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A Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Auna Barretto-Grignoli is a self-confessed “shopaholic,” but you won’t ever find her in Zara or Forever 21. Her wardrobe is mainly thrifted with a few sustainable pieces mixed in. She’s currently a student at University of San Francisco where she’s majoring in media studies and an intern at Lisa Says Gah. Here, Auna shows us five outfits she wore in a week…

Coat: Reformation. T-shirt: Everlane. Jeans: Vintage Levis Student Fit. Boots: LOQ.

“Right now, I’m going through a minimal phase. I’m always running from work to school to home, so I’ve been keeping it easy and comfortable in T-shirts, jeans and boots. No matter what, I’m always wearing something thrifted. About 80% of my wardrobe is used.”

“When it comes to new things, I love Reformation. It’s well-made and sustainable, so I feel like it’s worth the splurge. I always have like 10 things in my cart, but I only actually buy something if I can wear it with lots of different outfits and can’t find it anywhere else — like this fluffy coat. I tried to find a vintage one, but the cut and buttons of this one were just so perfect. I love a statement coat because it draws attention to an otherwise boring outfit. This one, especially, can make anything look Jeanne Damas French girl — just add this piece and you’re suddenly Parisian chic.”

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Blazer: thrifted, similar. Turtleneck: thrifted, similar. Jeans: RE/DONE. Boots: Suzanne Rae, similar. Necklace: Etsy, similar. Earrings: Etsy, similar.

“My mom is the big style icon in my life. When she was my age, living in San Francisco, she worked in the financial world around a lot of men, so she felt like she had to project a sense of power. She was super into power suits. Now I really go for that menswear look with a female twist, like this blazer.”

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

“I borrow a lot of my mom’s old tops, jewelry and scarves. She’s also my best thrifting buddy. My family lives in Napa, and I go home every other weekend. City life can be a little crazy, so it’s nice to decompress. Plus, suburban and rural areas are the ideal place for vintage shopping, since prices are lower and the stores aren’t picked through like in San Francisco. When I do go shopping in the city, I go to Static and Held Over on Haight Street.”

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Bow sweater: thrifted, similar. Jeans: thrifted, similar. Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, similar. Basket purse: thrifted, similar and similar.

“My high school was really preppy, very Lilly Pulitzer, and I just didn’t vibe with that. Though I hate the word, I always dressed a little ‘edgier.’ I was wearing mom jeans, vintage polo shirts and men’s button-downs. I was really self-conscious dressing this way at first, but I liked the way it looked, so I forced myself to do it. I learned to not be concerned with what other people think.”

“I love vintage denim because it’s already worn-in and soft. Mom jeans are what’s available in most thrift stores. Since they can be baggy, I make sure they fit perfectly in the waist before buying them. I love a cinched-waist silhouette. I also wear a shirt that can be tucked in, so I don’t get lost in the clothes.”

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Jean jacket: thrifted, similar. T-shirt: Everlane. Jeans: Everlane. Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, similar. Carafe: Ikea.

“When I see something I like on Instagram — say, an outfit, home decor or a photograph — I’ll save it for inspiration; then I’ll keep an eye out for things that match it. Thrifting can be overwhelming for some people, but I make sure that I’m awake as possible, that I’ve eaten a good breakfast and that I’m ready to work through all the racks. If I’m not going with my mom, I go by myself so I can take my time and not feel like I’m dragging anyone along. This jean jacket was one of my best find; I wear it all the time. I love the hunt.”

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Sweater: Cupio, similar. Jeans: Everlane. Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, similar.

“I’m not usually into trends, like ruffle sleeves, but I was at Marshall’s and thought this sweater would be super cute for winter. It’s good for work and school, and the sleeves are fun. I try to stay away from fast fashion, overall. In college, I learned more about social justice issues and realized those types of clothes don’t mesh with my vision of what fashion should be. I’m not perfect, but I try to steer clear of brands that don’t care about how they produce.”

Week of Outfits: Auna Barretto-Grignoli

Earrings: Etsy, similar. Necklace: Etsy, similar.

“When it comes to jewelry, I’m drawn to small, simple pieces. I’ve been wearing these earrings every day. Jewelry is another fun way to pull an outfit together. I love the Laura Lombardi curve earrings and Young Frankk ribbon earrings. My other signature look is my winged eyeliner. I like the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner — it’s super pigmented and the felt tip stays pointy. I wish I had tips, but I just practiced getting the ‘flick’ right until I got better at it!”

Thank you so much, Auna!

P.S. More women’s weeks of outfits and cool sneakers.

(Photos by Maria del Rio for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. liz says...

    yes! love this one! she rocks!

  2. Debbie says...

    This is my favorite week of outfits so far. I bought that “fur” jacket today 30% for black Friday. Score!

  3. She is so like me in 1998 :)
    Baby bangs, black-dyed hair and thrifted clothes, as there was no H&M back then in Poland (and other affordable and non-affordable ones, no chain stores..).
    I love this, and I don’t. As it reminds me of the times I could’t get different things, and times when you had to be really adroit to look like – as we say – a human.
    Take care, hugs from Wroclaw, Poland!

