When thinking of a fashion event with the who’s who in DC’s fashion scene in attendance, what comes to mind? Is it a Goodwill in Fairfax, VA at 8 a.m.? That is exactly where DC’s most stylish sustainable fashion bloggers and influencers converged to celebrate Goodwill of Greater Washington’s first podcast, Finding Your Good.
Finding Your Good aims to be the “go-to” podcast for everyone from fashionistas, DIY enthusiasts, and the sustainable fashion community. Each episode features a different guest sharing their expertise and experiences, and is hosted by media personality Sarah Fraser, with new episodes released weekly.The podcast launch party, held at the 9960 Main Street location in Fairfax on November 16, featured a special curated shopping event, featuring hand-picked selections from local sustainable fashion influencers as well as shopping discounts to use in-store.
Guests were also treated to breakfast bites from podcast guest, Chef Roro of Roro’s Lebanese Food Truck, and most recently, Bubbies Plant Burgers & Fizz. To add to the shopping experience, DJ Reggie Volume provided the perfect tunes and vibes to shop to.
I had the chance to chat with Carolyn Becker, who does the digital marketing for both DC Goodwill and Finding Your Good, she’s a bright light who stands out in any room she’s in, despite her petite frame.
“My style embraces my petite stature with flair and sophistication, while staying true to my punk rock, no-rules roots,” she says when asked to describe her style.
Her favorite thing to thrift is vintage, “…Because I love vintage, my style has leaned on the more vibrant pattern-heavy side.”
Similarly, podcast host Fraser describes her style as “bold and getting bolder. I want to be a mix of Celine Dion meets Liberace when it’s all said and done.” An amazing combination if you ask me!Vivi, of Heart, Print and Style, was one of the local sustainable bloggers who had a hand-curated rack that guests in attendance could shop from, and is also a featured guest of the podcast. Vivi has been blogging for nearly 10 years, and specializes in plus size, sustainable style.
I asked her how sustainability and thrifting has affected her style over the years, she enthusiastically replied, “It has made me more aware of the amount of clothes I tend to have in my closet. For the past few years, I make sure to purge every month or so to truly enjoy the items in my closet. Also, the affordability aspect is nice, too. These days when I shop retail, I think twice about buying the item because the first thought that comes to mind is, ‘I’m pretty sure I can find something similar at a thrift store.’”The launch party and shopping event drew a diverse crowd of both bargain shoppers and local influencers, including Allison Zupancic, curve model and plus size thrifter. In addition to secondhand shopping for her personal wardrobe, Zupancic also runs her own Poshmark shop, Salvaged Chic.
Of the increasing popularity of secondhand shopping in the DC area, she explains that, not too long ago it used to be taboo to say you got something at the thrift store.
“If it took a Macklemore song or a few generational bloggers to make popping tags trendy, then the more the merrier!”
For more on Goodwill of Greater Washington and Finding Your Good, visit www.dcgoodwill.org and www.findingyourgood.org.