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How To Dress Like A Model Off-Duty, According To Kelsey Merritt

In less than 24 hours, Kelsey Merritt will be walking the Victoria's Secret runway—making her the first ever Filipina to catwalk for the American lingerie label. While everyone can't wait to see the 21-year-old model live her dream and spread her wings (pun intended), fans and fashion enthusiasts are also looking forward to seeing her final look for the show! After all, she's always been a true fashionista at heart—remember when she graced the cover of our Metro Magazine June 2015 issue?

EXCLUSIVE: Kelsey Merritt Is Your Next Supermodel, And We Called It First

 

 

Aside from high-fashion, fresh-off-the-runway looks, Kelsey's also a pro in rocking model off-duty streetstyle. For inspiration on how to pull off casual outfits while still looking chic in stylish, keep scrolling ahead!

 

1. Give way to basics when wearing ultra trendy pieces

Models often get first dibs on the hottest pieces for the season, and Kelsey is no exception. She wears the trendiest pieces today—animal prints and white boots—with an understated touch: a denim skirt and hair styled in soft, messy tresses. It's ultra trendy, but also ultra wearable.

 

 

2. Spice up your look with an oversized blazer

In the era of androgynous look where womenswear meets menswear (and vice versa), it's always a good idea to borrow wardrobe essentials from the boys. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Was feeling my outfit today soooo ??‍????

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3. Skin is in!

Don't be afraid to flaunt some skin—you can still look classy while donning skin-baring cuts and silhouettes. The key is knowing which pieces flatter your body type, and working with what you have. Metro women, if you've got it, flaunt it! Take it from Kelsey, who looks like a girl-next-door in these flirty, feminine outfits.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@victoriassecret callbacks ?????? Thank u @themartyharper for getting my hair casting ready??

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Gonna miss my lil sis photographer when she leaves me in a few days @keaganmerritt ??

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3. Don't be afraid to make fashion risks!

Fashion is expression! Make a style statement by letting loose every once in a while. Fur and leather may be an unexpected combination at first, but surprisingly, Kelsey makes it work! When taking a fashion risk always, always own it—confidence makes all the difference.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fitting #2 done!!! Next, the #VSFashionShow ?????? ?? @thestewartofny

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4. Coordinates make for a chic look in an instant! 

You can always trust on chic coordinates for a relaxed yet stylish vibe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Not too obvious that I love summer ??

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5. Stock up on basics

Every fashion model knows how important it is to stock up on key pieces—when styled properly, these pieces can take your look from simple to picture-perfect, any way you want it. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WE DID IT PHILIPPINES!!!!!! ???????????? What an honor it is to be the first Filipino to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018!!! Ahhhhhh I can’t believe this!! Thank you soooo much @johndavidpfeiffer, @monica.mitro, @10magazine, and @ed_razek for making my dream come true!! ?????? And to my agents at @suprememgmt @nomadmgmt @romanyoung @david_kimm @marissasurmenkow thank you for believing in me and being there for me throughout this journey!! ?????? But most of all thank you to all my followers you guys are my rock!!! I couldn’t have done this without you guys. Thank you for your never ending support I LOVE Y’ALL para sainyo to!!!?????????? #VSFashionShow

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Cookies are life ??????

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6. And while you're at it, look for key pieces—with a twist!

We're in love with this monochromatic look! The minimalist cut and the surprising detail is definitely worth the double-take.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tourist for a day with my sister @keaganmerritt ??

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7. Don't be afraid to put on some print on print action!

It's always a good time for a print on print party. The trick is to choose colors that complement each other!

 

8. Black-on-black doesn't have to be boring.

Say it louder for the ladies at the back! Nothing can ever go wrong with a black-on-black outfit, but that doesn't mean you can't add fun details here and there. Whether it's through textures, cuts, accessories, or in Kelsey's case, statement sneakers, you can always turn your monochromatic look Instagram-worthy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beautiful and eerie

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Lead photos via @kelseymerritt