If you ever need style inspiration, especially during the sweltering summer months, look no further than actress Jamie Chung. The recently engaged starlet has been showing off her increasingly paparazzi-worthy personal style of late, and we are seriously impressed. We break down her best outfits below and make it easy for you to replicate the look for yourself.
1. Distressed Shorts + Preppy Blazer
Chung nails the high-low look with perfection with this outfit. A chic preppy blazer gets twisted with distressed cut-off denim, instantly making the otherwise Coachella staple meeting-worthy. Her shoes add a perfect pop of color and are chunky enough to balance the casualness of the shorts. (No spindly stilettos will do with shorts this short.) Her slouchy tee is nice, but she could have taken it up a notch with a nerdy-chic button down (perhaps an ugly-cute floral!). Nonetheless, the entire ensemble really works, down to the loosely tied back hair, tribal-style clutch and a casually tossed on long necklace. We love it!
2. Crop Top + Midi Skirt
Crop tops are everywhere this summer and the one piece you need to add to your wardrobe to really up your style game. But another must-have piece that will carry you well into fall is the midi skirt (it hits mid-calf). Most pooh-poohed the midi skirt as too dowdy when it first appeared on runways a few years ago, but the crop top is the perfect foil to this sometimes-difficult length. That tiny sliver of skin (well above the belly button, an area most women don’t have a problem with — see Mindy Kaling’s version here) balances the modesty of a high waisted midi skirt. Pair it with ankle strap heels and a beaded clutch, like Chung here, or add some edge with your loudest ankle booties and a structured shoulder bag.
3. Denim Shirt + Lace Skirt
This might be one of my favorite outfits on Chung — and it’s not even my own personal style. Denim shirts have been having a moment among a certain style contingent, and Chung shows why. It’s just so cool paired with a super girly lace mini. And she even made it cooler by pairing it with stone colored ankle boots. Tough-girly-edgy — it’s the perfect masculine/feminine balance. Wear this look to work, out to dinner, shopping — it just may be the perfect summer outfit.
4. Jacket Over Shoulders
This is a great look for day-to-night. Wear the jacket with shorts to work for some polish. Then take off the jacket and wear it over your shoulders only for a very street style look for dinner. It somehow gives your look a less buttoned-up feel. (And if you decide to hit a club after dinner, just leave the jacket in the car!)
5. Romper + Booties
Does it get any easier than a romper for summer? Throw it on and go. It’s light and breezy and it looks more now than a floral minidress. Just one rule: pair the romper with ankle boots and you instantly have light and breezy and fashion-y.
What’s your favorite look on Chung?
(Photo courtesy of Jamie Chung’s official blog)