If you're facing a fashion conundrum and desperately seeking sage style advice, The Lion King probably does not top your list of go-to sources--and understandably so! However, using a little imagination, the classic Disney movie actually offers some great encouragement for your sartorial woes. In the film, a pair of wise animals, Timon and Pumbaa, boldly proclaim that two words will solve all problems: hakuna matata. Loosely translated, the Swahili phrase means "no worries", which is the perfect, simplistic philosophy to remember when getting dressed in the morning. Choosing what to wear should be an enjoyable experience--not a source of stress or anxiety. With that in mind, today's installment of Style Stalker features six fearlessly stylish women who clearly take delight in compiling to-die-for outfits every day. Whether they're deftly mixing textures and patterns, adding a pair of pink socks to a work-appropriate ensemble, or bravely donning an asymmetrical skirt, these ladies definitely don't have any personal-style quandaries. They throw caution to the wind and experiment with fashion, resulting in a slew of looks we're absolutely mad about. Read on for all the details of today's killer ensembles and our suggestions for emulating their stellar styling.
Tip #1: Transition spring staples with a lightweight knit sweater.
While it might seem strange to buy a sweater when temperatures are steadily rising, a lightweight knit is actually a supremely useful transitional topper, as Sarah, 22, from Norwich, England, aptly shows us with her darling ensemble. To guard against cool nighttime breezes, take a page from her style playbook: start with a pair of tights, add a dainty skirt, and finish the look by layering on a delicate knit, resulting in a chic, go-anywhere outfit! We also appreciate how she opted for separates in muted, pastel colors, which feels so right for spring. Convinced that you need a lightweight sweater pronto? We think Maje's White Knit Top ($175) and ASOS' Twist & Tango Open Weave Crop Knit Sweater ($140) are both worthy options to have on hand this season.
Tip # 2: Elevate your look with an asymmetrical skirt this season.
While you're probably familiar with the slew of skirt options available right now--maxis, midis, minis, oh my!--one style that might be missing from your closet is the asymmetrical alternative. While you might be hesitant to try this daring silhouette, it isn't as hard to pull off as you might think; just consider Autilia, 21, from Australia, as your guide. We particularly like how she made her golden-yellow satiny skirt--which features an exquisite, tiered hemline--appropriate for daytime by pairing it with a simple, printed tee and taupe lace-up booties. We think it's the perfect way to update your spring wardrobe, so be sure to check out Carin Wester's Skirt in Gabardine with Asymmetrical Hem ($215), Cheap Monday's Asymmetric Skirt ($74) or Pray for Mother Nature's Encinitas Ruffled Skirt ($193) today!
Tip # 3: Ground colorful statement pieces with simple, black basics.
When it comes to spring wardrobe essentials, bright, colorful separates are key! That said, it's always a good idea to temper your not-so-quiet pieces by pairing them with black basics. For guidance on adding just the right amount of noir to your colorful ensemble, look no further than the outfit Nicole, 22, from Australia, put together. We love how her simple bustier and heels allow her hot-pink pants and vibrant sweater to take center stage. To emulate her striking look, it's important to keep your vividly-hued pieces--like BDG's Twill Ankle Cigarette Pants ($50), Milly's Ric Rac Jacquard Cardigan ($277), or Forever 21's Bright Stripe Cardigan ($20)--in focus by teaming them with a few black staples, such as Sparkle & Fade's Faux Snake Bustier ($44) or Steve Madden's Bevv Platforms ($90).
Tip # 4: Mix textures and patterns for a truly personal look.
When we spotted the outfit Hallie, from Los Angeles, put together, it was truly love at first sight. What drew us to this look was her unique, fearless mix of textures and patterns; not many of us would think to layer a white lace top over a plaid collared shirt, but somehow this pairing works! If you're dying to recreate her savvy styling, consider snagging either Topshop's Ginger Western Style Check Shirt ($56) or Free People's Plaid Dobby Blouse ($108) and then simply add either Sam & Lavi's Justine Crochet Tank Top ($68) or Juicy Couture's Tie Front Crochet Vest ($158) for a one-of-a-kind outfit that's sure to turn heads!
Tip #5: Balance bold, printed pants with a basic white t-shirt.
Instead of reaching for your favorite pair of jeans or tried-and-true cutoffs, why not go for a more head-turning option this season? Take a cue from Ebba, 15, from Sweden, and try a pair of bold, printed pants, which will instantly update your look. We love how she styled them with a simple white tee to offset the loudness of the print, resulting in the perfect, easygoing outfit for weekend adventures. If you're craving pants in a similar eye-catching motif, you're in luck because we've tracked down several worthy options: Topshop's Pink Animal Printed Jersey Trousers ($60), Ted Baker's Abstract Pants with Snake Print ($178), and MinkPink's Animal Print Pants ($99). To further achieve this flawless ensemble, simply pick up a plain white tee, like American Apparel's The Lawn Tee ($28), and you'll have a Ebba-inspired outfit in no time!
Tip #6: Punctuate your ensemble with a pair of vibrant socks.
Just because you're headed to the office doesn't mean you can't have some fun with your outfit! There are many ways to spice up your work attire, but we were instantly drawn to the look Mayo, 28, from Hong Kong created. We particularly adore how she how she took sophisticated basics--including a flowy, striped skirt, a chic boyfriend blazer, and a bright skinny belt--and livened them up by adding a pair of hot-pink socks! This unexpected touch adds just the right amount of playful spirit to her ensemble. If you're looking to inject a similarly youthful energy into your next outfit, reach for the brightest socks you can find; we think American Apparel's Unisex Solid Calf-High Sock ($8), Topshop's Pink Fluorescent Stripe Ankle Socks ($8), or Urban Outfitter's Ruffle Top Floral Ankle Sock ($8) will do the trick (or swipe up all of them--no need to pick just one!).--Erin Fitzpatrick