Try as we might, we can’t help but love the model off-duty look—yes, even in 2019. You might’ve been led to believe that there’s nothing particularly spectacular about models on the streets going about their business, but the opposite is true. Their casual yet chic looks, which’ve enthralled the world so much so that it’s inspired countless articles, is the perfect conflation of street style and glamour. Despite usually being dressed in a knotted t-shirt with ripped jeans, these models have nailed the coveted #wokeuplikethis look—a combination of their personal style and fashion sensibilities, which they’ve no doubt developed from being backstage at fashion shows and rubbing shoulders with fashion designers.
From romantic streets to bedroom floors, here’s our seven favourite asian model off-duty looks, complete with style tips and tricks:
1. Quirky shades
Whether you’re sporting a neutral-coloured midi dress or an outfit with busy details—not unlike the one South Korean model Park Soo Joon has on pictured above—a pair of unique sunnies is essential to any model off-duty look. We say, go big or go home with exaggerated cat-eye styles or ones crafted from acetate resembling goggles. Finish the look off with a blasé attitude, and you’re good to go.
2. Go hands-free
For the ultimate contemporary cool aesthetic, leave your handbag at home. Instead, opt for either a crossbody, shoulder or bum bag à la Chinese supermodel Liu Wen. She teams her back slung Chanel Flap bag with a camel coat, denim jeans and chunky sneakers.
3. Go monochrome
When in doubt, go monochrome. And you can always up the ante by layering with lighter and darker hued separates. If you’re looking to make a statement, take a style cue from Chinese model Ming Xi and opt for a refreshing forest green look rather than the usual all-black ensemble. She paired an emerald green striped collar shirt with a matching forest green blouse, pants and completed it with a tweed jacket. The Gucci bag ties it all together.
4. Go casual-chic with wide-legged pants
Wide-legged pants, especially those crafted from whisper-soft satin and other flowing fabrics, are the epitome of contemporary cool. Follow Japanese model Sayo Akasaka’s footsteps and opt for a colourful patterned pant, a basic white tee and team it with mules. Tiny bag and red lips are optional, but we highly recommend it.
5. Throw on a dressy coat
Sun Fei Fei might be dressed in a classic white top, jeans and sneakers combo, but the fresh-faced Chinese model looks undeniably chic with the addition of an oversized checked jacket. Outerwear is a great way to dress up a look; from layering a longline shearling coat over a feminine slip dress to a rugged leather jacket over a jaunty floral sundress, don’t be afraid to juxtapose different textures and patterns for a quirky yet ultra cool outfit.
6. Devil’s in the details
Remember what we said about monochrome outfits being foolproof? Here’s Chinese model He Sui sporting a monochrome outfit, but with a twist. She elevated her look by including unique details and playing with silhouettes. Her choice of an off-the-shoulder shirt coupled with a pair of bell-bottoms with front slits is a perfect example of how details can make a seemingly simple outfit more polished. Brownie points for completing the look with a ’90s choker that matches the straps of her heels.
7. Go big with your footwear, literally
We’re all about that high-heels life, but admittedly, they’re not the most comfortable. Especially when you’ve got to be on your feet for hours. Plus, if you really want to commit to the too-chic-to-care look that’s often associated with the model off-duty look, try comfy sneakers. Bonus points for pairing them with a feminine lace dress, like Chinese model Ju Xiaowen here.