We tend to find a lot of gently loved real leather items at Goodwill, and the suede shirt in this outfit is one of those treasures from the Goodwill store on Haight Street in San Francisco. We get that leather, especially suede, takes a little extra effort and knowledge to care for, but we’re still surprised by the nearly perfect items that we find in the racks in Goodwill. Just one smudge on a shoulder or stain on a sleeve seems to be all it takes for such pieces to make it from one generous woman’s closet into our own (helping supporting Goodwill’s mission along on the way).
I call this look my “Guideboat” look, taking inspiration from that tony but understated brand based just north of San Francisco in Marin County. That brand is antithetical to fast fashion and has practically fetishized simple and practical clothing made from traditional and genuine materials. My all-thrifted version is all natural, too. The beige sweater is a blend of linen and cotton, the shirt is suede, and the scarf is 100% wool. Buying clothes in these high quality materials would be a significant investment, but they’re fantastically affordable from Goodwill!
Perhaps it’s because we’re fairly fresh from a trip to the Ireland back in July, but this outfit also feels very British Isles. The genuine Scottish wool scarf from the Goodwill Boutique in West Portal certainly makes this true. While the shirt is the unique piece that makes this outfit stand out, it’s the scarf that ties everything together. The blocky plaid contains the green of the shirt, the brown of the bag and shoes, and the honey blond found in the highlights of my hair.
Devon’s Casual Rustic Weekend Look: $37
Beige Banana Republic sweater: $5.99
Suede green Liz Claiborne shirt: $19.99
Scottish wool scarf: $9.99
Compare to $325 for these items new.
Coach-style purse – $5 from Salvation Army
Paige jeans – $15 from Goodwill
Leather booties by Lucky Brand – Gift from Dad