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the essentials: alexa chung

five pieces to an it girl-approved wardrobe.

by rebecca willa davis

The reasons for our Alexa Chung girl crush are wide-ranging--yes, everything from her taste in music to her perfect-messy hair is just spot-on--but if we were to be totally honest, it probably starts and ends with her enviable sense of style. The It Girl (and our October cover star) somehow manages to pull off a look that's both all over the place and yet totally refined. Can you think of anyone else who looks preppy, super-retro, and borrowed-from-the-boys all at the same time? (And who also doesn't look crazy while doing it.)

Chung is so good at pulling it off that she's practically got it down to a science. And, because we spend way more time than we'd like to admit scoping out pics of her latest outfits, we've figured it out too.

Meet the Alexa Chung Essentials: All you need is a button-down shirt, a not-too-fitted blazer, a '60s-esque sheath, a pair of flat loafers, and a cross-body bag. Mix and match, pair with your own personal faves--Chung tends to go with not-too-short shorts or trousers--and you've got a wardrobe rotation worthy of an It Girl.

Click through the gallery to see our favorite examples of the Alexa Chung Essentials in action, plus our picks for re-creating the look yourself. It's on, indeed.

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The Essential: The Blazer (Preferably Double-Breasted, Definitely Not Too Fitted)

Zara Double Breasted Blazer - $119

APC Double Breasted Blazer - $515

Armani Exchange Tweed Blazer - $148

Madewell Modern Blazer - $178

Topshop Tailored Long Line Blazer - $140

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The Essential: '60s-style Mini-Dress

Alpinestars By Denise Focil Rosie Lace Dress - $196

Topshop Cut Out Angel Sleeve Dress - $80

The Reformation Ocean Dress - $198

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sparks Crepe Dress - $398

DV By Dolce Vita Ares Lace Dress - $110

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The Essential: The Button-Down Shirt

Comme Des Garcons Play Button Down - $271

Forever 21 Essential Stripped Button Down - $19.50

J Brand Harriet Blouse - $350

Merona Women's Favorite Solid Shirt - $22.99

Paige Eden Colorblocked Shirt / Ava Chambray & White - $110

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The Essential: The Crossbody Bag

H&M Shoulder Bag - $24.95

Kate Spade Dean Street Julian Bag - $298

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Isabelle - $228

Material Girl Small Quilted Crossbody - $24

Milly Tatum Metallic Mini Bag - $245

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The Essential: Loafers (Flat Heel Optional)

Madewell The Stacked Heel Loafer - $178

Emporio Armani Printed Loafer with Bow - $495

Calvin Klein Belicia Sued and Leather Ballet Flat - $109

Express Half Printed Pointed Toe Flat - $34.99

Joe Fresh Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flat - $49