On the subject of fashion week street style, when it comes to the most authentic, inspiring looks I often find myself drawn to off-duty models more than anyone else. Not because they are six-feet tall, skinny, and have flawless hair and skin (oh, youth), but rather because they tend to be wearing outfits they'd actually wear in real life. In other words, they're not necessarily being paid or gifted to wear products from different designers they work with and thus are assembling looks straight from their wardrobes. Bucket hats, platform creepers, tattered denim with chain belts, teeny tiny sunglasses—model style is uniqueness at its finest. You're more likely to see an off-duty model in a cool vintage T-shirt than the season's latest arrivals, and to me, that's inspiring.
My latest model style crush is not new to the pack. Her name is Adwoa Aboah and she's a British model who has served as the face for big-name brands including Burberry and Versace. She's known for her colorful, flamboyant style, charming freckled face, and shaved head. Her street style has been included in countless fashion week roundups and beyond all of that, she is also a major force in the women's movement. Her organization Gurls Talk is "a safe space to share and listen without any judgment or stigma."
Suffice it to say, Aboah is one to watch. Scroll down for nine spot-on looks from the model and shop our picks to get her imitable style.
Never shying away from a bold aesthetic, Aboah punctuates her mixed prints with a neon shoulder bag and turquoise sneakers.
A night out is especially enticing when a sheer pink lace gown is involved.
Bring a long black coat to life with whimsical accessories, like a furry bag and pink metallic boots.
Cinch a sweater diagonally around your chest to give dimension to a bomber jacket.
Could most of us pull this look off? Probably not. But that doesn't mean we're not loving everything about it.
Even the simplest of tee-and-jean combos are made cool with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and a Dior saddle bag.
Give the pajama dressing trend an edgy makeover by pairing it with a leather moto jacket, sci-fi sunnies, and chunky sneakers.
Add a touch of playfulness to a serious blazer with a pajama shirt layered underneath and a belt bag worn on top. Add a furry keychain if you're feeling adventurous.
Give your wrap top the tomboy treatment and pair it with low-slung jeans and lived-in sneakers.
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Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)
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