You may not realize it, but you probably have a clothing gold mine within your city limits. I am not talking about a department store or a boutique. I am talking about Goodwill.
If you are not familiar with this company, “Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.” How they are able to do this is through donations within the community. People donate old clothes, housewares, furniture and even cars to be sold in Goodwill retail stores. The money made is then used to fulfill their mission.
I love shopping at Goodwill for clothes because you never know what you are going to find. In college, I would go a search the racks for hours. I would examine tags, try things on and really try to find a hidden gem. In my searches I have found an Oscar De La Renta button-up, a two piece Escada suit and Missoni blouse. Now that I am older, and a lot busier, I don’t really have the time to search through every rack so I try to make the most of my visits. Now, my favorite thing to search for is blazers.
Goodwill is a great place to search for blazers because they are at such a good price point. No matter the size or the brand, they are less that $7! Where else can you find a well made blazer for that cheap? I will say that these blazer work for me because I am not wearing a suit to work everyday. There is no need for my blazer to be tailored to perfectly fit me in my profession and that is why these work for me. I always try them on because you never know how they are going to fit. The person that donated them may have had them tailored to fit so the size on the tag can be deceiving. I also try to try them on over a shirt or blouse to make sure that I have room to layer. I need to be able to move my arms, stretch and bend or the blazer will not work for me.
Another thing that I try to think about is how versatile the blazer will be in my wardrobe. I don’t care how little you pay for something. If you are not going to wear it, then it is not worth the price. My blazers have to be worn with many different outfits to make it home to my closet. They are perfect for dressing up jeans, adding structure to a dress or just making any outfit a little more polished. All of the blazers pictured in this post were purchased from Goodwill and, as you can see, have been worn many different ways. They are also great brands! The khaki colored blazer is The Limited and the black blazer is Casual Corner. I encourage you to take the time and search your local Goodwill. If you don’t have much time, at least check out their blazer section. You never know what hidden gem you might find in the racks!
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