8 Things Alexa Chung Has Taught Us About Style

Happy birthday, Alexa Chung! The TV personality turned fashion world fixture turns 33 today, and there’s plenty to celebrate. Chung has had quite the year—from her usual appearance in campaigns to charming the world over to making moves to launch her very own namesake clothing line. Not to mention predicting all the trends that will be huge in 2017 as a self-proclaimed “fashion psychic.”

To celebrate her birthday, we’ve rounded up Chung’s best quotes about fashion. After all, who better to dish out advice on what to wear than the woman who’s captured our collective attention with her inimitable personal style? The unquestionably cool It girl (and author of It), who makes it her job to simultaneously break fashion rules while setting new standards, has a lot to say on the subject. Consider us all ears.

Keep reading to ring in Alexa Chung’s birthday with some of her best style advice!

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“Stick to the classics and you can’t ever go wrong.” — Alexa Chung to TimeOut

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“I think there’s more room for different representations of women within fashion imagery.” — Alexa Chung to Elle

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“Thank you, Jane Birkin, for providing me with infinite outfit ideas and the confidence to dress like a boy but act like a girl.” — Alexa Chung in It

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“Clothes are about manipulations: how I feel, how I want to feel, and how I want others to feel about me.” — Alexa Chung in It

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“I’m interested in aesthetics, in the way things look, in finding something in an image that maybe people haven’t seen.” — Alexa Chung in It

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“Looking effortless takes a lot of effort. When I get new Converse, I dedicate some time at home to shoving mud on them so they don’t look squeaky clean.” — Alexa Chung in It

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“It’s funny because I think that both France and Britain are known for their distinctive styles, and everyone says that France is so chic and elegant, but I think, more than that, French women are renowned for dressing in what suits them.” — Alexa Chung to Harper’s Bazaar

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“I tend to splurge on fancy dresses because I always think I’ll get a lot of wear out of them, but it’s false logic. You should really spend more money on the things you wear every day, like jeans.” — Alexa Chung to TimeOut

Head to the comments to let us know which Alexa Chung quote is your favorite!