Brenna Greenwell, 21
A Lexington Fox Interview by Lauralee Estill
Hair by Tarah Trammell at Fleet Street Hair Shoppe
What are you thinking about when you get dressed in the morning?
Who do I want to be today? It’s cheesy, but that’s basically it. I always get up extra early so I can take my time putting my look together over coffee and music.
What kinds of questions do you think about when getting dressed?
I check the weather, obviously. I usually ignore it and wear whatever I had my heart set on for the day regardless. And again, I think about the specific look I’m going for: 60’s French singer, old school groupie on the road, sensual Bond girl, Wes Anderson protagonist, etc. The list goes on.
Where do you start your outfit? For ex. Shoes first or shirt, etc.
It varies, I usually have a good idea of what I want to wear to start with and it’s hard to say where it begins. I also wear dresses a majority of the time so that’s almost a whole outfit already! Whenever I don’t know what to wear I look through my dresses and rompers first.
Are you aiming to say anything when you put together an outfit?
I’m always trying to cultivate a very specific look with every outfit I put on. I don’t know if I’d say I’m trying to say anything about myself in particular, but I am trying to evoke certain thoughts and memories from the people around me. When I’m channeling a certain era or style icon, and someone mentions it without me telling them that’s what I was going for feels like such an accomplishment.
What’s your go-to styling trick?
Layering. It helps make your outfit more versatile since you can add and remove certain layers and totally change your look through the day. Also keeping lipstick and emergency nail polish in my purse helps a lot.
What’s your go-to outfit?
Super sheer flowy dress and equally sheer underpinnings with kitten heels, my Birkin basket, and big dark sunglasses with my hair down or in braids. It makes me feel so elegant and chic with pretty minimal effort and it’s a look that can transition from the farmer’s market in the morning to an art gallery at night. It’s also a look that can be seen on a lot of icons I admire.
What’s an outfit that never works?
Bootcut jeans with anything. Bonus bad points if they have rhinestones on the ass.
What are you wearing when you feel most yourself? Why?
Nothing. That’s how I’m the most comfortable and it’s my most natural state in my home.
When do you recall coming into your own personal style?
Pretty recently I feel. I went through a lot of different specific looks that would stick around for months and decided I just wanted it all. I honestly used to stress out if I put on an outfit that didn’t quite fit with the style I was after. I got over it and just wear whatever I want now.
How did you experiment with style in earlier years?
The first couple years of high school I wore a ton of huge costume jewelry pieces and wild tights since we had a school uniform and it was the only way I could experiment there. Outside of school I went through a phase where I would wear pretty formal outfits and heels all the time with all the gaudy jewelry. It was awful. I calmed down by senior year but that was when I got really into pinup style and did a full face of makeup every day. Then I went through the punk rock chick phase and shaved half my head for 6 months (it’s still growing out). Now I’m sort of a comfortable mix of some of that, always kinda dressed up, always kinda pinup, always kinda spooky.
Do you dress to reflect your mood or to change your mood?
Kind of both? If I’m in a really good mood I tend to be motivated to put together a really good outfit. If I’m in a bad mood it does help me feel better to get dressed up and feel good about myself.
Are there ways you wish you could change your style?
There’s nothing I really wanna change, it’s pretty fluid anyway.
Is there anything that holds you back from achieving the style you want
Money. And not being able to drastically change the length of my hair every day.
Have you ever gotten bored with your closet? How do you get out of a style rut?
At least a couple times a month. It helps me to try and pair things that I’ve never worn together before, or wear something in a different way like a button up dress as a robe over your outfit.
What are three places on the internet do you consult for fashion inspiration?
A lot of stylists and magazines I follow on Instagram post really beautiful things, like Filthy Mouth Creative and Wiissa. I also always check up on the fashion blog Sea of Shoes, I’ve been following that since I was 14. And looking up old pictures of my favorite celebrities is always fun.
What are three places not on the internet do you find inspiration for fashion
Vintage Playboys, Dita von Teese’s books, and Twin Peaks.
What’s something new in fashion that you’ve discovered that has you excited
The resurgence of kitten heels is so exciting for me. They’re enough for the satisfying sound of walking in heels and enough to give you a little boost without being miserable by the end of the day.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the last week?
Last week I went down to Cave City with one of my best friends and got to stay in the concrete wigwam motel like I’ve always dreamed, it was heavenly. We also visited the famous haunted donkey tree in southern KY, it was just as thrilling as it sounds.
What’s the best place to eat in Lexington?
Han Woo Ri, hands down. I can eat there every day and never get sick of it.
Where’s the best place to shop in Lexington?
Who in Lexington inspires you?
All the beautiful artists I work with and see every day inspire me both in terms of style and artwork. I have so many great people in my life who motivate me to make the best art I can.
Brenna Greenwell is an Art Studio major at the University of Kentucky. She is a DJ at WRFL. You can catch her show on Wednesdays nights from 6 – 8 pm. Follow Brenna on instagram at @spook.show.baby. Her incredible blowout for this shoot is by our last Lexington Fox, Tarah Trammell and Fleet Street Hair Shoppe.