Thrifted Jean Shirt to the Rescue

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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 



In the summer months, I never leave the house without a jean shirt just in case it gets cooler in the evening or the air conditioning wherever I’m going is cold enough to keep ice cream frozen. I love jean shirts because they are so versatile and can be worn so many ways. My favorite looks are tucking them into a skirt or pants and wearing them open like a jacket. I’m also so into the juxtaposition of wearing them with something dressy to create a fun, dressed down look.


This newly thrifted, over-sized jean shirt is my new favorite. I love how it looks dressed down with this girly retro dress. I’ve been traveling like crazy all summer long and I forgot to pack a jean shirt for my last trip. As the nights are getting a little on the cooler side, I felt so chilly without my denim shirt. My travel companions may have huffed just a little when I dragged them thrift shopping so I could grab a jean shirt. As a thrift and vintage lover, I couldn’t imagine buying or wearing one that wasn’t secondhand. I plan on wearing this over-sized jean shirt a ton!


How do you wear your denim shirts?


Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at She’s a true shopaholic that loves the thrill of discovering the perfect thrifted and vintage finds while sharing them with the world.

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A GoodCombo: The High-Low Dress

Her Campus styles this high-low dress perfect for a day on the beach!
Her Campus styles this high-low dress perfect for a day on the beach!

In the summer I live in dresses. Whether I’m rushing out to work or waking up for a lazy day on the beach, a dress is easy and comfortable to throw on. Maybe it’s because I’m a little bit of a free spirit, or maybe because I hate pants, but I would wear a dress everyday.

I’m also all about that day-to-night style. With a statement maxi, casual slip-dress or night-time party dress, I can always find a creative way to style my favorite piece for a versatile look. 

One of my favorite summer dress styles is the high-low dress. With it’s ‘mullet-like’ short in the front/long in the back style, this dress is the perfect way to make a statement.

This pin from Dave L. is a perfect example of a statement high low dress!
This pin from Dave L. is a perfect example of a statement high-low dress!

The high-low dress style originated in the Victorian era when it was referred to as the fishtail style. The elegant style featured a long tiered train in the back and a simpler cut in the front. Over the years, the “fishtail” gown transformed into a more drastic look. Some high-low looks feature bare legs in the front with completely covered ones in the back, and others have minor length differences. 

My favorite part about the high-low dress is that it makes you stand out. The style challenges the traditional dress silhouette so it’s sure to make everyone look twice. As a fashion lover I’m always looking for eccentric styles. It’s easy to find pieces that are “cute” but for me it’s more fun to find the ones that are different aka the ones that make you feel confident AND trendy.

Today I needed a look that could quickly transform from the workplace to a concert. After work I’m going to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden with my family so I needed something that was appropriate for an internship and also appropriate for a night out with my family. 

I love this high low + blazer combo from Lauren Wong on Pinterest. A perfect day-to-night look!
I love this high-low + blazer combo from Lauren Wong on Pinterest. A perfect day-to-night look!

My high-low dress was the perfect choice. I paired a flowy floral dress with a black blazer and long gold necklace for my intern style. Then later tonight, I’ll take off the jacket and put my hair in a high bun for a chicer nighttime look. One dress, two looks; it’s so easy!

Next time you’re looking for something a little different to wear for any occasion think about investing in a high-low dress. You can stop by your nearest Goodwill retail shop to thrift around for the perfect one for your style at a low price.

How will you rock this fun summery trend?


Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.


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A Goodfit for any Occasion: Harem Pants

Harem pants, slouch pants, dressy jogging pants, or “cool girl pants” (as my friend says) are a statement trend this summer. Our old friend MC Hammer first popularized these pants in the 90s. Thankfully, today’s take on the MC Hammer pants, “harem” pants, aren’t quite as crazy as the ones MC Hammer rocked in his famous “Can’t Touch This” music video.

When Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and many other big name designers included harem pants in their Spring/Summer 2009 collections, people began to think of this once ridiculous look as a new trend.

