I think we can all agree that my sense of style is fairly . . .
That being said, I wouldn't say there's anything particularly dated about it.
It's oversized, true. And tweedily textural,
But I'd like to think that with some overly-long hair, red lipstick, white high-heeled shoes, and exorbitantly high and luxuriously tight pants, I make it my own.
Which brings me to today's topic for overthought:
When is inspiration inspiration, and when is it just copycatting?
Let's take, for example, famed Zara skort. Were you inspired by an image of said skort? Did you then go and purchase said skort, and proceed to wear said sort with a pair of pointy-toed heels or Nike Free sneakers or a sportswear-esque ensemble in order to mimic, in some manner, your favorite blogger or street style star's style?
Then how did you make it your own?
I'm not challenging you (I've obviously done my fair share of being "inspired"), I'm only openly asking to see if you did, indeed, need to re-interpret the skort, or if the skort scenarios you had previously witnessed already fulfilled your own sense of style so fully so as not to need re-interpreting?
And if this is the case, is this sense of style really your own , or is it just one appealing prototype contagiously derived from one aspirational individual? Is your brain narrower for having seen it?
What if the internet didn't exist. What if said skort was just a single piece seen in a small boutique? Do you think you'd be inclined to wear it in the same way?
Do you think you'd be inclined to even buy it at all?
I guess my question is: Is inspiration inspirational, or is it suffocational?
|pants: Love Zooey via Iona, blazer: Zara, shoes: Tildon via Nordstrom (cool ones), tee: Everlane, necklace: C. Alexandria via Iona, rings: Karen London (on sale!) & Alexandra Beth Designs|
Photos by Matt Engelhart