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Style Profile: Angela Louise Kraska
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Style Profile: Angela Louise Kraska

August 5, 2022

UX Designer by day and fashion influencer by night, Angela Louise Kraska shares her style tips and fashion inspiration with SEEN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYLA LAIRD // MAKEUP BY MOLLY LANCASTER

By day, Angela Louise Kraska is a user experience designer, but after work, she turns her attention to her other passion — style content — and spends her time creating Instagram posts, generating engagement, and collaborating with beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands.

Kraska traces her curiosity for fashion to “what was trendy” during her teenage years. “I would imitate the photos I saw on Tumblr; I bought the same Maybelline Dream Mousse foundation my friends used,” she says. “I wanted to fit in.”

She began modeling at 18, and that’s when she says she began to discover how clothing provided a means to stand out and express her personality. “I loved the idea of enhancing your natural self with style rather than covering it up,” Kraska says. “What I truly love about fashion is that it enables one to become a chameleon — you can be whoever you want to be — and yet, your own self makes it unique.”

Style Profile: Angela Louise Kraska

Angela is wearing a JW Anderson suit, C. Fine New York diamond earrings, Little Liff ner mini vase bag, and René Caovilla sandals

Kraska’s Instagram account, @angelaoffduty, originated alongside her modeling account, but Kraska says it evolved after she obtained her master’s in UX design and began imagining better ways to create fashion content. “My modeling took a backseat to graduate school and my professional career,” she says. “Modeling has a timeframe, and it felt right for me to close that door and pursue other interests, which led me to my content creation. Creating my own content is also a way for me to still model, but on my own terms, as self-expression.”

Tell us about your fashion and what inspires you.

I love creatively inspiring others to take fashion risks while staying environmentally conservative. It has been said that if you cannot name everything in your closet, you own too much. My goal is to inspire others to pair pieces together they hadn’t thought of before … maybe they could wear that one skirt in five different ways. I regularly encourage second-hand shopping and rental services because while my style is important to me, the world around us is equally as significant. As consumers, we can make minor adjustments in our purchases to make the world a healthier place.

Style Profile: Angela Louise Kraska

Angela is wearing a Diane Von Furstenberg gown, C. Fine New York diamond earrings, Little Liff ner mini vase bag, and René Caovilla sandals.

What was your favorite collab? Do you have any cool collaborations in the works?

My favorite collaboration so far was creating content for Max Mara and Sportmax, or a post I created for Mountain Dew — that was really out-of-the-box. I do have collabs in the works that you’ll have to watch out for.

Who are your style icons?

If I’m looking for timeless, chic, and effortless: Rosie Huntington-Whitely. If I’m dreaming of a vintage piece: Shrimpton Couture. If I’m going for trendier and more attention-grabbing:Emili Sindlev or Tiffany Hsu. If I’m feeling cool-casual: Sonia Lyson. And if I’m heading to a big meeting: Alex Rivière.

You’re never fully dressed without …

Perfume. I’m currently wearing Maison Margiela.

What are your top three wardrobe must-haves and why?

When it comes to the basics, I go for high-quality and long-lasting materials, even if it’s as easy as a white bodysuit. You can wear it with everything when it’s a foundation piece, so you’ll want it to last.You can never go wrong with a pair of Levi’s.

Everything looks put together with a sturdy, luxurious pair of sunglasses.

What is your most cherished item in your wardrobe/closet?

I will never let go of my vintage Gucci handbag. It’s an original from the 1970 Gucci Accessory Collection and the first designer piece I ever purchased. I had it restored to its original condition. It’ll forever mark the beginning of my long love for fashion.
Style Profile: Angela Louise Kraska

What fashion trends or pieces are you most looking forward to wearing this fall?

I have seen a lot of bold color combinations, from Stella McCartney’s Ready-to-Wear 2022 purple pantsuit to the striking fuchsia palette of Valentino’s fall collection to Christopher John Rogers’ entire Collection 010.

It’s always unexpected to wear eye-catching colors in the cold winter. I think it wakes us up during those dark months.

Where are your favorite places to shop in metro Detroit?

You can usually find me at Somerset Collection, but I also love to shop at local boutiques in the area. Two of my favorites right now are Dawood Boutique [in Grosse Pointe Park] and Coup D’état [in Detroit].

Who are some of your favorite local brands or designers?

So many. I’m always looking for more local brands to support, whether it’s clothing, accessories, makeup, skincare, etc. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to collaborate; I love supporting local and small businesses.

What is your favorite local coffee/tea shop? What is your drink of choice? 

 There’s a wonderful coffee shop in Livonia called Coffee+Cream. Ask for their dirty chai latte or any dessert they have.

Favorite restaurant in metro Detroit?

Being Italian, I’ll go anywhere with homemade pasta and fabulous wine.

Is there a hidden gem in Metro Detroit that you swear by?

I swear by Charisma Salon on West 6 Mile Road. Rick Asztalos, owner and family friend, has been doing my hair for years. They also have the most talented makeup artists, including Mary Haddad Sworski and Molly Lancaster, who did my makeup for this article.

Style Profile: Angela Louise Kraska

Angela is wearing a Marina Moscone dress, St. John gold cuff, Chloé bag, and Gianvito Rossi lace sandals

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” — Margaret Thatcher

 

Follow Angela on Instagram at @angelaoffduty for more great stylish inspiration!

2 Comments

  • Donna
    August 5, 2022 at 9:34 PM

    Wow!!!

  • Michele Kraska
    August 6, 2022 at 7:23 AM

    Love this Angela! Beautiful girl…beautiful photos!

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