Summer style and fashion begins at your local Goodwill

Summer style and fashion begins at your local Goodwill

During the summer season, we all face one common problem: how to dress light and comfortable while rocking a stylish look at a reasonable price.

Thankfully, Goodwill has the solution to this problem. Just take a trip to a local Goodwill store or log on at — the first e-commerce auction platform created, owned and operated by a nonprofit. (Today, more than 130 Goodwill organizations from across the country list and auction unique items on the site).

Either way, it’s easy to stock up on fashions for every outdoor event this summer. Whether you’re headed to a backyard barbecue, a music festival, an outdoor wedding or just a relaxing day at the lake, Goodwill has the easy, breezy styles you need to stay “cool” in every sense of the word.

Begin by editing your closet

First things first. It’s important to go through your current collection, and donate your seldom-worn or out-of-season items back to Goodwill.

With the wool and tweed out of the closet, you need to make room for some warm weather pieces, and Goodwill has you covered. From name brands like Rebecca Taylor, to gently used off-brand discoveries, you will find a bounty of treasures waiting for you.

Men, too, can shop for summer clothing such as board shorts, tanks and tees and more. You’ll also find beach blankets, woven beach totes, pool accessories and decor.

Outfit ideas for any outdoor occasion

Wondering what to wear to a picnic in the park or backyard party this summer? Look no further than Goodwill for stylish yet casual options like sundresses, shorts or rompers. Top off your outfit with summertime accessories like sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat. For guys, a go-to casual look for the summer is a graphic T-shirt or polo paired with light-colored shorts. Elevate this look by choosing trendy slip-on sneakers instead of sandals or tennis shoes with laces.

Need to look sharp but not too dressy at an outdoor event? You’re looking for “smart casual” attire. Take your casual outfit up a notch by choosing sandals with a slight heel instead of flats. Bring along a light sweater to wear over a strapless sundress. While gentlemen can’t usually get away with wearing shorts to a semi-formal occasion, lightweight seersucker slacks with a polo shirt may be a good alternative.

It can be particularly tricky to figure out what to wear at outdoor events calling for formal attire, such as weddings, graduation parties, and cocktail parties. You want to look sophisticated and stylish, but not at the risk of overheating. To stay cool, choose lightweight fabrics and lighter colors. For example, look for a long, sleeveless gown made from an “airy” material such as chiffon or silk jersey.

Accessorize your look with elegant earrings and a statement necklace. Men typically have fewer fashion options for formal events, but a safe bet is a light-colored suit (khaki or grey are good choices) in a summer weight fabric.

Remember, every dollar you spend is going back into your own community. Eighty-three percent of collective revenues raised through the sale of donated goods support and grow Goodwill’s critical community-based programs and services.

If you shop online, browsing here is “guilt-free retail therapy,” knowing every purchase supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping items out of landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.

In the end, thrifting at Goodwill is such an easy and effective way to help keep your unique community strong — through this summer and beyond.