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Who remembers the off duty model style? I don't know about you, but when I hear this phrase I automatically think of a very specific aesthetic from the early 2010s that dominated the street style scene, infiltrating magazine spreads, and flooding Pinterest boards across the internet (my own Mood) board included). When you need a refresher, the off duty model look focused on a simple outfit recipe: dark skinny jeans, ankle boots, and a leather moto jacket. Now that we've entered a new decade and the fashion world never stops innovating, the new era of off-duty style is officially here.
In 2021, the off-duty model style foregoes the strict canvas of a completely black look in favor of more fashionable and experimental ensembles. Chic suits, polished pieces, statement coats and smooth leather are the pillars of this new atmosphere, and runway models from Bella Hadid to Paloma Elsesser and Aduta Akech to Ashley Graham tend to agree. After studying tons of outfits that models are now wearing, we decided that this new style of leisure depends on the following six elements. See how they wear, then purchase them below for your own wardrobe.
Have you ever noticed that some of the most stylish street style looks involve a monochromatic palette? The model crowd always uses this styling trick to create their most elegant ensembles, and it is well worth including in your own wardrobe. Mix different shades in the same color family to create a cohesive look.
Instead of the overly casual vibe of the older model-off-duty style, this new era is all about upscale looks, and getting dressed is fashion's most popular way to achieve this. Whether it's a structured pants suit, skirt suit or single suit – these structured pieces are a key element.
Model audiences also know that cold weather is never an excuse to skimp on style, it is simply an excuse to flaunt a stunning coat. And when you wear such an eye-catching topper, this is an outfit in itself.
The models are constantly shuffling from show to show during fashion week, which means they prioritize things that are easy to put on. And what could be simpler than a matching two-piece set? Just add accessories and it basically styles itself.
Let's face it, we're so drawn to the model-off-duty style because it has it cool Factor that we cannot fully address. Based on the street style I saw recently, I think it points to the leather dressing trend. If you round off your look with an elegant leather jacket or opt for leather pants, that's "Who is the girl?" Mood.
Comfort is also key. Since models typically walk the runways in high heels, I can see why studded soles are the preferred footwear in the off-duty crowd. They are extremely walkable and the chunky platform sole also makes them a trendy choice.
For more information from the fashion industry, check out the six necklace trends they are currently adopting.