The chaos of style

by Amanda Bedgood

A fashionista gets organized

I've crossed paths regularly with Katelynn Miller for years now. Always admiring her style. Never able to really put a name to it. Her description - organized chaos.

Her outfits are always on the forefront of style. Yet trendy never feels like the right word. From her unique pairings to unexpected accessories, the manager and buyer at Shoe La La keeps us guessing again and again.

"I may want to wear menswear on Monday morning and then Friday comes along and I may feel like putting on a Barbie pink party skirt for dinner," Miller says.

Those closest to her even say it's tough to gift her with a fashion piece thanks to her "scattered style choices." Maybe the word, then, is eclectic in the true sense. Miller has a way of keeping her look modern on most days and forward thinking all the time. She does have an advantage in one way - as a buyer she's at market checking out the latest before us consumers ever see the racks.

"It is always inspiring to see the new styles to be introduced in the seasons to come, and, also, I enjoy observing all the other attendees and how they are wearing the current season's fashions," Miller says of her market trips throughout the year all over the country. "These markets always seem to put a bit of pep in my step and remind me how fun fashion can be."

Fashion that's fun has become more than what Miller can buy. She also creates her own jewelry pieces. Like the rest of her style, her jewelry pieces are a look at the past, present and future.

"I like to buy handmade artist pieces and vintage costume jewelry at festivals and vintage shops, and now I use all the pieces I've acquired to make my own creations," she says.

There's never a dull moment in the world of her sartorial organized chaos. But the woman who has been in fashion for a decade says she has created a new method that makes her fashion choices a bit easier.

"I have come to the conclusion that I am not a morning person. As much as I love fashion, I don't enjoy thinking too hard about it in the morning when I am getting ready to go to work, which for me, requires looking stylish and put together. I recently started taking pictures of outfits created with pieces from my closet (including shoes, of course) and saving them in a photo album on my phone," Miller says.

The new method makes creating outfits from even the boldest of statement pieces as easy as throwing on a standby tunic and leggings.

"We gals always say, I don't have a thing to wear.' But we all know we just can't organize the chaos that is our closet to put together a single outfit," Miller says.