A Week Of Outfits With Kestrel Jenkins From The Conscious Chatter Podcast
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 Kestrel Jenkins, the podcast producer and host behind Conscious Chatter!
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I've been using fashion as a performative tool since I could walk. As a kid, we lived in the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin. Whenever someone would visit my family, I would make it my mission to go upstairs, change into a new wild and crazy outfit, and come downstairs to parade around in it. This would happen multiple times in an evening.
I got my first glimpse into the sustainable fashion industry over a decade ago when I interned with People Tree in London. Since then, I've continued to explore ways that I can embrace my style without sacrificing my values.
For me, the stories connected to what I wear are just as important as the aesthetic elements. I'm a lover of building unexpected combinations with the pieces in my wardrobe. For me, styling an outfit is the best way for me to express my creativity to the world.
I've taken my curiosity about where our clothes are made, what they are made of and who made them, and turned that into a podcast "where what we wear matters" called Conscious Chatter.
An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing and the layers of stories, meaning, and potential impact connected to what we wear. It's a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change.
Some days, I wake up and feel like reinventing myself. To be honest, when it comes to dressing, this happens most days for me. These jeans were passed down to me from a family member, and while I probably never would have purchased them, I'm in love. They bring this fun, grittier element to my style.
I tend to be drawn to outfits that confuse people. While that sounds a bit strange, it's my attraction to unexpected combinations. Pairing trainers with what was probably a wedding dress in its former life makes my heart sing. I love finding ways to dress totally glamorous pieces down so I can wear them in everyday situations.
Funny story—I used to despise the color pink as a kid. I didn't want to be like all the other girls around me who said their favorite color was pink. Turns out, as an adult, I've fully embraced the color's beauty. Pink is one of my favorite colors to explore monochrome looks with.
This is the epitome of a typical "Kestrel look". Sweatshirt meets pretty dress. I've probably beat this aesthetic into the ground, but it doesn't get old for me. I love the balance of a fancy dress with the comfort of a super worn-in sweatshirt.
One of my favorite ways to re-wear pieces in my wardrobe is to find ways to use them, outside of their original purpose. While this stunning red piece was designed to be a wrap dress, I've found that I wear it a lot more as a duster/kimono-like jacket. This allows me to be more buttoned up for work environments, while still integrating the lovely flow of the dress into the outfit.