Models, not only is it their job to be draped in fabulous garments by top designers but they always seem to look put together when they’re “off duty” and on the go. When you see them on the street you know they’re a model and not only because of their long limbs but because of that impeccable style that we all wish we could emulate to some degree. Here’s what I’ve learned after four years of modeling in New York City about achieving a timeless wardrobe to complete your model off duty look.
As a rookie in the industry, a model tends to wear the same black tank top, white t shirt, black jeans, etc. because you get 15+ castings a day during fashion week and you have to always be ready to go for that last minute job or go-see. It is in our best interest to wear this because we meet so many new clients and our 'uniform' makes us work appropriate at any time. If you get caught out of the house in anything that isn't great for clients to see you in, something slim fit and non-distracting, you’re damn right that’s when you got a last minute casting that you have to be at ASAP with no time to go home and change.
As you grow with the industry agents and clients start to trust our judgement that comes naturally with experience. You start to feel more confident about branching out and wearing things a little more gratifying than these go-to tanks and tees. Don’t get me wrong I still have and wear all of them, they're my staples, but I’ve learned to work with them, add fun accessories, score some awesome vintage jackets and make that same black tank top we all have my own.
After your first few seasons go well and you make a good amount of money, naturally as a new young model in NYC you spend it. It's easy to justify spending way more than you ever have because you were making a lot of money up front and you don't have to think about paying taxes until the end of the year. Other girls were draped in designer clothes, shoes, and bags so you inevitably feel the pressure, after living in the same tank top for weeks on end, to spruce up your wardrobe with the newest, hottest stuff. What happens at the end of the season is that a lot of us learn trends go out of style and you’re left in debt wondering how you will pay all your accumulating taxes. Was it really worth it to buy a bunch of stuff that you no longer wear so you could land yourself on a couple cool street style blogs? Probably not.
From my experience of trying to achieve that perfect off duty style, I've finally learned how to dress in a way that is budget friendly, easy on the eyes and incredibly timeless. When we’re off duty, we’re always wearing something that could be well perceived in front of our agents or clients. We have all the basics to complete a timeless wardrobe, the best white t shirts, the perfect fitting black tanks, amazing skinny jeans, slim-fit boyfriend jeans, denim shorts, cool boots and a great bag. We also occasionally indulge in designer clothing and accessories (for me it's important that they're thoughtfully produced in sustainable ways) but we always make sure to choose timeless pieces that will never go out of style. That all black leather backpack I have gets worn every single day. My oversized bright pink sweater that was in two seasons ago still gets worn, but maybe only once per year. Think about what you invest in and try not to fall into the latest trends. You'll find you'll save a ton of money and always look put together with your simple, stylish staples.
Here are some of my go-to off duty looks!
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