Long before social media existed (and back when street style was simply what people were wearing on the street), models were the ultimate fashion muses. Permanently in the public eye or behind a photographer's lens, these unearthly beings knew—or had to learn—a thing or two about dressing well. No, they may no longer be our only source of outfit inspiration in 2019, but we can't deny that some of our favourite celeb style icons fall within the model camp.
From running to a casting to attending an A-list party, a model's wardrobe has to be wide-ranging, versatile and include just the right amount of trend-led detail. Over the last few months, we've been keeping an eye on a number of high-profile models to work out what the secret to their style success is. Thanks to our girls Rosie, Jordan, Hailey, Cara and Adwoa, we've come up with five key tenets that have shaped their best outfits.
Whether you're a print lover like Adwoa or more of a "borrowed from the boys" dresser like Cara, scroll down to see our favourite model outfit formulas and re-create their looks with our shopping edits.
Style Notes:Cara Delevingne has never been afraid of a bit of gender-neutral fashion, whether it's tails and top hat to a royal wedding or a smart coat paired with brogues. Re-create her look by layering Arket's sleeveless blazer over a white shirt or long-sleeved top.
Style Notes: Adwoa, you had us at tie-dye hoodie. Time and time again, we've seen models embracing clashing ensembles and statement prints—it's a surefire way to make anyone look confident in their style choices.
Style Notes: Sometimes, a T-shirt and jeans are all you need to channel fashion model–chic. The key to making this look street style–ready is to subtly add directional pieces like a cool pair of boots or slogan tee.
Style Notes:Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has a somewhat uncanny ability to look pulled-together at all times, and we have a sneaking suspicion that it's in part down to her penchant for tonal dressing. It couldn't be easier: Just pair separates in the same colour spectrum. Boom—instant model coolness.
Style Notes: Hailey Bieber (nee Baldwin) has slowly risen in our estimations thanks to a recent slew of enviable ensembles. If her recent outfits are anything to go by, a suit has become her failsafe look, and we can see why. Our favourite has to be the grey checked two-piece, which she paired with a neon roll-neck. Definitely one for the office.