Nailing The Model Off Duty Look
Nailing the 90s Model Off Duty Look: Your Guide to Effortless Style
From a fresh faced Kate Moss wearing jeans and a plain white tee to depart a runway show, to Christy Turlington papped sporting an oversized bomber jacket with a film camera in hand, the 90s supermodels are perhaps best remembered for the model off duty look they pioneered.
Icons of style both on and off the runway, the 90s supermodel pack paved the way for casual ‘off duty’ looks imbued with a sporty twist.
Epitomised by outfits that seamlessly blend comfort with easy going silhouettes, the model off duty look hinges on appearing chic but effortlessly so, which is an aesthetic best recreated with timeless, understated wardrobe staples synonymous with effortless elegance.
Drawing sartorial inspiration from Moss and Turlington, as well as their fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Linda Evangelista, modern style icons from Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner to Kaia Gerber consistently cast their attention back to the 90s to shape and inform their own outfit choices.
Keen to recreate the ‘90s model off duty aesthetic? Look no further than HyperLuxe’s stable of athleisure labels to build the look from top to bottom.
Get back to basics with Hyperuxe’s exclusive in-house collection
From our HyperLuxe Eco tank to the HyperLuxe bralette and the HyperLuxe Sport tank, all available in crisp and classic white, HyperLuxe’s in-house collection offers an extensive range of simple yet stylish basics that are a must-have for anyone seeking to recreate the model off duty aesthetic.
Each of these basics is executed in stretchy and super soft fabric blends that cling in all the right places for a form fitting silhouette.
The HyperLuxe rugby polo shirt – your go-to off-duty essential
Another great model off duty top option is the HyperLuxe Rugby Polo Shirt in green and white. An oversized style that works just as well with jeans as it does with your favourite pair of bike shorts, this cool yet casual piece is 100% cotton so that you don’t overheat, even when the temperature starts to soar.
An uncomplicated street style staple, the HyperLuxe Rugby Polo Shirt is an ideal throwover ideal for weekend wear or to slide on over a crop top after a pilates class.
It's all about the outerwear
Some of our other favourite oversized outerwear styles include the PE Nation Baltoro hoodie in black and Nimble’s Stash and Go pullover in nightshade with a half zip, which is a design detail directly inspired by the fashion of the 1990s.
In addition to tight tanks and oversized jerseys, the 90s fashion pack couldn’t go past an oversized and androgynous cotton shirt, whether worn on its own or layered over a form fitting piece.
Drawing style cues from vintage silhouettes, Blanca’s shirts are ‘feminine, confident, nonchalant and relaxed,’ which makes their garments ideal for anyone trying to channel 90s model off duty vibes.
Whether you fall head over heels for the Blanca Fern Shirt in white and blue vertical pin stripe with elongated cuffs, or prefer the simplicity of Blanca’s Caroline Shirt in Sage, Blanca’s design team consistently delivers versatility with timeless design features that are well balanced and subtly stylish.
What bottoms should I go for?
While the OG 90s supermodels preferred light wash jeans, like the Hammill & CO Button Detail Jeans in stonewash, to pair with their singlets, unisex shirts and rugby jerseys, contemporary off duty model style icons tend to prefer sportier looking bottoms, such as the The Upside’s Juliet Pants in navy. A low rise style with split hem detail, these slinky pants are a perfect match for a body con singlet, either with or without an oversized shirt thrown on top.
She may not have been a supermodel but Princess Diana certainly had as much sartorial clout as Moss and her buddies back in the 1990s, and the people’s princess was known to get around London in bike shorts styled with an androgynous jumper.
There’s certainly no shortage of bike shorts available online and in store at HyperLuxe North Beach, Karrinyup, Applecross and Dunsborough. From PE Nation to Leelo Active, Beyond Yoga, Kavala, Nimble and Lilybod, HyperLuxe is home to every bike short brand, length and colour imaginable.
Keep your footwear comfy
The 90s supermodels may have preferred sky high heels as their footwear style of choice, but in 2023, most fashion girlies prefer to pair their model off duty ensembles with flat sandals or crisp white sneakers.
Here at HyperLuxe HQ we’re utterly obsessed with Veja’s Venturi Alveomesh sneakers, which are cute yet chunky, and made with recycled polyester.
When summer’s heat really sets in, leave the sneakers at home and let your feet breathe in a pair of Birkenstocks. Tracing their roots back to the 1970s, Birkenstock’s iconic Arizona sandals remained popular throughout the 90s and thirty years on and this super comfortable style remains a firm favourite amongst off duty models; whether they’re racing between shows during fashion week, or venturing out for lunch with friends.
Ready to emulate the model off duty look?
To elevate your everyday ensembles to model off duty status, look no further than HyperLuxe’s array of athleisure infused brands for comfortable and versatile pieces that will last the tests of time. Visit us at any of our store locations, or shop online now.