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By on May 24, 2013

And you can dance…For inspiration

Katie’s “Look for Less” top picks

 Dictionary.com defines inspiration as a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.  My definition of inspiration is…people watching.  I could spend hours sitting on a bench in Bryant Park examining people’s fashion choices.  This pursuit either enables me to put outfits together which create my most stylish self or helps me to discover exactly what trends to stay away from!

As I’ve become older and wiser, I can’t help but notice that the latest fashion trends are not inventions of a brand new product, rather the recycling of an older style with new appeal.  Not only do they borrow from vintage designs, fast fashion retailers also draw inspiration from their name brand counterparts.  The process is as follows…luxury brands come up with world-class designs and then large retailers politely copy them.

Below are my favorite inspiration pieces, also known as “knockoffs.”  My mom always says, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”

 My weekly fashion advice — Always vet your vintage.  While fashion does repeat itself, there are usually subtle design tweaks that make any revival slightly different from the original. Does that piece from your “archive” really work now? Ask a friend for their opinion or visit Refinery29 for some tips and tricks!

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

— Yves Saint-Laurent

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Valentino vs. Forever 21

$695.00 – Valentino – Rockstud Ballerina Flat

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$24.80 – Forever 21 – Studded Faux Leather Flats

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Equipment vs. Forever 21

$356.37 – Equipment – Mina Sleeveless Silk Shirt with Lace Panels

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$19.80 – Forever 21 – High-Low Lace Panel Shirt

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J.Crew vs. Joe Fresh

$225.00 – J.Crew – Collection Cafe Capri in Hummingbird Floral

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$29.00 – Joe Fresh – Slim-Fit Sateen Pants

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J.Crew vs. Old Navy

$198.00 – J.Crew – Lady Jacket in Blue Tweed

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$30.99 – Old Navy – Women’s Boucle Cardi Jacket in Goodnight Nora

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 J.Crew vs. Sole Society

$128.00 – J.Crew Beaded Rose Necklace

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$60.00 – Sole Society – Oversized Floral Neckalce

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About Katie

Besides being fashion obsessed and a hard core shopping addict, Katie is a self-proclaimed "foodiot".  She spends her free time eating, talking and laughing with family, friends and even rando civilians.  She enjoys exercising outdoors, dancing and step aerobics.  Her favorite TV shows are Glee, Homeland, Sex and the City & Friends.    

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