STYLE GURU BIO: Natalie Geisel

Greetings and salutations! I’m Natalie, a freshman at George Washington University studying communication, and this is my first of hopefully many semesters I’ll be spending with CollegeFashionista. If you hadn’t noticed, I started this introduction to myself with J.D.’s first line in the movie Heathers, which proves myself to be an avid film lover where all of Wes Anderson’s films are included on my list of top movies. This fascination also leads me to love things that can transform reality into something more beautiful, like books, photography, and most prominently, fashion. My interest in creating and admiring aesthetics has allowed me to be in love with fashion since a young age, and to, more recently, be in love with writing about fashion. These two loves of mine make me more than thrilled to be a part of the CF team!

My interest bloomed when I discovered that getting dressed in the morning was the peak of my day, and the passion continued to grow as I realized its other perks: self-expression, its empowering nature, and the transformative qualities of clothes. The day I realized I could work 40-hour weeks in the field I continue to fall in love with more and more each day was when I decided this would be a lifelong contract, and I continued to pursue this passion in more active ways, like starting my own blog “Fractured Aesthetic.” Recently, my love for fashion has expanded due to its liberating nature—choosing what clothes to put on my body and how I arrange them is one of the few things I can decide for myself, and I tend to stray away from how other people tell others to dress. Currently, I’m really into experimenting in ways that aren’t found on the street, but may be found on the runway, similar to what Leandra Medine of Man Repeller would do (W.W.L.M.D.).

My outfit for my first bio showcases the art I discussed above, revealing how I can best display my personal style. Currently, I’ve been wearing pants more often than I used to, especially these wedgie cut Levi’s. I’ve also been wearing turtlenecks over and under just about everything, so I opted for this skin-tight black turtleneck. To add my personal touches, I layered a ruffle tank over the turtleneck to add a fun twist, and I also tied a neck scarf around my turtleneck-clad neck because a) it was freezing and b) adding a neck scarf to the mix makes any outfit more me. To add a feminine touch to the jeans, I chose to wear blush clogs with socks and add a tassel cuff to my wrist. I completed the look with my faux fur coat, which acts as a barrier from the harsh D.C. cold and makes an obvious fashion statement.

As you can tell, I’m always interested in exploring new territories in fashion, doing the unexpected, but always staying true to my personal style. And this exact reason is why I’m so excited to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. I can’t wait to explore other people’s styles and attempt to understand their own fashion processes.