22.12.11 Best Of

Most Overrated Award – Alexa Chung

I’m going to do what most fashion blogs will never do: give Alexa Chung the ‘Most Overrated’ award.

If there was a fashion blogger rule book, rule #5 would be ‘Thou must love Alexa Chung’s style’.

Sorry but not only do I not like it – at times I just don’t get it.

Who in their right mind hits the red carpet wearing a Chanel dress without even taking a comb to their hair?

Shabby chic just doesn’t cut it for me. Give me the flawless Fan Bingbing any day.

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96 Responses to Most Overrated Award – Alexa Chung

  1. Claire December 22, 2011 at 10:05 #

    Good for you, I could not agree more! xx

    • S December 29, 2011 at 10:39 #

      agreed! so proud to be Asian!

  2. M. December 22, 2011 at 10:08 #

    Agree!! Please Santa bring Alexa a nice comb (and a shampoo)!

    • Eva Mestre December 22, 2011 at 11:08 #

      ahahaha that made me laugh so hard!!!

      SO TRUE

      • artemis December 22, 2011 at 12:53 #


  3. Jacqu December 22, 2011 at 10:13 #

    I don’t get her as a fashion girl, I don’t even get her as an interviewer. When she’s in the red carpet press line interviewing stars I just roll my eyes at how blah she is with her questions and rapport.

  4. Natalie December 22, 2011 at 10:14 #

    I totally understand, FC, I don’t get her style at all. I appreciate ‘effortless’, and ‘imperfect’, which is Kate Moss, but I don’t see it with Alexa Chung.

    Give me Dita Von Teese’s impeccable ’50s glamour sidewalk style any day!

  5. Emma December 22, 2011 at 10:19 #

    Thanks for this post. I can barely go anywhere online without seeing Alexa heralded as a brilliant fashionista, and it’s refreshing to have a blog to read that doesn’t get caught up in the hype. She never impresses me, and I’m so glad I have a place to read an honest opinion on truly beautiful fashion, not sloppy dressing like Alexa’s.

    Looking forward to the results of the year-end polls. Thanks for all your work, FC!

    • artemis December 22, 2011 at 12:54 #

      Totally agree with you!

  6. Mel December 22, 2011 at 10:21 #

    I agree with you word by word. For me the worst are her shoes, even when she’s a little decent with thre rest is like she’s thinking “let destroy this with the most ugly shoes in my closet”.

    Dita von Teese, Fan Bingbing, Miranda Kerr, Evan Rachel Wood or Diane Kruger are icons, this girl is just half asleep when she dresses herself.

    • Alina December 22, 2011 at 11:07 #


    • Ade December 23, 2011 at 00:11 #

      this girl is just half asleep when she dresses herself.

      If we had a “best comment of the year” category, this would be it. I totally agree with you.

  7. bec December 22, 2011 at 10:21 #

    Couldn’t agree more! As an Aussie I’ve never understood her appeal (or why she is famous for that matter!).

    I love seeing women who look put together from head to toe (Charlize, Fan, Cate etc), Alexa looks like she rolled out of bed and fell into a pile of designer clothes!

    P.S She should also get the ‘Worst/Most Boring She Collection’ award!! :)

    • bec December 22, 2011 at 10:22 #

      *Shoe Collection*

  8. bossy December 22, 2011 at 10:22 #

    good job FC ! this is long overdue

  9. MT December 22, 2011 at 10:23 #

    Amen! I have never gotten why she’s suddenly a big hit…

  10. Anna December 22, 2011 at 10:24 #

    I feel that her outfits are THROWN together, not PUT together. And that is actually what makes me face-palm so hard every time I see her pictures.

  11. Grace December 22, 2011 at 10:27 #

    hahaha you are hilarious. and yes she completely ruined the beautiful red dress on the left with those glasses and hair.

  12. ullis December 22, 2011 at 10:33 #

    thank you!

  13. Dorian Gray December 22, 2011 at 10:37 #


  14. Martin December 22, 2011 at 10:38 #

    Personally (and I’ll probably get shot for this), I’d give this award to Kate Moss over Alexa Chung. Alexa is overrated, but Kate is the Queen of the Undeserving for me. She has been granted fashion icon status based seemingly upon her ability to show up to every second event in a slightly “eccentric” floor-length gown, a fur jacket, messy hair and a boldly predictable red lip. Tired and lame.

    • Moody Crab December 22, 2011 at 11:35 #

      I can give you a hug for this statement. So spot on.

