Paloma Herrera. Taylor-Ferné Morris.

ABT Star Paloma Herrera's Sense of Style Stays True to Her Personality

This story originally appeared in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Pointe.

Ask Paloma Herrera about her fashion sense, and you'll get a decisive answer. “I hate shopping," she says. “I'm very basic and I know my style well, so when I'm looking through a store window I can see if there's something I want to try on." The principal dancer favors clean, classic lines and beautiful materials from brands like Theory, Helmut Lang and Vince. And whether in rehearsal or on a city street, you'll rarely catch her in color. “If you open my closet, you'll see different textures, but almost everything is black." Her most important style decision? “I don't follow trends," she says. “I never like to wear something because it's supposed to be the thing to wear, and I think that goes with my personality. It's kind of a way of life."


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Shirt from Argentina: When she's back home, Herrera likes to visit the stores with her mom and catch up over a cup of coffee. "It's the only time I can deal with shopping."

Jacket from BCBG: "I like things that are unique, beautifully cut but very classic—nothing crazy."

Wedges: "I'm always in heels and platforms. I never go with sandals or anything too open because I have dancers' feet, so it's better to hide the blisters."

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