Good Look Guy Finds: Nifty, Thrifty, and Always Under $50


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A Good Look Guy,

A Good Look Contributor


 

Good Look Guy Finds: Nifty, Thrifty, and Always Under $50

Old school was never so cool

After the long and relaxing Labor Day weekend, we are ready to get back to work while others are ready for school! Today, we go back to our Upper West Side boutique to meet Charles, assistant manager of our 72nd Street boutique.

This month, our Good Look Guy exemplifies the very best our Goodwill stores and boutiques offer in fashion sense while still saving your hard-earned cents.

From the pool to school, the care free days segue seamlessly into more serious fall fashion under the tutelage of debonair, Assistant Manager Charles. Here he’s the epitome of head to toe professionalism with duds that do double duty from desk to dusk.

Metro males will want to emulate Charles’ standout, easy elegance, which was evident as soon as he joined the Goodwill NYNJ team two summers ago. Who could resist his passion for fashion? Or his great eye and innate color sense, so apparent when he enters any place, even a dimly lit room?

Now we turn the focus on this gifted shutterbug who can transform even the most style-averse man. With the simple pairing of exquisite Burberry and Brooks Brothers pieces, any masculine chassis is reborn as classy. Investment dressing is at your frugal fingertips. Just follow his lead and appropriate his impeccable taste for dapper additions that are well within your wallet and wardrobe space.

With Charles as your mentor, have a September to remember and one that makes every guy look that much smarter.

“I enjoy photographing people wearing formal attire. I’m keenly aware of what colors pop on camera, “says Charles. “For family portraits, I make sure there is cohesiveness in the color of the clothes they wear.”

Charles is the Assistant Manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique. He joined Goodwill NYNJ in August 2013. Charles loves fashion and is passionate about photography. He hopes to open his own photography studio some day.

Charles outfit:

  • Burberry men’s suit jacket and pants: $34.99 
  • Brooks Brothers shirt: $9.99   
  • Brooks Brothers Tie: $3.99

Goodwill 72nd Street boutique:

157 West 72nd Street

Manhattan, NY 10023

P: (212) 799-2723

If you would like to be featured as the Good Look Gal or Guy wearing the outfit you purchased at your favorite Goodwill store for $50 or less, please email jmedellin@goodwillnynj.org

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!

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Four Reasons Why Thrifting Rocks


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Shaunya Hartley, VintageShaun

A Good Look Contributor


 

149393651In a recent television segment I did for CT Style, a lifestyle show, we spoke about using thrift stores to revitalize our wardrobes. Yes, thrift stores can be your source for great items both day and night wear. We have discussed this topic quite often, but what exactly makes a thrift store better than a traditional retailer?

Pricing

Thrift stores are for the financially thrifty. Whether you have a fixed income or just a penny pincher, shopping at thrift stores are great ways to save money within all budgets.

Variety

Rarely can you go to your local mall and find, furniture, an evening gown, vintage and contemporary within the same location. The variety in a thrift store is what makes it an urban adventure.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Textiles are huge pollutants to air, land and water. When we buy new clothes rather than previously owned clothing, we create a larger carbon foot print. In addition to the plights to the environment, lots of clothing is made in sweatshops abroad with extreme conditions. By upcycling and shopping at thrift stores, we no longer participate in the socially irresponsible spending habits of clothing manufacturers.

Your Money Goes to a Great Cause

Purchases at your local Goodwill help to empower individuals with disabilities to become active in the labor force. You can empower individuals with the strength of non-disabled people and save taxes, helping yourself by increasing resources in your community. When was the last time you knew that your purchase went to a good cause?

My segment dealt with fashion and fun but as I have come to truly understand the fashion industry and the thrifting world, I try to promote thrifting over traditional consumerism. I want my purchases to have a purpose.

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.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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!

