Chiara de Blasio doesn't dress like a typical politician's daughter -- and she doesn't plan to -- no matter who her father is.
Since entering the political spotlight with her family, Chiara says she's felt no pressure to dress a certain way. Put simply: "I go with my own style."
So it's no surprise that when amNewYork met the mayor's daughter while she was home recently for spring break from California's Santa Clara University, she chose one of her favorite stores, L Train Vintage in Gowanus Brooklyn, near the de Blasios' neighborhood of Park Slope, to conduct the interview.
And on this day, style, not politics, was the topic du jour.
Fashioning her style
Chiara de Blasio arrived at L Train Vintage in Brooklyn wearing an outfit that represented her personal style, which she describes as a darker take on the hippie aesthetic: a concert tee bought during the Finnish Metal Tour in 2011, BDG skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters, a patchwork handbag her uncle gave her, an old pair of Dr. Martens boots that her friend’s sister “wore for years” before passing them along to Chiara and a stone necklace that her friend’s cousin made. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Chiara shows off a bindi, which she bought on San Francisco’s famed Haight Street, on her forehead, her signature ear gauges and a brand-new septum piercing, which she got while home in New York for spring break recently. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
The 19-year-old got her pink-and-black manicure at Clinton Nail Salon in Park Slope. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Best foot forward
Shopping for shoes was a major part of Chiara’s visit to L Train Vintage. Footwear-wise, a recent addition to her closet was a pair of purple platform shoes with white stars. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
The 'Dr.' is in
Chiara arrived at L Train Vintage in a pair of black Dr. Martens boots and left with this $10 pair of brown flats from the same brand. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
“Eventually, I want to only buy thrifted clothes because there’s so much waste in the world,” says Chiara, who checked out the store’s colorful ponchos. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Chiara, a vegetarian, does not wear fur. “It’s not something I would purchase,” she says. “I don’t want to support that.” (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Skirting the issue
“There are some really cool-looking skirts here,” says Chiara, holding up a colorful striped style. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Chiara peruses the shop’s plethora of velvet jackets. “I’ve never worn a velvet jacket before, but I might start,” she says. “I like velvet a lot.” (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
A new look
Chiara bought three new items during her shopping trip – this $10 sleeveless cream-and-black-hued dress, $8 horse-print vest and $10 pair of brown Dr. Martens – which she quickly fashioned into a cool ensemble. “I just like to decorate myself,” Chiara says. “If we have to wear clothes, we might as well wear cool clothes.” (Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Looking back: A show of 'Pride'
Chiara, seen here with father Bill de Blasio and mother Chirlane McCray, wore rainbow-colored sequin hot pants and a tube top to last year’s Pride March.
“I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I could wear this. I’m walking with my dad’s staff and campaign and stuff,’” she says. “I showed him and I was like, ‘Dad, this is what I’m planning on wearing. I don’t know if you’d be cool with this.’ He’s like, ‘No, it looks great. Go for it.’ ... He said it’s perfect for the occasion because it was rainbow sequin shorts and stuff.”(Credit: Monica Klein)
Looking back: Flower power
The floral headband, which Chiara is seen here wearing after her father won the primary, became Chiara’s signature fashion item during the mayoral campaign. But lately, “I haven’t been wearing flower headbands as much,” she says. “I just kind of go through a lot of fashion phases. That’s not to say they’re retired forever, but I just like to mix it up a lot.” (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Looking back: Electing to coordinate
It was Chiara’s idea for the de Blasio family to wear red the night her father won the election, with Chiara and her mom both wearing sleeveless dresses and the de Blasio gents sporting different red ties with their suits. “I tried to take an initiative to get some color synchronicity going on,” she says. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Looking back: New York state of style
Chiara and her mother made a New York-centric fashion statement on inauguration day on Jan. 1, 2014, donning coats and dresses by designer Nanette Lepore, a major voice in the Save the Garment Center movement who designs and produces her fashions here in New York. (Credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)