If you don’t follow Alexa Chung and/or Zooey Deschanel on social media, then you probably didn’t know that the two indie it-girls rang in the New Year together. Their little get-together was indeed a cool-as-ice social collaboration, but it was also a respectful bow to quirky vintage-inspired style (two it-girls are better than one!) To celebrate the two starlets’ influence on the world of hipster fashion, we’ve put together a style roundup of their signature looks to show that having your own distinctive style means being awesome, too.
Alexa Chung: Grandma’s Style Is Cool, but Especially if She Was an English Rock Star
“Schoolgirl meets grandma and a skanky older brother” is how Alexa Chung describes her personal style (which conveniently explains her affinity for thrifting children’s school coats). Because nearly all of her style inspiration comes from musicians – namely Keith Richards, Patti Smith, and Allison Mosshart from the Kills – Alexa’s love of disheveled-prep is all the more an infallible fact. Her fancy of tomboyish aesthetic innate, the indie it-girl finds it “hard to dress head to toe in a sort of feminine and glamorous look.” When she’s feeling a bit girly, however, she prefers to dress like a little girl rather than, say, Bridget Bardot. If you find that Alexa’s style is worth a head-turn, check out Madewell (which is very Alexa – she’s designed two collections for the J-Crew sister brand!) or try Bird in Brooklyn, New York, where Alexa is often found shopping for new pieces to add to what indie-aficionados would deem her already lust-worthy closet.
Zooey Deschanel: A 1960s’ Starlet Revived into a Modern Age
Time travel is possible, guys. Known for her ‘60s-inspired style (made parfait with the accompaniment of rouge lips and a very ‘60s haircut), Zooey Deschanel is the total embodiment of an Old Hollywood starlet who happened to jump aboard a time machine. “My mother had a theory that I should wear whatever I wanted and that would teach me to express myself,” she told Style.com. She added, “I’ve always been inspired by early ‘60s mod,” citing the 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg as one of the biggest influences on her style. The musician/actress’s love for a time period other than her own, resultantly, became the core of her expressions of self. Not only do her closet staples (leggings, vintage dresses, Mary Janes, etc) scream ‘60s, but her music project with M. Ward and complementary Ella-Fitzgerald-esque singing style do, too.
Unlike Alexa, Zooey’s style is unfalteringly feminine, in which she often opts for flow-y skirts, bows, floral accents, and, you’ve probably guessed it, dresses. “You can’t believe how many dresses I have,” she told Style.com. “It’s like I need a separate house to contain them.” Zooey’s favorite designers are Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Chanel, and Phillip Lim.
Don’t you think it’s kind of cool that both Alexa and Zooey are inspired by the 1960s?!