How to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 


 

Can you believe that summer is coming to an end? I’m a summer lover, but the idea of fall has me a bit excited. I adore everything about fall; the leaves changing, pumpkin spice, the crisp, cooler weather and most of all, fall fashion! But I’m a firm believer that there’s no need to rush into fall fashion. I’m all for wearing summer pieces for as long as possible and slowly introducing fall pieces into the mix. Here’s how I transition my summer style into fall:

Layer Up

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Layer sweaters, jackets, vests or over-sized shirts over summer dresses. It’s such a fun look to have your summer floral dress peeking underneath your fall leather jacket or over-sized, boyfriend jean jacket like I did with my newly thrifted red floral dress.

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The Right Colors

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I just brought out my fall pieces to start working them into my transitioning wardrobe. I love the idea of pastels and light colors worn with dark colors. But, I personally love my summer clothes in darker prints and colors mixed in with my fall colors. It just feels more fall especially since I have some pretty bright and obvious summer dresses. I just can’t wait to wear all my summer dresses in darker hues this fall!

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Leigh Ray is an NYC-based fashion blogger obsessed with all things vintage and thrifting at www.PinkVintageHeart.com. 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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Thrifted Jean Shirt to the Rescue


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Leigh Ray, Pink Vintage Heart

A Good Look Contributor 


 

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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.

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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!

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How do you wear your denim shirts?

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

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Sporting Your Goodwill Finds


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Christina Shanker

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It’s summer! School’s out, the sun’s out, and everyone wants to go out… to the ball game. It is prime sports season and whether it’s your own freewill or not, you will most likely find yourself watching a game. For fans, sporting events can be a joyous occasion. The suspense of the game and the rigor of the crowd are what you wait for all year. You’re in your element. However, if you’re anything but a sports fan, you’re in your worst nightmare. The suspense of the game is like watching paint dry and the rigor of the crowd scares you. Whether you love or despise the game, you still want to look your best. That can be hard to do when you’re trying to dress for the sporting occasion. Over-sized t-shirts and unisex jerseys are tricky to feel your absolute best in. If you’re a sports fan, you won’t be able to enjoy the game as much as you would if you don’t feel confident in your attire. If you’re anything but a sports fan, sometimes your outfit (and the food) are the only thing you’ll be looking forward to on the big game day. Either way, we’ve provided two different ways you can style your sporting goods. Checkout the lineup!

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This outfit is perfect for one of two people: the avid sports game goer or the completely clueless about sports but still goes-er. The signed ESPN shirt is perfect for these very different people. You can turn up to any sporting event and still be on par, considering that ESPN is a sports network that covers a wide variety of sports. The t-shirt is over-sized, but that can work in your favor if you roll up the sleeves and tuck it into whatever bottoms you decide to wear. We’ve decided to create a feminine look, playing with the indicative red ESPN logo. We’ve complemented the tee with a short red skirt and matching heels. You might even want to wear red lipstick. The cased baseball is optional. This outfit is perfect for any sporting occasion, ranging from baseball games to football viewing’s at your parents’ house.

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This is for anyone that is a team player, but doesn’t want to look like one. At a game, you’ll probably see many people wearing your favorite player’s jersey. Make yourself stand out by incorporating your own style, or at least our style. We’ve combined this Laker’s jersey with high waisted flair jeans. You may also want to include a funky belt like this chained one. Whether or not you want to BYOB (bring your own basketball) is up to you.

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All items in the photos can or could’ve been found at ShopGoodwill. Sports is all about bringing people together and routing to win. Shopping at goodwill is a win-win situation. Your purchases help the community, which is an ultimate score.

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@PlanetBrandee Summer Floral Redux

@PlanetBrandee Summer Floral Redux

Listen, after a whirlwind of travel for my special series on the millennial outlook, I’ve finally landed back in NYC and It’s time we have a heart-to-heart here my fashion-forward friends. The DOG DAYS of 90+ summer nights are here so why are you STILL wearing black right now? Stop, collaborate and listen thrifters. Today, we want to throwback to an old but beloved subject: FLORAL. Specifically Floral Prints and those Coachella inspired headbands!

