My Style: Amber Renee

Photography by Olivia Henderson

[dropcap letter=”A”]mber Renee is a colorful woman inside and out, specifically, the color scheme pastel which transfers into her playful and cute style. Her design skills and love for all things cute has led her to create her own brand known as Miseducated. Her brand can be described as colorful, nonsensical, whimsical, psychedelic and everything sweet. Amber designs cute pins, accessories, t-shirts and more! To get to know Amber and her thoughts on fashion check out her My Style interview below!

Where did you grow up? Southern Indiana in the middle of nowhere.

What is your earliest memory of a noticeable interest in fashion?
Probably when I was like five years old watching Tina Turner on TV. Her style was really strong and independent. She was wearing sparkly stuff and wigs and I loved that!

Who or what influences your style?
I would say it is influenced by flower children of the 60s, probably the 1800s in France and current pop culture in Japan.

What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
Sanrio for sure! I really enjoy my friend’s Instagram’s as well and for fashion Selkie and Wild Fox. They both inspire my style

Describe your personal style in four words or one phrase.
Mixed matched, but cute.

What’s your go-to item in your closet?
Oh for sure dresses and frilly, puffy sleeves. I like to put stuff together with dresses.

Who are your favorite designers, and what do you like about their designs?
I really like Beasty Johnson, because she marches to the beat of her own drum. I love Kimberley Gordon the designer of Selkie again, I love their dresses. I love Love Shack Fancy. I just love really over the top and cute things like that, puffy especially.

Did you ever consider leaving the Indy area? If so, what made you stay?
Yes, I did. I studied in Japan in college, so I lived with a family there. I’ve been to France. I travel all over, but for some reason, there’s just something about Indiana that is home and a place to come back to. I love California! I would love to live there, but I am just visiting there right now just until my kids grow up.

What trends are you noticing for spring fashion?
Puffy sleeves and organza fabric, and pastels. Pastels are becoming more mainstream. I have been waiting for the puffy sleeves. I love them!

What’s next for you? What short and long term goals are on your list?
So I do my pins and I am going to start to expand that to necklaces, jewelry and purses. I am working with a company to design my own t-shirt line, completely mine with my label. The t-shirts I do now the printer prints it, I just want to be involved from the beginning and make something different. That’s what I am working on right now, for Miseducated.

Define fashion: 
Fashion to me is using my body as a blank canvas to express my mood, a notion or an idea I have.

Worst fashion trend?
Actually this is horrible. I feel rude for saying this, but a lot of people are doing the athletic wear all day long look like Lululemon. I mean that’s great, but just not my thing. It’s just all black and gray. It’s comfy but it’s just not something I would wear.

Best fashion trend?
Baby doll dresses, or pastel colored hair. I love it!

Last but certainly not least, name your favorite fashion icon.
Lady Gaga! She stands out to me, because she follows her heart and creates a world of pop art and glam surrealism and I love every minute of it. Sometimes it’s dark and creepy too. I feel like she fully embraces her light and shadow selves! I love that she’s like living pop art. Another style icon is Edie Sedgewick. Her heroin chic 60s look even captured Andy Warhol’s eye and he wanted to be around her and have her in his space while he was creating. Unfortunately, that was also her undoing. Another style icon would be Dolly Parton. She has always made her own way and ignored ignorant comments about her hair and body. Her style embraces the 1980s polka dot bouffant Barbie for me. As a kid, I would even practice my makeup and hair tease so I could be like her. I’m a singer as well, but I keep that part more under wraps! One last style influence would be ye-ye girls of 1960s Paris and of course Marie Antoinette of 1750s-1800s France because of the pastel and decadent opulence that was a part of just everyday life!

Keep up with Amber on Instagram or visit her website!

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