Weekend Wardrobes: Off-Duty Chic

March 16th 2017

The off-duty look is one that conveys a sense of nonchalance similar to the aesthetic of Parisian style; simple and chic. The style, which was prominently noticed on the bodies of runway models gliding down pathways towards their next show at fashion week, has become a go-to look for those of us who aren’t quite ready to part ways with our no-fuss approach to dressing even if it is the weekend. Here we look to the best ways to wear the trend.

Weekend Wardrobes Off-Duty Chic

T-shirts, T-shirts

While Maria Grazia Chiuri’s famous ‘We Should All be Feminists’ T-shirt is fast becoming the 'It' item, a variety of equally captivating and empowering shirts are available for early morning activities. Whether you’re meeting a long lost friend for breakfast at that new café or simply enjoying a spot of window-shopping, look to powerful statements across silk cotton shirts and tuck delicately into high waisted jean trousers. Pair with Celine flats or Prada sandals to complete the look.

Weekend Wardrobes Off-Duty Chic

Oldies Are Goodies

The best way to make your mark in a time of fast fashion and consistently changing trends while embodying the effortlessness of the off-duty look is to carry your favourite bag. Classics are always a safe bet, no matter what you're wearing, such as Chloe’s Faye satchel in nude suede, which complements any ensemble. Alternatively, a highly coveted Hermès Birkin will instantly elevate your outfit from sophisticated-casual to a must-have iconic.

Weekend Wardrobes Off-Duty Chic

Evening Alternatives

While some of us may feel self-conscious at the thought of attending evening excursions in something less formal, the off-duty look can be perfected for such an occasion - it's all about the right selection of items. Pair slim ankle-grazing trousers in black silk with statement heels and a piece of high jewellery. A more-than-appropriate look can be achieved with a carefully chosen easy-to-wear tops, jean trousers and leather jacket. The emphasis here should be on pieces that neither detract nor overpower you.