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There’s no denying that fashion bloggers are the new it girls. With millions of likes, follows and shares, more and more glamourous women are making their career off their talent for dressing well. But while each blogger has their own style and approach, there tends to be some items that almost every major blogger has in her closet.

Some people see this as a sign of major brands compromising new media, while others view it as a status symbol for the blog in question (as in, “wow- she must be a REAL blogger if her shoes are Valentino!”).

Successful bloggers wearing these cult items have gained some criticism for their endorsements- particularly from the tumblr blog. Site creator Ceclia Doan told that “…mainstream fashion bloggers are starting to rep the same brands and styles. The endorsements are becoming more obvious. Everyday people choosing hype and status over cultivating their own sense of style.”.

And, in a way, Doan is right. Style can’t be bought, and it shouldn’t be believed that simply owning a Kenzo sweatshirt makes you a truly well-dressed person.

But at what point are we simply criticizing people for being successful? I have always viewed blogs as a new interpretation of magazines- which always featured endorsed products, sans backlash.

Perhaps, then, we as readers need to keep that in mind- and look to our favorite bloggers for inspiration and not a firm shopping list. After all, you wouldn’t dress exactly like a page from a magazine or a well-dressed co-worker, would you?

Here are four of my favourite items that have gained cult status from being on so many blogs, as well as what they’ve made me consider adding to my own wardrobe:

Valentino “Rockstud” Shoes

Nearly every blogger stepped out in these shoes last year, over and over again. And there’s little wonder why: Valentino has managed to merge rocker and ladylike in these fab flats and heels. They’ve made me reconsider studs as an embellishment to add some much-needed edge to my look. Valentino heels, $945, available at The September.

Kenzo sweatshirts

An obscure brand that launched to fame via street style photos and fashion blogs, Kenzo is probably the best example of what Doan is criticizing the blogosphere for. And while part of me can’t help but agree with her, I also swoon over the street-glam look these sweatshirts create, particularly when worn with stilettos. As someone who never wears sweatshirts, it’s made me re-consider that item of clothing. Kenzo sweatshirt, $340, available at Net-A-Porter.

3.1 Philip Lim’s “Pashli” bag

Adorned with oversized zippers yet still managing to be structured-chic, this is the bag seen hanging on the arms of models and bloggers alike. I love the exposed hardware, and this piece really got me thinking about the contrast of hard and soft in fashion. It’s inspired me to pair exposed-zipper pants with flowy tops to strike a similar balance. 3.1 Philip Lim purse, $910 at Shopbop

Cartier’s “Love” bangle

A totally romantic and classic piece, this simple bangle from Cartier isn’t something I would usually gravitate toward. But after being featured in so many arm party photos, I love the look of it as a easy everyday piece. It’s made me think that maybe not every piece of jewelry I own needs to attract magpies! Sometimes subtle jewellery adds ease and polish. I might eve buy a few gem-less pieces. Cartier bracelet, $6995.

By: Morgan Mullin

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Flirty and fun, few things are as quintessentially feminine as polka dots. This spotted print may be retro, but it’s long outgrown its Minnie Mouse ears, re-inventing itself season after season to keep it fresh. If you’re just testing the polka dot waters, you can never go wrong with the classics, so a simple black and white colour palette or an easy accessory like a purse is a great start. If you want to be more adventurous, try the print in a modern trend like these silk pants or preppy oxfords. And, don’t forget, there’s always the teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini.

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Polka Dot Blouse, US $517.77, available at Farfetch

2. Max Mara ‘Aligi’ Polka Dot Silk Pants, $644.33 available at Nordstrom

3. Anthropologie Prep-Dot Oxfords, $58

4. Coincidence & Chance Polka Dot Mesh Dress, $79, available at Urban Outfitters

5. J. Crew Grid Dot Underwire Tank, US $134

6. Guess Black and White Polka Dot Scarf, $38

7. Twist Scarf, US $20

8. Kate Spade Carlisle Street Bee Wristlet, US $78

By: Rachel Ingram, Toronto

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Black and white are two traditional, neutral colours that can be worn with anything. However, when pairing those shades in a striped pattern, your look will get elevated to a whole other level.

Prints are a great way to add interest to your outfits, and they are an easy addition to any wardrobe. Unfortunately, some prints can be distracting, and since they are so busy, a lot of people feel uncomfortable wearing them. Black and white stripes are the perfect mix between a print and a solid, and they can be worn during the day or evening. If you want to be daring, you can opt for a full striped onesie, or to play it more demurely, you can rock a simple a-line skirt. No matter how you choose to wear this look, you will love its versatility and its ability to be worn for any occasion.

1. Urban Outfitters Colorfast Criscross Off-The-Shoulder Top, $34.00

2. H&M Striped Skirt, $34.95

3. Topshop Stripe Tunic, $52.00, available at The Bay

4. Free People Jailbreaker Romper, $101.27

5. Forever 21 Striped Wide-Leg Pants, $14.99

6. Asos Goldie 2 in 1 Bodycon Dress with Zip Back

By: Sarah St.Jules, @Ssj04

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1. Asos Motel Mesh Sweatshirt With Diamond Print, $60

2. SSENSE Rag & Bone Black Honeycomb Mesh ODA Blouse, $560

3. Bloomingdales Sandro Top, $399

Mesh is a big trend this Spring/Summer and I’m here to help you pull it off flawlessly. At first it can seem a little difficult to incorporate into your wardrobe, but it’s easier than you think. Perfect for the warm weather and hot summer days, breezy mesh fabrics will keep you feeling nice and cool all season long.


Cropped Mesh Tops

1. STYLEBOP 3.1 Phillip Lim Cotton Mesh Jacquard Top, $895

2. FarFetch T by Alexander Wang, $565

Another massive trend this season is the beloved cropped top. I’ve found a couple of awesome pieces that really tie the two trends together in a classy way. For a subtle look, pair with a neutral bra or tank underneath. Feeling daring? Opt for a neon piece under your mesh top to keep things interesting.


Mesh Tops

1. FarFetch Forte Forte Mesh Tank Top, $369


There are plenty of other options for a mesh shirt if you aren’t ready for the midriff-baring cropped top. These options look great paired with your favourite pair of jeans and sandals for the warm weather. Add a pop of colour with a pastel bag to give a light and fresh feel to your outfit.


Mesh Bottoms

If you are looking to explore this trend but feel like the mesh tops aren’t for you, mesh bottoms are an awesome alternative. Many brands are now offering maxi skirts with a mesh overlay, much like the one shown here, which I absolutely love. Adding a little mesh to your bottoms will really help you put a trendy twist on the average warm weather outfit.

1. STYLEBOP Rag & Bone Mesh Leather Shorts, $721

2. Urban Outfitters Shilla Surface Net-Overlay Maxi Skirt, $75

3. MatchesFashion Elizabeth and James Heyden Mesh-Overlay Skirt, $320

By: Kelly Stewart, Toronto

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