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To say Alexa Chung is an “It” girl is putting it mildly. This British beauty has been a mainstay on the front page of the style section and in the front row during fashion week. She is well-known throughout the fashion industry and beyond as style icon, mostly because her personal style is so distinct.
Alexa definitely knows what she likes and sticks to it. She has also served as muse to many fashion designers and counts Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour among her tres fashionable fans. She even inspired Mulberry to name their now iconic satchel, the Alexa, after her. Her style is so sought after, she collaborated with Madewell, designing a full line of clothes that was so popular, she came back for round two this fall, launching her second outing with the classic retailer in September. A regular addition to a multitude of best-dressed lists, Alexa balances classic and cool, while maintaining an effortless eclectic elegance. Just how does she do it?
Alexa Chung Style Deconstructed
Keep your palette classic (i.e. black & white) – Britain’s fashion “It” girl keeps things simple, most of the time, by putting together outfits in a classic monochromatic black and white (she saves the drama of color for her accessories, more on that below!). Not only has this style strategy worked time and time again, but it’s wonderfully easy to re-create! Plus, if you love the Miu Miu sparkle booties (as much as Alexa and we do) but feel like the price is a bit steep, you can still rock them thanks to Charlotte Russe!
Keep your shoes flat
As much as we all love a great pair of heels (I’m looking at you, Charlotte Russe booties!), they can only get you so far and only for so long. Follow Alexa’s stylishly smart lead and don’t be afraid to embrace flats! The more menswear inspired – loafers, brogues, even punky creepers – the better!
Keep your accessories scarlet
Alexa has an eye for fashion (obviously) and with her, it’s all in the details, specifically the red ones! What better way to give your outfit a pop than to add a touch of crimson? This is a great way to introduce color into your wardrobe, especially if you favor a neutral or monochromatic assortment (like Alexa). So, next time you’re getting ready for a night out with that someone special, try a red lip, a red varnish on your nails or even pick up a red bag. It is one the colors of the season and, as far as we can tell looking ahead to spring, this (sometimes) scandalous color isn’t going away anytime soon…
Keep your bags small (unless they’re named after you – see below)
In these modern times, we all seem to be carrying our lives around with us on a daily basis. Smartphones, wallets, makeup bags, magazines, sunnies, snacks, gum, dental floss! That last one might just be me (I’m trying not to neglect my gums!), but whether or not you’re trying to avoid that withering look from your dentist, we can probably all agree that it’s time to stop the bag lady madness! Liberate yourselves by grabbing just your phone, some lippy and a card or two the next time you head out the door. Alexa’s not afraid to keep it light in the bag department and you shouldn’t be either!
Keep your shorts short! (and of the denim variety)
One of the greatest things about Alexa’s look here is that she takes the look from summer into fall and even dead ahead into winter! All you need is a great pair of denim cutoffs and solid pair of black tights.
Oh! And have a bag named after you!
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Few of us will ever be honored by having a bag named after us and a designer one at that, but if you swoon over Mulberry’s “Alexa” there are some great alternatives out there. Top-handled satchels are uber practical and this cognac version will fit conveniently into anyone’s wardrobe. It’s the perfect go-with-everything classic carryall!