By: Sara Samad
Models may make a living off their ability to transform into characters for designer shows or magazine editorials, yet the fashion world admires them for another reason: their style when they’re not working.
The model off duty look has become synonymous with the effortless cool girl we all aim to emulate. From Kate Moss’s rocker chic to Rosie Huntington Whitley and Jourdan Dunn’s effortless edginess, these women have set the bar or daily wear. Good news for us through, you don’t have look like a supermodel to dress like one – very easily.
- Basics, Basics, Basics
Part of what makes the model off duty look so ‘cool’ is its effortlessness – its apparent ease and spontaneity. Your look should consist almost exclusively of basics, except for that one amazing standout piece. However, make sure that these basics look and feel amazing. These are going to build your outfit, so invest in some quality items that will be both durable and sturdy whilst looking great. The ultimate essentials for the looks are the perfect: dark wash and black skinny jeans, black/white/grey loose fitting top, black leather jacket and pants, jean jacket, and a pair for great black booties.
2. Neutral Color Palette
Black is the new Black, and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. This look relies more on mixing textures than bright, standout colors. Pick your basics in colors such as grey, white, camel, maroon, navy blue, and, most importantly, black.
3. Bold Accessories
To assure that your outfit isn’t boring, rely on accessories to enhance it. You can go all out here, since your clothing consists mostly of basics. Think bold chunky necklaces, ethnic print scarves, and colorful bags and shoes to add some life into your look.
4. Less is More
This is definitely a fashion rule to live by – you never want to look overdone if you’re going for this particular look: remember it’s characterized with being effortless. However, limit your accessories to subtle sparklers or just one statement piece, and don’t overdo mixing colors.
5. Easy on the Make Up
Again, rely on the basics. Some foundation and concealer, mascara (always), eyeliner and some blush. The goal is to look like you’ve spent very little time getting ready, not like you have an entire new face painted on. Use makeup to enhance your beauty, not cover it up girls!
Same goes for the hair – who doesn’t love some sexy, messy, just rolled out of bed curls.
Take a lesson from Queen Bey on this one and just go for it (click here to watch it). Whatever it is that you end up wearing will look a million times better if you wear it with confidence – it will always be your ultimate accessory.
For more inspiration: Emmanuelle Alt, Geraldine Saglio, Rosie Huntington Whitley, Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Behati Prinsloo, BALMAIN.
Love this article Sara. We can’t wait for next week’s post!