Modeling since the age of 15, Natalie Lim Suarez has been a notable figure in the fashion industry for years. Based in NYC, she is 1/2 Chinese, 1/4 Spanish, and 1/4 Mexican. With her passion for photography, creative direction, design, music, writing, modeling, and style, NATALIE OFF DUTY was born. Completely inspired by the "model off duty" on-the-go lifestyle. Sharing her stories, inspirations, and projects through her own photography and writing. Already noted for her winning fans in Harper's Bazaar UK, featured editorials in ELLE, and WWD for her "Good Taste." Along with campaigns and ambassadorships to top fashion and beauty brands from around the world. Some including COACH, DKNY, L'oreal Paris, Saks 5th Avenue, Sunglass Hut, Levis, and Nordstrom. Her eclectic, unique style has launched many successful design collaborations sold in top retailers around the world. Next to fashion, Natalie's other passion is music. Singing along with piano/guitar continue to pop up in her upcoming fashion campaigns.
I like to have shown that my denim has been loved throughout it’s life.
I am so excited to finally show you my “I Choose Blues” campaign shoot for Anthropologie. To be their denim girl this season is pretty amazing, as I find so much confidence when I slip into a perfect pair of hip-hugging jeans. I take my favorite denim pieces wherever I go. They’ve seen a lot of places in this world and with each place there’s a little remnant of each it’s place. You can see it in a fade, rip, or softness in a fabric. The amazing thing about denim is there’s nothing wrong with them getting old. I don’t call them old, I call them loved. I like how soft my jeans get after numerous washes. The way the knees start to fade, and the way the pockets start to fray. I like getting them dirty, adding paint splatters on them, and even chopping hems when I’m feeling experimental. Each piece of wear, part of my story. I will always remember summers in California, cutting vintage jeans into denim shorts, or adding patches and pins to my jean jacket. My denim style is certainly now a lot more refined. Flares, high-rise skinnies, and billowing denim blouses. It’s all about the fit and feel. It’s a mix of tomboy vintage and feminine necessities. 100% comfortable. 100% me.
With every summer comes the classic denim short. Always lived in. Always a little rough around the edges. Always with stories to tell. Like that time we hit the road to Palm Springs and trekked through the windy mountains just to get the shot. No trip to the West Coast is complete without denim. A classic blue pair of denim shorts gives me the freedom to style it anyway I like. With7 For All Mankind, Dylana and I created our own stories on the road, shot here for Who What Wear.
We went with 3 top summer trends: Retro, All Americana, and Western.
It’s so hard finding the perfect blue jean that has that vintage feel. No added stretch, just love. Meet the Phoebe by AG Jeans. A cropped frayed hem, high waist, and total butt-hugging perfection. I’ve got 2 more days in LA and I’m savoring every moment back in my hometown. Dy and I are actually headed to the AG factory to see how some of our favorite jeans are made. I love getting an inside peek on the process. The washes, the cuts, and design. It’s always such a unique learning experience. Really good denim is part of my California-girl DNA. We grew up in denim-on-denim, vintage Wranglers, and full-on flares from Limited Too with leopard stripes down the side. We were the tomboys off of Wilshire Blvd. Them jeans though.
Remember the denim suits Britney and Justin wore at the American Music Awards over 15 years ago? I’m kind of obsessed with it. This is my own take on 90’s denim. Jocelyn just launch J. Military, and I became obsessed with her denim and cargo. Embellished with dozens of safety pins, but of course glamorized with a touch of fur. Badass indeed. You know me, I love things that are weird and unexpected. Things that aren’t always so pretty and put-together, but rather interesting and tell a story. Complete the look with a glittering lip and call it a day. The one by Bite Beauty is a must-have.