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Shop the Look: Model-Off-Duty Style

Photo: Victoria Adamson

Off-duty-model style has been a source of inspiration for countless style blogs, editorials, and designers. With their genetically blessed features and access to some of the best clothes, models can wear almost anything. Off the runway, their outfits are a blend of casually rumpled and polished, perfect for jetting to their next casting or show. Denim is always a favorite, whether it’s in the form of shorts, chambray shirts, or skinny jeans. While high heels might be a must for the catwalks, flat shoes like sandals, oxfords, or loafers give tired feet a necessary break. And to finish off a look, a luxurious handbag, most likely a gift from the designer, holds all the essentials. While getting a free Céline is not exactly an everyday occurrence for the rest of the world, achieving that perfect mix of comfortable and stylish is easily attainable and flattering, even if you’re not Karlie Kloss. Click through to see how to get some of our favorite model-off-duty looks from the likes of Joan Smalls, Hanne Gaby, Ming Xi and more.

Ming Xi: Get a jump on fall’s layering trend by slipping a sleeveless dress over a maxi-skirt.

ASOS Finsbury toe thong flat sandals, $16.57 at ASOS; Topshop pleat maxi skirt, $60 at Topshop; Equipment Sophia dress, $198 at Equipment; American Apparel leather envelope case, $220 at American Apparel; Gucci square frame acetate sunglasses, $345 at Net-a-Porter 

Frida Gustavsson: A shiny clutch that almost matches a fire-engine red skirt is an off-kilter way to wear a simple white tee. Apple is completely optional.

J.Crew vintage cotton tee, $30 at Net-a-Porter; Maison Martin Margiela oversized top handle clutch, $878.50 at Shopbop; Rayban New Wayfarer, $125 at Rayban; Enza Costa red maxi skirt, $198 at Piperlime

Tilda Lindstam: Reinterpret nineties grunge with a brightly patterned minidress and classic Doc Martens.

Dr. Martens 1461 shoe, $100 at Dr. Martens; Yellow laces, $3 at Dr. Martens; Merona women’s tactel squares crew socks, $5 at Target; Forever 21 belted floral print dress, $17.80 at Forever 21; Fjällräven Kånken classic backpack, $75 at Fjällräven 

Hanne Gaby Odiele: Keep a blanket-stripe skirt from feeling too bohemian with a streamlined tee and sleek accessories.

Forever 21 platform penny loafers, $36.80 at Forever 21; Acne Wonder  mélange tee, $85 at La Garçonne; ASOS pleated skirt in stripe, $74.57 at ASOS; Cambridge Satchel Company matte pink leather 11” satchel, $165.70 at ASOS 

Joan Smalls: Interpret the denim-on-denim trend with a patterned jean instead of just plain blue.

Levity Briana bootie, $79.94 at DSW; Joe’s skinny fit printed denim, $179 at Joe’s Jeans; J.Crew Keeper chambray shirt, $78 at J.Crew; Topshop leather studded and clip bag, $170 at Topshop 

Karlie Kloss: A simple striped dress with rich brown accessories is an effortless way to look polished, even if you’re just rolling out of bed and headed to brunch.

Gabriella luxe leather mini-bag, $198 at Shopbop; S.N.S. Herring striped sweater dress, $200 at Farfetch; Aldo Pecor sandals, $28 at Aldo 

Chrystal Copland: Chicapedic-inspired brown sandals keep a gauzy dress from being overly twee.

American Apparel bull denim woven cotton tote, $15 at American Apparel; Naturalizer Orleans sandal, $49.99 at Naturalizer; Whole Lava Love Dress, $92.99 at Modcloth; Navoh Nicky crossbody bag, $65 at Nordstrom 

Constance Jablonski: Add a pop of color with red pants to a work-friendly look.

Equipment Brady blouse, $188 at Equipment; J.Crew Minnie pant in stretch twill, $89.50 at J.Crew; Topshop Valley black pointed ballets, $32 at Topshop; Lanvin For Me two-tone leather shoulder bag, $1,450 at Net-a-Porter 

Ruby Aldridge: The classic combo of a white shirt and cutoff jeans is a perfect palette for standout accessories.

Topshop MOTO bleach high waist hot pants, $56 at Topshop; Low Luv x Erin Wasson cage vial necklace, $115 at Shopbop; Deena & Ozzy metal cube crossbody, $39 at Urban Outfitters; Sam Edelman Salina high heel booties, $130 at Shopbop; Monnica Vinader slink 18-karat gold-vermeil, onyx, and quartz bangle, $132.75 at The Outnet; Helmut Lang Element sheer hem shirt, $295 at La Garçonne 

Sara Blomqvist: An ornate smoking slipper is less stuffy old boys’ club, when paired with denim.

Patch denim shirt, $84 at Pixie Market; Theory Yanima denim shorts, $140 at Net-a-Porter; Gap smooth leather belt, $29.95 at Gap; Giles & Brother visor bracelet, $115 at Giles & Brother; Reiss Mira oversize jacket coat, $233 at Reiss; Stuart Weitzman embroidered suede  smoking slippers, $375 at Saks; Alexander Wang Brenda shoulder bag, $725 at Barneys.

Shop the Look: Model Off Duty