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Posted: April 18, 2014

10 Little Black Dresses for under $15, Goodwill’s Little Black Dress event

Written by: Shannon Bryan

If clothes were people, the little black dress would be your best friend.

Maybe it’s because you’ve known your little black dress for years. Or maybe it’s because you’ve been through so much together (six blind dates, three swanky fundraisers, one 30th birthday, and more cocktail parties than you can remember).

But unlike your fickle pants, you can always count on your little black dress (lovingly referred to as your “LBD”). That dress is there for you in a pinch, always makes you look good, and it would never, ever date your ex. Your LBD really gets you.

If any attire deserves a party, it’s the little black dress. So celebrate the LBD during Goodwill’s third annual Little Black Dress Event on Thursday, April 24.

“It’s an opportunity to get dressed up for a good cause,” said Jessica Feinstein, director of mission investment for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and one of the event’s organizers.

It’s also a chance to show off your little black dress – and a wonderful excuse to go out and buy a new one. Resale shops like Goodwill often have an impressive selection of gently-worn dresses. I hit three Goodwill shops in southern Maine (Falmouth, Portland, and South Portland) and found little black dresses of every variety: classic, trendy, vintage, skimpy, and forgiving – and even some designer brands. The best finds – all under $15 and most under $10 – are highlighted above. Then again, who knows what new things have appear on the racks since my visit. See what you can find at one of th0 18 Goodwill stores in Maine: www.goodwillnne.org/maine.

Wearing a dress or suit from Goodwill isn’t a requirement for the event, of course, nor do attendees have to wear little black dresses, but cocktail attire is encouraged. Even still, said Feinstein, attendees are welcome to come as they are, LBD or not.

The event runs from 6-9 p.m. at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Tickets are $35 or two for $60, and proceeds benefit Goodwill’s Veterans Fund. The fund helps support and provide services for Maine veterans – from car repairs and mortgage payments to other immediate needs. Last year, $60,000 was raised for the fund. This year, Goodwill is hoping to raise even more.

“It’ll be fun and engaging,” said Feinstein. There will be live and silent auctions, a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, and a signature drink dubbed the Thriftini (citrus vodka, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and simple syrup).

The evening’s highlight is a fashion show with models wearing little black dresses and suits purchased at area Goodwill stores. Following the fashion show, the clothes showcased on the runway will be available for purchase (dresses, shirts, jackets, shoes, jewelry – all of it). Free dry cleaning from Soap Bubble Laundromat in Portland is included.

And if you’re afraid your trusty LBD will get jealous of a new LBD you buy at the event, don’t fret. There’s always room for another best friend.

For more info and to buy tickets:
www.eventbrite.com/goodwills-little-black-dress-event-tickets

* Full disclosure: I’ll be one of the “models” taking to the runway (and doing my best to not fall down) during the event.

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