Who remembers off-duty model style? I don’t know about you, but when I hear that phrase, I automatically think of a very specific aesthetic from the early 2010s that dominated the street style scene, infiltrated magazine spreads, and flooded Pinterest boards all across the internet (my own mood board included). If you need a refresher, the off-duty model look was centered around a simple outfit recipe: dark skinny jeans, ankle boots, and a leather moto jacket. Well, seeing as 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, off-duty model style eschews the austere canvas of an all-black look in favor of more fashion-forward and experimental ensembles. Chic suiting, polished separates, statement coats, and sleek leather are all pillars of this new vibe, and runway models from Bella Hadid to Paloma Elsesser and Aduta Akech to Ashley Graham tend to agree. After studying tons of outfits worn by models now, we’ve decided that this new off-duty style hinges on the below six elements. See how they wear each, and then shop them for your own wardrobe below.