Saturday, October 22, 2016

Steal Her Style: How To Dress Like Alexa Chung

Whenever I flip through Vogue, one model's beauty stands out as being attainable: Alexa Chung. Okay, I'm not talking about her figure or her perfect bangs or her pretty pout. I'm basically just talking about her eye makeup. Specifically the shape of her eyes, which mine occasionally mimic and the fact that she can't keep away from a constant flick of eyeliner. I think I have eyeliner empathy or something. So maybe it's just the empathy inside speaking when I say that I thought I could pull off Alexa Chung's style for a day. Full of such confidence, I jogged over to Pinterest and started taking notes: Structured pieces. Denim. Neutral colors. Ankle booties. Center parted, lived-in bob.  Short skirts, striped tees, over-sized sweaters.


Not that I'd ever seen Chung wear a full-on sweater under a tailored blazer, but somehow that is what worked its way out of my closet for the day. Extra coats of my favorite mascara, a bold flick of eyeliner, black cropped skinny jeans, and high-heeled ankle boots completed the ensemble. Then I did the strangest-feeling thing ever, and went for the center part. Have you ever switched up your hair part? I swore off a center part the first time I ever watched Little House on the Prairie. Having no wish to look like Laura Ingalls, I thought I'd never wear my hair parted directly down the middle. But tight pioneer-braids and a loose, Alexa Chung-style wavy bob are two very different things. And while it might never become my go-to hairstyle, I have to admit that rocking a center part for the day felt fresh and exciting. When it came time to shoot the photos, let me be honest: my shooter and backup shooters (er - sisters) were gone so my nine year old sister shot some quickies beside our garage door. Just out of the frame is a whole lot of this:


So all hail to the garden hose, the garage which will be power-washed this month, the five gallon buckets I forgot to put away from last weekend's wedding floristry, and my dad's tiller. You know you wanted to see that untidy part of my life, didn't you? 








 


Just shameless with that tiller.






As a curvy girl who still often shops in the plus size department, sometimes it can be tempting to think I can't steal anything from the paper-thin models. But style transcends size and I've got to say that I had the best time stealing Alexa Chung's style. I can't wait to reproduce a similar theme anytime I'm feeling ready for a crisp, no-nonsense look that still has flair. Who are your style inspirations these days?

Blazer: Tahari by Arthur S. Levine - similar
Jeans: TJ Maxx
Sweater: thrifted
Booties: Restricted - similar
Lipstick: Loreal Color Riche in "Cinnamon Toast" - exact
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof mascara -exact

7 comments:

  1. Brilliant. I totally got the Chung-vibe, so I'd say it was a success! Style does transcend size: and that can work for height too.

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  2. You look fabulous!! (Thanks for always being so cheerful in your posts, it brightens my day a lot :-) )

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  3. Oops! Excuse the lack of end punctuation.

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  4. Love the look, and your makeup is spot on!

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