This strapless little black dress from Rampage was spotted at the Goodwill store in Falmouth. It says, "I'm ready for a springtime cocktail party." The Steve Madden heels, also at the Goodwill store in Falmouth, say something, too: "I AM the party."
Yes, that's a Calvin Klein dress for $7.99 at the Goodwill in Falmouth. And if you're going to get all fancy in that fitted CK, might as well toss on some heels with fur. The heels pictured were found at the Goodwill shop in Portland.
Let your arms be free in this Carole Little LBD from the Millcreek Goodwill. The cut is revealing in all the right ways, but the layers help hide what you'd like to keep hidden. Short heels, like this pair at the Falmouth Goodwill, look sharp and will keep your feet comfortable - even on the dance floor.
This Banana Republic dress from the Falmouth Goodwill is up for just about anything: work, play, party. Paired with strappy spring heels (these from Millcreek Goodwill), it can easily slide from work to happy hour, just like you!
Look at that beading! This Alex Evenings dress was spotted at the Falmouth Goodwill. It's sexy without being too revealing - and that beading! The shoes are from the Falmouth Goodwill.
One of the many perks to the LBD is that it can be spiced up with an array of colorful accessories. This simple dress from the Falmouth Goodwill is like a blank canvas. It says formality, but the wonderfully colorful wedges say "hand me a margarita." The wedges are from the Millcreek Goodwill.
This LBD, found at the Millcreek Goodwill, is simple in style but has a nice flash of sparkle to keep it lively. Just imagine how that sparkle will catch the light when you rock out on the dance floor. And the Aldo shoes, found at Goodwill in Portland, are wonderfully dangerous.
Sure, LBD generally means "little black dress," but in this case, a red dress works too. In fact, this bold Evan Picone from the Millcreek Goodwill might just be the dress that drives every woman in town to go buy her own LRD. The Franco Sarto heels are from the South Portland Goodwill.
This black dress doesn't have a label, but it's vintage-meets-Star-Trek design speaks for itself. It was found at the Millcreek Goodwill. The Anne Klein heels, also from Millcreek, might become your favorite.
This playful Delia's dress - complete with bow - was found at the Millcreek Goodwill. The heels, from Candie's, are funky and woolen. They were spotted at the Portland Goodwill.
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.
* Full disclosure: I’ll be one of the “models” taking to the runway (and doing my best to not fall down) during the event.