STYLE GURU STYLE: Two Piece in a Pod

Two pieces combined with neutral patterns and strappy heels is the dreamy vision better known as Nicole Miller’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection. Longer length skirts and dresses, scoop necklines and thick strap tanks slinked down the runway with ease. The collection boasted a mix of structured and flowy pieces all in mod prints and cuts.

I’m always drawn to the classic combination of black and white, especially the combination of these practical colors integrated with trendy pieces. Coordinating sets, ankle strap heels and round sunglasses were trendy pieces that were featured frequently in this collection. This collection seemed very realistic to translate to everyday wear, which I appreciate. Even though the collection was attention-grabbing, it was also wearable, doable and practical.

Frequently, I think the actual runway is overlooked far too often. In this show, the runway was transformed into a symmetrical pattern boasting black and white crescent shapes. This complemented the featured pieces with movement and contrasted those that were more structured and put together. I loved the mix of movement and structure—again it seemed very realistic as most wardrobes have a mixture of these pieces.

The beginning of this collection spoke to me the most, so I heavily concentrated on elements seen in looks seven through 10. I always like to slice out specific looks from a collection in order to fixate specifically on details of those looks and avoid getting extremely overwhelmed to translate an entire show into one outfit.

Looks seven through 10 all boasted two piece co-ord sets. I focused my attention specifically to look like nine when picking out my co-ord set. I chose a longer length skirt, like in look nine, and incorporated a high neckline, thick strap tank. I went with similar nude ankle strap heels as well. I stayed within a neutral color palette to maintain the chic simplicity seen in the collection. I was inspired by look 12 to incorporate fun, round shades for a more casual feel.

It’s extremely important to take the time to personalize your look when you translate an outfit from the runway into everyday wear. For me, it’s easiest to make my personal stamp through jewelry and hair. For this look, I picked a simple V-shaped necklace to keep the look cohesive. The pointed edge of the pendant also helps elongate my body and makes the look more flattering overall. I opted to put my hair half up to incorporate the casual vibe from the sunnies.

It’s always fun translating runway to everyday, but it’s even better when the line reflects your personal style to begin with. This way, you’ll end up drawing inspiration and building on it. Start with a practical runway show and focus on just a few specific looks to get into the swing of translating runway to everyday.

Get My Look: 1. Co-ord set. 2. Nude ankle strap heels. 3. Round shades. 4. V-shaped necklace.