The fitting room of a thrift store is a magical place for me. I wanted to welcome you into the private confines of a recent trip to the Outer Sunset Goodwill. All outfits/items pictured were found at Goodwill.
The Outer Sunset, to many San Franciscans, is too foggy and too far. But to me it’s home! It’s also home to one of my favorite Goodwill stores. I’m a plus-sized, frugal fashionista so it’s important to have some fab thrift hunting nearby. Right there on 25th and Irving stands the small shop best known for its extensive collection of cashmere. Cashmere is the kind of thing people from the Outer Sunset can appreciate. This outfit illustrates the art of layering, which is essential to any SF day that’s going to last from sun-up to sun-down. The day starts with a walk on the beach with an oversized white hat, pink tank top, and black and white striped pencil skirt. As the day begins to cool, I pull this red cashmere turtleneck out of my bag, throw it on and add a white skinny belt to dress up the look. I keep the hat because it’s fabulous!
Ocean Beach is one of my favorite destinations, and I can’t resist a nautical themed piece. I matched a white and yellow striped top with over sized nautical buttons with an eggplant A-line. I had to get a close-up of those buttons!
My prize find was this cheetah print halter romper. I even found a furry cheetah print purse to match! Animal print on animal print is tres timeless. This will look amazing with a cardigan and some boots (if it’s chilly) or some strappy sandals (if it’s not!).
After a long day in SF and a mini vacation in the Goodwill fitting room I was exhausted. Hope you enjoyed my fitting room diary!
Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.