You know when someone suddenly appears everywhere in the fashion world? His or her name just starts magically appearing all over the place — it’s just out there, in the fashion ether? I think it’s safe to say that Alexa Chung, the British model and TV mogul, is just such a person. I had been working on an Alexa-centered post for the past few days and then — WHAM! — today, in my inbox, Madewell alerted me that her new line for the company had been released. No better time than the present to feature her in that case. What I like about Alexa is that she has her finger on the pulse in terms of what girls want to wear now (she’s all over military-inspired looks, leopard prints, and even clogs — trendy, trendy, trendy), but it looks effortless, and always has her own spin.
How to get her peculiarly British brand of cool? A uniform of layered knits, black tights, chunky footwear, oversized carryalls (“It” bag designer Mulberry has a bag named after her — the Alexa), and the requisite pop of leopard print. I’d begin with this See by Chloe blush silk dress ($390, Net-A-Porter):
Black, lace-up, lug-soled boots seem to be her footwear of choice (she’d probably favor something like this Tory Burch military boot) — but I think a straightforward black suede bootie is far more wearable ($180, Nine West):
While on the subject of outerwear, if you’re a true Chung chica, you absolutely need a sporty utility jacket (to be worn with everything). Chung loves her Barbour coat, but you can get the look for less with Gap’s long anorak in olive ($89, Gap):
Pair with requisite black tights (patterned if you dare!) and some cap-toed flats — she’d probably gravitate towards these Chanels ($575), but you can get the look for less with these TopShop variations ($55, TopShop):
Other options? A boxy leopard-print silk blouse (T-Bags, $170, Net-A-Porter — P.S. get the look for less with Ann Taylor’s $78 version) worn with cut-off denim shorts (she’s a self-proclaimed denim addict — Joe’s, $98, ChickDownTown):
Add black tights and — because I am not yet on the clogs bandwagon (I know they’re “hip,” but…they’re chunky) — these clog-esque pumps ($129, Dolce Vita):
(I kind of like the look of the sculpted heel — borrowed from YSL, no doubt.) The Mulberry “Alexa” bag would, of course, be a natural add-on ($1,250, Mulberry), as would this snuggly oversized cardi (Lutz & Patmos, $115, TheOutnet):
Or perhaps this silky blouse in the loveliest of rosy pinks, from her own diffusion line for Madewell ($110, Madewell), paired with a fitted black skirt ($65, TopShop) and some tweedy flats (Marc Jacobs, $340, Bluefly):
Very Alexa when paired with an unexpected cropped denim jacket ($89, Mango), some patterned tights, and this cross-body, be-tasseled bag (don’t you die over it?! — and it’s affordable, ringing in at $118, Ann Taylor)
No need to be afraid of patterned tights — just check out how chic she looks:
And how comfy-chic would this little sweater dress by Alexander Wang look this fall ($128, Bird)?
Now, a few last minute additions to the Chung list. If you’ve got to go with a clog, I’d go with this Michael Kors version. It’s properly proportioned and I like the polished gold against the rich black suede ($250, ShoptheShoeBox):
If you’ve still not found the perfect leopard accent, this Lanvin mini bag might make you take the plunge ($1,555, Net-A-Porter):