miscellaneous fashion muse, & GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan

Today will mark my last post with in the “Good Look for Men” series with A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj. What an experience this has been! I have really enjoyed sharing my style and thrifting advice with you, and hope you enjoyed being a part of my ever-evolving fashion journey. For this very last post, I though it would be fun to look at back at my top 5 favorite looks. They are in no particular order, but these are the ones that I particularly had the most fun sharing with you all.
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Loosen Up, Mister: How to Rock the Secondhand Tie

Fit to be tied? GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan shows you how to throw stuffy old style out the corner office window and embrace a whole new wardrobe of snazzy secondhand ties. Take a look:
Some of my ties!

I don’t wear ties as often as I use to, but I still really love them. I have a pretty big collection of ties, almost all purchased from various thrift stores. I generally prefer those made out of a cotton or polyester blend, as they are much stiffer, and I absolutely love diagonal striped ones, or ones with a floral 70s print.

Outside of a formal suit, ties can be a bit tricky to wear, but with a few guidelines to keep in mind, ties can be a great accessory to a fun and casual outfit. Here are the guidelines that I like to follow:

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It’s Actually Really Easy Being Green: Keeping Thrift Favs Fresh with Accessories

Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: how to add a little ZING (or ribbit?) to your favorite thrift basics… Enjoy!

Me and the frog of my dreams.

In my last post, I mentioned that I was on a dedicated mission to de-clutter and simplify my life. This has consisted of sending bags of clothes off to Goodwill, and using up my current stash of craft materials before I buy more (which I am currently doing a pretty good job of). I’ve also limited my spending to things that I absolutely need, save for the occasional, though much-needed, money spent hanging out with friends.

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