About a year and a half ago when I got the idea to start a blog, I did TONS of research on current successful bloggers and their aesthetics – I deeply examined the influencers that were unique and the characteristics that attracted me to them. One of those people was Natalie Suarez. She is the editor of Natalie Off Duty, based on the off-duty fashion and lifestyle of herself as a model. The collection of photos curated on her page were effortlessly pieced together. The photography was so natural and different, and I instantly knew this was going to play into my inspiration for developing my aesthetic.
I had to know who this photographer was, so I did some more digging. Low and behold it was her sister, Dylana Suarez. That made all of it even more rad. Naturally, I started following her Instagram as well and became obsessed. There are not too many people I religiously follow on Instagram/social media in general, but Dylana is definitely one of them. When I started keeping up with her on IG, she was mainly photographing for Natalie’s blog from what I could tell. But over the past year and a half, I have seen her progress into a really successful online influencer on her own. Today where the internet is becoming flooded with bloggers, Dylana’s style is consistent and authentic. It’s a trait that I really admire and is why I have continued to remain a loyal fan of hers.
NOW here’s the exciting part – I got the opportunity to chat with Dylana and she was seriously the sweetest person EVER. She gave me some incredible style advice that I am sharing with you guys here! As a preface to our little Q&A, check out her blog here and Instagram and here!
Q&A with the lovely, Dylana Suarez
RR: I would love to know where your personal style comes from – how did you develop it?
DS: My personal style came from a very widespread range of different things. A lot of it came from our mom, who was very fashion savvy when we were growing up. She was really great at altering and making clothing, and always had fashion magazines lying around, plus she was always sketching figures for us to draw our own outfits onto. I always admired how beautiful she looked and the clothes she wore, and I wanted to create that on my own. Movies, the books I read, and dreaming of places to travel to, all these things inspire my personal style. I love music, as well, and nature. So a mix of rock and roll and earthiness, I always say that to describe my style.
RR: What specific people/muses have you pulled inspiration from?
DS: I’ve always loved Stevie Nicks, Molly Ringwald in the 80s, the character of Sally from the movie, When Harry Met Sally. Jane Birkin is a major inspiration, of course, she always looked so cool, current and ahead of her time at the exact same time. Alexa Chung is always someone I look to to be inspired by. I was even inspired by the character of Laura Ingalls Wilder when it comes to that bohemian, american prairie look. I love the stories fashion can tell. But really, it’s girls on the streets that I see in passing that I like to pay attention to. NYC and Brooklyn in particular is full of creative people with a great eye for fashion. It’s the best place to pull inspiration from.
RR: Is there any style advice that anyone else has given you that has stuck with you?
DS: I always say, go with what you love. If you love it, it’s timeless in a way. Following trends doesn’t mean anything to me anymore. It’s cool to experiment, but don’t be afraid to stick with a particular style even after not everyone else is wearing it. I always like to say fashion is an extension of the personality, and a natural confidence builder, which are all good things. So wear what you want to wear without thinking what others may perceive you as. All that matters is how you perceive yourself. Others can take it or leave it.
SO. MUCH. YES. If you’re always trying to keep up with the Jones’s, are you really being your true authentic self? Just some food for thought.
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