British Celebrity Style star Alexa Chung has long been envied by fashionistas everywhere for her unbeatable sense of style. So influential on British fashion that even Mulberry itself – the most renowned British brand of timeless luxury leather bags – created a bag in her name. Worthy of our obsession, Chung is solely responsible for the rekindled popularity of peter pan collars, pinafores, breton tops, and brogues, and continually inspires the fashion world with her unexpected yet incredibly stylish outfits.
In her own words she describes her style as ‘ripping off Jane Birkin’, however Alexa stirs up her own organic fashion trends that catalyse both high street and luxury brands into producing copycat fashion pieces. Great news for us as it means we too can channel Alexa’s sartorial splendidness.
As most of Alexa’s looks are made up of very few (although carefully chosen) pieces, we’ve organised them into 4 easy-to-follow categories to make it simple when shopping for Alexa inspired fashion. Here is how to steal Alexa’s iconic looks:
ALEXA CHUNG – DRESS STYLE
When it comes to dresses, Alexa wears one of two lengths: a mini or a midi, with the smock dress being her all time favourite shape.
Here she pairs a mini smock dress with calf-length black patent boots and a matching bag – keep on reading to see a similar version that you can get your hands on now from THEN AND NOW.
Alexa is a master at working casual pieces on the red carpet or at events; just like this cute polka dot tea dress she wears here with pointed black ankle boots. This style is her go-to and so easy to recreate for yourself… that’s why we love it!
Another Alexa style tip: it’s all about the collar. Chung often keeps her collars high and detailed for a prim and proper silhouette, and brings an unexpected twist in her formal boots. Don’t be afraid to pair a dressy dress with masculine ankle boots as Alexa so expertly demonstrates.
For an event that warrants a stricter dress code, why not channel Alexa’s Chanel ensemble by pairing an elegant cream tweed structured coat-dress with a black box bag and grey pointed pumps. Alexa Chung is a huge fan of pointed shoes as they elongate her already perfect pins and send them soaring sky high.
ALEXA CHUNG – DARING DENIM STYLE
When it comes to denim, Alexa proves that the unconventional cuts and fits are often the most refreshing and stylish.
Bringing the dungarees back, Alexa resurrected a once banished trend from the 80’s. This slouchy style paired with her signature breton top is perfect to throw on for everyday. Add a pop of colour with a shoulder bag and pair with tie up espadrilles for an unexpected cool daytime casual.
A style statement in cropped jeans, Alexa paired hers with a velvet jacket, silk cami, and Mary Janes with socks. The shoe/sock trend is on the rise, becoming an increasing favourite amongst fashionistas, and no doubt sparked by Alexa herself.
Again, Alexa shows us how to style cropped trousers with boots instead, teaming them with a sheer cream shirt, statement leopard jacket and choker scarf for an effortlessly stylish look. At this particular event, she even brought back the ‘matching with your bestie’ trend by wearing the same jacket as BFF Pixie Geldof.
Not shy of showing her legs, Alexa’s last denim look is so simple it’s brilliant: a denim playsuit and funky boots – yep that’s all there is to it.
ALEXA CHUNG – SKIRT AND SHIRT STYLE
From button up shirt to pussy-bow blouse to peter pan collar, Alexa loves to accompany a slouched shirt with a skirt. Changing up the style of the collar is a great way to take a look from mundane or overdone to unexpected and innovatively fashionable.
Yet again, Alexa combines the most unlikely of partners to create a stunning look: an Aran sweater, a patent PVC pleated skirt, and a pair of dainty bow pumps = style dynamite.
For a less risqué look, channel Alexa’s preppy printed skirt and shirt combo. Tone down with a cropped leather jacket draped casually over the shoulders and complete the look with a black briefcase clutch and pointed pumps – perfect for any dinner date.
Also a fan of the mini skirt, Alexa shows us how to team a pussy-bow blouse (another signature Chung piece) with a button down denim mini skirt. Balance the casualness of the denim with some killer strappy heels and you’ll be the envy of every fashion lover around.
Leather and polka dots are a winning combo and Alexa effortlessly demonstrates how to best combine them. Take inspiration and pair a pastel leather midi skirt with a monochrome polka dot blouse for the ultimate girly look with added punk rocker vibes. A black choker, box bag, and tie up sandals complete the look.
ALEXA CHUNG – ORIGINAL TRENDS
As this generation’s style icon, Alexa has kick-started more trends than we can name. We’ve chosen her 4 best trends that you can easily follow to look as chic as she always does.
As seen in the first snap, Alexa brought the Charlotte Olympia kitten pumps into the limelight and now high-street brands cannot get enough of their own adorable kitty versions. Easy to wear, these pumps are real winners and give any outfit a cute and quirky twist.
Alexa’s biggest signature look is probably her brogues. She showed the world how to make masculine brogues look feminine and cool, and work with any outfit. Her favourite way to style them is when dressed in relaxed cropped trousers. Follow in her style footsteps and do the same for an effortlessly cool-girl look.
The next trend is so simple that we wish we had started it ourselves: the breton top. Pick up a horizontally striped top with a crew neck and you’ll be good to go.
This last trend is not so much created by Alexa but created for her. The Alexa Mulberry bag flew off the shelves upon its launch and has been one of Mulberry’s most popular bags ever since. Save those pennies and invest in the ultimate Alexa Chung arm candy.
Available now on THEN AND NOW, we have some perfect Alexa Chung inspired pieces that will make you look as effortless as she does.
This Yuzzo London dress embodies everything that Alexa loves; frills, texture, colour, and pattern. Pair this dress with some black ankle or calf-length boots and a matching black shoulder bag for the perfect stylish event look a la Alexa Chung.For the perfect daytime Alexa outfit, look no further than Fete Imperiale’s denim inspired playsuit. The structured collar and button down front make this piece oh so similar to Alexa’s own and paired with these standout Kim Kwang boots you’ll be sure to radiate Alexa’s coolness. We’ve added in a shoulder bag to finish off the look and add the practical option for carrying the daily essentials.This next outfit is almost identical to the look Alexa wore when attending the Topshop Unique Show. Pair this Fete Imperiale cropped jumpsuit with some low block heel black pumps and a matching black shoulder bag and voila, Alexa Chung here you come!Another beautifully put together look from Alexa that can be recreated with these three items; the sheer silk top from A-Line tucked in to the Fete Imperiale silk maxi skirt and paired with the pointed green mesh pump from Kim Kwang – couldn’t be more of a match to Alexa’s outfit here.If you’re simply looking for some single Chung styled pieces, check out the two Fete Imperiale dresses; the white one matching her white and black ensemble, and the blue one matching her M&S dress from the ‘Dressed in a Dress’ segment. Kim Kwang’s pointed brogues also channel Alexa’s iconic shoe style perfectly – these two brands seem to be nailing the Alexa Chung vibe right now, so snap these pieces up while you still can.We hope you love these Alexa looks as much as we do!! Tag us @thenandnowshop in your own photos and show us how you’ve channelled Alexa’s unbeatable style.