When it comes to achieving that coveted off-duty model look, you should know that there's no straightforward method to putting it together. Rather, it relies on a style ethos that puts a premium on comfort while looking deceptively effortless. The key, therefore, is to balance looking casual but also absolutely chic, and you'll not only need to stock up on certain pieces, you’ll also need to learn how to style them, too.
As we shared in our post on The Surprising Secret on How to Become a Model, it's important to create a name for yourself in the industry, and mastering the off-duty model look can help you stay ahead of the pack. That said, here are some tips and tricks to look the part with an off-duty style.
Denim is Your Best Friend
After long hours of working, you'll find that top models tend to ditch the designer gowns and frills in favor of a trusty pair of denim bottoms. As casual as denim pieces are, the trick to elevating your outfit is to style your denim with a chic top. Case in point, Gigi Hadid wore a charming white top with a pair of straight-leg jeans from the Ksubi x Kendall Jenner line. Whether it's a skirt like Kendall Jenner's shown above, or even cut-off shorts, denim bottoms can make you look sophisticated when styled properly.
Don't Be Afraid to Play Things Up
As a bonafide supermodel with more than 30 Vogue covers, you can certainly trust Gigi Hadid's style. She knows how to add a trendy twist to classic items when out and about — as you can see by combining a cozy flannel shirt with a pair of popular biker shorts. When emulating this look, the different patterns on Woman Within’s cozy flannel shirts showcase the range of options you can have fun with, all in a soft material that’s sure to get you through your appointments and errands in style. And you can wear it with a pair of contemporary shades to elevate your look even more.
Invest in a Leather Jacket
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Nothing says effortlessly cool like a classic leather jacket. These jackets are a fashion godsend as they not only bring a relaxed edginess to each look, but you can easily put them on with any outfit. Case in point, supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss rocks a simple tee and jeans outfit by finishing it off with a sleek leather jacket like these featured on Marie Claire. To do the same, be sure to select one that's structured and complements your body type.
Choose Comfy Shoes
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Whether it's the busy streets of NYC or the relaxed LA boulevards, you can catch models walking around in a pair of comfortably stylish shoes. Take a cue from fashion's new darling Kaia Gerber, who knows how to strike the right balance between comfort and style by partnering her combat boots with a short and sweet silk dress. And while white ankle booties are all the rage right now, you can never go wrong with a pair of classic black Chelsea boots like this one from Everlane. You can even wear them with a short dress like Kaia or cut-off shorts to create the illusion of having longer legs.