Style Breakdown: Imaan Hammam

Army green has never looked so chic.
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Army green has never looked so chic.
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If anyone can look effortlessly chic in a beanie, pea coat, and torn jeans, it's Imaan Hammam. The Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent has graced three Vogue covers since she walked her first show two years ago, and has a fresh-out-of-bed cool girl vibe that makes us want to wear everything she touches. She arguably has the best hair in the game (an enviable accessory to any look), and her leggy frame definitely doesn't hurt. (Did we mention she's 19?) But her wardrobe is full of applicable inspiration. Below, some standouts from her off-the-runway looks:

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Nearly half of the street style photos of Hammam feature her in a military-inspired piece or some combination of army green and black. The resulting pairing is timeless and can transition seamlessly from day to night. Olive is a more unexpected neutral and the combination of the color in utilitarian styles (such as jumpsuit, bomber jacket, and camo coat) with sleek black separates and accessories (like skinny jeans, boots, bags, and scarves) just looks cool. 

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Suede is the ultimate '70s fabric and Hammam embraces its retro appeal like a pro. The soft leather is edgy, sexy, and totally modern in bold colors like orange and purple, with interesting details such as perforated lace-up seams and star imprints. 

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Black is easily an overwhelming color and one that can make you look like you're headed to a wake rather than to dinner with friends. But shades of dark blue, black, and gray are brought to life when worn in contrasting proportions (see: long billowy jacket + sleek knee high boot; bulky bomber + slimming skinny jean) and with unexpected pops like a cut-out detail, bright white bag, or floral clutch.  

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Perched on one shoulder of a sheer top, layered with a gray turtleneck, or draped over the shoulders for casual flair, Hammam's tailored leather jackets are the cherry on top of simple ensembles. In this category she again experiments with lesser-picked colors like dove gray and buttery blue. 

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When it comes to distressed denim, the line between on-trend and 'too much' is precarious. As Hammam shows, crossing the line isn't an issue when the grungy look is paired with sophisticated accessories, like a structured bag, and flat footwear (sneakers or boots). In most cases, she balances distressed denim on bottom- always in the form of pants, never shorts - with a looser, longer top half like a baggy boyfriend sweater, plaid shirt-dress, or oversized peacoat. In the case of her tummy-baring crop top, the jeans are long (not cut-offs, which would have been overboard), and note that it's not a tank top or shoulder-baring crop top, but rather one that covers her chest fully, and has sleeves. 

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Great sneakers are a hallmark of off-duty model dressing (especially during Fashion Week), but Hammam takes the trend up a notch with candy-colored hues. As for me, I'm currently digging my neon Nikes out of the back of my closet.

What do you think of Hammam's style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.