alexa3_xlargerFrom our very own Alexa Chung to American sweetheart Rachel Bilson, Ellie Woodward takes a look at some of the best vintage celebrity dressers and explores how to copy their style.

I always adore the best dressed pages with snapshots of Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton and Rachel Bilson in their vintage, unkempt finest. There’s something delectably enviable about their vintage Chanel chains beautifully contrasted with oversized leather Mulberry bags and Topshop pumps. Vintage style is an art form that these three women have well and truly mastered, with their perfect utilisation of vintage clothing and accessories to enhance their specific looks.

These three style icons inspire me daily when I’m attempting to assemble an outfit from the hundreds of garments which litter my floor and wardrobe. Their style posses a certain attitude: that their fashion choices are to please themselves and themselves alone. The quirky vintage items only add to this appeal and boy do they leave me with serious wardrobe envy.

Alexa Chung is arguably one of the most prolific, influential dressers of the last ten years. Love or hate her ‘I don’t care’ tomboy style, she’s evolved from indie girl in her ‘Popworld’ presenting days to rock-chick chic in recent years, gracing the pages of Vogue on a monthly basis. When she cropped her hair from long, shaggy mane to a dishevelled bob a few years ago, it seemed that her boyish sensibilities became fully translated into her style. Her ability to throw on lumberjack shirts, skin-tight Balenciaga jeans (her legs, which she describes as ‘spindly,’ are enviable) black ankle boots, cut-off denim skirts and that gorgeous navy blue princess coat with a velvet collar and silver buttons, is mismatched style at its best.

Some of her most brilliant ensembles consist of a careful combination of vintage and designer pieces. She was recently pictured wearing a vintage band print T shirt with cut-off denim shorts, a pair of leather court shoes which look like they could have been swiped from her grandmother’s wardrobe, effortlessly styled up with a Mulberry bag and Chanel cardigan with cute gold button detailing. At fashion events she stands out from the crowd, wearing floral shift dresses with classic beige trench coats teamed with leather vintage ankle boots and gorgeous vintage oversized tan handbags. On the red carpet she shuns body-con in favour of slouchy grey vintage skirts, masses of jewellery, blazers and flat shoes.

Dressed in her oversized vintage boyfriend shirts and denim jackets, she somehow looks both unkempt and exceptionally alluring. Even in her beloved flat shoes, preppy blazers and oversized T-shirts she retains buckets of sex appeal without falling victim to the high end cut-away dresses and bustiers favoured by the WAGs of the moment. In dressing the way she does, she manages the impossible: to appeal both to men – namely, her Artic Monkeys boyfriend – and women. She says, simply, ‘It’s far classier to showcase your personality rather than your cup size.’ Alexa Chung is an expert in vintage dressing, selecting pieces which simultaneously scream sexy and yet offset femininity, accessorised perfectly with  slices of designer labels to achieve a truly specific tomboy charm that imitators the country over are drawn to like a moth to a fashion flame.

Read on for Fearne Cotton’s style

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