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5 Summer Style Lessons from Alexa Chung

There is an effortless ease to the way model-turned-designer Alexa Chung dresses.  Despite being one of the world's most renowned models, her style is appealing to women of various sizes.  Usually I find it really difficult to be inspired by models' style as it usually does not flatter nor accommodate my lil tummy and chubby thighs.  However with Alexa there are so many elements of her wardrobe and outfit coordination that I admire.

When i was researching for this article I was unable to determine what year any of the photos were from - a testament to the timelessness of her style.  After hours upon hours of scrolling through pinterest boards dedicated to the deity herself, I've compiled a list of the style lessons I learnt.  In light of the festive season approaching, and capitalism's rampant encouragement of spending - the garment suggestions I've included are mostly ready-to-wear high fashion.  We're all meaningless cogs in the wheel of consumerism - why not be the best dressed while mindlessly partaking in it.  I've included a half-assed justification for most of the super expensive pieces - one that you can repeat to yourself or you newest match on seeking arrangement.  

#1 - pair your favourite girly dresses with comfy sneakers

There is a certain eclecticism to the way Alexa dresses.  Something I personally attempt to emulate.  It gives the impression of being effortlessly stylish and somewhat wordly (something I'm trying to signal to others). As someone who primarily dresses androgynous - the idea of a super floral dress is somewhat intimidating.  It is far more approachable seeing Alexa pull it off with high-top sneakers.  It is a great way to ensure not only supreme comfort, but also maintain a sense of tom-boyishness.   

Above L-R: R13 floral maxiIsabel Marat chiffon midi; and ALEXACHUNG cotton voile maxi

#2 - ballet flats didn't die in the 2000s

Wowee - what a blast from the past! My last memory of these bad boys is trying to wear them to my Catholic school in 2008. It's a somewhat tainted memory as I spent the entire lunch break in detention for violating the uniform policy.  However the lovely Alexa demonstrates how effortlessly stylish these shoes can be - something I deemed to be impossible as they'd always struck me as being quite mumsy.  They're a great summer alternative to loafers.  Take a leaf out of Alexa's book and pair them with your favourite straight leg jeans this summer. 

Above L-R: Gianvito Rossi patent ballet flats; The Row lace-up ballet flats; and Miu Miu ballet flats

#3 - when it comes to makeup - basic is best 

I never thought I would utter (or type for that matter) the phrase 'basic is best' yet here we are.  As a super sweaty binch i know sweating off my makeup is absolutely inevitable.  I like to follow Alexa's suit and remain barefaced - perhaps using a bold lipstick and waterproof masscara for special occasions.

Above L-R: Burberry sepia no.85; Burberry bright plum no.101; and Burberry rose pink no.33

#4  - the warmer weather doesn't mean your favourite boots have to hibernate

This one probably seems like a no-brainer to some of you.  However you'd be surprised how few labels include boots in their spring/summer collections.  Additionally it's common to hear fashion snobs refer to boots as 'winter shoes' and treat wearing them trans-seasonally as a cardinal sin. 

As alexa shows they can be paired with a wide array of summer outfits - dresses, denim cut offs, leather mini skirts, floral maxis, virtually anything - in literally EVERY season.  Thus it's totally justifiable for you to splurge on the Gucci or Saint Laurent boots shown below.  

The fine Italian craftsmanship of these designer shoes ensures they will literally last a last time.  Furthermore they're completely trans-seasonal and timeless.  With regular polishing and visits to the shoe-smith these could soon become a family heirloom 

White on white - probably not advisable if you're heading out for some vinos or on your period.  However if there's no alcohol or menstrual blood involved this can be a refreshing outfit change.  Furthermore it's likely that you already have two white pieces in your wardrobe that you can pair together.  As shown by Alexa it looks particularly fab if you complete the outfit with a pair of black shoes - perhaps boots or ballet flats?