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Style Icons

Present day, bestowing the title of Best Dressed or Style Icon gets thrown around way to freely. Usually upon celebrities with an unlimited budget and a stylist who creates those looks. Let’s not forget they receive tons of designer’s clothing for free. Or you also have the Social Media Style Icons, folks made popular via the internet, whether it’s street style blog or Instagram. The formula for an internet style star is very different from celebrities. It is a combination of fast fashion, thrift and vintage store finds and if they have a huge following maybe a few gifted items from designers. I’ll give credit to the Social Media folks being more organic in their style than a majority of stars but, there are a few bold face names that are a rare hybrid of both digital style star and also known as a true celebrity.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross was a staple on my television screen on Monday nights for over six years as the goofy, crafty, lawyer Joan Clayton on Girlfriends. Too many Joan and Tracee are one, as Tracee’s personal style crept into her on camera wardrobe many times. As the daughter of the infamous Diana Ross, Tracee has noted that she knew her love for clothes and fashion very early on. She inherited a love for statement pieces and of course she is heir apparent to the museum like wardrobe of the divine Miss Ross. But Tracee is just cool and like myself, she mixes smaller brands with vintage and every outfit no matter how effortless is in all actuality well-planned and thought out which comes from her stage as a fashion editor for New York magazine and the now defunct Mirabella magazine. Even when she’s seen in Prada and other high end European labels, it comes across more as a great piece than a snobby expensive purchase. There are no mistakes with Tracee Ellis Ross and I love calling her a style icon.

 

Solange Knowles

Another young lady from a celebrity family with great style is Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s younger sister. You are probably hiding under a rock if you haven’t noticed Solange meteoric rise to style star. With a love for bold patterns and prints, her style can’t be labeled exactly. Some times Solange, like Tracee, channels her inner Supreme but not as glam as her pop-star sister. The hair is a perfectly coiffed Afro, rather than lengthy locks. The gowns are long but less form fitting, the fabrics shiny but not beaded. Solange is not the anti-Beyoncé but her style is opposite of her famous sister. Combining new designers with J. Crew and a twist of urban garb, Solange gives you polished quirky hipster with a twist of Black exploitation cool.

Both of these ladies are slightly under the radar and may not be style stalked as much as Miley Cyrus or any of the Kardashians but they have fans and followers, including me. Solange Knowles and Tracee Ellis Ross are pretty much the only two on my list whose closet I’d like to raid.

Who are your style icons and why?

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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.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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The Art of Shopping

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One could wander through life without ever shopping. You can get by with hand-me-downs, cast-offs and throw-aways, and no one will be the wiser. Understanding one’s ability to shop means learning how to use the left and right sides of the brain. Shopping is a gift, a true talent and a blending of your creative side. Finding beautiful items, imaging yourself in them and your analytical side is debating cost, price, and necessity.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I come from a line of women who can shop you to death. Under the tutelage of Hartley women, no city, mall or store is safe from their ability to snag bargains and create envy. And by luck or divine intervention, I have carried out that gene too. Who can say that they’ve never nabbed worn cashmere sweaters for less than $3 or wedding gowns for $30? The art of shopping is not just buying something; anyone with money can do that. The art of shopping is picking up something for you or someone you know, at an excellent price. The art of shopping involves knowing an item’s market value, factoring in how often you will wear it, that is, Cost per Wear, making sure you still come out on top.

Artful shoppers are resourceful economist who can forecast their wardrobe needs, not just for the week but for events yet to come. Who wants to get swamped buying a dress at the last minute, when they can say “I do have something to wear.”? An artful shopper also doesn’t buy for the sake of buying; there are no hoarders over here. Instead, like for a curator, every purchase is an educated purchase. The only impulse is that if you don’t pay for it at that price, someone else may scoop it up. And then you’ll have nightmares and spend years regretting never picking up that leather skirt at Goodwill this summer.

Recognize a score and get it because a great score will never last long that is the alpha and omega to the Art of Shopping.

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.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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Vintage Clothing is My Dream Come True

If you would have told me as a kid that I would have more fun searching for clothes older than me, I would have called you a freak. Well, fast forward some twenty plus years and my joy for thrift and my addiction to vintage clothes has led me to create a true passion project. This past weekend I launched the Vintage Shaun Pop Up Shop here in my hometown of Brooklyn. I’m excited to show the world how amazing vintage clothing can be.