  4. Anna says...

    Her style is fun! I loved thrifting when I was younger, but now that I have two kids, I don’t have time to spend hours at thrift stores. I wish I did! Instead, I buy multiple pairs of the same basics that fit and have a uniform.

  5. I’m getting more and more into clothes that are good for the planet, good for the people who make them and good for me. This means that I do a lot of thrifting but I also do a lot of not-buying, saving up and searching around and finding the right piece to invest in. I actually don’t spend more than I did when I shopped at Forever 21 because I buy less clothing and it lasts longer. I love Auna’s looks!

  6. Katherine says...

    I’m a serial thrifter as well! I’d say about 90% of my wardrobe (and my husband’s) has come from the thrift stores. It’s a passion of mine and I’ve leaenrd how to do it well. For me, the biggest tip is to be thorough: you will not find any treasures by just glancing around, you’re gonna have to dig! Oh, and if you go to a thrift store that doesn’t have fitting rooms then be sure to dress in layers so you can try stuff on in the aisles! I always make sure to have a tank top or camisole on so I can strip down to that if I need to try stuff on without the privacy of a dressing room. I love thrifting because of the recycling/eco+budget friendly aspect of it as well as how comfortable it makes me feel. I swear it’s meditative for me! I never feel ashamed for what I put in my cart or for trying on clothes in front of strangers in an aisle, if that’s what I have to do. Plus the thrill of finding that perfect piece is so exciting! There’s zero judgement at a thrift store so just go for it and have fun!

  7. I love her aesthetic, and that her method of curating comes mostly from thrifting with a few sustainables incorporated. That’s my ultimate wardrobe goal.

  8. Abby says...

    Love how much more visible sustainable and fair fashion is becoming! We are currently seeing a huge surge on the European market with brands like Acne, Armed Angels, Erlich, Filippa K, HessNatur, Jan N’June, Lanius, People Tree, Stella McCartney, Two Thirds etc. gaining lots of traction. I have discovered great instagram fair fashion inspiration lately – maybe a roundup focusing on people promoting sustainable fashion in such a fast paced industry would be nice?

  9. Jennifer says...

    i know i’m not the target audience for this blog, but i’ve been reading since I was 15. Now, I’m college-graduated and working in Tokyo.

    i love seeing so many women to look up to here, but thanks for posting someone young(er)!

  10. Steph says...

    We need her beauty uniform please!

    • Maria Castro-Castillo says...

      Yes, could not agree more!

  11. Hooray for thrifting! I love that her whole vibe is thrift store chic. I think that the move to make secondhand shopping less taboo has led to such wonderful variations in personal style.

  12. Thanks for posting! I love her simple makeup too. Very French!

  13. She has such great style!

  14. Kate says...

    Your week of outfit posts are always my favorite and I especially love this one. One of my favorite tips for thrifting is to look for natural fibers. I have gotten to the point where I can spot a linen or silk shirt without checking the tags. Thrift stores are gold mines for silk. I sleep in one of my large collection of oversized silk button downs every night and it makes me feel like a queen! I also look for specific silhouettes when I thrift, like high-waisted trousers and boxy, slightly cropped tops because I know these shapes work for my body. Happy hunting at the thrifts!

    • Julie says...

      Great tip!

    • Katie says...

      ha yes me too. I feel like thrifting is one of my superpowers. I have such a hard time passing up any quality fabrics I find, but how many white linen tops do I really neeeed?

  15. Ann says...

    How do you pronounce her name. I was thinking Anna then I thought maybe it’s more like aw – na?

  16. Mira says...

    Would love to known Auna’s favorite thrift stores in the Napa area that she mentions!

    • Amanda Kathryn Cihlar says...

      Ditto! I live in Napa and would love this info!

  17. yes! love.

  18. Loooove it!

  19. Loves this girl’s dedication to purchasing ethical, sustainable products and not buying into fast fashion. More Week of Outfit posts like this, please!

  20. She is so charming!

  21. Claire says...

    she is beautiful, and I really like her style a lot! As other comments mentioned, I am getting inspired to get back to thrift shopping by these posts. Also, I love the little round necklace, and the similar Etsy version as well (although it is sold out, I will watch for a replacement). And vintage mom jeans for the win!

  22. Jennifer says...

    Love Auna’s philosophy on fashion and clothes! I also try to buy ethical brands.

  23. aga says...

    I love how good that eyeliner looks on her! Such a little line makes such a statement! Very sensual.

  24. K says...

    She’s beautiful! And, she is totally Winnie from The Wonder Years’ doppelganger.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, you’re so right! i thought she looked like someone, and winnie is it!

    • Sherri says...

      Haha! Winnie Cooper was my first thought. Gorgeous!

  25. Charlotte says...

    “I was really self-conscious dressing this way at first, but I liked the way it looked, so I forced myself to do it. I learned to not be concerned with what other people think.”

    Love this!

    • Katie says...

      Looking back at my 20-22 years, I went through a very awkward transitional phase when I tried to move away from shopping at The Gap and Target and start thrifting a more artistic, trendless style. It’s part of the journey!

