Natalie Suarez, of the blog Natalie Off Duty, is giving her 155,000 Instagram followers an inside look on what models where when they’re not at photoshoots. Hint: it involves comfortable sneakers, wide-brimmed hats, and a nice fringe coat. What’s nice about Suarez’s blog is that she (almost effortlessly) combines designer threads with thrifted steals—something that most models have yet to master on their days off.
“I am a model, so naturally I love fashion. Based in NYC, I’ve been working since I was 15, and through the years, I’ve developed my own “off duty” way of dressing. I’ve collected vintage found in my hometown of Los Angeles, taken pieces from my travels, and mixed them in with my wild designer finds,” she says in her About Me.
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And, rest assured, even models (maybe especially models) feel the beauty-is-pain mantra all too well when it comes to sky-high heels. “I’ve totally just hit up the sneaker department HARD lately. After wearing so many uncomfortable shoes for years on set for shoots, and walking the streets of NY with bandaged heels, I thought, “I really need to invest in some proper kicks.” They have saved my feet. Not to mention, it’s the perfect excuse to take on classic Swedish style. Just pair something totally classic and chic, dressed down with the perfect beat-up sneaker. Oh, how I miss Stockholm! Where minimalism is key, and effortless is everything,” Suarez says in one of her blog posts.
Will Natalie’s (literally) model-off-duty style inspire you to hit up that packed-with-hidden-gems vintage shop? Or will you take a cue from her and give your heels a rest? We’re hoping a little bit of both.