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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Max Out your Summer Dress

Drew Barrymore arriving at the premiere of HBO Films' "Grey Gardens" wearing a white halter maxi dressSummer fashion means two things for me: staying cool and staying comfortable. Winter is for layers, but summer is for lightweight and breezy clothing. The perfect, or should I say the essential “stay cool, comfortable and chic” summer wardrobe piece is definitely the maxi dress.

The maxi dress dates back to the late 1960s during the hippie and flower child counterculture movement. The flowy shape was a reaction to the more structured shapes of the earlier decade. With a romantic inspired, long sheath, the dress was more of a reformation against the politics and ideologies regarding women, race and war. The maxi dress was also a way to move away from the strong lines and restrictive shape of the silhouette that had dominated womenswear since the 1930’s.

Flattering to all body shapes and easy to care for, the maxi dress is actually all things minimalist. Whether it’s solid, printed, cotton or silk, a maxi dress makes summer fashion stress-free. Maxis have been seen on everyone from brides on the beach to celebs doing errands.

Maxis come in a variety of shapes such as haltered or long sleeved. They can also be changed to alter your own shape. Belted maxis create more shape while empire-waist maxis are more forgiving.

Maxi dresses can be found anywhere from high-end designer boutiques to your favorite Goodwill Thrift store.

The best part about maxi dresses? Their versatility. If you have a smaller frames and fear a maxi will make you look even more vertically challenged, just go for a maxi with a little more shape, and head to your tailor. With a tweak, and a cut, the maxi dress can be any woman’s summer style staple.

Do you own any maxis?
If yes, what is your favorite occasion to wear it?

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

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Goodwill Gems: The Staycation Vacation Find

Remember Summer Vacation, a time full of family trips to far off places? Even if 2012 was more staycation than vacation, filling your closet with exotic finds can be a great way to feel worldly. This week, our Lauren trades Italy for her local Goodwill, and makes out with a molta bella handbag perfect for Fall at a piccolo price (and let’s not even mention the airfare she saved…). Here it is, this week’s Goodwill Gem: The Staycation Vacation Find.

Made in Italy and discovered in Goodwill – all for $7.99. That’s what I call a Goodwill Gem!

Where can you find a chic bag that sports a “Made in Italy” label without a sky-high price tag? Only at your local Goodwill, of course!

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Optimal Play: The Chambray Shirt

A workshirt works overtime in this week’s Optimal Play! A Good Look’s Emme Bonilla sees a world of possibilities in one simple piece: the chambray skirt. Take a look at three completely different ways to style this look – and get ready to get the most Optimum Play out of your next Goodwill find:

My favorite purchase of the summer! (photo by

A chambray shirt is definitely up high on my list of essential wardrobe items. When I spotted this William Rast for Target chambray shirt (brand new with tags!) at the newly opened Goodwill Boutique, I quickly scooped it up.

I love the metallic embellishments on the front pockets and the light, relaxed wash. I haven’t stopped wearing it all summer! I seem to throw it on over everything: dresses, shorts, tanks… It’s the ultimate layering piece but works perfectly on its own.

And the best news – there are more where this came from. Browse your local Goodwill for chambray and join me in the summer of denim love. If you do, here are just a handful of the ways you can style your great Goodwill score…

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Goodwill Gems: the Slouchy-Serious Work-Play Purse

It’s still hot as Hades, but tell that to back-to-school season. That’s right – it’s time to start prepping your wardrobe for fall. To stay ahead of the times, GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett took a trip to Goodwill to find a Gem equal parts business and casual. The result? Success!: the Slouchy-Serious Work-Play Purse.

This charming, practical tote is ideal for the upcoming season & your stylin' transition into it!

Lucky me – it turns out secondhand stores are the perfect place to look for in-between-seasons pieces. Maybe it’s because there’s such a large array of accessories (key style elements to signalling a seasonal transition), or maybe because I can afford them all – either way, I can’t complain! Proof of the Goodwill goodness:

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Trend Watch Thrifting: Spotted and Dotted

Fashion’s gonna getcha – and when it does, you’ll be seeing spots! GoodwillNyNj’s resident thrift expert Emme Bonilla is here to tell you why – and show you how the dots at your local Goodwill can rock your wardrobe world. This week’s Trend Watch Thrifting pick: polka dots!

Spotted on the runway! (L to R) Vena Cava, Marc Jacobs, and Lanvin (Photos by

Back in February, Fashion Week designers trotted out their Fall collections for the world to see. Now time’s finally caught up to style and fashion journalists are proclaiming the top trends for the fall. Want to be one sartorial step ahead? Start spotting your Fall threads now at your local Goodwill. What look for next time you shop? Polka dots!

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Goodwill Gem: Super Hot Summer Heels

Need a pair of sassy high-heeled shoes to spend the last sultry days of summer in? Why, look no further than your local Goodwill! This week GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett shows you how it’s done. Set your Goodwill Gem sights on this: a pair of super hot summer heels.

These saucy sandals will show off even your fanciest outfits (and you!) to their best advantage.

These black patent Aldo platforms are the definition of sassy. They scream seductive style maven as well as any pair of shoes could. The patent leather upper and metallic silver heel and platform give these sandals a saucy style all their own, even though the design of the shoe is similar to many others being worn on the streets right now.

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Goodwill Gem: The Retro Purse

Summer calls for a bag that’s as easy as the rest of your cool, warm weather wardrobe. This week, GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett sashays into her local Goodwill to find her newest Goodwill Gem: the too hip to quit retro purse.

This straight-edged bag is polished in its lines and colors, but funky in its throwback shape/

This week’s fabulous find – a two-tone time-traveling leather bag – is the perfect tote to pair with your most laid-back summer essentials. Its perfectly proportioned pockets and stark rectangular shape will keep you looking professional, but the bag’s throwback appeal hints your life’s more runway than water cooler. With its structured look and classic construction, this purse adds wit and purpose to those loose, flowy seasonal pieces.

So what kind of outfit would you pair with this purse?

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Optimal Play: The Peasant Skirt

Flounces for all! In this week’s Optimal Play, A Good Look’s Emme Bonilla makes the most of a standard wardrobe standby: the peasant skirt. Take a look at three completely different ways to groove this look – and get ready to get the most Optimum Play out of your next Goodwill find:

Look 1: Tank + skirt = optimal breathability

A year ago or so, while browsing at the Livingston Street Goodwill in Brooklyn, I spotted a flash of red fabric. When I pulled the hanger I was delighted with my find: the bright color, the breezy cotton, the elastic waistband, the pretty embroidery and trimming… and for $5! It’s quickly become one of my summer staples for its ease and style. Thank goodness there are so many different ways to wear it…

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Goodwill Gems: Baddie Style

Forget the frills for once. As much as we all love the girly, flowery clothes that appear every summer season, it’s hard not to occasionally miss our straightforward, simple and eternally chic blacks. This summer, take a cue from GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett, head to Goodwill & fight blistering heat with a baddie outfit. This week’s Goodwill Gem: studded tough-girl shoes.

Funky, fierce, fun and cool, these strapped, studded black sandals hold a sucker punch of style.

Black clothes may not have the cheeriness of our summer frocks, but you can’t say they aren’t bold. Black makes a statement and, when worn well, is just as eye-catching as a pale sundress or brilliantly printed floral piece.

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