They always say that the best fashion show is what happens outside the tents. In recent years, the street style trend has transformed fashionable attendees into circus clowns, but the refreshing, understated and comfortable style of a model-off-duty is easy to wear and replicate. Here are some tips on getting the “I just walked off Burberry’s runway and am about to grab a drink with Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora” look.
Leather moto jacket
This staple item is great for keeping models warm in drafty backstage environments, and for dashing in between shows and go-sees. Get the model look by finding your perfect bomber jacket. Look for one in a classic motorcycle silhouette and made of a sturdy leather. Stick to black and silver or brass hardware and zippers. Layer the jacket over a hoodie or button-down for a chill look.
While you might not have the deep pockets to spring for a pair of Isabel Marant suede booties, find a comfortable pair of chunky-heeled booties to give your height a boost, while still being comfortable. Have fun with fringe, studs and perforated details. Pair your boots with skinny jeans, or bare-legged and with a simple t-shirt dress for an effortless look that accentuates your legs.
The drapey t-shirt and black skinny jean combo has been popular amongst models as it’s comfy and easy to wear in between shows. Look for an organic cotton tshirt that has a flattering a-line shape and neckline to suit your body type. For smaller-chested girls, a crew-neck or low, gaping v-neck are good options, and for women with larger breasts, a moderate v-neck is the most flattering.
This season, Chuck Taylor sneakers are popular, and have been spotted on models for years. They need a break after walking in heels all day after all! Athletic Nike styles have also been on the feet of all the top models this season, and can look chic when paired with a khaki safari jacket and cuffed boyfriend jeans.
The oversized it-bag
You don’t have to spend four figures to get a supermodel bag. The rules for emulating this off-duty staple item are big and black. It-bags come and go, so invest in a cool, slouchy black leather bag that can carry all your essentials and take you from sightseeing to shopping at a market with ease.
En route to shows, models show up bare-faced. While your skin might not be the perfect canvas (having clear skin isn’t a job requirement for most of us after all), get the look by using a light mineral powder for a soft glow. Amp up your brows by brushing them up and securing with a brow gel, and use a natural brown eyeliner on your outer corners. A nude gloss or tinted lip balm and some highlighting powder will give you that youthful, fresh-faced glow.
A cute topper
Whether you prefer a fun and trendy baseball cap, or a classic fedora, add some allure to your outfit with a fun hat.
… and when in doubt, wear black!