The great poet Emily Dickenson once said that hope is a thing with feathers. But here at Who What Wear, we think dreams are made of chunky accessories, bateau stripes, and peaked shoulders! After all, it's our style stalkees and their fashion-forward ensembles that spark our desire to test-drive new pieces (or wear coveted wardrobe staples in inventive ways), reassuring us that even while we are muddling through this shortened month, the opportunities for chic are endless! A bright shirtdress tempered with black accessories gives us the licence to look toward sunnier days. Our faith in the stylish power of denim shorts is quickly restored when we note to pair them with polka dot tights and platform booties. And the promise of a directional silhouette is easily fulfilled with the perfect pair of harem pants. Because while hope may be ephemeral to the poet, we optimistically feel that the sartorial static of mid-February is too, and that a spring of inspiring outfits is just around the corner. If our six stylish ladies featured today are any example, then rest assured a change is coming through!

Black accents make a classic shirtdress cool again.
While a shirtdress has been a wardrobe essential for sometime, we love how Hannah, 22, from Perth has given it renewed life by breaking it up with black accents. Her fitted blazer and intriguing accessories add edge to this bright hue rendering a chicly bold look. Snag some of Hannah's style by starting with a cotton shirtdress in a vibrant shade like American Apparel's Chambray Henley Shirtdress ($62) in red. Next layer on your statement accessories; we like Urban Outfitters Metal O-Ring Statement Belt ($34) and Forever 21's Twist of Fate Charm Necklace ($7.80) with its Hannah-worthy bow. Finally, throw on Silence & Noise's Strong Shouldered Blazer ($78) and you'll have an equally stylish and intriguing ensemble.

Chunky accessories toughen up a laid-back ensemble.
We have a weakness for great off-duty ensembles, so we were thrilled when we came across Caylee, 23, from Indiana, and her casual, cool look. Her semi-sheer, oversized white button-down and dark skinny jeans look effortlessly chic, while the addition of bold bangles add a glam factor that finishes her look with polish. Snag some of Caylee's cool by starting with some dark skinny jeans; we like James Jeans' Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jean ($115) or run with the jegging trend and opt for Goldsign's Zebra Long Leggings ($154). Then slink into a boyfriend-inspired button-down for that casually undone look. We love the sexy ease of Victorialand's Basic Oversized Men\'s Shirt ($130) or ASOS's Oversized ($49.70) version. Finally, pile on the hardware! Our favourites are anything with spiky studding like Alexis Bittar's Scaled Cuff ($250), Kettle Black's Studded Snap Bracelet ($44), and Noir Jewellery's Pyramid Bangle Set ($132)

Denim shorts look fresh paired with patterned tights and booties.
Lately due to the runway resurgence of Americana, we've seen an international resurgence of denim shorts making appearances all over town. We love how Ricarda, 22, from Germany, conquered this still-key spring piece and integrated cuffed denim shorts into her winter wardrobe by pairing them with cold-weather staples like patterned tights and black booties. The trick to choosing a great pair of bottoms? Start with a more high-waisted version in a light wash; we recommend Topshop's Vintage Boyshorts ($60) or hit the vintage stores for a great pair of Levi's 501 to cut to your own desired length. Like our style stalkee, we've always gone ga-ga for polka dot tights and have found that Urban Outfitters' Sheer Dot Full Foot Tights ($14) are a highly reliable pair. Lastly, finish your outfit off with a great pair of platform booties. We still swoon for Sam Edelman's Zoe Covered Platform Booties ($345), or you can dip your toe in something new with the lovely suede Zeus Boots ($146) from Charles David.

Bateau stripes get an update with shaggy faux fur.
Our love for bateau stripes is definitely a life-long affair, so we were excited to stumble across Annemiek, 19, from the Netherlands and her personal interpretation of this perpetual trend. She added texture to her long-sleeve tee by styling it under a shaggy vest, while also making a directional choice with black, belted paper bag pants. Take a note from Annemiek's fashion file by starting with a must-have striped tee. We recommend J. Crew's Vintage Bateau Top ($36) or the Striped Boatneck Tee ($48) from Aqua