Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use TV characters (like Adriana La Cerva) or movie characters(like Queen Gorgo from “300”) as style inspiration, even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists. Which we don’t have. And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!
Alexa Chung is more than just your average British socialite it-girl sitting front row for every designer during London’s Fashion Week. She’s actually doing pretty cool things! All over the place! When she isn’t busy being a model, being the contributing editor of British Vogue, or supporting numerous charities, she’s working on her TV career with her most notable MTV show from this past summer (that you probably didn’t watch) called, It’s On with Alexa Chung. Even though it was canceled after one season (hey, we can’t be great at everything, right?), she now gets to focus on what she’s truly good at: fashion.
Take one look at Alexa and you know she knows oozes fashion. When asked about her style Alexa says, “I guess my look is generally quite preppy, like school girl meets grandma and a skanky older brother.” It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Alexa’s willingness to mix anything with anything always comes out looking totally awesome. And her fashion bravery is totally inspirational to all of her fans who want to look just as effortlessly cool.
What I love about Alexa’s style is that she mixes designer pieces with low-end pieces that add a touch of quirkiness. She will take classic pieces, like a striped-shirt and trench coat, and then funk them up with a lace skirt and chunky sh*t-kicker booties to make it uniquely hers. And friggin’ adorable.
Product Info: Glasses t-shirt – Forever 21, $17.80; Bag – Urban Outfitters, $68; Blazer –Forever 21, $34.80; Necklace – Forever 21, $7.80; Plaid skirt – Karmaloop, $14.75; Studded boots – Forever 21, $30.80.
This is probably the kind of outfit that Alexa would wear on a day off that she just “threw together.” (But that took me a large chunk of my afternoon to get just right.) The t-shirt adds a casual feel to the typically conservative blazer and plaid skirt combo. The rest of the look is pretty neutral with just one piece (in this case the fishnets) really standing out and funking it up. The booties, one of Alexa staple pieces, also add some serious “skanky older brother” to the look and the necklace ties it all together with a little grandma charm.
If you feel like your legs are too bare (or you want to work this look on a colder day), opaque tights may be a safer alternative instead of fishnets. The key is to really highlight one piece of the outfit and not go overboard on the funkiness so you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. Whatever you decide, wear what makes you, YOU, because that’s the least Alexa would expect from her stylish little proteges.