Models Off Duty: Three Tips to Get Top Model Style

Even off the runway, models Lara Stone, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls always look good—it’s in their job description. But you don’t have to be a model to get their ultra-chic, often effortless sense of style. From structured handbags to monochrome metallics, here are three tips to get top model style.

Tip #1: Pack a bright structured bag.


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When you’re on the go as much as Lara Stone, a carry-all that works with lots of looks and is roomy enough to stash all your stuff is an essential. This season is all about structured bags in bright, unexpected colors. Stone elevated her grey denim, white blouse, and peep-toe heels with a structured leather Birkin bag in look-at-me tangerine, turning her basics into a statement look.

1. Dooney & Bourke Dillen II Side Pocket Satchel – $2782. H&M Blouse – $243. Current/Elliot The Skinny Low-Rise Stretch-Corduroy Jeans – $220;  4. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Logo Medium Tote – $2785. Call It Spring Skea Peep Toe Pump – $50


Tip #2: Center your outfit on a boldly patterned piece.


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At Berlin Fashion Week, Joan Smalls showed off her style even when she wasn’t rocking the runway. She pulled a classic model move, centering her outfit around one directional piece while keeping the rest toned down in classic black for a look that’s on-point without being overly trendy. Balance a boldly patterned element like Joan’s pink and green trousers with simple staples like a chiffon blouse and black sandals.

1. J. Crew Collection Café Capri – $2982. Soft Joie Precious Silk Top – $1283. Thakoon Addition Flower Camo Seamed Trousers – $350 4. Inga Patent Quilted Clutch – $110 5. Rebecca Minkoff Suri Wedges – $295


Tip #3: Go sleek in metallic monochrome.


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At the Tribeca Film Festival, Karlie Kloss traded the usual model uniform of head-to-toe black for a metallic monochrome look. The clean lines of her satin shift dress, simple clutch, and un-fussy jewelry created an outfit with sleek results. To add an element of drama, copy Kloss’ smoky eye makeup.

1. Carlo Fellini Clutch – $48.952. Jenni Kaye Seamless Shift Dress – $268.503. Magaschoni Satin Shift Dress – $1494. River Island Silver Caged Sandals – $245. Judith Jack Graduated Crystal Circle Pendant Necklace – $125