AJ Wears :: A Striped Coat

Like it or not, Pinterest influences us even when we're not looking for inspiration. When I got ready this morning, I slowly pieced together each part of this outfit knowing my end goal was to wear this striped coat. What I didn't realize is that I'd inadvertently pulled inspiration from Blair Eadie without even looking through my Pinterest boards. It's not exact, of course, but about halfway through my day I had this feeling I'd seen this outfit in some way before.

But that's cool, right? Designers are constantly pulling inspiration from others. We all used to cut pages out of magazines to save our favorite items and outfit ideas - I still have my notebook full of outfit inspiration I cut and pasted from magazines: the original Pinterest. While many may say that Pinterest has made fashion homogenous, I argue that the inspiration can make people push their style even farther. I used to hate it when people would re-pin an outfit of mine and say things like, "But with different shoes!" or "I would never wear red, so with yellow or green instead," (because my outfits are perfect always, duh) but what those people were doing is taking an outfit aesthetic that they liked and remixing it to make it their own. And that, my friends, is pretty darn cool.

Coat, c/o SheIn (exact).
Blouse, Asos (exact).
Bow, Asos (exact).
Jeans, Hudson, Barbara Cut (exact in many colors!).
Flats, Zara (exact).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim (gorgeous cobalt bag from Target).

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