Seriously Ladylike Steppers

Professional summer footwear can be pose a bit of a dilemma. What you really want to be wearing is a simple pair of sandals that let your feet feel cool and free, but of course, many of us have jobs where such laid-back gear just isn’t allowed.

To solution to your summer shoe conundrums is a pretty pair of peep-toe heels like these, spotted recently at my local Goodwill thrift shop. The open toe and small slit details in the sides not only look lovely, but also allow your poor feet to breathe! The thicker stacked heel is far more comfortable than a pointy stiletto – and it’s also much more appropriate for impromptu sunset happy hours, or any of the other events that take place on those long, lingering summer evenings. And aside from being practical, these adorable heels look professional and pretty cute, thanks to the smooth tan leather upper and loosely crimped and folded suede bow, which adds a decidedly feminine air to these sensible, everyday steppers.

summer heelsThese super practical (and super stylish!) summer heels look sweet, but they’re both comfortable and polished enough to be fit for any office.

Use these pretty heels to instantly brighten up all-season ensembles. Of course, a cute pair of peep-toed heels like these can easily be worn with almost any item in your summer work wardrobe. Tailored Bermuda shorts and full, flowing blouse? Check. Full, pleated floral skirts and well-worn t-shirts? Check. Beloved sundresses a rainbow of hues? Check! Since they really complement any look you could come up with, I really shouldn’t have to convince you to go out and find a pair just like them for yourself! But what makes these lovely, ladylike shoes even more versatile is that you can also use them to make your favorite, year-round pieces – like classic cocktail dresses – feel totally appropriate for an office environment. Fitted or flowing, black or colorful (or even spangled with a little sparkle), cocktail dresses can sometimes feel a little too over-the-top and fancy for everyday wear. But if you have a couple of favorites you wish you could pull out of your closet a little more often, pair them with a shoe like this one instead of a sky-high stiletto heel, and they’ll instantly feel fun and flirty (but not too fancy) for an average day at work.

cocktail dressLook like a knockout, no matter where you’re headed, by pairing everything from sundresses to fancy, semi-formal cocktail dresses with a more relaxed (but still flirty and feminine) pair of peep-toed heels 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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Goodwill Gems: On-Point Holiday Season Style

We all gravitate toward sparkle and sequins during the holiday season. At least, I’m positive I’m not the only one. But as easy as it is to run right to all that bling and snatch it up, all those shining and shimmering pieces can be a bit harder to pull off during the rest of the year. So, instead of only going for the glitter, grab a few accessories this season that will look beautiful with your favorite winter party pieces, but which you can continue to enjoy all year long.

This week’s gem, a gorgeous pair of peep-toed heels scored recently at my local Goodwill store, is just that kind of essential item to get you through the holidays and the rest of the year, too. The soft taupe leather these lovely heels are made of is buttery smooth, and though not covered in crystals or rhinestones, the delicate heel, cute cutouts, and front zipper detail make these shoes look seriously sophisticated, without a lot of effort or extra flash.

Neutral peep-toe leather heelsThese super smooth, neutral leather shoes are perfect for stepping out in all during the holiday season, and will still look adorable well after the festivities end.

Classy holiday party options. If you’re looking forward to celebrating with friends and loved during the next few weeks, no doubt you’ve already started planning your festive party attire, as well. These shoes are ideal for any type of party whether on the more casual side or super formal. For a more relaxed family affair, consider putting this pretty pair on with a dressy pair of slacks in a beautiful jewel tone, like a ruby red, or in a fabric with a bit of shimmer, or something in an elegant and colorful pattern, like a damask or a paisley. Top it off with a white or cream sweater for a warm, cozy, but still party-appropriate ensemble. For a holiday work event, try putting these attractive little heels on with some simple opaque tights and flowing dress in pretty pattern, like the one pictured here. For a work-appropriate event, think classic colors and shapes with just a bit of fun detail, like the diamond cutouts around the décolletage.

Sheer blue/white dress with cutoutsThese stunning shoes will easily class up any look. Try pairing them with any of your favorite holiday season pieces for a fresh, chic take on festive apparel.

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.

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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Goodwill Gems: Plum Perfection Peep-toe Pumps

A summer shoe can be hard to find. After all, a pair that looks as great in an office as it does on a boardwalk is no easy capture. What’s a stylish girl to do? Follow Lauren‘s lead and head to to your local Goodwill for this week’s Goodwill Gem: Plum Perfection Peep-toe Pumps!

These sweet summer sandals have it all: natural fibers, a little lift and the perfect showcase for a summer pedicure!

This week’s find is a fantastic pair of summer wedges that have a little bit of everything. The natural, woven straw bottoms are topped with a rich mahogany-colored, strappy leather upper.

The peep toe and t-strap styling are reminiscent of an earlier era, adding a bit of 1940s feminine glamor to a warm-weather look with a modern, casual flair. In their natural materials and colors, these sky-high wedges are the perfect way to top off any breezy, summer ensemble.

Now… how to wear ’em?

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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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