The Power of Purple

Purple was historically the color of royalty for a reason. It’s rich, complex, and a shade of it is flattering on basically every kind of coloring and skin tone in the spectrum. It’s also a lovely way to add a deep, sophisticated color to your holiday wardrobe’s palette without sticking solely to the standard hues of red, green, and white. What more reason do you need to pop a pretty splash of purple into your closet this season?

My latest Goodwill gem is the kind of accessory I just love – pretty but practical, it’s a piece a gal can easily use on a daily basis, but that still feels a little special, and will certainly give a bit of extra charm to any ensemble you pair it with. A pocketbook in a pretty deep purple hue, this bag is large enough to hold all of your everyday necessities – even an extra pair of flats for nights you plan to head out dancing or to a holiday party after an already-long day. This purse’s rectangular shape could look a bit boring or boxy, but the leather exterior isn’t super stiff or structured, giving it a softer, slightly more relaxed feel.

purple purseThis delightful purple bag will add a pop of fun color and a bit of ladylike polish to all of your looks this season.

A very versatile find. You could easily throw this bag on over a structured blazer for a big meeting or your go-to black dress for a cocktail party or other holiday shindig. But this darling purse also works divinely with more casual items of clothing. Here, I’ve paired it with a simple, straight-legged gray trouser in a soft cotton – the kind of pant that goes with literally everything at this time of year, and can easily be dressed up or down. For a somewhat fancier outfit, top the trousers with a flowing, jewel-toned blouse in a silky or satiny fabric. Here, I’ve gone a bit more laid-back and chosen an everyday sweater with a feminine scoop neck and fitted, figure-hugging cut instead. The sweater is also in a lovely (and quite similar) shade of purple to the bag – while I’m not usually one for matching my outfits perfectly, or matching my bag to anything at all – I love this color so much, totally saturating my top half in it was something I just couldn’t resist trying. With another bright accessory – like a long, shimmering metallic necklace – to break it up a bit, the purple-on-purple combination could really work well and make the whole ensemble, casual as it is, feel polished and put together.

purple on purple outfitKeep it simple. A pretty purple-on-purple, almost monochromatic look is an easy way to make even a casual outfit and accessories feel all dressed up and completely chic.

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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Brilliantly Easy, Bold Looks

Dark colors and denim can make a serious statement. I know I often preach about how important it is to include a little color in your wardrobe (and it is!), but as any city girl can tell you, black is, and always will be, the ultimate in wear-anywhere practicality.

So when you just can’t help but reach for those dark black staples lurking in (or possibly taking over?) your closet, how do you still ensure your ensemble stands out? That’s where accessories – like this week’s gorgeous Goodwill-found gems – come in. These plush purple high heels have a rich, beautiful color and retro style that’s sure to grab attention, even when you pair them with other dark pieces. The royally rad hue of these shoes is also lovely because it goes just as well with any other neutral hue as it does with black – put these pretty pumps on with beige, navy, white, brown – the options are endless, and whatever you choose, they’re sure to look absolutely darling.

purple pumpsA girl can never have enough shoes – especially when the latest thrifty find in Goodwill’s shoe department is a wonderfully polished pair of purple suede pumps like these, sure to catch every passerby’s eye.

Go bold or go home.  But going bold doesn’t have to mean super glammed up, over-the-top outfits or huge pieces of sparkling jewelry. Bold can actually be incredibly simple – and honestly, a perfectly picked ensemble, all in stark black, is an easy way to go bold while keeping things low-key and classy, too. Here, I’ve chosen a fitted pair of figure-flattering black pants and topped it off with a simply cut black tank. To ward off the chilly October winds, I’ve added a tailored denim blazer – the cut of this jean jacket makes it look a little more professional, but any other classic denim cover-up would look just as cute here. The purple pumps will add the only spot of color (much-needed, I might add), but since they’re also on the darker side of the color spectrum, they still manage to give the look that burst of color in a subtle, sophisticated kind of way. One long, statement necklace or pretty printed scarf would add a lovely finishing touch to this ensemble (but is totally optional – the look still looks totally put together and polished without anything else).

all-black and denim ensemble Effortlessly give all your basic looks – like this all-black and denim ensemble – a touch of refined glamor and a bit of  fun with a cool, colorful pair of shoes.

