While the rest of your email might be ushering in a prank-laden day, we assure you that while we always aim to have fun with fashion, there's no haute hijinks when it comes to this monthly Style Stalker installment. Our six stylish subjects are (per usual) exemplars of first-class street chic while also displaying a timely knack for getting the transitional weather look down pat. Whether opting for a white boyfriend blazer in lieu of basic black, effortlessly adding a printed scarf, or updating neutrals with personal pizzazz, these stalkees offer up loads of inspiration and snazzy ensembles galore. And while you may have noticed that this month we didn't relegate our profiles to merely just the ladies, this is no Tom Foolery! Au contraire, dear readers, today we decided to liven up the mix by taking a peek at what the other team is wearing. (Thanks, Ira, for lending yourself to our stylish shenanigans.) But please, dear readers, do take note of all of our subjects and remember: the only way you'll make a fashion faux pas is to not follow in their trendsetting footsteps!
An oversized white blazer is a smart outerwear choice.
While the boyfriend blazer has long been a closet staple, opting for a crisp white hue is a great way to launch your look into spring. We love how Vanessa, 25, from Vancouver, styled hers to brighten her darker pieces, while simultaneously adding polish to her loose-fitting graphic tee. You can get your own version of Vanessa's high-contrast look by selecting some sharp outerwear like Alice and Olivia's Boyfriend Blazer ($396) or playing up summer's sex appeal with Tibi's Blazer ($425) which has a sly slit in the back. Layer either of those, or Love 21's Essential Double Breasted Jacket ($32.80), over a black leather skirt and add a pop of color with a comfy vintage tee. We recommend WGACA's Vintage Madonna 1987 Convert Tee ($375) or Urban Outfitters' Classic Rock Boyfriend Tee ($24), depending on your genre of choice!
Unique accessories personalize a simple black-and-white look.
Black and white may be one of the most classic combos, but it always looks so chic. Thusly, we were thrilled when we ran across Lindsay, 25, from New York, who personalized her dark/light ensemble by adding a few well-chosen accessories. Recreate Lindsay's stylish go-anywhere outfit by starting with a staple pair of black harem trousers and then adding a few eye-catching pieces of your own. We like Whistles' Tab Detail Harem Trousers ($214) for a reliable base, and we'd opt for Cole Haan's Village Skinny Belt ($38) to keep them snug. Finally, we'd add a statement necklace¬--for a little bling and a smile¬--like WGACA's Vintage Chanel CC Fringe Pendant Necklace ($895) or House of Harlow's Revolve Exclusive Medallion Locket Necklace ($65) to finish our look off with Lindsay-like panache.
Oversized print scarves in light colors usher in spring subtly.
While the sun is peeping through the clouds on a more regular basis, spring still calls for an extra layer at a moment's notice. Olivia, 26, from New York has nailed a temperamental-weather look with her light layers preparing her for whatever turns the wind could take. We love how she hints at the budding season with her denim cutoffs while still staying warm with black tights, and we're particularly smitten with her oversized scarf that keeps her bundled-up without looking fussy. Score some of Olivia's personal style for yourself by grabbing a pair of perfectly cool cut-offs, like Paige's Silverlake Short with Tidal Pocket ($158) in the Harlow wash. Top it off with a glorious spring scarf like Yarnz's Cross-Print Cashmere/Silk Scarf ($198) or Virginia Johnson's too-cute Camel-Print Merino Wool Scarf ($195) and you'll be ready for whatever the forecast predicts!
The LBD gets an update when worn over a crisp shirt.
Our second stalkee to reach for a neutral mix today, Paulina, 22, from Los Angeles, keeps a black-and-white color combo fresh by electing layers. We like how she made her LBD daytime appropriate by styling it over a crisp white button-down shirt, and throwing on a pair of covetable spring oxfords. Match Paulina's mastery of muted tones by starting with J.Crew's Solid Three Quarter Sleeve Stretch Shirt ($58) or Elizabeth and James' Pop Artist Shirt ($325) which boasts a little bit of beading on the inner placket. Slip on an LBD like Full Tilt's Tank Dress ($19.99) or Theory's Comment Kabee Belted Sleeveless Dress ($335)¬--both which can be worn without a white button-down for an alternative, evening look. Finally complete Paulina's brand of fashion-forward schoolgirl by slipping on Wanted's Chap Oxford ($59.99) or Esquivel's Ladies Version ($890), for an investment pair you'll have forever!
Bold stripes and army jackets are a must-try combo.
As one of the most covetable items in our year-round wardrobe, nautical-stripe shirts are a look we're always on board with! So we love that Kimmy, 28, from Los Angeles has paired hers with one of our other favorite emerging essentials, the army jacket. The mix of navy, white, and olive is edgy and cool, and Kimmy's strategic holes denote a sartorial insouciance we always admire. To recreate her directional look try a thick-stripe loose-fit top like Obesity and Speed'sCropped Tank ($38) or American Apparel's Big Pocket Tank ($22), either of which makes a perfect canvas for some well-placed tears of your own! Next throw on your staple field jacket. We like GI's Army Jacket ($225) or BDG's Cinched Waist Anorak ($78) as both are lightweight enough to tie around your waist¬--weather permitting, of course.
Mix-and-match patterns are one of our favorite spring trends.
While we don't claim to be fluent in the language of menswear, we certainly appreciate it, which is why we were so delighted when we came across Ira, 18, from the Philippines, and his fashion-forward ensemble. We love how he decided to take a risk and play with patterns, resulting in an intriguing look we'd love on anyone (selves included). To snag some of Ira's impeccable pattern-play, try Boden's The Long Sleeve Rugby ($78) or Blues Polo ($54) for a springier, short-sleeved version. Then slip on some dark wash straight or slim legged jeans. We like Stronghold's Straight Leg Jeans ($285), Topman's Dark Wash Slim Jeans ($50), or Abercrombie and Fitch's Remsen Slim Straight ($80). However, if you're still itching for a little more of a playful pair, try Stronghold's Hickory Straight Leg Jeans ($285). While they aren't as dark as Ira's pair they have a faint pinstripe marking them just as festive and chic! Finally, if you're dying to make this tip work for womenswear¬--and we highly suggest you do¬--start with equally intriguing bottoms and throw on an on-trend striped top. We like Topshop's Floral Bleach Jeggings ($60) which are seriously rad and BDG's Striped Sheer V-Neck Tee ($16) for an Ira-inspired walk on the feminine side.¬--Liza Kaplan
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