      Alex washyourhair Chung is PRINCESS Overrated (1st in line to the throne) but Kate alwayslookingmessy Moss IS Queen Overrated. Sheesh!

      Third in line to the throne: The Olsen twins.

      • manja December 22, 2011 at 12:50 #

        hahaha spot on Moody Crab

        • manja December 22, 2011 at 12:51 #

          and martin and FC too

    • Lei December 22, 2011 at 13:32 #

      +1, 2 & 3

      • Linda December 26, 2011 at 18:23 #

        Agree with everyone. I’ve never seen Chung doing an interview, I’ve only ever seen her on this blog. Kate Moss I never got the appeal of, but then I do live in Canada so I’m not super exposed to her either.

  15. -N December 22, 2011 at 10:50 #

    I’m sorry but Fan BingBing might know fashion and can pick looks directly out of the runway but Alexa is all about STYLE!! .. i think she has a mini Coco Chanel spirit in her 😀 .. those four looks might not be her best looks but she had way much more better looks..

    • pipsqueak December 24, 2011 at 02:57 #


  16. Rania December 22, 2011 at 10:54 #

    Finally!!! Someone had said it, couldn’t agree more.

  17. MEME December 22, 2011 at 11:06 #

    Should’ve went to Blake Lively….

    • Anissa December 22, 2011 at 15:19 #

      Yep Blake is definitely runner up! SHe also suffers from bad hair, though her major fashion crimes are more along that lines of too short/tight rather than lovely clothes worn poorly…

  18. mm December 22, 2011 at 11:07 #

    I agree! And can yall take her back to the UK and keep her off US TV.

  19. Angelika December 22, 2011 at 11:21 #

    She has some good moments, but most of the time she looks really weird… especially that thing with the hair, not brushing it…

  20. Jerusa December 22, 2011 at 11:22 #

    Oh lord! Thank you FC I couldn’t agreed more. To me she always looks sloppy and dirty, sorry if that sounds too harsh.

  21. Maria December 22, 2011 at 11:33 #

    From the greazy hair to the chuncky shoes, she just ruined dress after dress for me. Her candid style is great (hipster fashion and all that) but she just doesn’t deliver on the red carpet…

  22. Deni December 22, 2011 at 11:47 #

    totally agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!

  23. Vicky December 22, 2011 at 11:53 #

    100% agree!

  24. Coco's Tea Party December 22, 2011 at 12:07 #

    I’m so with you on this. Alexa can sometimes look fab but the majority of the time I think she’s overrated.

  25. http://whatisthenewblack.blogspot.com/ December 22, 2011 at 12:13 #

    I couldn’t agree more about her hair.. But I do love her outfits most of the time!

    • Rita S. December 22, 2011 at 16:48 #


    • Lee December 22, 2011 at 18:39 #

      I think her candid style is great, I’ve loved many of her street outfits, I’m actually a big fan. She often comes up short on the red carpet though. Quirky doesn’t work there, people expect something more polished.

  26. Mary Gatto December 22, 2011 at 12:24 #

    Two words for you, FC: thank you!

  27. frommdq December 22, 2011 at 12:55 #

    haha! I´m sure that her sloppy style takes a long time to be put (or thrown) together. Most of the time, look at her is painful!

  28. frommdq December 22, 2011 at 12:58 #

    this is not the proper post for this comment. Sorry!!!!!

  29. Anne G December 22, 2011 at 13:16 #

    200% agree
    Alexa , ONE word : Eat something
    She’s so skinny, even if the dress is beautiful, his lack of curves makes the dress ugly.

  30. Coco Manolo December 22, 2011 at 13:35 #

    I love your refreshing honesty! I could not agree more!

  31. Regina December 22, 2011 at 13:37 #

    Agreed 100%, yes!

  32. Jess2 December 22, 2011 at 14:16 #

    Couldn’t have said it better myself FC!! Get the girl a comb and hair porducts stat. I swear, every month a fashion magazine would be talking about her and her amazing style. How about some Ulyana for a change!! A newly discovered fashion icon for me!!

  33. Laura December 22, 2011 at 14:21 #

    Lol. Good one FC. I think I’m more fashionable than Alexa although I don’t wear a Chanel dress.

  34. Janet Snakehole December 22, 2011 at 14:43 #

    Thank you thank you thank you!!

    I dont think I can agree more. Most overrated “fashionista” in the history of fashion blog. She “kills” the spirit of each high end outfit she wears. Can Chanel look cheap? SURE CAN ON ALEXA.

