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STYLE GURU BIO: Mary Margarete Miller

Like many of you, I’m sure, my fashion sense is as fluid and changing as my life. Some days I’m feeling more grunge and others I’m feeling more preppy. This makes my closet a slew of band T-shirts, breezy shirts, metal studded jeans and festival jeans. However, after much reflection, I realized my style is unique because I try to combine both. I absolutely love to take daintier items and looks and throw in an edgier tint. For instance, in the photos for this article, I chose to pair a light maroon sweater and chic hiker booties with harsh colored lipstick, geometric earrings and, of course, a leather jacket. I think this look says a lot about me. I am extremely versatile and my closet has to follow suit. For example, I could have a formal sorority meeting on Monday and then have to go work in a sports bar on Tuesday.

That being said, I have a few staples in my wardrobe. I hate to say the cliché, but one of them is my little black dress. The leader of the modern day woman’s arsenal. It is perfect for brunches, formal dinners, professional presentations and so many other occasions. Also, black is an extremely flattering color when done right. A brilliant Robin to your Batman of a LBD is a dramatic lipstick. I love dressing my eyes up as much as the next girl, but I’m a busy woman! If I want to spruce up my look quickly and effectively, I immediately go for my Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick. I used to hate lipstick actually, because it always dried my lips out and got everywhere and then just faded. However, this is a fairly cheap lipstick that stays pretty well and keeps my lips looking super kissable. The color pictured is #30, but #80 is another favorite when I want to go for a subtler look. My usual look also includes…wait for it… BLUE JEANS. (I know, shocking.)  But I really got to shout it out to my favorite jeans, Bullhead from PacSun. They have a variety of styles coming in different sizes, which are pretty consistent. They fit well and, while they are a bit pricier, they’ll earn it because they last forever.

So, I guess what it comes down to is that style isn’t about having the best designers and trying to fit into a look. True style is taking that into mind, but picking your own pieces and creating a look all your own. If you like something, get it and make it work. Confidence is a woman’s number one accessory.