So This Is How Alexa Chung Does It

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Summer dressing is an oft-dissected art form. As we saw with Rihanna's sartorially triumphant week in New York, it's one that celebrities seem to have down. Yes, presumably they have air-conditioned cars at their beck and call. The rest of us have to survive that disconnect between an overheated commute and an icebox-like workplace. But there's always something to learn from style stalking those who dress seemingly without being bogged down by unsexy, very practical climate-related concerns. Look no further than Alexa Chung's delightful take on textbook summer outfits.

Whether it's the no-fail minidress or the it's-too-hot-to-function-otherwise denim cutoffs, Chung's seasonal wardrobe is a case study in staples. Yet, she manages to lend a certain flair (be it with accessories or unexpected shoe pairings) that we might not think of when we have heat on the brain — in a way only Chung can. Her upcoming clothing line will make it a lot easier to copy her style moves. In the meantime, we'll do what we've always done: Follow her #OOTDs and take notes. Ahead, see how Alexa Chung does summer in the city.
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The little black dress might not be an obvious summer staple, but the right silhouette (like Chung's mod-inclined mini) will fit right in to your seasonal rotation.
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Don't pack away those cutoffs you bought exclusively for festival season: Chung balances out the frayed edge and cropped length of this tricky staple by pairing them with a billowy boho blouse up top and a fresh set of high-tops.
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Logomania is alive and well: Chung complements the retro graphics on her black-and-white T-shirt with a '70s-esque, button-front skirt.
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Cutoffs aren't the only way to wear denim in the summer. If you decide to brave the heat in jeans, try a less fitted, cropped-ankle style. Then, keep the rest of your pieces light and breezy: Chung opts for an airy blouse up top plus lace-up espadrilles on the footwear front.
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How to do pajama dressing when it's too hot to deal: Alexa Chung edition. Instead of a cozy top-and-trouser combo, she opts for a shirtdress — keeping cool without sacrificing comfort.