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Top Goodwill Looks for Memorial Day Barbecues

As we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the armed forces, it’s often tradition to gather with friends and family around the backyard grill. It hasn’t been long since spring weather made an appearance, so your wardrobe might not be ready. If not, an Ohio Valley Goodwill thrift store needs to be your next stop!

Here are a few of the top looks to pick up for your Memorial Day cookout:

Choose Colorful Tops

Before choosing your look, get a feel for how casual the gathering will be. You might be able to wear a t-shirt and shorts, but for women, flowy tops and tanks are cool in the sun and make a statement without being over the top. Avoid anything too form-fitting, which can become uncomfortable and sticky if you sweat. Men can’t go wrong with a polo! Stock up and save on summer tops in all colors when you shop at your local Goodwill thrift store.

White shirt with black polka dots from Goodwill
White shirt with black polka dots from Goodwill

Stay Comfy with Summer Shorts or Pants

Shorts are always a good choice for outdoor activities. They’re comfortable and cool, and allow you to play yard games without trouble! For women, looser-fit Bermuda shorts are trending. Add a matching belt and tuck in a tank for a polished look. If you’re not comfortable showing that much leg, look for long, flowing pants. They’ll allow air to flow through them and keep your comfort level high! Men should look for breathable fabrics that dry quickly and wick away moisture. Your local Cincinnati Goodwill store has tons of athleisure wear suitable for the occasion!

Keep Cool with Breezy Dresses

Sundresses tend to stay on-trend year after year, and for good reason. They’re simple, practical, and comfortable. Tank dresses are also hot this season and can be paired with a simple pair of white sneakers for a sporty look.

Top It All Off with Accessories

It’s the extras that make an outfit! For a barbecue, look for hats, sunglasses, sandals, and a stylish bag to finish off your look. When it comes to footwear, avoid heels that will sink into the grass. And if your gathering will go past dark, bring along a denim jacket or sweatshirt to throw on when it cools off.

Get Barbecue Ready and Make a Difference!

Add a few of these versatile pieces to your wardrobe now, and you’ll be prepared for summer gatherings all season long.

Why shop at Goodwill? Thrifting your summer outfits at Goodwill is not only easier on the budget, but your purchases also support job skills training and other services for individuals with disabilities and those who face barriers to employment. You’re helping people in your community connect with job opportunities that allow them to live more fulfilled lives.

Find the Ohio Valley Goodwill thrift store nearest you and find a great new look for your next backyard BBQ!