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Models make their off-duty style seem so easy, but we all know anything that gets dubbed “effortless” takes at least a little work. While it’s unfortunately not as simple as rolling out of bed and throwing on some clothes, nailing that much fawned-over, weekend-perfect look all boils down to a formula, and we’re here to crack the code. Scroll through for fashion and beauty tips that will help you infuse your own off-duty outfits with an extra dose of cool.
Models tend to leave the formal ballerina buns on the catwalk. Case in point: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid both favor a messy topknot in place of a polished updo. To get the undone look, use a texture spray before sweeping your hair up and securing it high on your head.
When it comes to fashion, Gigi knows the power of a polo shirt. Right now, designers including Alexander Wang and Jil Sander are offering the piece, and models like Hadid are taking them to the street. Wear yours with whatever you’d normally pair with your casual T-shirt.
These girls really play with contrast. Taylor Hill‘s knot is as messy and natural as they come, but her eyeliner is smoldering and a little more severe. Line both your top and bottom lashes, then smudge it with a brush for extra edge.
Fashion tip: You already cuff your skinny jeans, so why not your leather pants? Roll the hem one or two folds above the top of your shoe for a more casual feel.
If you’re going to go for something as delicate as a floral hair accessory, you need to keep the rest of your look simple and clean—and models know that. Bold, defined brows actually make rich and vibrant lipstick shades look better. Define your arches, go for a swipe of color and you’re set. Converse sneakers ground the otherwise ultra-femme look.
Low ponytails are way cooler when they’re slicked down, and all you really need to re-create the look is a heavy duty shine spray or finishing gel.
And if anyone knows the power of an all-black color scheme, it’s a model. Picking close-fitting, dark clothes is the easiest way to always know your outfit is 100% flattering.
You don’t want a hairstyle that competes with your hat, but you do need to give it a little framework. Sleep in two French braids and undo them in the morning for this crimped look. Nail the shirt half-tuck, and people might think you just came from a casting call.
For a sexier, slightly more high-maintenance take on model-off-duty style, pair a voluminous blowout with black eyeliner, highlighter on the apples of the cheeks, and nude lipstick.
And instead of chasing after seasonal trends, these women know how to edit their wardrobes down to the basics in black, white, and denim. Understand that a cute outfit only needs a pair of ripped jeans and a white shirt to look killer.
So how does a model showcase pastel hair? In a fishtail braid draped over her shoulder. Gently pull on each side of the braid to make it look thicker. While you might think what stands out most about the fashion part of this look is the coat, it’s this model’s accessories that are really setting her look apart. Invest in a vibrant clutch and statement sunglasses to toss on whenever your outfit feels less than exciting.
Make your ponytail look undone like Kendall Jenner‘s by securing it at the middle of the head and lightly tugging at the hair near the roots. Shake your hands through the lengths to work up the fly-aways.
Wanna score the outfit? No matter how casual your outfit appears, a structured bag can add polish. Take cues from Jenner and sling that structured leather accessory over one shoulder.