Experts to share fashion, cost-saving strategies during free event
MIDDLE TENNESSEE — Goodwill’s largest-ever curated fashion event will be Saturday, April 13, when more than 20 popular stylists and bloggers, including Cookeville’s Lauren Coffman, The Low Key Lovely, will gather at the nonprofit’s Rivergate area store to show off hand-picked finds and discuss fashion and bargain-hunting tips with the public.
Goodwill’s Style with a Purpose Meet-Up will be held from 1-5 p.m. at 2101 Gallatin Pike N. in Madison. During the free event, guests can shop merchandise selected from 13 midstate Goodwill stores by these experts. Guests can also chat with the experts to learn strategies for assembling inexpensive, eye-catching outfits.
Refreshments will be served, and numerous door prizes — including Goodwill gift cards and 12 styling sessions with fashion experts — will be given away. A silent auction of merchandise from OnlineGoodwill.com will be held, and a selection of jewelry will be on hand.
An RSVP on Goodwill’s website at www.giveit2goodwill.org/style-meetup is requested but not required to attend.
Participating experts include fashion editor and stylist Milton White; bloggers Betsy Appleton(Goldwill Digger), Shana Berkeley(The Fashion Chase), Taylor Blanton(Taylor Made Style), Alicia Boswell(NashFashEvents), Lauren Coffman(The Low Key Lovely), Elisabeth Donaldson(365 Days of Thrift), Leah Ellzey(Ellzey on a Dime), Emily Garmon(A Classy Thrifter), Marissa Lunsford(Fly Girl Fashions), Kina Monet(Her Personal Style), Lea Montgomery(My Own Muse), Porsche Pope(Polished Pope), Holly Ragsdale(Co/Violet), Kourtney& KrystenRoseman (Pretty Penny Co.), Stephen Salyers(This is Shreds), Elizabeth Sherwood(Stay Golden Girl) and Akilah Skukura(Glamoore); musician Brinn Black; and Fashion Marketing students from Belmont University’s O’More School of Design.
While several of these fashion experts have been part of Goodwill’s six previous Style with a Purpose Meet-ups, others will be new to the experience. Among the latter is White, an award-winning fashion industry veteran who spent years in New York and Washington, D.C., before joining the The Fashion Office in Nashville. White said for him the event will be a chance to step outside of his comfort zone — something he recommends for all his style clients.
“I am not patient, and I think you need to be patient to be a really good thrifter,” he said, adding that he better acquainted with shopping at high-end retailers. But White sees Style with a Purpose as an opportunity for anyone with an interest in fashion to explore what is possible on a budget.
“I think great style can be available to everyone,” he said. “People assume that hiring a stylist like me is beyond what they can afford — and for some people it probably is. But this is a really great way for people to maximize their resources. Sometimes, you just need to put yourself in an environment where you can discover what can be done.”
About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. Goodwill’s vision is that all people will have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential through the power of work. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.