You can tell a lot about a model from their off-duty look. They might not look runway spectacular as they go about their business, but the casual yet chic look spawns tons of #fashioninspo. A knotted t-shirt with ripped jeans, the perfectly oversized jacket, statement kicks, looks that are a combination of their personal style with the fashion sensibilities rubbed off on them by fashion designers and industry creatives.
Here how you can look like you #wokeuplikethis. Read on.
Don Quirky Shades
Whether you have on a simple outfit (say, a neutral-coloured midi dress) or one with details, such as what South Korean model Park Soo Joo is sporting here, a unique pair of sunnies will always jazz up any look. We say go for exaggerated cat-eye styles or even those dramatic ones that look like they can be safety goggles to top off your look and you’re good to go. We’re loving these Ganni cat-eyes and Dior oversized sunnies at the moment.
For the ultimate detached vibe, we suggest leaving your handbag at home and going with either a crossbody, shoulder or bum bag. Chinese supermodel Liu Wen showed us how best to do it, by carrying a Chanel Flap bag slung high across her back. She topped off that chic yet carefree imagery by pairing her bag with a camel coat, denim jeans and chunky sneakers.
The Monochromatic Look
Need a fail-safe way to always look on point? Remember this word: Monochromatic. Dressing from head-to-toe in a singular colour will ensure that your look will always turn out cohesive. But to prevent it from look too one-dimensional, opt for separates that have different textures, fabrics, silhouettes and details. To further make a statement, do what Chinese model Ming Xi did here and opt for a refreshing forest green look rather than the usual all-black ensemble. She paired an emerald green striped blouse with matching forest green blouse and pants and completed it with a tweed jacket and Gucci bag for a sleek finish. Genius.
Choose Wide-Legged Pants
Wide-legged pants, especially those made with slinky satin and other softer, flowy fabrics, always impart a cool “I’m on a resort vaycay but I’m still stylish” vibe that can’t really be emulated with other clothing. Just look at Japanese model Sayo Akasaka. Her look is easy to replicate — simply opt for a colourful, patterned pant and match it with a simple white top with mules. End off with a tiny bag and a bold red lip. Suave and chic.
The Statement Jacket
Sun Fei Fei might be dressed plainly in a white top, jeans and sneakers combo. But the fresh-faced Chinese model looks undeniably put-together with the addition of an oversized checked jacket. Outerwear is a versatile way to dress up a look: You can top off a sexy slip dress with a longline shearling coat or slip into a rugged leather jacket while wearing a jaunty floral sundress. Don’t be afraid to juxtapose different textures and styles for a quirky yet oh-so-cool contrast.
Chinese model He Sui also went with a monochromatic vibe (what did we tell you about this being foolproof?), but she took her look to the next level because she chose to include unique details and twist the silhouette to her outfit. She went with an off-shoulder shirt and a pair of bell-bottom jeans that sported unique front slits, instead of for the usual plain shirt tucked into jeans. Extra style points given for that ’90s choker that matched the straps of her heels.
We love heels. But they’re not the most comfortable of options when you’re looking to walk long distances or stand for hours. Plus, if you really want to commit to the too-chic-to-care look that models emanate while strutting along the streets, comfy sneakers are the way to go. Bonus if you pair them with a feminine lace dress, like Chinese model Ju Xiaowen, to give a statement street look.