Like most millennials, I source most of my fashion inspiration directly from Instagram. Given the nature of my job, I spend a considerable amount of time on my phone, meaning that many of my outfits are direct copies of Instagram posts, often without me even noticing.
Last week, I decided to purposefully recreate outfits by going into my saved section on Instagram and sourcing from stylish women all around the world. Here's how it turned out (and how I realized my closet is way more versatile than I thought):
This is what I would call "the Instagram outfit," namely because every single person I follow has done some iteration of it this summer. I love how effortlessly chic Anne looks while combining both vintage and new pieces. I recreated this with an old Brandy Melville tee, a Zara satin skirt, and vintage accessories. I don't think I look nearly as cool, but it was such an easy outfit to replicate, I have a feeling it will become a go-to on hurried mornings.
Alessandra is one of my favorite models at the moment, and this dinner party outfit inspired me so much that I actually recreated both the party and the look. I replaced her high-end dress with a similar version from Free People and added a handmade bow and vintage Louboutins (consignment find!) to finish out the look. It was arguably too fancy for work, but I felt like an Italian goddess, just casually hosting the dinner party of my dreams.
This outfit was easy to recreate because I actually own this dress! I picked up this amazing piece from Charlotte's recent Amazon The Drop, and it quickly became my favorite way to deal with L.A. heat. I paired it with Amazon sunglasses and my favorite Staud bag from the L.A. sample sale. Unlike Charlotte, thick, Teva-like sandals only shorten my already short legs. Instead, I threw on simple slides that have a similar effect without warping half of my legs.
Is it Fall yet in L.A.? Not at all, but this is the perfect transitional outfit if it were. Although I was pretty hot in it, this was one of the easiest outfits to reproduce as I own a ridiculous amount of black maxi dresses. This is probably the most casual of all the looks and something I'd wear if I'm not feeling super bold.
Jordan is hands-down one of my favorite influencers. From her neutral color palette to simple outfit combinations, she never fails to impress with her in-feed outfit photos. Since this was my Friday outfit, I went a bit more daring with the style of clothes. I threw my Free People slip dress together with a Zara fanny pack, Ace & Tate glasses, and nude mules to create the perfect "California cool" ensemble. I almost never leave the house without a coat so I grabbed my vintage jacket to finish off the look.
Overall, my closet was far more versatile than I imagined. So many mornings I wake up and stare at my closet thinking that I have nothing to wear, but clearly that isn't the case. My new solution? Pull up Instagram when I'm lacking inspiration and just scroll. Eventually, I'll come across something I can recreate.
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