As I mentioned in my original copycat post last week, I love getting inspiration from other stylish ladies. It doesn’t hurt to get a little inspiration from others. Heck, inspiration, schminspiration…I’m trying to flat-out steal some of these women’s looks! But, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
So, after going a week wearing “outfits inspired by others,” I would hope the following women would be flattered. I hope they don’t have a “B*** stole my look” attitude about my knock-off outfits.
Here are two simple points I keep in mind when I choose my targets:
- Is the outfit comprised of relatively basic items (I’m not realistically going to re-create some flouncy feathery skirt ensemble when the statement item does not exist in my closet–although you can use basic alternatives, but what’s the fun in that?!)?
- Don’t try to recreate to the “T.” The original looks are basic inspirations. They can be adjusted to work within one’s wardrobe.
I did not want to have to go shopping. Everything used in my re-creations was already in my (or as you’ll learn, my husband’s) closet.
Here are my inspirations and interpretations for the week:
Day 1: I went straight to My Pinterest Closet for this look. The original source is no longer tied to the picture, so I’m not quite sure who to give credit to. I had pinned this a while back and thought it was smartly put together. The original is actually worn with a navy blazer and red shoes. Because I don’t have either of those items (note to self: get navy blazer and red shoes when budget allows), I went with a black blazer and black boots (to acclimate to dropping temps). I added an on-trend tassel necklace recently purchased on clearance at J.Crew. What do you think? Instagram likes: 51+
Day 2: This is also from My Pinterest Closet. It’s actually inspired by an actress I’m not a huge fan of, but I’ve always loved this red carpet outfit of hers. I’m talking about Kristen Stewart! Sorry, I hope I’m not alienating all you Twi-hards out there! I didn’t have a boyfriend fit white button down, so I used the next best thing–my husband’s white button down! I just rolled up the sleeves and tied it at the waist. Voila! I love how my $20 Steve Madden shoes that I purchased in my October budget month match so closely with Ms. Stewart’s! I tried to match the jewelry comparably–the tassel necklace makes another appearance! Instagram Likes: 33+
Day 3: Yes, I tried to knock off a pregnant woman’s look. I would happily wear any of Karla Reed‘s outfits even when she’s 9 months pregnant. I mean, really? Who really looks this good so late in a pregnancy?! Well, thanks for putting us to shame, Karla. Anyway, back to the outfit! She is a master at layering. I don’t own any camo or military green separates but my military/safari inspired dress from Banana Republic (a few years old) filled in as a nice substitute. Karla layered her look with a denim shirt on top of her outfit, then with a black blazer on top of that. I opted to wear the denim under my dress. I rather like the outcome! Instagram likes: 43+
Day 4: Honestly at this stage of the week, I was tired of trying to find looks to copy. I was ready to just wear what I felt like putting together. But, I stuck it out and found this ensemble on Instagram. It belongs to Carolin of Follow the Pink Fox. I don’t own a khaki blazer with black lapels, so I improvised. I wore a black button down under the blazer, with the collar over the lapels. My only black/white striped sweater has polka dots on top, but hey…it works and. Instead of neutral pumps (which I do own) I just decided to do a neutral bootie instead to make it more fall appropriate. Instagram likes: 37+
Day 5: I saw Katy (Instagram user @WearWhatWhere) sporting the same yellow Banana Republic sweater I already own. I loved how she layered a flannel shirt underneath. I don’t own flannel, so I just wore the only plaid shirt I have underneath. Worked out just fine, if you ask me! I think it’s a look fitting of a Banana Republic “icon.” Instagram likes: 41+
Bonus Look: I couldn’t finish the week without giving props to Brenna from Chic Street Style. I absolutely LOVE this look she put together. I don’t have leather shorts, so I stuck with my dressy black ones. I don’t own a Burberry scarf or coordinating purse. I do, however, own a yellow Burberry plaid inspired scarf and yellow 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target cross body satchel. So, I switched the red for the yellow! I’m still learning how to style a scarf, so you’ll have to give me a pass on the styling of that for now!
There you have it!! A week of “what I wore” and “ootds.” All inspired by someone else.
What I learned from my little challenge, is this: Even though I may not be a fashionista and I may not come up with the most fashion forward looks all the time, I’m perfectly happy with my own personal style and love being able to play dress up when I want. And I love playing copycat when I want!
Which look did you like best??