I have come to many conclusions about style while on this magical sociological journey uncovering the style influencers of this time. However, probably foremost for me, is that those that dress for themselves resonate a certain confidence and taste that can only be found in not giving your power away to anyone when it comes to dressing yourself (P.S. the death of style is when women “dress for men,” period.) When Natalie speaks about being smart instead of the prototypical “sexy,” she means wearing a comfortable and very chic pleated high-waisted pant out to a club at night, instead of the expected miniskirt. As a result, she stands out in the most assured way. Natalie is a wealth of intelligence when it comes to clothing, and it shows in how thoughtful and well-edited her wardrobe is. Vintage Sonia Rykiel blazers for her are a mild obsession and give a sharp, polished aesthetic. (She claims they fit like a dream, even if they are two sizes too big, but doesn’t hesitate to cut them until right.) A lot of Natalie’s style has to do with the idea behind the things that she wears. On Sonia Rykiel, “I associate a breton stripe, a little flash, a little glitz. It’s very Parisian to me.” (Also very Parisian, to me, is her use of one perfect red lipstick, it made me want to wear it too, but in no way does it work, bummer!) Then there is the education from “Prof.” Natalie of knowing “the difference between getting one pair of amazing black pants instead of a millon from Zara” when speaking about her Maria Cornejo, “high-tech stretch fabric” leggings. I couldn’t agree more. We also see eye to eye on not owning one pair of strappy pumps – why would you, when you can invest in the much more provocative ankle boot with heels? They work with everything, but more importantly, give a dress the edge it needs. I love the way Natalie refers to herself as “remotely” sexy in her very unique-to-her combo of a 1960′s disco paillette tank, London schoolboy blazer, and 1940′s baggy silk shorts. Remotely sexy androgyny, feel comfortable in all dimensions of oneself – it is all the new flirtation.