Off The Shoulder (or better known as OTS) has been taking over the fashion world for a few seasons now. We saw it last summer and now it’s back… to stay! With celebs like RiRi rocking the look, you know we all have to try it. My favorite is the OTS Button Down. It takes the classic button down (which never goes out of style) and makes it sexy.
We all have been yearning for the warm summer sun after such a cold and snowy winter. Looks like we are going to get what we wished for! According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “the coming summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America, with “oppressive” humidity throughout the eastern half of the United States.”
Oh my! Looks like it is time to stock up on summer essentials. Your local Goodwill is guaranteed to have a large selection of tanks, tee’s, shorts and skirts offered in an array of colors and sizes for the whole family. Don’t think it stops there. For days you want to venture out and frolic about Goodwill offers coolers, sun hats, sunglasses, books, radios and more to keep you entertained and cool whether at the park or beach. For days you rather stay in and veg, Goodwill offers board games, dvd’s, a variety of electronics and more.
Come to Goodwill, enjoy the air conditioning and let us be your one stop shop for all your summer needs.
Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: creating a little closet chaos and a whole new look, “Distressed-Chic.” Enjoy!
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: perfecting the everyday t-shirt. Enjoy!
Everyone needs at least a couple of good t-shirts in their closet. They are a staple for any wardrobe, and come in endless varieties. If you can’t find anything else at the Goodwill, on any give day, you will definitely find a cool t-shirt.
While the printed, pattern and statement tees are fun and plentiful, what is equally as exciting is what you can do with a simple, plain tee. I consider these to be blank canvases, because not only can you pair them with nearly anything, they are so inexpensive at the Goodwill that you can rip, alter and mark them up without feeling any bit of guilt. Instead of taking the easy route with a printed tee, try some of my favorite ways to embellish a plain one.
Pin it up! At your next Goodwill visit, grab a plain tee then dive into the jewelry section for pin and brooches. Grab a bunch and create a cool pin collage on your tee. This is a five-minute craft project anyone can do, plus you can always take off the button and pins for something else later!
Cut and sew! Embellish a plain tee with some fun fabric prints and lettering. All you need to do is cut out the images, prints or letters you like and stitch them on. You can either hand-sew them or use a sewing machine. For the example below, I took a piece of striped fabric from an old pajama set and a few letters from an ill-fitting t-shirt. It’s now one my favorite shirts to wear!
Stitch it! Sketch a design using a soluble fabric or chalk marker, then follow along the lines with your sewing machine. Play with the different stitches available, like zig-zag, or try using different color thread. This tee took me about 15 minutes to stitch up and completely changed the look of this former basic tee!
Tie-Dye it! Revive this classic hippie fashion statement! Dye your shirt with vegetables extracts like purple cabbage, beets or carrots, then wash and dry for a completely unique shirt. I found the shirt below already dyed, but tie-dyeing is an incredibly easy and fun craft! Learn more about the process, and some great vegetables for dyeing with, in this great tutorial.
There are so many other ways to embellish an old, plain tee. What are some other ideas you have?