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: The Eye-Catching Clutch

We know we should be searching for Giants gear (after all, Steve Smith might’ve donated a jersey back in the day), but somehow our Super Bowl outfits are still second draft pick to our Valentines’ thrifting. If you’ve got a great game day outfit ready, but all means, post & spark some inspiration. But in the meantime, well, we’re in the mood for love… and so is our correspondent Lauren. With the help of her local Goodwill, she found her crush – this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Eye-Catching Clutch.

Simple, but completely covered in eye-catching glitter, this divine little purse is the perfect tote to carry everything you need for a night out on the town.

Girls love bling. There’s no girl I know who doesn’t love adding a little sparkle to her favorite look on occasion. And with a shimmering silver clutch like the one I found at my local Goodwill this week, it’s easy to add that bit of glitz and glamour to your day in an instant!

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Goodwill Gems: Sweet Valentine Anytime Heels

Call us romantics, but we’re already pysched for Valentine’s Day. At least we’re not the only ones decking our doorways in cupids – our correspondent Lauren Haslett has been flitting around her local Goodwills in search of the perfect date outfit. All that preparation has led to a very pretty pay-off, as you’ll see with this week’s Goodwill Gem: Sweet Valentine Anytime Heels.

This luxurious navy blue heel is just the thing you need to finish off an extra-special, dressed-up date night look.

Striking and graceful. They are things many of us for, especially when putting together a sophisticated look for a special occasion like a big date out. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are trying to get our romantic plans (and our romantic looks) all sorted out.

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Clothes for the Blah Days

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: mood-altering outfits. Trippy, man… Enjoy!

My happy outfit, 100% thrifted from top to bottom (including the shoes)!

What do you wear on your “blah” days, those days when everything is grey and all you want to do is sleep? We all have them, yet most of us don’t have the convenience of stopping everything in our lives to wait for the “blah-ness” to be over. Life still moves; there is much work to do and never much time to do it. On days like this, what you should wear is often the least important decision on your mind. In fact, sweatpants and a wrinkled tee seem like the only saving grace. Instead of opting for that couch potato uniform, consider these tips for choosing an outfit on your “blah” day:

– Think of the psychological effects of color. Steer clear of the greys and blacks, and even the darker hues of other colors when feeling “blah.” Green is the easiest color your eyes can see, and is often known for encouraging feelings of peace (think of how images of nature make you feel.) Similarly, yellow and orange often produce feelings of optimism, and are known for stimulating creativity (like a sunny day). Purple and bright blues always make me feel happy too. Of course there exceptions to every rule (some say yellow has adverse affects), but try incorporating these and other colors colors into your look on your sad days and you may notice a difference! Check out these great articles here and here to learn more about Color Psychology.

– Wear your best fit. Gloomy days are not the best days for wearing clothing that is too tight or too loose. Tight clothes can encourage subconscious feelings of confinement and anxiety, while loose clothes may leave you feeling apathetic or lazy. Be sure to wear your best-fitting and most flattering clothes on your “blah” days.

– Opt out of loud prints. I would recommend a clean color palette on those days when you’re feeling down. While a frenetic print is visually stimulating, it may be a bit much on a day when you are already emotionally vulnerable, and could even encourage feelings of anger (it’s like watching an action movie when you just feel like crying). Instead, try softer, plain colors, or a very simple pattern like polka dots or stripes.

My thrifted green, polka dotted always cheers me up.

– Choose soft fabrics. When you’re feeling sad, choose luxurious fabrics to wear like a silk tie, a cashmere sweater or your best cotton shirt. I strongly believe that all of our senses influence our emotion, even the sense of touch. Similarly, put on a bit of your favorite cologne or perfume to make your sense of smell happy.

Hey! C'mon get happy!🙂

Now that you have a fabulous outfit on in spite of your gloomy disposition, the last, equally important thing to do is to look in the mirror and smile. Turn that frown upside down!