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."

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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

Shiona Turini and Nicole Chapoteau in New York

Aimee Song and Camila Coelho

Influential veteran bloggers Aimee Song and Camila Coelho simply ooze an unmatched level of fashion prowess, and this picture is all the visual evidence you need. 

Aimee song and Camila Coelho
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There’s a polo match or something? #vcpoloclassic

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Celine Aargaard and Katarina Petrovic

Double the inspiration. Double the luxury.

Founder and creative director of Envelope1976, Celine Aargaard and commercial journalist Katarina Petrovic are partners in street style crime.

Katarina Petrovic and Celine Aargaard matching in silk
Celine and Katarina are often wearing coordinated neutral tone ensembles.

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.

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Crisp and clean essentials #editionss18 Ph: @simzphoto

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Siya Bunny and Zoe Msutwana

Luxury influencer friendship duo Siyanda Bani and Zoe Msutwana make it so easy to hit the like button, especially when you know how much effort goes into taking the perfect shot for them.

Sarah Langa Mackay and Melody Molale

Sarah and Melody are surely the unofficial leaders of a style savvy wives club we'd love to join one day. 

Now excuse me while I go shoot my friendship shot on a style crush I have...

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