Don't Be Original, Be Inspired

Monday, August 22, 2011

I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing. 
I have this theory that originality is a myth. Most anything you "claim" to be your idea has already been done or at least dreamed of by someone else. That being said, don't get dressed in the morning thinking you will be the only person ever to come up with such a unique outfit or combination of accessories, or that no one else will be wearing something similar. (I was in Starbucks last week and a girl from school was in there and I'm almost positive she was wearing my beloved Dr. Scholl's espadrilles...) As disconcerting and depressing as I just made that sound, don't lose hope! I don't believe in originality, but I do believe in inspiration.* As I've shared through this blog with my succession of fashion icons, I have scores of men and women that I look up to in the fashion world. From Karl Lagerfield to Jackie O, I draw inspiration from how other people define their style. Because style is not what you wear or how you piece clothes together, it's how you wear it.

Besides renowned icons, I'm inspired by the people I'm around everyday. There's this gal at my lunch table who has a great sense of style; she combines boyish attitude with feminine sophisticate well. And I practically stalk this other junior in the hallways who always looks amazing. Her personal style is classy and well-defined. "Street style," as I like to refer to everyday inspiration, is the heart and soul of one's personal style. It's not crazy originality that makes people do a double take. It's the personality inside the clothes that counts.

*Just to be clear, there's a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism. I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but define YOUR personal style, not someone else's.

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