The Copycat Fashionista Strikes Again!

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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??


8 thoughts on “The Copycat Fashionista Strikes Again!

    Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) said:
    December 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

    wow, i love what you did, all looks are great, but my faves are day 2, 3, 4 and the bonus look! xoxo


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      December 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks so much! this has been my most popular post by far, so I’m definitely going to have to do another copycat edition soon! Probably after the holidays! I love reading everyone’s opinions on which ones are their favorites. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I really appreciate it 🙂


        Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) said:
        December 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        you’re so welcome babe, i really really enjoyed it! look forward to more 🙂 xoxo


    Daily Express said:
    November 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Just found your blog through Brenna’s (I love her style, too) and am digging your inspired looks. My favorite from this week is Day 2 and Day 5. The yellow sweater just looks bright and fun, and I always love black and white. I like the sleek way you wore #2 instead of with the track-style pants that Kristen wore. Plus, fab shoes on that! $20? What a steal!

    On the Daily Express


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      November 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks so much!! I am so honored that Brenna mentioned me in a recent post! She prob thinks I stalk her, I’m always loving her looks! I really appreciate you stopping by and checking out my blog and especially for taking the time to comment! As a new blogger I appreciate it so much!!


    Rachel said:
    November 16, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Ugh. Stupid phone. Probably and of. Geez.


    Rachel said:
    November 16, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Cute! My two favorites are day one and day five, provably because I’m a huge believer in pops of color.

    I have a question – perhaps for a future blog post. How do you layer as thickly as you do without looking or feeling huge??

    I layer, but never with two full shirts. It’s usually either a shirt and cami or a shirt and jacket. I got a sweater that reminded me if you at Von Maur, and I tried to put it over a chambray shirt. Besides the fact that the sweater DID NOT want something that bulky under it, I felt like Ursula in it!! What’s your secret?


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      November 16, 2013 at 4:31 am

      I usually wear a small in tops but I tend to go for mediums in sweaters. Mostly for layering purposes and so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing bulky SPANX. That makes it super easy to layer a button down underneath. Adding a blazer can get tight honestly! I just try to get all of the sleeves pulled down all the way and make sure the layers are straight and smooth. luckily i work at a desk so a lot of movement isnt required. i don’t do a triple layer typically if I’m running around with the kids. It’s just not super comfortable and it just gets too hot! Triple layers are for work only and maybe church for the most part! I would love to see the sweater you got!!


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