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As a fashion journalist, I'm always asking people to define their personal style. But when the question comes back at me, I find it's a hard one to answer. I tend to put on different sartorial "characters," depending on my mood. There is one constant, though, and it's something that's really important to my theories on
This is our life, in squares.
We can only dream of achieving Olivia Lazuardy (@olivialazuardy)'s level on the "How Spring Are You?" scale. The blogger's lace ensemble is clean, crisp, and refreshing after months of dark knits.
Pandora Sykes of @pinsykes teaches us a valuable lesson in transitional dressing: If you really want to wear those toe-baring sandals when it's not quite warm yet, make sure your fuzzy topper is extra-toasty.
Nicole Warne of @garypeppergirl takes her sophisticated Alice McCall matching set with her to paradise: The blogger gets some R&R in the Maldives, simultaneously sparking our wanderlust and outfit envy.
The first official day of the season is always fun. But, it's the first really sunny day that we look forward to. This year, we're celebrating with a fresh pair of ankle-baring culottes, inspired by Eimear Varian Barry (@eimarvarianbarry)'s lovely trousers.
This is how you vacation: Kenza Sadoun - El Glaoui (@kenzasmg) puts her shoulders on display in a spotted maxi-dress while on holiday in Morocco. Excuse us while we book our own trip.
The off-the-shoulder trend remains strong among our favorite bloggers. Natalie Joos of @jxxsy catches some rays on the West Coast, her dreamy Tibi top blending into the backdrop.
If our accessories were this stellar, we wouldn't stop staring, either. Alice Zielasko (@alicezielasko) gazes down at her bejeweled Stella McCartney tote and twinkled-out Saint Laurent shoes.
Casual Fridays call for the coziest of coats and the most lived-in denim. Cher of @chermycloset has the off-duty look on lock, playing up the ensemble with slingback booties and a sleek crossbody.
What's an #OOTD without a fierce pout? Frederique Tietcheu of @igobyfrankie gives us her best blue steel, while simultaneously brightening up our Monday with her highly-saturated accessories.
We're in full Coachella-dreaming mode this week, and Brittany Xavier of @thriftsandthreads' '70s skirt and California sandals are transporting us to a festival state of mind.
If you're looking for someone to rendezvous with at the train station, make it Susie Lau (@susiebubble): The blogger plays up her patterns on her commute, making her easy to spot in the morning crowds.
Leave the denim cutoffs at home: A buttoned-up, high-waisted skirt is the festival must-have this year. For a more sophisticated vibe, pair it with a tie-neck blouse, like Carmen Hamilton (@chroniclesofher_)'s.
Of all the things we're looking forward to this spring, culottes are high on the list. This weekend, we'll copy @lyloutte's mustardy trousers and white-hot cropped jacket for a sleek, off-duty look.
As if all the Coachella street style wasn't giving us enough Cali envy, Rachel Nguyen (@thatschic)'s striped, off-the-shoulder minidress has us booking our flights out West, stat.
Ebba Zingmark (@ebbazingmark)'s oversized, cracked T-shirt has us rethinking florals for spring. The blogger reimagines a seasonal color palette by transitioning her black-and-white wardrobe into warmer climates.
Lizzy of @lizzyvdligt has found the chicest (and coziest) solution for those windy spring days: a fuzzy, oversized cardigan from Tularosa.
Mary Seng of @happilygrey makes her springy maxi-dress work in less than ideal weather with a sleek bomber jacket: warm, practical, and oh, so cool.
Nothing says "weekend" like your favorite lazy-day overalls. Aimee Song (@songofstyle)'s white-hot pair is just as suited for a Friday night out as it is for Saturday brunch with pals.
This spring, we're all about flared denim. Amy Hamilton of @amy_frances takes eye-catching hems to the next level with her fringed culottes from Vale. We may need to pencil in a DIY session this weekend to steal her look.
What's hotter: tropical beachside climate, or Sofie Valkiers (@sofievalkiers)' white summer dress? Paired with Tibi gladiator sandals and a revealing Delvaux bag, the flowy number takes this one.
Natasha Ndlovu (@natashandlovu) gives the Canadian tuxedo a Brit-girl twist with some funky, floral lace-ups. And, you can't go wrong with the interlocking C's on your shoulder.
Give it up for the red, white, and blue. Ella Catliff of @lapetiteanglaise may be repping Britannia, but we love her patriotic look all the same (especially the cobalt moto jacket).
Chriselle Lim (@chrisellelim) gives dog walkers everywhere a run for their money with her ensemble. What's cuter: the adorable pup, or her sweet checked skirt and flowy cami?
Dasha Gold of @thetrendspotter lends different strokes to the matchy-matchy look: The blogger pairs an arty, long-sleeved top with corresponding trousers, both Max Mara.
Nicoletta Reggio (@nicolettareggio) proves her high-low savvy in an all-white ensemble. Her Zara top and Proenza Schouler pants are a match made in pre-Memorial Day heaven.
Bermuda, come on pretty mama. Shiona Turini (@shionat) puts her best sartorial foot forward, even on vacation. (Said foot is clad in Balenciaga.)
Carmen Hamilton of @chroniclesofher_ cashes in those fringe benefits with her wraparound skirt. We're inspired to upgrade our denim for the hundredth time this spring.
It's not officially the weekend until you slip on a special party dress. And, Ester Bellon of @armarioenruinas has her bases covered with an elegant, layered-back number for all the festivities ahead.
It may only be Monday, but Sara Donaldson of @harperandharley has us dreaming of the weekend with her off-the-shoulder tunic and flared denim. Seriously, can we fast-forward to Friday?
Ain't no party like a Susie Lau (susiebubble) garden party, because a Susie Lau garden party has the coolest printed dress of the season.
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