Alexa Chung, who turns 29 today, is quite possibly the world’s most favorite It Girl. Loved and recognized by fans and designers across continents for her effortless style and exceptional show of British coolness, it’s hard to imagine the front row without this British beauty quietly sitting beside her other—equally stylish and cool, of course—pals.
Even though Chung has counted (still is, occasionally) on modeling as her primary line of work, people were quick to take note of her distinct sartorial style, naming her as one of the original street style icons. Luxury labels also realized the command of her name, with Mulberry naming a bag, which happens to be one of the most popular bags of all time, after her.
Although the quintessential Londoner that is Chung had all the Chanel and Louis Vuitton goods ready for her, her remarkable style icon status is essentially rooted not in towering stilettos or flamboyant capes. Instead, it was her fascination for Mary Janes, leggings and mini dresses that helped her get into everybody’s style radar. Occasionally, she would surprise us with a couture number, but we have to admit that there’s nothing better than seeing her dazzle fashion critics with her cool and easy manner of dressing.
While many contest Chung as a one-trick pony for her predictability, we can’t deny that Chung hasn’t lost her flair for fashion even though she’s pushing 30 now. Of her many hats—model, host and journalist—it’s her grip on her global style icon status that we love the most. Who doesn’t? Click through the slideshow above to see some of our most favorite looks from Chung.
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