The life of a model isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. Yet no matter if they’re headed to dinner or leaving the gym, they always maintain a graceful aura of sophistication. From early call times for shoots, hustling between shows during Fashion Week, and the unexpected delays when traveling, models are masters of a balance between comfort and cool in their workday wardrobe.
The foundation piece: a leather jacket
The du jour of the model wardrobe is a leather jacket. This piece is indispensable for all models no matter if they work in high fashion or the commercial industry. The classic-cool effect elevates any look because its versatile, sleek, and timeless. This perennial piece is worn every season in every country where a model is working.
If you want to invest in a nice faux-leather moto but can’t afford a high price tag, look no further than retailers Zara or Nastygal. Replicate classic model style by pairing a leather jacket with a plain white tee in the fall, or layering it over a floral dress in the spring.
Skinny jeans are a go-to
The good news is you probably already own this staple. Any basic off-duty style involves a pair of skinny jeans because they are comfotable, stylish and can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with your favorite sneakers.
Every generation of models has rocked skinny jeans because they can work on any body. although not everyone has legs for days, you can still find a fit that complements your shape whether it be high or low rise, cuffed or cropped.
Be playful with statement pieces
With the advent of social media and the rise of street style bloggers, many models today are noticed for their unique twists on the classic uniform. Brazilian model Gizele Oliveira gained Instagram fame for her colorful additions to street style looks during Fashion Week. The model has been spotted sporting smiley face sweatshirts, cotton candy colored faux fur, and even a purse designed to appear as a bag of potato chips! To follow suit, switch up the minimalist look with a pair of statement sunglasses or brightly colored sneakers to add a pop of personality.
Build from basic neutrals
Its a general rule to wear a simple black outfit to a casting, but depending on the job you can add some color and depth to your look. Start with a minimalist palette of black, white, and navy then build in he same scheme. You will nail the stylish yet relaxed look with minimal effort.
When in doubt, go with black
The most iconic off-duty model outfit is head to toe black. Its a color that looks flattering on everyone and always gives a dose of confident-the most important model accessory. This trick is practiced by even the most famous high-fashion models like catwalk veteran Joan smalls who regularly dons the dark look. Black never goes out of style and immediately boosts the sophistication of an outfit, designer label optional.
Overall, simplicity is key
Models are bombarded with hot tools, heavy products, and constant makeup throughout the workday. Therefore, its no wonder that off-duty looks tend to have simple makeup and hairstyles. In an interview with Vogue magazine, Victorias Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel said “Because I wear a lot of make-up for work it’s really important to keep my skin clean after.” She relies on natural oils and a simple beauty regime for her daily look. Replicate the basic model makeup with a light SPF moisturizer, a slick of mascara on the lashes, and concealer under the eyes to brighten and even the skin.
Off the runway, no-fuss buns and sleek ponytails are go-to styles for most models who want to give their hair a break. Versatile and effortless, this look can transition from day to night with supplementary makeup.
Footwear heroes: sneakers and boots
Fashionable sneakers and ankle boots are always seen in off-duty outfits because models need to make smart footwear choices when they’re always on the go. With the resurgence of athleisure and 90s trends, its easy to copy this comfortable look. Swap the heels for a pair of classic white Adidas sneakers that can match anything in your wardrobe. You too can channel the polished yet trendy look like model Karlie Kloss on the streets.
Ankle boots are as common as the leather jacket in the realm of off-duty fashion. Models wear boots in all seasons because they’re comfortable and chic. Whether they’re heeled or flat styles, leather or velvet, you can find them in a wide range of prices and colors. Don boots with a short skirt à la the high fashion darlings to add length to your stems and complete your off-duty look.
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