There are a number of reasons why various friendships blossom - work, living in close proximity to each other, childhood connections, common interests, social media, and sometimes a style connection can spark a solid friendship.
No really, it's a real thing. Two Man Repeller writers, Haley and Harling, became good mates after one of them (Harling) was intrigued by the other's (Haley) style.
"As I pulled up, I noticed a girl standing on the corner of Mott Street under an umbrella. I remember thinking to myself, Wow, she has such fun style. That girl turned out to be Haley," Harling recalls.
Haley mirrors the same energy, saying "given how nervous I was to be there and how much I’d belaboured my outfit, her words were like a hug. In hindsight, this start to our friendship was very fitting."
I can think of a few of my own friendships that also started in a similar way.
A statement piece of clothing really is the ultimate icebreaker, especially when you've been style crushing on someone for a while.
And speaking of style crushes, these local and international fashion besties are a few of ours with their impeccable and seemingly telepathic taste. We may not know how their friendships started, but we sure can see what helps to keep the spark alive.
Shiona Turini and Eva Chen
Consultant, stylist, costume designer, former fashion director at Cosmopolitan, and influencer in her own right Shiona Turini is good friends with the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen. Talk about a power friendship.
This pair is often spotted in the streets of international fashion weeks looking anything but pedestrian.
Shiona Turini and Nicole Chapoteau
Same sartorial muse, different street style pal. When she isn't with Ms Chen, you can bet your favourite pair of shoes that Shiona is serving style inspiration with artist friend Nicole Chapoteau.
Aimee Song and Camila Coelho
Celine Aargaard and Katarina Petrovic
Double the inspiration. Double the luxury.
Keneilwe Mothoa and Shelley Mokoena
Keneilwe and Shelley need no introduction to the local fashion scene, as they've established their style DNA effortlessly. This design duo made playing matchy-matchy cool again with their fashion label Prime Obsession.
Siya Bunny and Zoe Msutwana
Sarah Langa Mackay and Melody Molale
Now excuse me while I go shoot my friendship shot on a style crush I have...
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