So pull up an icy beverage as I guide you through this once again summery trend!

I’ll keep it short and sweet here. Anyone can wear floral: Plus size, petite, hourglasses, pear shape. Listen: You CAN do this. In small doses, it can sweeten up a tough look and in big ones, it will bring in you the sultry siren call of Italian bombshells like Sofia Loren.

Here’s some eye candy and tips for owning the divine:

Step #1: Grab some scissors, a Brooklyn bodega bouquet and a hot glue gun to make your own Lana inspired headband here

Step #2: Curate that gait! When you’ve got your garland game on pair it feminine floral with tough, and since dressing like Blossom is a no-no, pair Biker boots and put it under that floral sundress for instant tomboy beauty. Don’t be afraid to wear it as a belt, or adorable We Can Do It! Inspired head scarf.

Don’t fear the floral! Grab an old school kimono from your local Goodwill’s sleepwear section, add some fringe, maybe a vintage silk scarf, some wide sunglasses and hit the hot street! Even a little peek can be fun PLUS, It’s not just for girls, did you see that dandy’s swagger sock game 5th Avenue, if not, you got another thing coming!

Step #3: So in closing, keep your floral game FRESH, don’t be afraid of juicy, fun prints and allow yourself to have a little fun pairing light pieces during the sweltering weather.

Till next time, cuddle up to your nearest AC unit and stay chill!

Score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Know of an awesome window sale you’re going to be at? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

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Laurens Goodwill Gems: Summer Chic

It’s hard to look good when it’s this hot.  No matter how much effort you put in before you leave the house, the humidity makes your hair crazy (or completely flat) in minutes, and your makeup melts right off your face about five minutes after you apply it.

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Need some fresh new footwear to get you through these sweltering summer months. Look no further—these cute cutout booties, spotted recently at a local Goodwill store—are the perfect way to give your worn-out summer wardrobe a serious style facelift.

In this weather, it makes sense to keep your beauty routine as simple and fresh-faced as possible. So, the only real room to play is with your wardrobe. Which is why I was so crazy-excited to find these fabulous, perfect-for-summer heels at my local Goodwill thrift shop this past week. The cool, laser-cut design and classic peep toe makes these adorable booties ideal for summer, spring, or early fall weather, and the distinctive detailing means they’re sure to catch a passerby’s eye. That fun, funky style, balanced by the traditional black leather material, means these stunning shoes are still easy to wear with just about any outfit, too.

Give sweet summer dresses some edge. Everyone loves a pretty summer sundress, but paired with equally girly, ladylike accessories, the overall look can become a bit too saccharine. So spruce up feminine florals and flowing dresses with a still-pretty but slightly edgier accessory, like this week’s find. These heels are definitely still feminine, so they won’t look out of place when paired with a super girly dress, but they’re not too over-the-top sugary-sweet. The black leather and chic cutout pattern give these shoes a funkier feel that will give your favorite hot-weather ensemble just the right amount of cool contrast.

Complement all of your fave, ultra-feminine summer dresses with this slightly funky, edgy pair of black leather heels with super-cool cutout detailing.
Complement all of your fave, ultra-feminine summer dresses with this slightly funky, edgy pair of black leather heels with super-cool cutout detailing.

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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High Steppin’, High Fashion

Back-to-school time is here. It’s hard to believe, but that means that autumn is really right around the corner. To ready yourself for a fashionable switch to the fall season, start thinking about the few fantastic, go-with-everything fall pieces you’ll need to add new life to last year’s wardrobe pieces.

This week’s find – a totally fabulous pair of strappy leather sandals with a stunning cutout detail on the sides and saucy zipper from the toe to the top of the shoe – are just the kind of striking shoes you’ll need to perfect your favorite fall looks. Leather, while a bit heavy for the hot and sticky summer months, are perfect for when the weather starts to transition.

