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How to put sleek in street with Neelam Gill

You only have to look at how ubiquitous Stan Smiths are to see just how far streetwear has come as a legitimate fashion movement. Hoodies, sporty tees, trainers – the quintessential uniform of the 90s rapper is now Officially Cool. That said, looking like a 90s rapper is a no-go; we refer you instead to Neelam Gill, who’s got the sleek street look down pat. “I do like to glam up, but I see that as more of my job, so when I’m not working, I like to be comfortable,” says the model, who launched her career at Burberry. “I’d wear an adidas tracksuit bottom with a cool T-shirt and splurge on a tailored jacket, and I’d always finish it with a fun bag, that’s my thing. I think – or at least hope! – I have a good balance between being comfortable and still looking put together.” Time to pick her brains…

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Dress + trainers = The perfect high/low pairing

The easiest way into the look is also the most versatile, as trainers work with just about anything to give you instant cool – trouser suit, skirt, even a full-on gown. “I don’t usually wear dresses, unless it’s a special occasion,” says Gill. “For my last birthday, I wore this sexy, deep-V dress in yellow silk with a slit on the legs and dressed it down with Converses because I didn’t want to look too overdressed”

Raise your hoodie game

A hoodie isn’t just a hoodie, it’s a bona-fide statement piece. “Look for hoodies with cool detailing on the hood, like writing or a print, because it’s good to see a nice print peeking out from under your jacket”

“I do like to glam up, but I see that as more of my job, so when I’m not working, I like to be comfortable”

Think layers

Particularly the colourful kind. “I’m always cold on set so I layer without meaning to on my days off. I always wear a T-shirt, a hoodie and a jacket. I like a colour tee - I have one which is bright yellow which I put with a black hoodie”

Smarten up with a cool jacket

Something a little structured will bring all those layers together. “I always wear bombers, baseball jackets or army jackets” says Gill. To which we add, a tailored grey overcoat looks chic when paired with a hoodie, sleek trousers and statement earrings

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Model-of-the-moment who shot to fame after Burberry cast her as the first Indian model in its campaign, and aspiring actress

Her style

“90s streetwear – I love men’s clothes”

Did you know

She never owned a pair of trainers until she started modelling: “I just had a normal job at Hollister and on my days off, all I wanted to do was dress up”

Favourite Label/Mix piece

“The J.Won long-sleeved dress, worn with trainers – that’s very my style”

Style Heros

“Tupac – I know Gianni Versace used to send him some really cool stuff. In a modern-day sense, someone like Kanye West. His style is succinct, he always sticks to his aesthetic and gets it right”

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