Gigi Hadid is the all-American girl that’s not actually American. Tommy Hilfiger, KITH sweatshirts, and high-waisted jeans, her style is all-classic, all the time. Her California girl looks and modeling career have transcended her style influence into street style stardom. Redefining the look of athleisure for girls around the globe, Gigi has also shimmied her way into becoming a streetwear savant.
Whenever she isn’t flexing on the runway, she’s probably showing the paparazzi that she’s still has the out and about look mastered too – even if it isn’t Fashion Week. The easiest way to describe Gigi’s look if you had to pick one theme is plenty of LA edge that’s coast to coast cool. One of the more unique ideas about her style is that she’s sculpted her own style in a saturated industry where everyone else is dressing the same. And while everything she wears is intentional, it’s still effortless and simple without being too serious.
There’s something about wearing a leather jacket that instantly makes the rest of your wardrobe way cooler. This also might be the one article of clothing that also makes your sneakers look even better as opposed to the vice versa. While Gigi Hadid is known for wearing all kinds of styles, it’s any time she breaks out denim, bomber and/or leather jackets that sharpen the razor’s edge. And she’s also figured out the footwear arsenal that makes this so easy. Ring in the always classic Stan Smiths, Superstars, and Reebok Classics, and you’ve got yourself a versatile rotation that makes it simple to mix up different outfit combinations with the three aforementioned jackets.
Another easy addition to mirror Gigi’s LA inspired wardrobe is adding in a simple pair of Vans like Old Skools or Classic Slip-Ons. Not only are they offered in an assortment of colorways that go with everything, but they’re also an easy silhouette that pairs well with wardrobe essentials, such as satin bomber jackets, black cropped jeans, and plain white tees. In conjunction with these versatile jacket options, one of Gigi’s other styling hacks that’s impossibly cool and exceptionally easy is her regular method of contrast – black and white. Not only are they timeless tones, but it makes it just about effortless to pair with almost any sneaker range.
The sidewalk is the new runway and if you’ve seen Gigi Hadid has proven over and over that she’s got the advantage on both. She’s created her own lane by mixing it up constantly wearing something new, but at the end of the day it’s always her. Living in New York, Gigi has to be able to layer throughout the different seasons and having a multifaceted footwear rotation makes it a breeze without having to worry about trying something too out of the ordinary. For her, two of those mainstay essentials are cropped skinny jeans and cropped tees, making it easy to pair with retro runners or tennis inspired silhouettes. From there, Gigi usually layers in a long overcoat or neutral sweatshirt.
One of the more overlooked styling hacks that Gigi demonstrates regular, especially on the sneaker front are her winning combos for wearing athleisure. And no, her definition of athleisure does not necessarily involve wearing strictly performance footwear. In fact, she’s known for wearing streetwear mainstays like the KITH Williams hoodie with yoga pants and Filling Pieces Low Top sneakers. She’s even able to think about styling from a high-end streetwear perspective, upgrading the black on black athleisure combos with the chunky sneaker trend by throwing in a pair of Acne Studios or Balenciagas.
Not only is she able to stand out in women’s street style culture, but Gigi’s practically able to invent new looks by pairing unlikely essentials with a more relaxed look. But how? Take some of the most relevant basics in streetwear like AMIRI’S cropped hoodie, layer a leather jacket with tapered sweatpants, and then pair something Gucci on foot and suddenly you’ve opened Pandora’s Box for what’s possible in terms of mixing up your wardrobe.