I think the whole “model off duty” style is quite fun to a certain point, but the whole point of this downtown chic movement is that models dress simple but cool when they’re not walking around wearing millions of dollars of couture while not eating for weeks on end. Like I said, fun, but not really achievable because, well, a) none of us are models, so trying to dress like a model off duty when you aren’t one sometimes looks like you got dressed on cough syrup; and b) many of us aren’t angular/boobless/hipless/ribless so slouchy casual that drapes just so can actually make a lot of us look “bigger.”
Neither of these are effects that are desirable in my book, so I’ve ditched all my model-off-duty inspiration photos from my wall and tried to think of one very simple question: how do I want to look when I’m off duty?
In general this is me, the way I dress on days where I’m running errands or just hanging out writing. I still stare at amazement at people who think I write in my pajamas all day. I have to get dressed. There are delivery guys coming into and out of my building at all hours of the day with press samples and whatnot. I wear bras for everyone’s safety, and I get dressed because it’s my business and I at least want to look like I know what I’m doing.
Plus, there always seems to be some appointment or commitment I’ve forgotten, so rather than make a mad dash to get dressed off the floor, I just do it first thing in the morning. I layer it up for comfort and then shed or add warmth as necessary.
Most of us will never be models off duty, but maybe we can be the most beautiful, comfortable, self-loving versions of ourselves when we’re off the clock we can be. Even if effort means fitted leggings instead of sweatpants, that’s a step in the right direction. I know I feel a little better about myself when I make a touch of effort. Why not try it this weekend?