  35. Sam December 22, 2011 at 14:45 #

    I think that Alexa is more of an anti-style icon. I commend her and admire her for that. She puts on whatever, she wears wears flats with evening wear, doesn’t brush her hair, wears minimal makeup. All of this is refreshing. She isn’t this fussed up mass produced mannequin-like starlet with perfect not-a-hair-out-of-place kind of style. She chooses comfort over style by not opting for high heels all the time. She’s left off center and unique, and That’s what the ‘Alexa Chung’ appeal is all about.

    • H December 17, 2013 at 16:07 #

      Actually I couldn’t disagree more with this comment, she is always described in magazines the a worldwide style icon and as a glamourous persona and she loves to say how little she cares about being likeable but come on, she lives on it, she has never been recognized as a great host, ever, she works at FuseTv and almost nobody even notices her cause she is a fashion celebrity with the right friends in all the rights positions. Also, nothing about her is refreshing since a lot of other stars wear almost no make up on the red carpet and have fuzzy hair but hers just looks messy and dirty.

  36. Carolina Roq December 22, 2011 at 15:14 #

    Good point!

  37. sasha December 22, 2011 at 15:29 #

    I have always thought the same and no one actually disputes me when I say this. She wears AMAZING clothing but she’s always a slob and where I think that’s charming for Courtney Love I have yet to see what this hot mess can do. MTV in the US was a bust..and what else?!?

  38. Porsyen December 22, 2011 at 15:51 #


  39. allieh December 22, 2011 at 16:07 #

    I agree this wasnt her best year in style but i love all of her looks from last year, back when she had pretty shiny ombre hair with bangs. She had stellar look after stellar look. Now i agree she has been phoning it in for a while…

  40. anna December 22, 2011 at 16:09 #

    make your words mine, FC!
    she’s the most overrated “fashionista”!

  41. Giuseppi Giraffe December 22, 2011 at 16:21 #

    I totally agree! Every time I see Alexa Chung my first thought is BRUSH YOUR HAIR! and I have trouble seeing past that to take in whatever she’s wearing.

  42. Slash December 22, 2011 at 17:01 #

    Dear FC, I so love you right now for this 😀
    You go girl, finally someone not kissing her bony a**, which is, furthermore, completely deprived of style and taste.
    Btw, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year…
    All the best :)

    • Fashion Critic December 22, 2011 at 17:34 #

      lol…Merry Christmas to you too x

  43. Vee December 22, 2011 at 17:24 #

    omg yes!! i tried to get it–i really really did–but i can’t. is that the french ‘je ne said quoi’ with the unwashed hair? bc i just want to throw baby powder or dry shampoo at her scalp to soak up the excess oil.

  44. GGG December 22, 2011 at 17:35 #

    She is so awkward. And always looks like she hasn’t showered in three days. How is that style? What is unique about that? Blah.

  45. Nicole December 22, 2011 at 18:37 #

    I’ve been waiting for someone to finally say this for so long! Thank you!

  46. Jones19 December 22, 2011 at 18:45 #

    I love you for this post FC and could not agree more! Besides her hair, her shoes are what kill most of her looks for me.

  47. laurayuki December 22, 2011 at 18:50 #

    I totaly agree!!

  48. Fer December 22, 2011 at 18:51 #

    I’ve always admired your style, and your honesty FC, but now i RESPECT YOU MORE THAN EVER and i think i love you hahaha, COULD not agree MORE!, i thought i was the only one that thought this girl had no style and was like a lost puppy with money and the chance to get amazing clothes and destroy them with her “unique styling”, thank you for real for your honesty.

    • Fashion Critic December 22, 2011 at 19:25 #

      😀 thank you x

  49. Incroyable December 22, 2011 at 19:20 #


  50. Chanel December 22, 2011 at 19:32 #

    *golf clap*

  51. deni December 22, 2011 at 19:43 #

    the thing is.. you dont have to be glam in an elie saab gown to have impeccable style. but u do have to look polished and i live by this as a stylist. clean hair and decent make up are a must. clean hair is the biggest must. there is a thin line between sloppy and effortlessly chic. sorry alexa.. FC is right on this one. and who are u again?

  52. Lucía December 22, 2011 at 20:30 #

    I completely agree. Overrated is just the word for her.

