July 23rd, 2015
On My Mind

In The Wild

As Leandra Medine, founder of the fashion blog Man Repeller, noted in the WSJ story Copycat Shopping: “seeing a [piece] in the wild” can be a strong incentive to buy it. Magazine editorials are great, but more often than not, seeing an item I’ve been considering on a stylish real woman seals the deal.

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CHLOÉ

Silk scarf black

CHLOÉ

Leather jacket

CHLOÉ

Ankle boots

ACNE STUDIOS

Shearling-lined jacket

VINCE

Washed-satin skirt

VALENTINO

Embellished pumps

CHLOÉ

Silk scarf

MISSONI

Wrap

VALENTINO

Velvet sandals

SACAI

Wool skirt

VALENTINO

Denim ankle boots

J.W.ANDERSON

Leather shoulder bag

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  • There’s a cynical part of me that always feels slightly that the editors are gifted these items for this very purpose.
    I can’t help it, but it puts me off buying them even if I like them.

    BeccaJuly 23rd, 2015  2:20 PM

     
  • I will never forget being on a field trip last year and sneaking over to where a fellow chaperone had put her coat on a chair, trying to sneak a peek at the label. It was the most gorgeous navy coat, the perfect length and weight, and I was dying to know – but couldn’t bring myself to ask because I don’t know her well enough. Alas, my snooping failed — the tag wasn’t visible — and I will never know where to find that perfect coat!

    ellaJuly 23rd, 2015  2:36 PM

     
  • I agree with the “in the wild” concept completely. I actually don’t look at fashion magazines anymore at all.

    KathyJuly 23rd, 2015  4:10 PM

     
  • That article didn’t touch upon how annoying it is when a friend doesn’t just copy one item but almost every single thing you buy. Fashion is everyones’ but your style is your own.

    karenJuly 23rd, 2015  4:13 PM

     
  • I have a very stylish friend – fortunately for me, she lives in another state. But, when visiting, I have to leave my ‘guilty’ merchandise at home!

    Karen: My college roommate did this to me! she copied my clothes, hairstyle, ‘dorm decorating” style, and even got a job where I worked! I was flattered at first – but it got quickly out of hand.

    LilyJuly 23rd, 2015  4:55 PM

     
  • that pic is just creepy….I love having clothes and accessories that are unique just to me…

    CariJuly 23rd, 2015  8:16 PM

     
  • I agree, seeing something on a chic woman is always more of an incentive

    That's Not My AgeJuly 24th, 2015  3:48 AM

     
  • Imitation is the best form of flattery!!

    I love so many of the looks/ edits that Preston posts some of which I m inspired to purchase I never feel I’m copying her style.
    I think it’s interpretation that’s they key- buying something you have seen on somebody else if fine – just put your own style on it- be yourself.

    MelanieJuly 24th, 2015  5:31 AM

     
  • out of curiosity, is that the LV by Sophia Coppola?

    sharonJuly 24th, 2015  7:03 AM

     
  • My sister in law and I have very similar taste and buy many of the same things. It very fun to share a similar aesthetic but we never look the same. You might wear the same shoes or bags but you make the look your own. When she loves something I love its more a stamp of approval. We also stop each other from crazy purchases.

    Elizabeth BurdenJuly 24th, 2015  7:03 AM

     
  • I confess to stealing a look rather than an item. I meet a woman yesterday wearing a pleated skirt, cashmere jumper (sweater) and ankle boots. I loved the look so I replicated that night with items I already had in my wardrobe. I do that all the time. I still may buy the actual skirt she had on ……

    AntoinetteJuly 24th, 2015  7:08 AM

     
  • The ubiquity of street style photos, Pinterest and blogs has allowed those of us with a shared aesthetic to appreciate someone else’s look and recognize it’s place (or eventual purchase!) in our lives. When I look at the photo above (and so many on KiC) it resonates with me in that way and I don’t have to “copy” the clothing items as I already own them, or at least a version of them. Maybe I’m naive in thinking we’re all just sharing….what makes it uncomfortable for me is seeing someone buy anything simply because -blank- was wearing it.

    SueMJuly 24th, 2015  8:18 AM

     
  • Yes would love to know who the bag is by.

    YasminJuly 24th, 2015  9:05 AM

     
  • This is an older pic, my guess is the bag is a LV SC.

    PrestonJuly 24th, 2015  11:36 AM

     
  • My sister, Sue, has been my style icon for many years. I lost weight years ago and was finally able to fit in designer fashions for the first time in my life. I was 55 at the time. She took me under her wing and we started “sister shopping” for clothes for the first time. We live in different cities, on the East and West coast. I listen carefully to her advice and then decide what I like, to make it mine. We have many of the same things and even wear them at the same time! We get a big kick out of it. We NEVER miss an opportunity to “sister shop”. Our husbands think we are crazy but at least it let’s them off the hook!
    Pamela Taft

    Pamela TaftJuly 24th, 2015  12:50 PM

     
  • I could go on for hours about this issue. In fact, I could write a book.

    I have been “copycatted” too many times to count over the years – and I am no more stylish than anyone out there.

    (Two memorable incidents: one lady got the exact same haircut at the exact same hair salon…and had the nerve to ask me what I thought of her new look. Another ask permission to buy my dress, vowing never to wear it to work. So, guess who showed up in said dress the following day at the office? Bingo!)

    What I have come to realize is that I used to associate with girls – who compete. “When I started to know better, I did better”, cleaned out my closet of “friends” and started surrounding myself by women – who empower. And those fashion stalking incidents that I had been accustomed? A thing of the past.

    StaceyJuly 24th, 2015  11:40 PM

     
  • Isn’t copying the objective of these bloggers..or to click the link to purchase goods they can receive commission from sales or views per page and lure in advertisers with most followers?

    SheilaJuly 25th, 2015  5:52 AM

     
  • Loved your quotes in WSJ!!! I had to chuckle because copycat is a pet peeve, but I love to copycat your ideas – guilty! You are the one person that I love to bounce ideas off of and share ideas with. It makes it easier because I admire your taste and we aren’t neighbors – lol! In fact, I can’t wait to see your fall list! I did the ballet flats, LV denim and Celine bell all because of you – love them all! I know you returned your bell!

    MaryBJuly 25th, 2015  5:47 PM

     
  • Mary, I’m working on my fall picks post next week. Happy summer to you and your family, xp

    PrestonJuly 25th, 2015  6:20 PM

     
  • I’ve had this pic in my inspiration file for years now, the Vogue Paris editors are my style icons 🙂 And I agree, seeing clothes and accessories on a ‘real’ woman can make you want to emulate her, even more than when you see something in an editorial !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

    CarolineJuly 26th, 2015  8:57 AM

     

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