As we countdown to Christmas, we're hoping for a sartorial miracle and putting the final flourishes on wish-lists filled to the brim with lust-worthy items from all our favorite friends (a little Proenza Schouler, some Givenchy, and a dash of 3.1 Phillip Lim!). However, we know what always makes these perfect pieces merry and bright is not just their lovely craftsmanship and delightful design, but also (and just as importantly!) the ways in which they're styled. Luckily, this month's set of stalkees provides us with the perfect dose of insight as they have each come up with a personal way to wear some of our favorite winter trends. Whether they're cozying up to spotted styles, perking up a neutral canvas with statement jewels, or boldly breaking rules by mixing neutrals, they're proving to be our gift of inspiration beneath the proverbial tree. So while you're writing your list and checking it twice, don't forget to check out this month's Style Stalker for a glimpse at all that is stylish and nice!
Leopard accents add intrigue to casual wear.
As self-proclaimed devotees of animal prints, we were thrilled when we came across Rebecca, 28, from Los Angeles, and her leopard shorts. We love how she created an unexpected and interesting daytime look by mixing in this on-trend pattern with a cozy sweater and opaque black tights. You, too, can update your casual Sunday wear by throwing Sass & Bide's Camden Crawl Shorts ($170) over a pair of American Apparel's Opaque Pantyhose ($14). Then just bundle up in a cozy sweater like Rebecca's¬--we recommend the Open Stitch Sweater Tunic ($58) from Silence & Noise, or Le Train Bleu's Heirloom Pullover Sweater ($132)¬--and you have a perfectly pulled-together, off-duty outfit.
Punky pieces give classic staples a hint of cool.
While taking inspiration from the classics is de rigeur for any stylesetter, we appreciate how Ivelina, 27, from Bulgaria gave these polished pieces a personal spin. By mixing leather gloves and leggings with her timeless trench and pearls, she's toughened up her lady-like pieces for a cool and fashionable look. Take a page from Ivelina's Chanel-meets-Deyn-ensemble and pick up Gap's Mid-Length Trench ($88) and J.Crew's Pearl Twisted Hammock Necklace ($98) for a chic crack at the classics. Next, mix in American Apparel's Nylon Tricot Legging ($34) and Free People's Low Scoop Leather Gloves ($98) and you've mastered the high-low like Ivelina!
Personalize a winter outfit with statement accessories.
Tahti, 18, from Ireland, created an on-trend ensemble brimming with personality and pizzazz. We love how she's taken a few key pieces (a statement necklace, a peaked-shoulder jacket, and a pair of geek-chic glasses) and thrown them together for a fabulously directional look. Starting with Tahti's strong silhouette, we'd recommend finding a similarly strong-shouldered blazer like Nasty Gal's Power Shoulder Tuxedo Blazer ($78), or Funktional's Black Velvet Power Shoulder ($110) version for an added touch of luxe. The next thing required is some heavy hardware, so we'd add some really chunky chains like Kenneth Jay Lane's Multi Strand Crystal Necklace ($265). Finally, prescription or not, we'd pop on some hipster readers, like the Koi Readers ($10) from Urban Outfitters, for a full dose of Tahti's cutting-edge style.
Faux fur and layers look chic with super sexy boots.
Aimee, 22, from San Francisco, has taken some of our favorite cold-weather pieces and paired them together for a fashionable night-out look. Her longish top and faux fur gilet balance out her hot-to-trot over-the-knee-boots, and the resulting combination is a harmoniously polished ensemble. To snag a semblance of Aimee's personal style, we'd opt for the lush Members Only Faux Fur Vest ($98) in Chocolate or for an added bit of fun try the multicolored Potter Faux Fur Vest ($65) from BB Dakota. Either way, we couldn't miss out on a pair of eye-catching must-have boots! We recommend the Wicked Thigh High Boot ($300) from Carvela or Diba's Charlot Tall Stretch Boot ($99) for a more wallet-friendly option!
Blush accessories brighten up an all-black outfit.
Winter gear can often get us mired down in muted tones, so we were stoked to come across Marcela, 21, from New Zealand, who reminds us how to add color to a stark palette. Her blush colored sweater-vest breaks up the all-black look, allowing for a softer winter ensemble. Take a style tip from Marcela and start with a strong base, like Forever 21's Grainy Faux Leather Shorts ($18), and then add an equally sheer, romantic blouse. We like Kimchi Blue's Swiss Dot Blouse ($48), or Haute Hippie's Tuxedo Shirt for a long-sleeved iteration. Top off your stark palette with a more winter-ready version of Macela's vest, such as the Cassi Wool Double Frill Cardigan ($213) in Pearl Blush from Reiss, or Elizabeth and James' Yuki Kimono Sweater ($295).
Contrasting neutrals make for a fashion-forward look.
While mixing your neutrals may have once been considered a faux-pas, Jenny, 22, from Zurich, proves that black, tan, and houndstooth make a stylish and intriguing blend. We love how she not only contrasted colors, but also executed a directional silhouette by pairing her wide harem pant with a cropped coat. To get Jenny's cool city style, we recommend starting with an equally slouchy pant, like Bobi's Modal Jersey Harem ($66) version or Splendid's Jersey Harem Pants ($87) with the extra city-girl bonus of pockets. Next, get cozy with the Dogtooth Cocoon Coat ($162) from Oasis¬--we love the cocoon shape! Finally, since your everyday bag has to be an item of love, we'd take a leap and invest in the luscious Foley + Corinna City Tote ($485) in Taupe.¬--Liza Kaplan
As always, our search for new style subjects is ongoing, so don't hesitate to recommend yourself or a friend. Just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) your name, age, email address, and the best full-length shots that convey your personal style! (Photos must be full-length and will not be considered if blurry or poorly lit.) Thank you!