How do students in art school learn their craft? By studying and copying the styles of other artists.
Yes, it is good to ‘develop your own unique style’ and ignore other people’s rules. But for someone just getting started with fashion, imitating others can be a super helpful creative technique, because it gives you a concrete blueprint that you can use as a starting point. You are probably feeling overwhelmed and just plain confused. You know you need to experiment, but don’t know where to start.
The answer is simple : Imitate! Pick one outfit and copy it. Then assess what you like/don’t like about it, rinse and repeat.
Imitating helps you on two levels:
By trying to copy an outfit as perfectly as possible, you are forced to really pay attention to details, like the fit of the pieces and how they work together to create the overall silhouette of the outfit. When it comes to fashion, details like that matter.
In addition to that, imitating is also simply a great way to experiment and hone in on your individual likes. In the best case scenario you love your copied look and have discovered a new favourite that you’ll want to wear all the time (go ahead, outfits aren’t copyrighted). And if you don’t like the outfit on yourself, you can use that as an opportunity to learn more about your style too, by trying to figure out exactly what it is you don’t like about it. The fit of the pieces, the colours, the materials? Can you think of a way to tweak it to make it better? Are there any aspects you do like about the look? How could you incorporate into your wardrobe?
Remember, everything is still about you. Your main goal, by imitating others, is to get what you like and what suits you, so don’t get carried away trying to be like other people and forgetting to be yourself.
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Fatoye Joy is 300level law student of University of Ilorin. She writes articles for fashion magazines. She is a model and an usher. She also does private tutoring of primary school pupils and secondary school students. She loves listening to music, reading novels and cooking. She is a Christian who loves God.
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