I have used prior events to convert people into loving vintage clothes. Vintage is fashionable; one of a kind and it has a light carbon footprint. I can blog and blog until my face turns blue about all the wonderful powers of vintage clothing, but not until you feel, touch and try things on, will you realize vintage via thrifting is one of the easiest ways to make a fashion statement.

As I’ve mentioned before, my trips to local Goodwill have helped me amass my large collection of vintage clothing. There’s nothing like heading into Goodwill in the middle of vacation and walking out with a fabulous cocktail dress from the 1960s or a coat with someone’s initials sewn on the inside and the year it was available. What is old is new. Fashion, like music, is one of the most cyclic forms of expression. What better way to look on trend than to have an original?

Every piece has a story. As I edit which piece should be placed in the shop, I ponder how it made its way into my hands. Who felt that the piece I now consider a treasure was no trash? Was it for a person who no longer saw its value or was it too sentimental? As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another one’s treasure. This holds true especially with clothing.

Vintage Shaun Pop Up runs from March 1 to March 7th
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm everyday
110 Meserole Ave. Brooklyn, NY
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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.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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Contest: Thrift Goes To New York Fashion Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And no, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about the twice a year epic style extravaganza known as New York Fashion Week. Models, celebrities, stylists and editors converge in this great city to tell you what you should wear six months in advance. And I love every single moment of it.

You’re probably wondering what New York Fashion Week has to do with Goodwill or thrifting. Well, newsflash: a lot! Here’s the breakdown: The creations of designers are influenced by clothing of yesteryear, and most of that comes from thrift stores. Chances are that all those amazing fashionistas getting their picture taken outside the shows are probably wearing something purchased at a thrift store. Your favorite fashion bloggers are bragging out loud about their favorite thrifted piece and the models; they effortlessly throw on designer pieces they’ve been gifted with an epic piece from their favorite Goodwill.

For the past couple of seasons, I’ve tried to incorporate in my ensemble at least one item bought at a thrift store during Fashion Week. Whether it’s a fur jacket I’ve had for two decades or a brooch I picked up during a major thrifting haul, incorporating my thrift finds into my Fashion Week outfits is always fun. Wearing a thrifted or vintage item post-recession is far more chic than an uber expensive logo designer frock. New York Fashion Week maybe intimidating to the naked eye but it actually a cornucopia of well-crafted outfits with the majority wearing affordable looks, just really well put together.

Guess the Thrift
Here are a few of the looks I wore in past Fashion Weeks. Can you guest what is thrifted? If you can identify the thrifted items, you may win a chance of having me give you a closet overhaul session valued at $400. In this session, I will organize your closet and answer all your style questions. So, guess away and good luck!

Please enter your answer in the comment section below. The first to answer correctly wins.

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.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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Guest Blogger Shaunya: Why January is One of the Best Months for Thrift Store Shopping

Thrift Shop CollageJanuary is not only the time of the year when we kick-off New Year’s Resolutions; it is also one of the months when the inventory of thrift stores is more plentiful. Thrifters, vintage collectors and professional shoppers know that in January, thrift stores carry the cream of the crop. We’re not only talking about clothes, as this week between Christmas and New Year’s people are usually off from work and they use this time to do massive purges, not just clothing but books, toys and even furniture.

As we wind down 2013, many of us are clearing out our closets, donating our gently worn clothing that is too tight, too big or maybe too hard to fill in the blank.

Also, you can get tax receipts when you donate to nonprofit thrift stores like Goodwill. Tax receipts that we can use when we file our 2013 taxes as late as April. These last minute tax deductions have many creative folks dropping off bags of unwanted new or still usable clothing and household goods to their local Goodwill’s, making the local stores racks bursting at the seams with new found treasures.

In January, I go on the hunt for coats and evening wear. My aunt looks for crystal and china, a college friend seeks large pieces of furniture like armoires and rocking chairs. Also, if you know someone who claims that can never find anything in a thrift store, January is the month to introduce a weary companion to the joy of thrifting. It can be the introduction to spendthrifts too. Start the New Year off right, shopping thrift. You’ll donate to a good cause, but most importantly, save money and the planet!

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.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun


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