It takes one to know one. As a Fashion Blogger (the capitals make me feel legit) I can spot another member of my 'crew' at the drop of a fedora. It has nothing to do with her # of Instagram followers because, let's face it, some bloggers buy those. And she might not even have a proper blog yet. But all stylish fashion bloggers, wannabe or full-time profesh, have certain key pieces they rely on to look stylish on the daily. They're not always super expensive, and some pieces change from season to season, but there's a certain savoir-faire when it comes to shopping for that perfect blogger wardrobe.
For spring, it's all about the mix - that perfect combo of street meets chic. Bold standout pieces reside next to classic keepers, sporty finds balance out super girly scores, and ideally, there's always that amazing conversation piece to keep your 'followers' interested.
I've rounded up 17 blogger-approved finds you can add to your spring wardrobe now with the insider secret ways to wear them. Enjoy!
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #1 | SIMPLE STATEMENT DENIM
INSIDER SECRET | Since this season is all about the '70s, bloggers are opting for simple pale and dark denim pieces in clean washes right now. While you can never go wrong with a cute denim dress, the romper is inherently a little more risky, sure to gain you that street cred you desire. Keep the rest of your look easy this season with minimal jewelry and wooden platforms or woven espadrilles to show that you aren't trying too hard. After all, a blogger never wants to show the struggle.
OUR PICKS | 1969 Denim Linen Romper, $84.95, GAP
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #2 | WHITE TENNIS KICKS
INSIDER SECRET | While last season might have been all about New Balance sneakers, the blogosphere has collectively moved on to the tennis courts, thanks to the surge of sporty white tennis kicks hitting the streets. The world's top fashion girls are wearing these right now with everything from jeans to mini skirts to pretty dresses, proving that literally every rule (including never wearing white running shoes outside of the gym) is made to be broken.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #3 | WHIMSICAL PRINTS
INSIDER SECRET | Whether 22 or 42, every fashion blogger understands the power of a great print. The goal? Find a repeat pattern that's either whimsical (see the pineapple toss dress above), or bright and bold (like the tropical palm leaves) and wear it with confidence. You can find matching-print tops & bottoms to make a statement but I prefer to pick up one amazing printed dress and be done with it.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #4 | TEXTURED WHITE TOPS
INSIDER SECRET | Since everyone sees our outfits all over the blogosphere, fashion bloggers love to find that perfect piece that you can wear with anything. Rock this embroidered tulle top instead of your basic white tank and you'll get compliments everywhere you go. Wear it solo with black pants or under a blazer to work, with a long cardi and shorts on the weekend, or dressed up with a flared midi skirt and heels for a cocktail party. The bonus? This piece looks way more expensive than it actually is.
OUR PICK | Embroidered Tulle Top, $29.95, H&M
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #5 | FRINGED HANDBAGS
INSIDER SECRET | Why wear a boring bag when you can have fun with one instead? This season, the fringier, the better, which is why we are lo-o-oving this oversized fringe hobo from Danier.
OUR PICK | Quinn Suede Fringe Hobo, $179, Danier
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #6 | RIPPED WHITE SKINNIES
INSIDER SECRET | White skinny jeans can be super tricky to pull off but we've discovered a trick that makes them way more flattering. The secret? Strategically-placed rips, baby. You might not think it but there's something about breaking up all that white with just a little skin that makes white jeans way more wearable. Plus, they make you look a tiny bit bad-ass, which is always fun.
OUR PICK | Skinny Regular Ankle Jeans, $29.95, H&M
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #7 | RAY-BAN AVIATORS
INSIDER SECRET | You can go and get all of the cheap and cheery sunglasses you want, and fashion bloggers often do the same to keep things interesting. But when it comes to classic cool, you simply cannot go wrong with the gold standard: Ray-Ban aviators. If you're going to invest, go all the way and get proper polarized peepers but if you want to keep it under $200, the non-polarized versions will do the trick nicely.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #8 | CUTE ESPADRILLES
INSIDER SECRET | Flip-flops can look sloppy, ballet flats dated, so what's a blogger to do to give her well-heeled feet a break? Aside from sneakers, we are all over printed espadrilles for summer, made especially cool when done up in a black snake print. Your #fromwhereistand selfies will never be the same.
OUR PICK | Lace-Up Espadrilles, $32, GAP
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #9 | DRAPEY SPRING OUTERWEAR
INSIDER SECRET | The runways were loaded with drapey trench coats for spring, a nice change-up from the classic structured trench of so many seasons past. Pair this coat with everything from your dresses to your boyfriend jeans, but remember one thing: be sure to keep your coat ironed/steamed so you'll look stylish, not sloppy.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #10 | EMBELLISHED CLUTCHES
INSIDER SECRET | Clutches are such an impractical silhouette that you might as well get a highly impractical style, too. Don't be shy - opt for pop-bright colours, super fun embellishments and playful prints to keep the summer fun rolling.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #11 | EAST-COAST/WEST COAST LOVE
INSIDER SECRET | Let me start by saying goooo London Knights (or Raptors, or whichever Canadian team's your fave). But when it comes to street style cool, there are two choices: New York or LA. Show your East Coast/West Coast love with a sleek navy ballcap.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #12 | THE PERFECT RED LIPSTICK
INSIDER SECRET | With babies, blogs and super busy schedules, fashion bloggers rely on a super effective beauty technique to instantly go from ho-hum to ha-mazing. The secret? NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave - a semi-matte orangey red that will instantly take you from day to night. Invest in a lip primer, check your teeth, then flash that smile.
WE LOVE | NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave, $32, Sephora
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #13 | AN INSTAGRAM WINNER
INSIDER SECRET | Bikinis are cute but when it comes to poolside style, there's nothing more photogenic than a great one-piece. This beach scene stunner brings to mind famous beach life photogs like Gray Malin and Praia Piquinia. When swimwear shopping, remember this golden rule of blogging: if it's not worth sharing on Snapchat, it's not worth buying at all.
OUR PICK| Photo Real One-Piece, $45, Aerie
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #14 | SLEEK GOLD JEWELRY
INSIDER SECRET | Big statement necklaces have taken a backseat to sleek long pendants and simple metallic chokers for spring. Consider them the great equalizer - since they all look so similar, only you will know whether you splurged or saved for the piece. Not a fan of gold? No worries. Silver is considered equally chic this spring.
OUR PICK | Gold Choker, $12, ALDO
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #15 | CUTE SMARTPHONE ACCESSORIES
INSIDER SECRET | As we come to rely more and more on our smartphones, our phone cases and chargers have become an integral part of our outfits-of-the-day. Luckily, with so many cute cases on offer, you never have to let a boring phone case ruin your changeroom selfies again. Phew.
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #16 | CULOTTES
INSIDER SECRET | Culottes are one of the trickiest trends to wear this season - which is exactly why the fashion pack are flocking to them. You think we can't make them look sexy? Try us. And while they almost certainly fall into the 'man repeller' category, the silhouette looks new enough to be appealing. Keep it simple when it comes to styling - think a simple white long-sleeved tee or button-down, and sleek pointy-toe mules (like these or these).
OUR PICK | Silk Culottes, $129, H&M
FASHION BLOGGER FAVE #17 | POLKA-DOTS
INSIDER SECRET | The top two prints of Spring '15 are gingham and polka dots. While we love both classic prints, we're particularly obsessed with polka-dot accessories, a super easy way to add interest if you love your black-and-white.
OUR PICK | Polka-Dot Pump, $80, ALDO