A Week Of Outfits With Karin Rambo From Truncation
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 slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Karin Rambo, the conscious fashion blogger behind Truncation!
I first learned about ethical fashion in the winter of 2016, after stumbling across the documentary The True Cost. I honestly had no idea that the fashion industry was what it was until the evidence was right in front of me. For me, there was no going back… though as time wore on I realized that pursuing an ethical shopping habit is much more complicated than just making a decision to pursue it.
It has taken me a while to settle on what works for me, my family, and our budget, but I’ve learned that thrifting is a great option for those on a budget (and it’s an incredibly sustainable option). Now, when looking to add a new piece to my wardrobe I look for secondhand options first. I’ve also come to appreciate middle-of-the-road ethical brands such as Everlane, Tradlands, and various shops on Etsy (such as OffOn) for when secondhand just doesn’t cut it.
About a year ago, I started the hashtag #ethicalmyway on Instagram because I noticed that there were a lot of people who wanted to participate in the ethical fashion community, but didn’t feel that they could afford buying from small makers. It didn’t seem like people were aware just how many alternative options were available to them (such as thrifting, making, etc.). My mission since then has been to spread the word via my blog and social media that ethical fashion is for everyone… not just people who can drop $300 on a shirt. Ethical fashion is an inclusive movement, and I’m hoping to help people see that.
As a stay at home mom (to three beautiful girls!) I appreciate easy pieces that are super comfortable, but as a style blogger I like those easy pieces to look stylish and pulled together. I’m often drawn to outfits like this one that include shape and structure, but in easy, comfortable fabrics.
This is vintage at its finest. When it comes to knitwear, I own very little that is bought new. I prefer the look and quality of vintage sweaters. This particular cardigan is a vintage Irish sweater and it is so cozy! I love pairing it with more of my casual pieces like this vintage tee and clogs. Perfect for running errands with my girls!
One of the reasons I love style so much is that the process of putting together an outfit plays to my artistic nature and gives me an outlet in real life for creativity. Playing around with combos like this one make me happy… I love pairing a good feminine, romantic top with a pair of boyish vintage jeans (these are from the little boys section!). Coming up with interesting pairings like this is a fun way to keep my style playful.
I’ve had this vintage tunic for a really long time (like maybe seven years)? Yet another reason I love vintage so much: it’s built to last! I used to wear it over leggings all of the time, but recently I’ve enjoyed the balance of putting it on with a good pair of straight denim. Makes me feel even more prepared for bending down a lot throughout the day to get on the same level as my girls. ;)
I’ve recently gotten into making my own clothes. I’m still not very good at it, but I’ve had a few successes lately! This was my first attempt at this kimono jacket and I can’t wait to keep perfecting the pattern. It’s a good one! This tank was completely self drafted, and my first foray in textile painting. I really had fun with it, and love how it turned out. I can’t wait to continue to grow these skills (and make more for my girls as well!)
My absolute favorite kind of outfit! I live for cozy sweaters when the weather turns cool, and there is nothing like a good vintage sweater, as I mentioned above. I’ve also pretty completely moved on from skinny jeans and pants to more wide leg styles. The wide leg silhouette is just so much more comfortable! My outfits are always pretty simple, but I’ve found that when the shape of your outfit is interesting it looks anything but simple.
This tunic is a new addition to my closet and it’s proof of two things: sustainably made linen doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and yes! Linen can be worn year round. It was a pretty chilly day so I just layered it over a turtleneck and I was toasty warm. This is my take on an all-black outfit; black is such a forgiving color, and it will always look chic. And that’s it! Thanks for following me through my week in outfits.