While Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio might be best known for wearing very little – she is, after all, a Victoria’s Secret Angel – it is her fully clad, off-duty style that we have come to know and love. As a mother and jet-setting model to boot, Alessandra clearly knows the importance of dressing comfortably. Rarely, however, does she let this get in the way of her fervor for fashion. Whether it is skinny jeans and a slouchy sweater for a shopping session, or a laidback bohemian ensemble at Coachella, she always manages to balance simplicity with style. It is this carefree approach that made Alessandra the stand-out candidate for this month’s edition of Model Style.
As early as the age of twelve, Alessandra knew she wanted to be a model. After winning Brazil’s Elite Model Look competition, she quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the world’s best-known faces. She has appeared on the cover of a myriad of influential magazines and has walked the catwalks for designers such as Prada, Christian Lacroix and Giorgio Armani. Her most famed role, however, is as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a position that quickly brought her to the attention of the public. Considering her place on the fashion map, it is no wonder that our sunkissed starlet knows a thing or two about style!
As you might imagine, Alessandra’s dual roles as mother and model don’t offer a lot of downtime. For a quick shopping break in New York City last month (far left), Alessandra selected an understated ensemble that, while stylish, was simple in its design. Though a great pair of skinny jeans and a slouchy sweater are practical pieces (the go-to garments for any woman’s off-duty day), her selection was spiced up with two austere accessories: a colorful scarf and a must-have pair of suede wedges. For a similarly stylish ensemble, we like Old Navy’s Lightweight Boyfriend Sweater ($24.50) paired with Ksubi’s High-Rise Ankle-Zip Skinny Jeans ($200). To finish off your outfit, add Dolce Vita’s Manny Open Toe Suede Pumps ($180) and this Ombre Gauze Oblong Scarf ($9.99) by Staring At Stars.
Of course, even when Alessandra translates her off-duty style into a simple look for summer, she still manages to stand out from the crowd (second from left). Her denim shorts and loose tee are given a chic boost with a long nautical-striped cardigan and metallic ballet flats. For a similarly low-key look, try 525 America’s Open Striped Cardi ($106) over William Rast’s Scarlet Cuffed Shorts ($165) and a simple tee. Finish it off with Gap’s Leather Ballet Flat ($39.50).
Although we are more than partial to our model muse’s informal attire, we can’t ignore her panache for party dressing. At the New York premiere of The Runaways (middle), Alessandra layered a slinky black mini dress under a cropped motorcycle jacket and then threw on a pair of gladiator-style heels. For your own party-perfect look, we like Kova & T’s Lace & Silk Mini Dress ($365) and Black Halo’s Kendall Mini Dress ($385). Pair your dress with Asos PU’s Biker Jacket ($37.20) and Vera Wang Lavender Label’s Heidi Shield Platform Sandals ($295).
While Alessandra’s regularly opts for a low-key luster, she is perfectly at home flying the bohemian flag. Her April outing to California’s Coachella music festival (second from right) was the perfect occasion for a hippie-chic ensemble, complete with beaded earrings, a fringe tunic and battered Frye boots. Start your look off with this Banana Leaf Cover Up ($195) by Eternal Sunshine Creations and a pair of Frye’s Shirley Riding Boots ($387.95). Accessorize your look with Free People’s Janis Brimmed Hat ($68) and Jacquie Aiche’s Blue Diamond Square Navajo Earrings ($151.80).
Before we close, we must pay homage to the jet-setting ways of the model crowd with an effortless example of airport chic. For a recent flight (far right), Alessandra stayed comfortable in a chunky knit sweater and loose jeans. A rugged pair of slip-on boots and a leather jacket gave the outfit a stylish edge. Try Mango’s Slouchy Cowl Neck Knit Top ($30.44) and 7 For All Mankind’s Roxanne Jeans ($178) to start. Cozy up in DV by Dolce Vita’s Travis Boots ($114.71) and Rezrekshn’s Leather Buckle-Front Motorcycle Jacket ($198).
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