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Style File: 10 Fashion Lessons from Kate Moss

Kate Moss holds a unique appeal, merging life as a mother hidden from the public eye with a stellar modeling career that has seen her supermodel status last for more than 20 years. The ultimate femme fatale, her iconic style has arguably attracted a more passionate following than any other model and fashion icon before her, balancing nonchalance and a touch of innocence, with the carefree attitude that has made her one of the most famous models in the world.

To celebrate her 46th birthday, we have collated 11 style lessons from Kate Moss…

Kate Moss in a Christian Dior vintage dress at the Golden Age of Couture Gala in 2007. Getty

1. Go for simple elegance

Even on the red carpet, she avoids tight-fitting dresses with plunging necklines, opting instead for a long-sleeved nude silk dress. The killer detail? The ultra-feminine red lipstick and 1990s sandals.

Kate Moss in London 2013. Getty

2. Go all-out Seventies

One of the supermodel’s favorite decades, elegant and simple.

Jamie Hince and Kate Moss at Glastonbury 2010. Getty

3. Champion the military jacket

But with a feminine twist: incognito glasses + long chain + mini denim shorts + fishnet tights + rock boots.

Jamie Hince and Kate Moss at the Swan pub in Southrop, the day before their wedding in 2011. Getty

4. Know how to flirt with kitsch

Seen here on the eve of her wedding to former husband Jamie Hince, her natural, spontaneous, light-hearted glamour works with a bold look. Fashion chameleon Kate is one of the few who could carry off a look like this. Kate Moss is daring with her fashion.

Jamie Hince and Kate Moss at the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show. Getty

5. Match your outfit with your partner

Because Kate’s style reflects her rock star lifestyle and relationship, from Johnny Depp, to Pete Doherty and Jamie Hince. The stuff of modern fairy tales?

Kate Moss at the Mango Fashion Awards 2012 in Barcelona.

6. Suits and the red carpet are a perfect match

For a feminine twist Kate adds heels to her satin-bordered tuxedo, finishing with a vinyl leather clutch and sequined top.

Kate Moss in a Marc Jacobs dress at the launch of her book Kate: The Kate Moss Book in London 2012. Getty

7. Know how to work the dress code

Part femme enfant, part femme fatale, Kate Moss is a style chameleon. And our favorite party girl always knows how to play the dress code game. Seen here in a custom gold dress created by her friend Marc Jacobs, she adds a retro touch to down-play the look.

8. Dress for your body

Kate’s go-to look is a skinny jean, thigh-boots and a structured jacket. At 1.7m, she is far from the heights of Gisele, Cindy or Claudia and she knows how to play to her strengths.

Kate Moss in London 2015

9. Dare to wear leopard print

The supermodel’s signature print, best worn casually with skinny jeans and Gazelle sneakers as pictured at the Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 show.

Kate Moss in London 2014

10. Pair sneakers with evening wear

Having sparked the comeback of Gazelle sneakers in 2015, Kate Moss also brought Stan Smiths back into the spotlight paired with a suit and rock T-shirt. Break the rules in style.

Originally published in Vogue Paris.

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