XO, Kitty star Anna Cathcart knows that sometimes you just have to deal with uncomfortable fashion choices – especially high heels. For the Netflix star, who describes herself as a “boots and sneakers girl,” that means finding a way to make it through the night without suffering excruciating pain.
Her answer has two parts: breaking through and bringing a secret weapon.
“I started wearing socks to events, so at the afterparty I can just wear socks and dance,” Cathcart, 20, tells PEOPLE at the Kate Spade New York presentation during New York Fashion Week. “I’m not really a barefoot person because—I can’t do that. So I just put a little pair of socks in my purse. I’ve actually used them so many times.”
She jokes that it might not be the best advice, but knowing that socks are in her purse and in her future helps her walk the red carpet or photocall while wearing heels. However, when she’s lucky enough to wear a pair of platform heels, it’s a little easier.
“Platform heels are a big help!” she gushes. – They help a lot.
Anna Cathcart poses at the Kate Spade presentation in New York.
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But if she could choose, she would live in boots and tennis shoes.
“I feel boots are the perfect happy medium where you still feel classy, or they are lookbut then they’re still comfortable,” she says.
For her outing, Kate Spade wore a pair of crisp white loafers with her striped button-down shirt and patterned miniskirt, all from the brand’s new collection, which was on display at the High Line on Friday. Cathcart says she’s often drawn to the brand, especially because of the “joy and happiness” she finds in the clothes, and she saw that on display again in the latest collection, which boasts sequins, prints and neon colors.
This season’s Fashion Week is a little different for Cathcart, who says she and her mom, Mamie, usually have to get all their outfits together in advance, but now she has the luxury of being dressed by brands and having other people do the hard work for her.
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Anna Cathcart poses in front of the Kate Spade presentation in New York.
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“I had most of my outfits figured out yesterday,” she says. “Some of it we did in advance, but a lot of it was last minute, and some of it we haven’t figured out yet. It definitely makes me nervous, but that’s the way it goes.”
The actress admits that she struggles with spontaneity, although she wouldn’t consider herself a planner.
“I’m a mess of both worlds,” she says with a laugh, adding that with her job, she’s learned to be okay with working at the last minute, which makes her okay with last-minute outfit wrangling at fashion week.
“I’ve definitely adapted that mindset, so I have to be okay with this lifestyle at the last minute!”