  26. Gen says...

    Love the simplicity of her style and how good it looks on her.

  27. Sarah says...

    Thank you for featuring someone who cares about sustainability. I love Auna and her compassionate, thoughtful style!! Now I’m inspired to eat a good breakfast, drink some tea, and get out there to see what I can thrift!

  28. Would anyone know where she got her pink tint carafe and glasses set?
    Been looking for a set forever!

    • Mj says...

      It’s from Ikea! They have it in pink and green.

    • Fatima says...

      The series is called Intagande from IKEA.

    • leslie says...

      Ikea!

    • Antonia says...

      And to add to that, could you also share the wall color in the picture with the ikea glassware? (If you happen to know) I’m seriously considering painting my room pink and that color is so lovely! Joanna, your post about painting your bedroom inspired this in me ;-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

  29. ks says...

    I love these series because it helps expand my knowledge of smaller independent designers & sites. I’d love a round-up of these one time!

  30. Angela says...

    She is beautiful and I love her style! Her perspective is very inspiring, I love to thrift as well, although after gaining 30 lbs, shopping for clothes is simply not fun like it used to be, this kind of got me in the mood to hit some thrift shops and look for more flattering clothing…

    • Gen says...

      Angela, I know a personal style coach and one of her biggest mantras is dress for the body you have! You always feel better when you have clothes that fit right, rather than waiting to shop till you can fit into some mysterious dream size at some mysterious future date. Thrifting is perfect because if you are on the path to changing your body, you’re not investing a huge amount in a shape/size you won’t be next year. GO GIRL! You are you no matter what size you are and you deserve it!

  31. Grace says...

    I’m not sure if you have posted something similar to this, but i would love to see a week of outfits with someone who does shop at Zara or Forever 21.

    I am not a huge shopper, but would love to see how people shop at the more basic stores that have the option of shopping online or going in store….Norstroms, Lord and Taylor, Target, Old Navy.

  32. Meghan says...

    “In college, I learned more about social justice issues and realized those types of clothes don’t mesh with my vision of what fashion should be.” I love this! I agree wholeheartedly.

    • I love that her style is simple and classic, yet modern, too. And Lisa Says Gah is such a cool site; what an awesome job!

  33. Aet says...

    This is an awesome week of outfits! I commented last week about the ethics of Mango and other companies whose products you often feature; I really appreciate this awesome post on an affordable approach to sustainable style (mostly thrifting, nobody’s perfect). I feel heard and would love to see more posts like this. Thanks :)

  34. Susan says...

    Wonderful. Chic *and* aware. I really loved this.

  35. Hannah says...

    Love this! I really admire Auna’s (beautiful name btw) thought process behind shopping. I’m currently travelling through Central & South America so the only shopping I can afford is thrifting and I’m starting to get into it! But the social and environmental impact of shopping is definitely playing on my mind too. If anyone needs a nudge to curb their ‘brand new’ habit then I would recommend watching “The True Cost” on Netflix. It’s eye-opening. The “Cowspiracy” of the clothing industry.

    Cup of Jo – would love a round up of sustainable brands such as reformation etc! X

  36. Beth says...

    Wow, what a gorgeous sense of style she has. One of my favourites in this segment so far!

  37. Em says...

    Lucky!!! I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect pair of tight-waisted mom jeans, and I just can’t find them. I check thrift stores every week and go on Etsy, to no avail. I did, however, also score the most perfect vintage jean jacket, which I also wear every day! Love her style and can very much relate :)

    • Marissa says...

      Perhaps consider the Levi’s wedgie fit!

    • Callie says...

      I live in SF and also only buy used, I have found amazing made in USA 505s (which are slimmer cut than 501s) at Out of the Closet, but I think the comment that most thrift stores are full of mom jeans is just not true at this point in time! all the goodwills here are full of low waist paris hilton jeans! maybe she means vintage stores?! you really have to hunt to find cool jeans at thrift stores because of all the horrible fast fashion… though because of SF’s bohemian past I find amazing thrift scores all the time. There are great vintage stores here also, like Painted Bird and the ones she mentions in the post and maybe a place like that would be good for finding the perfect jean if you dn’t have the energy for thrift.

    • Em says...

      Thanks guys, I’ll check those out :) And totally agree… all my local thrift stores are running over with the Paris Hilton-style low rise jeans, probably because that’s what everyone’s getting rid of right now.

    • Becca says...

      Always check the men’s denim section!

  38. Sasha says...

    SF girl! Love it! Is she at USF (University of San Francisco?) or SF State? As far as I know there isn’t a San Francisco University :)

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Thanks for the catch, she’s at University of San Francisco!

  39. Amy P says...

    I admire people with the patience and eye for good thrift store shopping! It’s definitely a skill.

    • Laura C. says...

      Ditto! I couldn’t go as fantastic as she does! This girl is so self confident as well. I like her very much.

    • Kate says...

      Hah, what she said about being well rested and having a good breakfast is such a good point! I have to be exactly in the right mood to go shopping, especially thrifting!