Doina Ciobanu

Doina Ciobanu
New York, Paris, London, and Milan: everyone knows that these cities are breeding grounds for the most stylish and on-trend civilians. However, that doesn't mean these chic locales are the only places to find people with editor-level taste! Au contraire, we've spotted girls with serious fashion know-how all over the world, and absolutely adore highlighting them every month in Style Stalker! With that said, today we're taking you all the way to the streets of Moldova--for those of you who failed geography, it's a tiny Eastern European country located between Romania and the Ukraine--where Doina Ciobanu, 16, creates killer outfits on a daily basis. With a knack for compiling superb ensembles, Ciobanu makes for the perfect stalkee, so we have a feeling you'll be intrigued by her sartorial sensibilities!

One thing we love about Ciobanu is how she incorporates bright colors into her wardrobe. She'll give an ensemble some extra pizzazz by carrying a bubblegum pink bag or will combine cobalt blue and leaf green for a runway-ready look. Another thing that stands out about her style is her masterful mix of designer pieces with thrifty thrills from a slew of beloved retail chains. Whether she's pairing Miu Miu platforms with a Mango sweater or teaming a Furla bag with a Zara skirt, she makes high-low dressing seem easy! We also adore her affinity for a floor-length frock or skirt and the way she makes these pieces look relaxed--by styling them with wooden wedges and casual knits or oversized layers--instead of dressy or fussy. If you're just as smitten with her outfits as we are, you're in luck because we've got all the details on today's featured looks! Plus, we've asked Ciobanu a few questions about her favorite trends, style icons, and fashion sites, so read on to find out more about this lovely blogger!--Erin Fitzpatrick


Outfit IDs

Give your leopard-print pieces a sultry flair with a pop of red.
Zara blazer; American Apparel bodysuit; Zara skirt; Furla bag; Zara shoes.
Similar Essentials: Zara's Long Blazer With Roll Up Sleeves ($100), Jasmine Di Milo's Full-Length Jacket($325), Armani Exchange's Leopard Harem Pants ($68).

Ground an eyelet maxi skirt with wooden wedges.
Mango sweater; H&M skirt; Topshop clogs.
Similar Essentials: Juicy Couture's Eyelet Maxi Skirt ($198), Banana Republic's Eyelet Maxi Skirt ($98), Free People's Alisa Ankle Strap Platforms ($215), Kork-Ease's Myrna Sandals ($125).

Polish wardrobe basics with a petite bag.
Zara shirt and trousers; vintage bag and earrings; Cerutti sandals.
Similar Essentials: Zara's Messenger Bag with Short Handle ($50), Lauren by Ralph Lauren's Newbury Leather Small Flat Crossbody Bag ($128), Marc by Marc Jacobs' Sexy Squared Perfect Purse ($258).

Center image.
ASOS dress; Cambridge satchel; Topshop clogs.
Similar Essentials: C&C California's Bold Stripe Maxi Tank Dress ($95), Splendid's White Rugby Stripe Maxi Dress ($157), BDG's Primary Satchel ($58).

Mix bold colors, polka dots, and florals for a spirited summer outfit.
Zara blazer; Intimissimi corset; Escada vintage skirt; Karl Lagerfeld vintage ring; Furla bag; Miu Miu sandals.
Similar Essentials: Zara's Double-Breasted Blazer ($80), Jeffrey Campbell's El-Carmen Platforms in Red/White Dot ($140), Topshop's Hari Spot Espadrille Wedges ($66).

Dress up a lightweight knit with a lacey skirt.
Mango sweater; Zara belt; Mango skirt; Mango sunglasses; Miu Miu shoes.
Similar Essentials: Madewell's Montauk Mesh Pullover ($98), Theory's Nimue B Top in Grey Moon ($295), Jack by BB Dakota's Seleh Crochet Skirt ($57), Bec & Bridge's La Femme Lace Skirt ($140).

Finish your look with texturally-intriguing accents.
Zara sweater; Motivi jeans; Zara fur; vintage earrings; Mango men's sunglasses; Zara scarf; DKNY bag.
Similar Essentials: Eight Sixty's Faux Fur Vest ($37), Loop of Faith's Vest ($32), Hudson's Bacara Cropped Straight Leg Jeans ($198), Current/Elliott's The Roller Jeans ($229).

Doina Ciobanu Q&A

Please describe your personal style in two sentences or less.
On a TV show, I was once called, "an edgy little Mademoiselle Coco that has adapted to 21st-century fashion." My outfits usually reflect my mood and what I feel like at the moment, so I really love using different clothing styles, like punk, bohemian, and vintage.

How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day style?
It's hard to say that the city I live in has influenced my style in any way because it is very small. Moreover, there is not much local architecture or art, which is why I am inspired by foreign cities. People here don't accept the way I dress, but that doesn't stop me at all.

List some of your favorite current trends and why you appreciate them/how you are wearing them.
This season, bright colors and psychedelic prints are definitely my favorite. I've always been really into dark conservative colors, so this season has changed my style a lot. I really enjoy all the mixed colors and prints, as you can see from the color-block outfits on my blog.

Who are some of your style icons and why?
I don't exactly have style icons or influencers, but I can say I am inspired by a lot of people. I usually like and remember the small details in someone's outfit, and then personalize them. Sometimes, even those whose style I don't like are inspiration for me, as I learn from their mistakes.

Name one go-to piece in your closet and why.
It's really difficult to answer this question, because usually I try to wear different pieces of clothing. I can say that my go-to piece in the last two months has been my black minimalistic Zara heels. I can't take them off because they are really comfortable and classy, which is why they go perfectly with 98% of my wardrobe.

What are your top five favorite places to shop?
There are almost no good shops in Moldova, which is why I usually travel to go shopping, or I buy stuff online.
1. Topshop
2. Solestruck
3. Lindestore
4. ASOS
5. Net-A-Porter

What are your favorite fashion sites/blogs?
1. Garance Dore
2. Stockholm Street Style
3. Fashiontoast
EXPLORE: Style Stalker, Zara, Topshop, Furla, Escada, Cerutti, Cambridge, ASOS, American Apparel, H&M
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