Versatile from beach to brunch, find your summer fashion treasures at Goodwill CC

Summer dressing is all about ease, allowing yourself to feel the most confident and carefree at a variety of venues — from the beach to a brunch with friends.

Goodwill Central Coast has become a summer fashion hot spot for savvy shoppers who know that our aisles contain multiple name-brand treasures — many with tags still attached. Imagine the feeling of finding a hot summer fashion item and knowing that your purchase helps Goodwill build better lives through employment.

Unlike fall, which is all about cute coats and leather boots, the warmer months of the year call for pieces that cover less of your body without losing that stylish quality.

In past years, summer style has been all about a bare shoulder, but for 2022 it’s decidedly the midriff that everyone is embracing. Reach for your favorite crop tops and style with everything from high-waisted pants for just a sliver of skin, or a skirt with a lower rise for a higher-impact moment.

There’s also the plain white tank trend that has been spotted everywhere and will no doubt emerge as a dominant layering piece for warmer summer days. And don’t forget about crochet and net textures, which have caught fire of late.

Beyond the runway, key cultural happenings are also influencing summer trends. Namely, Regencycore — a look that’s undoubtedly a direct result of the “Bridgerton” and “Gilded Age” TV binging craze. Think Empire Waist dresses, floral patterns, pearls, opera gloves, and more. Invest in a piece that nods to this nostalgic period of fashion and experiment with ways to modernize it by styling it with your current pieces (think a bustier blouse worn with classic blue Levi’s).

Goodwill Central Coast has you covered when you don’t want to be so covered up. Our stores are stocked with bright colors guaranteed to brighten any mood.

Do you know what else feels good? Your purchases help our ailing planet. Each year local Goodwill stores divert approximately 70,000 tons of clothing and household items from local landfills.

By shopping at Goodwill, customers can reduce the need for valuable natural resources in the production of new fabrics. For example, to grow the cotton required to make a new cotton T-shirt and pair of jeans takes more than 5,000 gallons of water, so choosing to buy items second-hand has a powerful environmental impact.

We’re still in the heat of summer, so find ways to be cool. Top summer trends are all over the racks at your local Goodwill, so don’t miss out before the season comes to an end.