Ultra-Relaxed, Ultra-Chic

Effortless summer ensembles. It’s easy to look great when you have a lot of time and effort to put into your outfits, but what about dressing for your hectic, everyday life?

Special occasions are one thing, but for those days when you’re just struggling to get out the door – especially in the midst of summer when it’s hot, humid and sticky – you can still look fantastic without a lot of work, by choosing an easy, airy ensemble and topping it off with an adorable hat that’s just right for the season, like the headpiece I spotted at my local Goodwill thrift shop this week. The light straw weave and festive blue pattern is so super summery, it’ll make you feel like you’re out on the beach or boardwalk, even when you’re just walking down a city street.

straw hatThis light, summer, super cool straw hat in a bright off-white and blue pattern is beachy, beautiful, and will lend any look a totally laid-back feel.

A tremendous topper will finish off any. For the most amazing beach- or brunch-ready look, start with a simple, relaxed, and easy-to-wear one-piece is a light, silky, airy fabric, like the one pictured here. Though it’s black, the flowing fabric, sheer sides and wide leg on this jumper make it look and feel incredibly comfortable and hassle-free – just like all your summer outfits should be. For an even more obviously summer look, choose a romper or jumpsuit in a vibrant floral pattern or bright color. Paired with a metallic sandal and this easy, breezy hat, you’ve instantly got a stylish but totally seasonally appropriate look – all put together in about 5 seconds flat.

black romperFor an insanely quick, pretty, and perfect-for-summer style, try throwing on an easy, flowing one-piece ensemble with a favorite straw hat – like the one I came across this week and my local Goodwill – and you’re good to go in no time!

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: Cinco de Mayo Style

Just in time for a gorgeous weekend, we’ve got a Special Edition Goodwill Gems for you. After all, with Cinco de Mayo falling on a perfect-weather Sunday, how could we resist? Lauren headed to her local Goodwill just in time for the sunshine celebration. Come see what she found in this week’s Goodwill Gem: Cinco de Mayo Style!

No Cinco de Mayo party ensemble would be complete with a celebratory sombrero like this one!
Take your Cinco de Mayo celebration to the next level with a sun-shielding sombrero like this!

This year, step out for Cinco de Mayo in serious party style. There are plenty of bashes across NYC and the Tri-State area, and even if the tequila and tacos are really your main focus, every party is more fun when you’re decked out in the proper attire, right?

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