Alexa Chung: ‘Dungarees are my comfort blanket’

Alexa Chung is so obsessed with dungarees that she wakes up most mornings and thinks about what pair she wants to wear.The model, designer and presenter opened up about her love for the denim garment, known as overalls in America, in an op-ed for U.S. …

Alexa Chung is so obsessed with dungarees that she wakes up most mornings and thinks about what pair she wants to wear.

The model, designer and presenter opened up about her love for the denim garment, known as overalls in America, in an op-ed for U.S. InStyle magazine, in which she revealed they are her go-to outfit almost daily.

“Every morning when I get up and think about what I want to wear, dungarees – or overalls, as Americans call them – are the thing that pops into my head most often. They’re like a comfort blanket for me in terms of style. I know that they suit my body shape,” she explained, adding that they are a “good reflection of my tomboyish personality.”

The 36-year-old confessed that she relied on hiding behind the androgynous look of dungarees to help her when she wasn’t comfortable showing off her body.

“In my 20s I used to wear them on dates because whenever I’d try on something sexy, I’d just freak out and put my dungarees back on,” the Next in Fashion co-host said. “The idea of being in my prime and not wanting to show off appealed to me, so as my own churlish way of refusing to play dress-up for the boys, I’d also wear them when I was modelling or hosting on TV.”

Alexa had the perfect opportunity to create her “ultimate pair” of dungarees when she started her eponymous fashion label back in 2017.

“I wanted to make them more form-fitting so that they are snug at the hip and then relax into a flare,” she shared. “That way you can see that you have a bum and a waist, and they can be kind of secretly sexy.”

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Alexa Chung urges shoppers to buy vintage clothing

Alexa Chung has urged shoppers to ditch fast fashion and invest in vintage clothes instead.The model and designer, who is currently co-hosting the new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Queer Eye stylist Tan France, is adamant it is still possible to …

Alexa Chung has urged shoppers to ditch fast fashion and invest in vintage clothes instead.

The model and designer, who is currently co-hosting the new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Queer Eye stylist Tan France, is adamant it is still possible to follow current trends without buying from brands that mass produce items.

“Loads of fashion ideas or trends are regurgitated from the past so you could just buy vintage things,” the 36-year-old told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat. “They’re readily available, easy and cheap – about three things I’m wearing now are vintage. ”

Alexa also has her own eponymous clothing line, which she was keen to make available to hire for those who would not be able to afford to buy her pieces off the rack.

“It’s something celebrities have the luxury of doing because they borrow from a fashion house and then they send it back and they’re just wearing it for one event,” she explained. “Sharing clothes is such a brilliant idea because it’s true that you might want something special for one occasion, but you don’t want to keep it in your wardrobe.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the TV presenter shared her excitement over Next In Fashion, insisting the programme gives up and coming designers a chance to shine.

“It’s quite typical that you can be one of the most talented people at a company but you’re not necessarily the name of the house. This show gives them a chance if they want to start their own brand and really drive their business forward,” Alexa shared.

Alexa and Tan will serve as both co-hosts and judges on Next In Fashion, as they critique the contestants’ offerings alongside famous faces including designer Tommy Hilfiger, model Adriana Lima, and celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart.

The winner will be awarded a $250,000 (£191,500) cash prize, as well as the chance to create a range for Net-a-Porter.

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Alexa Chung and Tan France to front Netflix fashion show

Alexa Chung and Tan France will co-host a new fashion series heading to Netflix. The model and designer has teamed up with the much-loved Queer Eye stylist to find the next big name in fashion on their new show, Next In Fashion. According to Harper’s…

Alexa Chung and Tan France will co-host a new fashion series heading to Netflix.

The model and designer has teamed up with the much-loved Queer Eye stylist to find the next big name in fashion on their new show, Next In Fashion.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the duo will front the high-stakes competition series, in which 18 designers face challenges focusing on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way we dress.

The contestants, who have already worked for major fashion brands and celebrities, will compete head-to-head, and the lucky winner will receive $250,000 and the opportunity to debut their collection with luxury retailer Net-a-Porter.

The 10-episode long series will also feature stylist Elizabeth Stewart and director of fashion partnerships at Instagram Eva Chen as judges, with additional guest judges to be announced at a later date.

France, who is releasing his new memoir Naturally Tan in June, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

“ANNOUNCEMENT!! Beyond excited to host Netflix’s first fashion show @nextinfashion with the one and only, my new work wife, @alexachung. Coming soon!” he wrote alongside a snap of him with Chung.

Chung, who has been busy working on her eponymous fashion brand, shared her glee at working with the Queer Eye star.

“Netflix and chill? Incredibly excited to be hosting Netflix’s first fashion show @nextinfashion alongside my new husband @tanfrance Coming soon! Yeah I like to tuck I got a tucking problem,” she wrote, referencing France’s love for tucking in shirts on his makeover show.

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