STYLE GURU BIO: Natalie Miller

STYLE GURU BIO: Natalie Miller

When I checked my email a few weeks back and saw I was selected as a Style Guru for this fall, I was overwhelmingly excited for my fourth semester with the team. Besides spending my time street style searching, I’m looking forward to starting a new semester at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, my bob becoming a lob and the upcoming season itself. Because that means it’s Halloween season.

Though I go to school for advertising design and fashion accessories, and work as a photographer and stylist when not student-ing, my background is mostly in theatre and I love doing costuming. This has definitely influenced the work I do in design, as well as how I see through my viewfinder and clothing. Whether styling a shoot or myself, my style tends to mix vintage and modern looks (I mean, all of fashion is kind of just a reworking of something from the past), and falls more toward the maximalism end of the style spectrum, personally. Even in the fairly basic on-trend outfit pictured, I still tried to make it my own.

Call it a mix of bingeing Stranger Things followed by Boris Karloff films, but I’ve been especially feeling the Halloween spirit (apologies for pun) lately, which was channeled it in this look. And what better way to play on my flair for the dramatic and October 31 than with one of my favorite pieces—a black cape blazer (with pockets!). A great looking and useful garment, I’ve noticed capes have made a comeback in myriad fall/winter 2016 runway shows for men and womenswear. Which is great. Seriously. Get yourself a cape.

For the rest of my outfit, I tried to counterbalance my standout piece with some more street-trending ’90s and ’70s style (while still sticking within the pseudo-spooky theme): a black lace-up bodysuitmaroon corduroy snap-up miniskirt and blue block heel ankle boots. I accessorized with a necklace complimentary to my bodysuit’s neckline (geddit? Emphasizing the neckline? Vampires?), rose quartz earrings, red lips and nail polish in a poison-green tone.

I am intrigued and interested to see what this season has in store—will we see more vampire or alien costumes? Cider or pumpkin spice everything? Is fashion going to stay in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s trend, or will we start to head deeper into 2000s territory? Now that would be a horror I’d rather pass on.

I don’t vant to suck anymore of your time up—many thanks for reading. Here’s to one real RAD and spookspectactular semester!