Genius Styling Tricks Every Model Knows

Given that models spend their days being styled by the best in the industry, it’s no surprise that they’ve picked up quite a few tricks along the way. And given that the every move of top models is documented these days, we get to see their sartorial skills in action by default. Want to know how models always look so effortless and cool? They instinctively follow these 8 tricks, all of them easy to apply to your wardrobe.

From Gigi Hadid to Lily Aldridge, scroll down to see the genius styling tricks that every model knows, and to shop cool pieces that every model has in her closet.


They rely on an eye-catching third piece to pull an outfit together:
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On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Chloe Technical Satin Bomber Jacket ($2850); Paige Denim Transcend Hoxton High Rise Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans ($179); Saint Laurent Classic Sac De Jour Leather Tote Bag ($3490)


They know that sneakers look their best with skinny pants and leggings, as opposed to baggy pants:
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On Kendall Jenner: Yeezy Season 1 Oversized Shearling Coat ($4037); L'Agence Chantal Low-Rise Skinny Jeans ($225); Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Running Shoe ($120)


They pair bold hues together when they want to stand out:
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On Miranda Kerr: Marni coat; Jonathan Simkhai Open Back Crop Knit ($360); Christian Louboutin shoes; Miu Miu sunglasses


They wear a midi-length dress or skirt to look polished and appropriate:
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On Karlie Kloss: Dolce & Gabbana Rosalia Crossbody Bag ($2245); Adidas Originals White & Indigo Stan Smith Sneakers ($87)


They know that a monochrome outfit will never fail them:
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On Lily Aldridge: J Brand sweater; Chloé trousers; Tabitha Simmons shoes


They follow the rule that a statement coat will see you through, no matter how unremarkable your outfit is:
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On Gigi Hadid: Kempner Harlow coat; Rag & Bone Circle Crossbody Bag ($550); Stuart Weitzman Lowland Over the Knee Boot ($798)


They wear duster-length jackets because the style is flattering, easy, and cool:
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On Larissa Hofmann: Burberry jacket; Alexander Wang handbag


They change their footwear to make pieces work in any season:
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On Alessandra Ambrosio: L'Agence Lorene Ruffle Front Maxi Dress ($799); Hermès handbag; Ale by Alessandra Metallica Adjustable Felt Hat with Metal Trim ($64)

Shop models' wardrobe essentials:

Which model’s style do you take the most cues from? Tell us in the comments below!

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.