We all know that when it comes to fashion, designers all over the world draw inspiration from each other, further exposing amazing pieces of clothing, jewellery and accessories to the fashion moguls of the world. Although some pieces are dramatically changed and adapted into the iconic signatures of each designer and fashion house, some stay very true to their original concept and design. This type of imitation within the fashion industry is completely acceptable is recognised as a smart marketing scheme, making high statement fashion pieces affordable for all different types of people.
Imitation within the fashion industry is absolutely adequate. However, there are many times where copying is not reasonable, making imitation not only annoying but extremely generic and potentially destructive to trends and style. To gain inspiration from someone’s outfit is fine. To completely take their whole look and use it as your own, is not.
At the moment, this form of imitation has been causing me much distress (this is not an overreaction) only for the reason that you cannot go out without looking the same as everyone else. My favourite quote, which is clearly stated at the top of my blog is “People shouldn’t succumb to trend, they should interpret trend”. To put it simply, just because an accessory, type of jacket, pant or shoe is popular or “in style” it doesn’t mean that you should go out of your way to have it. Fashion is all about standing out and expressing who you are through your outfit. It is a way to express your passions, your emotions and your personal outlook on things without having to say a word. Take a printed top as an example; Is the top printed with the name and logo of your favourite band? Or have you bought a Nirvana t-shirt without knowing who Kurt Cobain is? Are you wearing the same pair of jeans as the three other girls (or boys) standing in front of you in the line to the counter while purchasing the leather sleeved cardigan that every Cara, Miranda and Poppy are wearing?
Naturally, I shouldn’t be the person making decisions for you, and if you love those jeans, who am I to stop you from purchasing them? The point is, do not buy them just because everyone else has them. Imitating someone’s style is almost as bad as cutting and pasting your essay and trying to pass it off as your own. Not only is it tacky, but it is also annoying for the people who genuinely love that item of clothing or accessory!
I do not know if it is just me, but I like to go out wearing my favourite outfit, knowing that I put it together and that I was able to choose every piece that I am wearing in order to create the look that I am going for. Individuality is key to making fashion work for you, and succumbing to trend is the perfect way to hide who you are and your singularity.