Model Off-Duty

Since the explosion of fashion blogs over the Internet, the concept of ‘model off-duty style’ has been the subject of considerable fascination. To be sure, not all of us have lithe limbs and a suave stride, but there’s something in the way these heavenly creatures carry themselves on the sidewalk as if on the runway that makes the rest of us want to try to emulate it. Thanks to websites entirely dedicated to the capture of such moments, we’ve tried to distill a few key tips to bring that je ne sais quoi (or ineffable coolness) into your daily life.

Have one thing that’s just a little off-kilter

Have you noticed how style icons always put their own twist onto their outfits? These models are immersed in the latest fashion day in day out, but they never copy a look directly from the look book. Add an unusual print or daring proportions, and watch your ordinary outfit take a turn for the extraordinary!

Speaking of unusual prints, we absolutely love the print on our The Lake House Skirt. How often do you get beach house and palm trees dancing on your summer wear? We styled it sweet and saccharine for our look book, but don’t be afraid to switch this darling up with some knit or even another print.

Play it stark

When in doubt, go monochrome! This doesn’t mean playing it safe, though. Monochrome can be so starkly striking when you play it up with clean lines and the occasional pop of colour in your accessories. Pro tip: know which shade of white works best for you and stick to it. Model Sun Fei Fei picks a dazzling white for her starched shirt dress, and boy does it accentuate her classic beauty!

We also love supermodel Karlie Kloss taking on the atheleisure trend and updating it for the city sophisticate. She recently paired sneakers with a simple tee and mirrored sunglasses. Although it helps to have a former dancer’s gait, we think the stark colours and tailored silhouettes helped make Kloss’s outfit stand out. Basics done right are just so good, wouldn’t you agree?

Try the look in our Wanderer Sleeved Dress. It may be plain in colour, but as these models have shown, that’s no hindrance to glamour if you play your cards right. We suggest strong ‘brows and classic sneakers for that model off-duty look over the weekend – and swopping to thin metallic heels for your gala night out.

Fake it till you make it

What’s life without a bit of fun? The best accessory to your off-duty outfit is going to be your posture and demeanour. Your 9-6 job may not be walking the runways of couture houses, but there’s certainly no harm dressing and carrying yourself like it is. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen even did a fun ‘tutorial’ for Jimmy Fallon in a recent video! (You can practise at home – we won’t tell.) Walk straight and tall, with confident strides, and keep your chin up, looking straight ahead – unless, of course, you get stopped for a paparazzi snap. Don’t forget to thank us when you do.

Photo credits: Vanessa Jackman; Who What Wear; Thread Theory