Ever since I started on Instagram (almost 3 years ago now) I’ve been influenced in one way or another. My sense of style has changed and even my home has been injected with new textures and colour thanks to those accounts sharing their love for fashion & interiors. I guess I saw Instagram as a way of escaping my safe style, seeing women of a similar age experimenting with different trends excited me!
I do think there is a fine line between being influenced and copying though. It’s so easy to look at a large account with a huge following and want to emulate their success, they are after all influencing us but does that make it ok to try and copy them? And is there such a thing as original content anymore? We are subjected to so many images now that surely inspiration is almost subliminal!
I am definitely inspired by people inside and outside of Instagram but when I am I will always try to credit where I saw it first (I appreciate that this isn’t always the original creator but if I tried looking for that I’d never be off the internet!). Here’s an example, last week I saw one of my favourite bloggers Fran @thefashion_lift styling a black Topman hoody…
I absolutely loved how she’d made such a basic piece look so chic and really wanted to try to recreate her look! After a few failed attempts at copying her outfit I popped on my biker jacket and the look suddenly felt more me, but when I shared my outfit I tagged Fran as my original inspiration.
I think we all love the recognition when someone let’s us know that they like something we’ve posted or shared so much that they couldn’t wait to recreate it themselves, I know I do! (and I’m not talking about every day styles here, I’m taking about when someone has shared something a little different or you’ve seen someone in a new in piece that has made you want to rush out and buy it)
I know this is only a personal opinion (hey that’s what my blog is for!) but I’d love to know your thoughts on this! Do images online inspire you and if they do, do you think its important to share where your inspiration came from?
As always thank you for reading!