I Recreated 5 Instagram Outfits from My Own Closet

How our Assistant Editor brought inspiration to her wardrobe.
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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): 

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Vintage Jacket (similar here), Brandy Melville Tee (similar here), Zara Skirt (similar here), Vintage Jimmy Choo Heels (similar here)

Vintage Jacket (similar here), Brandy Melville Tee (similar here), Zara Skirt (similar here), Vintage Jimmy Choo Heels (similar here)

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. 

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Blue Bow (similar here), C&C Shop Earrings, Free People Dress, Christian Louboutin Flats (similar here)

Blue Bow (similar here), C&C Shop Earrings, Free People Dress, Christian Louboutin Flats (similar here)

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. 

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Amazon Sunglasses, The Fashion Guitar x Amazon The Drop Dress (similar here), Staud Bag, Cupcakes and Cashmere Shoes 

Amazon Sunglasses, The Fashion Guitar x Amazon The Drop Dress (similar here), Staud Bag, Cupcakes and Cashmere Shoes 

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. 

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C&C Shop Earrings (Mila in Large & Reese), C&C Shop Pearl Clip, Zara Crop Jacket (similar here), Zara Dress, Joie Platforms (similar here)

C&C Shop Earrings (Mila in Large & Reese), C&C Shop Pearl Clip, Zara Crop Jacket (similar here), Zara Dress, Joie Platforms (similar here)

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. 

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Ace & Tate Sunglasses (similar here), Mango Hoops, Vintage Denim Jacket (similar here), Free People Dress, Zara Belt Bag (similar here), Sam Edelman Mules (similar here)

Ace & Tate Sunglasses (similar here), Mango Hoops, Vintage Denim Jacket (similar here), Free People Dress, Zara Belt Bag (similar here), Sam Edelman Mules (similar here)

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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