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Some harem pants in Ralph Lauren’s 2009 collection

 Today, harem pants are sleeker version of the slouchy Hammer pants style. The light-weight pants are perfect for the warm summer weather and are flattering on every all body types! Whether you’re going to work, on a date, or lounging at home these pants are perfect to throw on.

Check out some of our favorite ways to style these miracle-pants! I promise, buying a pair of these pants is one purchase you won’t regret!

1. Professional

Tired of wearing slacks to work everyday? Switch up your pants-game with a pair of harem pants! With a tucked in blouse and chic-blazer these make for the perfect fashionable look to rock your next presentation.

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I love this monochromatic blazer + harem pants look from on Pinterest! A cute way to put a spin on the boring business suit!

2. Comfortable

Tired of bumming it in your grungy old sweat pants? Try a pair of jersey harem pants for a fashionable alternative to the classic lounge outfit. This way, when you don’t feel like taking your sweats off to go to the store, you’ll still look cute.

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How comfy does this look Pinterest outfit look? And they barely look like sweats!

3. Casual

Summer weekends are filled with days exploring and spending time outside. For a fun look for your weekend adventures or your daily errands try a pair of patterned harem pants with a classic tee or tank. I promise, you’ll be racking in the compliments.

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This pin of tribal harem pants are perfect for any day’s adventure!

4. Glam

Looking for a way to stand out at a fun party or on a hot date? Trade your tight skirt for a pair of embellished harem pants with a crop top or solid tank. Your confidence level will be through the roof with this statement look!

These sequined harem pants I found on Pinterest are sure to catch anyone’s eye you’re trying to impress!

The one problem with a trend as hot as harem pants? Many of them can get pricey. Instead of investing in one expensive pair, head to a thrift store like your local Goodwill for a versatile selection of low-cost pants so you can buy a pair to rock for every occasion!

How will you rock the harem pants trend this summer?


Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.


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Goodwill Gems: Brown Leather Boots

Boots are back. From tall tackle-anything flats to ankle booties with heels three inches high, boots make everything awesome in Autumn even better. On the look out for a classic pair of seasonal kicks, our Lauren headed out to her local Goodwill (where everything will be 25% off this Monday, btw) leading to this week’s Goodwill Gem: Everyday Fall Fantastic Brown Leather Boots.

Classic, knee-high boots in a rich brown leather are the kind of wear-everywhere shoes that you can wear proudly for years.

What a girl needs. No matter who you are, your individual style, or your income level, there are a few key items that fit every woman’s wardrobe. A pair of knee-high brown leather boots with a not-too-tall heel is that kind of wardrobe staple.

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Goodwill Gem: Chains as Gold as Autumn Leaves

Summer is over, but don’t hole up in your down jackets just yet – there’s still a place for summer style in the new season. With that in mind, our Lauren headed out to her local Goodwill looking for finds that would ease summer faves into autumn staples, coming back with this week’s Goodwill Gem: Chains as Gold as Autumn Leaves.

This lovely, long gold chain is the perfect thrifty find to top off all your best, most beloved layering pieces this fall.

The best looks always come from a creative incorporation of multiple styles, influences and trends, and even your season-to-season wardrobe can reflect that. With that in mind, an easy way to take your favorite summer pieces into fall is simply by layering them with other, warmer items already in your closet – and punching them up with a sweet accessory or two, of course.

This week’s find is perfect for just that purpose. This long, golden necklace is ideal for layering with all your go-to fall pieces, and with other bangles, baubles, and accessories, too. Its large linking rings grab attention, but it’s simple enough in style that you can still put it on with other pieces, without overwhelming it or any of the other items you choose to wear it with.

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Goodwill Gems: The Between-Season Nude-Hued Wrap-It-All-Up Shoe

Summautumn: the season between Summer and Fall. There’s gorgeous weather, great gatherings (everyone’s back from summer vacation, but not yet in it’s-cold-out lock-down), and a fantastic playground for those in-between seasons pieces. Our Lauren set off to her local Goodwill to find a little wardrobe magic made for Summautumn, and look how well she did! We’re smitten with this week’s Goodwill Gem: The Between-Season Nude-Hued Wrap-It-All-Up Shoe.