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Step into a stylish new season with a pair of sassy, sexy black leather heels with fantastic details, like this pair’s cool cutouts and seriously flirty zipper up the front.

It’s time to transition. Sadly, summer won’t last forever, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pack up your flowing blouses and pretty sundresses just yet. At this time of the year, when the weather will continue to flip between hot and cool for weeks, a pair of high heels in a perfect-for-fall material with still-summery details, like cutouts, is just right for this tricky time of year. And for a perfect balance between warm and cool, put these haute heels in a classic and cool black on with a breezy, flowing dress in a much warmer hue, like this brilliant coral sundress with a satiny finish. To make sure it’s appropriate for any suddenly chilly temps or early fall breezes, top it with a simple, neutral cardigan that doesn’t take away from the brightly colored ensemble or the fabulously fun footwear.

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To take your favorite summer pieces seamlessly into fall, add an extra layer on top of a lighter summer outfit and finish off the look with a pair of funky leather high heels, like the ones spotted this week at my local Goodwill thrift store.

 

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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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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Perfect Peek-a-Boo Heels

Hang onto summer with a super seasonal, feminine pair of shoes. It’s August somehow already, which means there’s only a few short, precious weeks left in the summer, and only a few weeks left to enjoy your favorite pieces in your warm-weather wardrobe.

This week’s Goodwill find is an adorable pair of blue-and-white striped shoes that are all-out girly, and perfect for the end of the summer season. The bright blue and white color palette looks nautical, but the high heel, strappy styling, and oh-so-pretty bow over the toe makes these shoes look super feminine. The platform gives these shoes some serious height, but keeps them comfortable enough to walk around in, whether you’re wearing them for work or play.

blue and white striped heelsThese flirty, feminine heels in a bright blue-and-white striped pattern are perfect for the end of the warm-weather season, and darling enough to dress up nearly any summer ensemble.

Pretty up your transitional wardrobe. For the end of the summer, and even through the beginning of fall, we all want to hang onto those warm-weather looks as long as possible. Luckily, you can wear a pretty, nautically inspired pair of high heels like this one through the hottest months of the year and on into the chillier fall season. Wear them now with a gorgeous, vibrantly colored dress, like the brilliant blue one pictured here. In a light, airy fabric and loose-fitting cut, it’s an ideal outfit for the hot, humid end of summer. But as August moves into September, the days start to get shorter, and the temps begin to grow cooler, you can still easily pair a perfectly ladylike and polished pair of heels like this one with a classic, all-around-flattering piece like a pair of tailored cigarette pants and a timeless white tee-shirt.

royal blue frockWhile we all want to hang onto the end of summer as long as possible, you can take a little piece of summer with you well into the fall and the cooler season with a pair of darling, brightly colored heels like this one, spotted this week at my local Goodwill thrift shop.

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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Let the Sunshine In!

Summer is in full swing. Though it may be getting uber hot and muggy, now that we’re officially halfway through the season, that doesn’t mean you can’t still look great and appropriate for the humid, end-of-July weather.

And no matter how many times I say it, I think it bears repeating once again – there’s nothing more summery than a vibrant, sunshiny pop of bold yellow to instantly brighten up any summer ensemble. This week’s gorgeous Goodwill gem is a pretty pair of retro, round-toed heels in a beautiful, deep buttery yellow color, and they will surely add an immediate lift to any summer wardrobe staples. The rounded toe and thicker heel still look lovely and feminine, but make these high-heeled beauties far more comfortable for walking than a pair of pointy stilettos. And did I mention that fabulous color?! I can’t emphasize enough how flattering this deep yellow is on nearly every skin tone, or how it really, truly goes with absolutely every other color in the (fashion) rainbow.

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An adorably feminine and yet bold pair of brilliantly colored heels like these is just what every stylish gal needs in her wardrobe for the summer (and even to start transitioning into fall).

