You have to appreciate the irony that is Natalie Suarez’s social media moniker, @NatalieOffDuty. Between traveling the world to walk the runway, snapping up pictures for her über popular style blog, or designing shoes with older sister, Dylana, Natalie is never quite “off duty.”
So when the model-turned-blogger invited us to her home in New York City for an exclusive look into her closet, we of course jumped at the chance to be in the presence of rack on racks of glamour; what we didn’t expect to see had us singing a different tune.
Perched up in the corner of Natalie’s bedroom is a gorgeous mahogany-finished acoustic guitar, a gift from her beau and one of her most prized possessions. At our request, Natalie grabs the guitar and begins strumming and humming her song, “Factory” softly on her bed. It is clear that music plays an instrumental role in her life and style.
Citing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan as major style influences, it’s no surprise that Natalie gravitated to the menswear-inspired button down blouse and slim fitting, houndstooth print pants by Attention. “These eccentric people have really influenced my mood and attitude when getting dressed,” she tells us.
As she gets ready for a music gig though, Natalie wants to turn up the dial by dressing up a bit. She grabs a black skater dress by Attention that speaks to both her feminine and rock n’ roll side with its fit and flare silhouette and faux-leather paneling. Natalie continues her casual cool look by adding a bit of boyish charm to her ensemble with a tweed and glitter baseball cap from Joe Boxer and a pair of embellished slip-on kicks by Bongo. Wearing a bit of shimmer on stage is a must, according to Natalie, and we couldn’t agree more.
Check out more exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our day with the model-turned-blogger (slash musician) on our Facebook page.
(Introducing #ClosetConfidential: our exclusive look into the closets and hidden passions of some of the most fashionable players in the game. Stay tuned each month as we pull back the curtains on notable tastemakers to reveal what inspires their personal style, what drives their secret talents and obsessions, and share their favorite Kmart Fashion picks in our intimate photo-diary series.)
Shop the Look:
Attention Faux Leather Ponte Knit Skater Dress
Joe Boxer Glitter Tweed Baseball Cap
Attention Houndstooh Slim Fit Pants
Jaclyn Smith Leopard Print Chiffon Bomber Jacket
Route 66 Twist Front Top – Splattered Plaid
Bongo “Reid” Pewter/Metallic Sneaker
Attention Button Front Blouse