A more full-coverage shoe than the typical sandal, these chic leather wedges are the perfect complement to any early autumn attire.

Layer, layer, layer. It’s the advice touted far and wide as soon as fall weather rolls around, and for good reason – with lots of still-sunny days, but cooler temps and sometimes unpredictable showers and autumn breezes, it pays to be prepared for all kinds of weather at this time of year. But even if you’ve got the clothing part down, do you know what to do about your footwear?

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Goodwill Gems: Rainy Day Blues

Grey skies are no reason to mope – instead, they’re a great excuse to bring big color into your outfit and onto the street! Knowing rain was on its way, our correspondent Lauren went looking in her local Goodwill for a high-vibrancy find to bring the best of summer skies’ into her landscape, regardless of what Mother Nature has planned for the day. Take a look at what she found, this week’s Goodwill Gem: Rainy Day Blues.

One of the hottest shades of the summer, this blue hue pairs brilliantly with everything from black to tan, not to mention next season’s oranges and reds.

Rainy out? So what! Put the sky at your heels with a pop of a bright, summertime shade, like the vivid cerulean blue of this adorable patent, peep-toed shoe. The intense blue color will remind you of summer skies, even when the sky above is starting to look a little cloudy and gray.

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Goodwill Gems: End-of-Summer Ombre Shades

August already? Wowzers! While it’s sad to see a season end, it’s fantastic to notice those End of Season Sale signs pop up in your favorite stores. Goodwill’s in on it, with 25% off on Summer Apparel now through Thursday, August 9th. Our correspondent Lauren took inspiration from the seasonal sale at her local Goodwill finding this week’s sun-soaked Goodwill Gem: End-of-Summer Ombre Shades.

These shades will add an instant edge of glam city style to every ensemble in your summer wardrobe.

The perfect thing to stock up on right now? Summery accessories. Sure, the season is halfway over, but we’re not done with summer yet! There are still a few more weeks of hot, humid, sunny days ahead of us. And since now is the time that many people begin their back-to-school shopping and planning, lots of retailers (and regular shoppers like you and me) and clearing out space for fall items, meaning loads of summer accessories are making their way to thrifts like your local Goodwill, and selling stellar pieces for next to nothing!

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Goodwill Gems: The Nude Tote

We’re in the heat of summer – let’s enjoy it while we can! How? With easy-on-the-wallet, easy-on-the-eyes, easy-on-the-temperature accessory finds that’ll lighten up your wardrobe long after this season has passed. Our correspondent Lauren skipped off to her local Goodwill this week to see what she could find. In no time flat, she came up with a winner – this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Nude Tote.

This classic-colored bag is an ideal item to carry everyday items, taking you from season to season in style.

Endless Summer? I wish! As much as I’d like to pretend otherwise, this summer will eventually come to a close – so now is the perfect time to start sourcing pieces that work great with your summer favorites, but will live on in autumn as well. Which leads us to this tote…

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Goodwill Gems: Beat the Heat Bangles

Too hot for frills? We hear you. Good news, though – cool metallic accessories are one easy way to radiate style without taking in heat. With that in mind (and a big ol’ fan in hand) our correspondent Lauren hit the thrift stores to find this week’s Goodwill Gem: Beat the Heat Bangles.

The hammered texture of the metal and sheer size of this bracelet make it a standout piece.

Are you still looking for the ideal ensemble to rock on summer’s most scorching days? If you’re stuck in a fashion rut, there’s no better way to feel instantly classy and cool than by adding a brand new bangle to one of your favorite, most classic pieces of summer clothing.

This week’s fabulous Goodwill find is the perfect accessory to throw on with almost any tried-and-true summer look to give it an instant upgrade

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