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Dance Darling and Insta-Star Autumn Miller Tells Us How to Get Her California-Cool Studio Style

17-year-old Autumn Miller is one of our (and over 900 thousand other fans') favorite dancers to follow on Instagram, where her bubbly posts include insane turning combinations, beautiful dance shots, and adorable family snaps. Turns out Autumn is just as fun and chic IRL. We got the inside scoop on how to steal her California-cool studio style.

How would you define your in-studio style?

When I'm in technique class, I wear something body-conscious, like a bra top and leggings, with my hair pulled back in a slick, low pony. If I'm in hip hop, I like to include more baggy, trendy items, and wear my hair down. For auditioning, I like an outfit that's sporty but definitely still classy, like a super-cute crop top and sneakers. In rehearsals, I usually wear all black, to help the choreographer see things more clearly.

How has your style evolved over the years?

It's gotten more relaxed as I've grown personally. When I was really little, I needed to be super-matchy. I recently saw a photo from my competition years where I was in this pink polka-dot top with polka-dot shorts and a pink neon bow in my hair. It was a mess!

Does social media affect what you choose to wear?

Honestly, sometimes it does. I have favorite outfits like everyone else, but I don't want the same look to show up 300 times in my grid! I try not to worry about dressing for Instagram, though. It's more important to confidently be yourself, and not care about what anyone else thinks.

A version of this story appeared in the December 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Get Her Look."

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