  53. Adina Howard December 22, 2011 at 20:51 #

    I think the problem is that people take fashion way too seriously. Why not be carefree while wearing Chanel. We all know how important the fashion house is, but fashion is meant to be playful and fun. Of course she might take it too far sometimes, but I think its a risk worth taking when the adverse action is to be boring. FC aren’t you always saying you want people to livin’ up they’re looks!? (and shoes :))

  54. Tina December 22, 2011 at 20:52 #

    I still don’t get what people find attractive about unkempt hair…

    And yes, I was really stupefied all year that people were heralding her style like it’s a gift from heaven.

  55. Zerina December 22, 2011 at 20:53 #

    God bless you :) <3

  56. Adina Howard December 22, 2011 at 20:53 #

    I think the problem is that people take fashion way too seriously. Why not be carefree while wearing Chanel. We all know how important the fashion house is, but fashion is meant to be playful and fun. Of course she might take it too far sometimes, but I think its a risk worth taking when the adverse action is to be boring. FC aren’t you always saying you want people to livin’ up their looks!? (and shoes :))

  57. Jeremy December 22, 2011 at 22:54 #

    Could we put this kind of post on a daily basis. I love the BDOTW posts but sometimes I enjoy couple “Worst of…” I’m so sick of fashion blogs and magazine kissing ass of celebrities like Alexa, Blake, etc… We need someone who’s bold enough to stand up and take the bullets for us =))))
    PS: I begin feeling a little bored with Fan Bing Bing. Am I the only one???

  58. Cate December 22, 2011 at 23:42 #

    She also has the ugliest shoe collection I’ve ever seen.

    • Morthylla December 24, 2011 at 19:50 #

      Hahahaha, I agree 1000%!!

  59. Alexandra December 22, 2011 at 23:44 #

    i love this award so much!!!!

  60. Erin December 23, 2011 at 00:27 #

    thank you!
    i could never understand why so many people love her style!

  61. Carrie December 23, 2011 at 01:41 #

    haha, loved it!
    I think Blake Lively could also be a choice. I think Blake’s style is ok but most of the time she just bores me.

  62. EmmaWoodhouse December 23, 2011 at 02:20 #

    “If there was a fashion blogger rule book, rule #5 would be ‘Thou must love Alexa Chung’s style’.”
    SO true FC! That line made my day. Alexa is way overrated and her penchant for FLATS on the red carpet really kills me!

  63. bewie December 23, 2011 at 07:28 #

    Who in their right mind hits the red carpet wearing a Chanel dress without even taking a comb to their hair? <<<< BLAKE LIVELY?????

  64. Maria December 23, 2011 at 09:24 #

    Amen, I could not agree more!

  65. franca December 23, 2011 at 12:50 #

    i soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo agree!!!

  66. prat December 23, 2011 at 15:17 #

    i am so glad you called her out. my thoughts exactly. never liked her hair, never liker her ‘caught in the headlights’ stare. she is so over-rated. like sonam kapoor.

  67. Corina December 23, 2011 at 18:26 #

    Soooo true. Thank god others share my opinion!

  68. Karla December 24, 2011 at 07:27 #

    agree! and can we also stop talking about her lol
    she is just so blah…nothing special about her look at all

  69. Kemi December 24, 2011 at 07:39 #

    Finally someone who will speak the truth! I still can’t understand how she won the award for “style icon” at the British Fashion Awards!

  70. lala December 25, 2011 at 08:09 #

    I totally agree with you! I have never understood her style. Chunky shoes and school dresses are not fashioN!

  71. Sabrina December 27, 2011 at 00:13 #

    She had some cute outfits but she is overrated.

  72. Li December 28, 2011 at 15:27 #

    YESSSSS!!! Thank you! Finally a fashion blog that has the guts to call Alexa out on her frankly dubious ‘fashion’ choices.

  73. Daniela December 29, 2011 at 20:55 #


  74. Janice January 21, 2012 at 00:09 #

    Thank you for affirming my opinion. It has been driving me crazy! Every time I see her on 24-Hour Catwalk, I cannot imagine the producers of the show or anyone for that matter could not help but notice that her hair is not combed! not only not combed, but with that unflattering, unwanted ‘bend’ we women get in our hair after sleeping on it. We go crazy trying to get rid of that ‘bend’ by using round brushes, curling irons, whatever we can to give our crowning glory some shape, style and beauty! I understand there are messy, tousled styles, but hers bears no resemblance at all. And I know she is very skinny, but c’mon, someone should know how to dress her in something that fits and is flattering for her figure. She’s on national TV for Pete’s sake and most of her outfits hang on her as though they were on a clothes hanger. Yep, she definitely deserves this award.

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