Iso faceriser.jpgIsabelle writes...

Does your pace quicken when you spot a handbag you like on someone's arm? Do you crane your neck to try and catch a glimpse of someone's necklace? Welcome to the world of Style Stalking...

I've spent many a tube journey cursing the pot-bellied suit stood in front of me preventing me from seeing if a woman's belt is real leather or pleather. Style Stalking is at its most powerful when you've seen half of someone's outfit and you just need to see the rest well, just because!

I love looking at people's clothes and when you see something you like the impulse to stare, and then stare some more is unstoppable. Pleather accessories, cheap fabrics and diamanté can all ruin an outfit and to make up your mind on a look you need to see the whole thing.

When you're in the midst of Style Stalking someone decency goes out of the window, your head moves this way, that way, you barge past people on the footpath all to get a better look at the clothes. Once you've had a good gawp the clothes can then enter into your fashion subconscious, to be jumbled around with all the other items of clothing you've coveted and eventually spat out randomly like they've come out of a mental tumble dryer.

People on the street are amazing inspiration which is why Style Stalking is so great, with a bit of luck no one else will have noticed the way that teenage girl piles on bracelets and bangles, or the ultra-special nail varnish colour you just have to have. You can build up a mental shopping list of great things you've seen which more than makes up for all the restraining orders and strange looks...

Are you a Style Stalker?