A Week Of Outfits With Benita Robledo From Compassion Fashion
The Good Trade's Week of Outfits Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach to slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Benita Robledo, the conscious blogger behind Compassion Fashion!
// ABOUT BENITA //
As a kid I loved fashion. I would design clothes and put together these crazy outfits and insist on wearing them out much to my mother’s embarrassment. Then as I got into my teens when most people really start exploring their style I totally abandoned mine. I got it into my head that fashion wasn’t serious enough. I still liked clothes, but I wouldn’t admit it.
Thanks to a book about the horrors of fast fashion I rediscovered my love of fashion in my late 20’s. I picked up a copy of Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline and was floored. I had no idea how important fashion was to the health of our planet. As I began to research it, the old thrill I’d get from putting together outfits came back to me. I was hooked on fashion all over again. Only this time, it was ethical.
As much as I love new ethical fashion brands, today I’m really interested in vintage and repurposed clothing. I love anything with a story and when I buy something vintage I spend time imagining the life it led before it got to me. Each piece creates a whole world in my head and when I put it on I get to inhabit that world.
I can’t think too much about a particular style or point of view, I’m more of an emotional dresser. I just pay attention to when a piece gives me that little jolt of excitement. That’s when I know I should buy it. It also means that I can’t plan an outfit in my head, I have to try a million different combinations until I find the one that feels just right. It leads to a very messy bedroom, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay. Plus, I repeat outfits all the time, which means I don’t have to go through that whole messy process every day. Thank the fashion gods!
Mondays I take care of everything business related. I post my blog, run errands, catch up on emails that sort of thing. I spend most of the day running around so I need sturdy flats and a bag that fits everything.
I like to schedule all my meetings on one day and Tuesday seem to be it. I see a wide range of people so I have to strike a balance between fashionable/professional/comfortable. My vintage blazer tones down the leopard shorts while still letting me flaunt my style.
This is one of my favorite go-to outfits right now. It makes me feel like I’m straight out of the 70’s! The faux fur vest always adds an extra bounce to my step.
Even though I usually work in very casual environments I love to get dressed up. This outfit strikes the perfect balance for me.
This is when I get most of my creative work done. I spend Friday and into the weekend writing and brainstorming. It’s my favorite time of the week! On my writing days it’s all about comfort. I love to practically cocoon myself in softness while I work.