Thrift Ahoy: Nautical Finds at Goodwill

Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: seashore dreams and nautical finds at your local (landlocked) Goodwill. Enjoy!

Although stuck indoors, I'm definitely ready to go sailing with my Nautical-inspired Goodwill finds!

New York and New Jersey are sweltering, suffocating furnaces this time of year. If you’re without air conditioning in your home, heat seems to simply never leave you, as if emanating from your own pores. You are greeted by it outside, on the subway platforms or on the way to your car and, for some, even at work (consider yourself lucky if your job has consistent air conditioning blowing).

There needs to be some sort of escape plan for this kind of weather, and I wish that this included being surrounded by cold water, in whatever way possible – and what better place to indulge fantasy than fashion? Subconsciously preparing for my imaginary getaway, I have discovered some pretty cool nautical finds at my neighborhood Goodwills that would be perfect to pack on the trip:

I love this Hawaiian-made vintage find, most likely created in the 60s or 70s, the heyday of leisure-wear and retired-chic. Pair them with cut-off jeans and flip-flops to soften the grumpy old man appeal this type of shirt is frequently connected to.You should have at least one of these in your summer collection. Don’t be afraid of the tropical printed shirt!

This very well may have been some kid’s craft project, but it’s one of my favorite Goodwill finds. I love all the crafty, nautical-inspired embellishments, and am completely inspired to do something similar with a plain shirt, although I’ve never gotten around to it. The best Goodwill finds are oftentimes the most creative. Take home someone’s crafty mishap or unique alteration. It may just be the most awesome compliment to your existing wardrobe.

A vintage janitor or mechanic’s suit turned summer essential with a snip and a hem. I wear this suit all the time, mostly because it’s incredibly comfortable, yet of course because it’s super-cute. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Goodwill shopping is all about reinterpreting used items into something uniquely you. Tailor your finds to fit you and you are guaranteed to look amazing — even in the broiling summer heat.

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