to copy or not to copy..

Sunday, November 18, 2012

In the past few months I have had quite a few friends apologize for copying something I wore or wrote about. So, I wanted to write a whole post dedicated to “copying.” You see, I aim to be a trendsetter and therefore I see copying as the ultimate form of flattery. I write my blog every day in hopes that someone will want to mimic what I do, I would not put myself out there if that was not the case. I want to be a fashion icon, and to be an icon, people need to believe in you and want to emulate you. I do not mean to sound vain, but I want people to copy me, I want them to love what I love. My goal is to expose women to new things and ideas so they may try them, even duplicate them in a better way!  I too have my own sources of inspiration; some of you have been so at one point or another. In reality, no idea is unique; technically every thought is a variation of another.

Einstein once wrote, “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” and Pablo Picasso said, “good artists copy, great artist steal.” I am not condoning stealing, but just remember it is 100% okay to copy my fashion choices. I would love for you to be able to take an idea I have shared and turn it into something that suits your own personality! I think it is supremely important to not just duplicate someone else’s style, rather learn how to make it your own.

What’s funny to me is as I am writing this I am thinking back on the type of person I was in high school. I remember going to school and being so annoyed when another girl came to school in an outfit I owned. I don’t think anyone was intentionally copying me back then, I mean Wet Seal was the only cool store we had, so naturally everyone shopped there. Still at 16, it was maddening. I remember when we used to gossip about so-and-so copying this person or that… So juvenile. Now a decade later I love when someone duplicates my style or tells me how I’ve inspired them, it’s what I live for. I want to share ideas, not hide them.  This is your open invitation to copy anything I put on my blog or anything you see me wear, I welcome it!  All I ask in return is that you share your inspiration with people, tell them who Tori Thompson is ;)

Total Outfit Cost: $30.77
Estimated Retail: $121.54

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:$12.80

{leather skirt}
brand: H and M
purchase price: $10.00
purchased from: Plato's Closet
estimated retail: $29.95

brand:Cathy Jean
purchase price:$7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: $59.99

purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown
brand:Forever 21
purchase price:$3.80
purchased from: Forever 21
estimated retail: $3.80


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