The eternal conundrum: comfort versus suitable style. To me, there’s nothing more perfect for beating the summer heat in style than clothing and accessories in bright pops of color and loose, flowing fits. Light, airy clothing is key to keeping cool while still looking ladylike and appropriate for a variety of settings – if you can’t be at the beach all the time (and most of us, unfortunately, cannot), just stripping down to next to nothing isn’t really an option.  Larger pieces in lighter fabrics that don’t cling too much to the body are a great way to stay cool, but still keep yourself relatively covered up (and allowed into public places). For a casual night out, you could easily pop these on with a pair of tailored shorts and a favorite tank or tee, just to jazz up an otherwise basic or constantly worn look. But here, I’ve gone for a more office-appropriate look – it can be absolutely miserable to dress for work in the midst of summer – and chosen a few other pieces in contrasting but still vibrant colors, to keep the look summery, happy, and fun, but still allow those vivid yellow heels to seriously pop. The bright pink of the skirt (and in the heart on the loose-fitting tee) is the perfect complement to that sunshine yellow – both warm tones, the two colors work well together and don’t fight each for onlookers’ attention, and yet are still different enough to really allow the other to totally stand out.

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These simply stunning, sunshine-colored heels are cute, comfy, and absolutely scream summer. They’ll look beautiful with an array of warm-weather colors, like the vibrant pink in the outfit pictured here, but will also work well for you when you start throwing your fall wardrobe staples back into the mix, as they will look divine with reds, browns, grays, and more subdued hues, too.

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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All Hail the Headpiece

The perfect topper can make the perfect outfit. Hats can feel a bit tricky for the average girl to pull off, but they really shouldn’t feel anything of the sort. With a little confidence and the right attitude, a stellar hat is the ideal accessory to use to show off your killer style and fearless outlook.

This week’s Goodwill find – a fabulous, super summery headpiece in a simple straw material – is spot on for the summer months. The texture of the  straw-like material, along with a few imperfections and strategic gradations of color, make this relaxed hat feel incredibly cool and effortlessly stylish, and the light, natural fabric is perfect for pairing with absolutely any summer ensemble. The classic fedora-like shape – with the little lift and curl of brim at the back – makes this traditionally styled hat look oh-so-modern and totally updated for contemporary ladies.

natural woven fedora Simple and classic, but with a modern twist, this natural woven fedora is the most fantastic hat to complement any outfit you’ll want to wear this summer.

A wear-with-all warm-weather topper. A lot of girls I know feel intimidated by hats for some reason – maybe they just seem a bit bold, in a modern age where many ladies can get away with wearing no head coverings at all. But for the gal who just can’t resist a bit of sassy style, the right hat can be that extra little bit of oomph you need to really pull an ensemble together – especially a more laid-back, casual, summery ensemble. Because of its natural hues and classic construction, a fedora like this one could really be worn with a whole array of summer pieces – it’d look equally cute with a floaty, floral sundress or a pair of tight-fitting jeans and a loose white tee. But here, I’ve gone a slightly different route – I love the idea of taking what is traditionally a piece styled for an old man – a fedora – and pairing it with other pieces that walk the line between masculine and feminine. I’ve chosen a pair of slim-cut trousers in a lovely lavender hue, which could easily feel androgynous, if not for the decidedly girly color. On top, I’ve picked a simple, cap-sleeve sweater in a black-and-white print – a piece that also feels like a bit of a modern twist on a traditional top. Finished off with my brand new fedora, this look is comfortable, effortless and easy to wear, and yet clearly walks the line between classic and modern, masculine and feminine, for an edgy, amped-up ensemble that’s sure to impress.

modern takes on classic wardrobe itemsPlaying with different styles, eras, and ideas can be the key to creating a truly successful and fashionable outfit. Here, I’ve chosen pieces that are all modern takes on classic wardrobe items, for a look that’s sure to look stylish for years to come.

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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