FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Natalie Williams

We’ve all been there — you’re on vacation and going to explore the city. You want to be fashionable, but it’s just not practical to wear six inch platform heels when you’re going to be walking around for 12 hours. And to top it off, the weather’s unstable: 50 degrees and stormy skies in June; but you only packed your summer essential.

Fashionista Natalie Williams encountered this very same problem, but luckily she found a solution. To combat the cold, she wore a blazer, which she originally packed to keep her warm in an air conditioned restaurant, and cuffed black jeans, intended to be worn for a late night Fire Island beach bonfire. And, of course, Converse are sneakers that won’t kill your feet. They may not be Louboutins, but they’re certainly fashionable as well.

Next time you find yourself panicking over the same situation remember, you’re on vacation, relax. And since you’re reading this, you will know exactly what to do. So pay attention; you might learn something.

Name: Natalie Williams

Major: Applied Math with an emphasis on Engineering

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Natalie Williams: I would say my style is cool and easygoing, but always presentable. I like to mix the feminine, like ruffles and chiffon, with the typical laid back Cali style, like denim cut-offs and jersey.

CF: What inspired your outfit today?

NW: Well, I am traveling to the East Coast for a few weeks and I am just visiting New York for a day, so I wanted to be comfortable enough to walk around the city all day (hence the Converse) and still be able to go out to nice places. I didn’t want to wear just a boring black blazer, so I opted for a light wash denim one. 

CF: What do you think about the fashion around the city so far?

NW: I think today’s a hard day to judge because it’s so overcast and it’s raining on and off; people don’t tend to dress their best on these types of days. But I think New York has such a great array of style. Walking around uptown, you can see the typical GQ suit-wearing businessman walking right next to someone with purple hair and safari print harem pants. Needless to say, it’s definitely interesting.

CF: Will you incorporate any East Coast style into your wardrobe once you go back home?

NW: Well, I got some really nice clothing in SoHo, so I’m definitely going to be bringing that home with me. I think my trip has inspired me to experiment more with my own fashions and take more risks. Although I probably won’t be dying my hair blue any time soon.

How To: To get this look, start with an unexpected blazer and a ruffled shirt. Just add your favorite black jeans and sneakers and you’re all set for a day wandering the city.

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