Already Prettypoll: Outfit Copycatting

I feel perfectly free to copycat any outfit I see on Pinterest, in a catalog, or in a magazine. I’m a little less inclined to steal ideas from the blogs I regularly read and link to, but have definitely cribbed ideas. Since I work from home I don’t have regular co-workers, but if I did I’d probably want to ask or discuss before re-creating the outfit of a colleague and wearing it to the office. (This never came up during my office days, though, so who knows?)

Do you copycat outfits? If so, which sources do you use? Are there any you don’t feel comfortable using?

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  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I think as long as you put a link back to the blogger, copying them is a form of flattery. I’ve posted on their sites saying I loved it enough to recreate and have gotten nothing but positive responses. I think outfit creation inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, the most fun I had were two challenges where we used Picasso paintings and movie posters as inspiration. I think it’s a creative expression and one can’t help ,but find it in everything around us.

  • Naomi

    I don’t copy line for line (so many of my clothes are from thrift stores, overseas, or vintage anyway that it’s impossible) but I do take ideas—proportions, color combinations, clothing combinations (like boyfriend jeans with rolled cuffs, funky crew socks and booties with the socks showing, for example) or general inspiration (like the half tuck, or certain brands) from Pinterest/blogs/sites.
    I think the days of exact copying might be long over since unless it’s just a dress (like, let’s say Balmain for H&M or something) or it’s a couture gown on a movie star, there are so many options out there that it’s so unlikely!
    Back in the 60’s or 70’s when there were only a few places to shop (Paris, little dressmakers, department stores, etc) maybe you’d see more line for line copies, but now? There’s so much out there you almost *can’t* copy!

  • Mary Christine

    Yeah, I don’t think copying someone exactly is really possible — you and the first person won’t own a jacket with the exact same fringe, or a boot with the exact same heel height and width. Even if I were to set out to copy someone, I don’t think I could really pull it off!
    But proportions, and color blocking, and X with Y — that’s something I’ll absolutely try to copy and tweak when I see someone else wearing a cool combo.

  • Kristie Taylor

    20 years ago, I was sitting in a computer lab in college, and this beautiful woman I kind-of knew walked in. She was wearing jeans, red flats, a white button down shirt, and a blue-print square scarf jauntily tied around her neck. She looked stunning. I thought to myself, “Huh. I own jeans, red flats, a white button down shirt, and a blue-print square scarf” so the next day I copied her outfit exactly. I wasn’t one to wear “outfits” and was very excited. I felt smashing. Until the moment where I walked into that computer lab and she was there — I walked across the room and felt her eyes on me, looking me up and down with a kind of bewildered stare. It never occurred to me to worry about how she would feel if I copied her, and I felt like an idiot. I’ve never copied anyone’s outfit since.