5 Wardrobe Staples You Need to Nail the Model-Off-Duty Look

Aug 11, 2016 · 3 min read

What do celebrity models like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Liu Wen have in common aside from their gorgeous looks and A-list celebrity status? These supermodels are well-known for their effortless everyday style.

We’ve already seen how amazing they look on the runway, but have you also seen how chic they look off the runway? Whether they’re out and about, running errands, hitting the gym, or hanging out with friends, these street style maestros have got the off-duty look down pat.

The “model off-duty” look is characterised by clean, classic pieces thrown together for a polished, fail-safe outfit that is both stylish and functional. While celebrity models may mix a few designer pieces in their OOTDs, there are staples that you can find pretty much anywhere on a humbler budget. All you’ll need is a good eye and these basic fashion must-haves to nail their look.

1. White Sneakers

Give your feet a much-needed break from sky-high heels and swap them for sneakers. From Converses to Pumas, white sneakers are all the rage right now. So versatile that they go well with pretty much everything, they are also comfy enough for you to make a quick coffee run. Get that cool laid-back look without breaking a sweat.

2. Leather Jacket

Add some tough-chick spice to your look like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Karlie Kloss did!
The leather jacket has become a legit model-off-duty staple. Tossed over T-shirts, printed blouses, or knitwear when the temperature dips, this is one clothing item that never disappoints. Black leather jackets are timeless, but you can also choose to make a statement with colours like burgundy or olive-green. Invest in an authentic leather jacket and you will have a jacket that lasts a lifetime.

3. Baseball Cap

Bad hair day? No sweat. Just pull on a baseball cap to solve the problem and add a sporty edge to your outfit.

4. Mini Backpack

When you’re running around town, you probably don’t need to be bogged down by a cumbersome tote bag or clutch. Backpacks are a stylish, convenient way to carry all your belongings, leaving your hands free to grab that cuppa or play with your cellphone.

Don’t forget to have fun with your OOTDs while you stay on trend! Showcase your personal style by adding some quirky appeal with an offbeat piece or whimsical accessory like Liu Wen’s alligator backpack (above).

5. High-Waist Jeans

For a smart-casual look, a figure-hugging pair of high-waist jeans works wonders. Be it ripped, light-wash or dark-wash, it allows you to flaunt your curves while keeping your look tasteful and comfy. Finish off with classic red lipstick and sunglasses and you’re golden.

What is a fashion must-have, and how do YOU nail the model-off-duty look? Share your style tips in the Comments section below!

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