The Art of Paying Homage
This has been weighing on my heart cuz I've been pretty observant lately. I peep it, make note n forget about it-til I keep seeing it pop up as a reminder! Some of y'all heaux is some "Single White Females" n it's upsetting to me n my homegirls lol but no really...it's creepy. I am all for inspiring..motivating and elevating-but my integrity n character will NOT allow me to copy n snatch someone's ideas without giving credit.
I'm not saying we've totally invented all new shyt but there is a certain signature we all have and do where it's quite noticeable if someone else tries to "swagger jack" it. Being in the blogger sphere u get to knowing who u follow through interactions on social media n cultivate a certain relationship. There's an art to being able to pay homage to who or what inspires u-simply give credit the inspo. Imitation is defined by an act of copying. Yes, it's a form of flattery n blah, blah, blah but at what point does the promo of individuality get lost and teeters the verge of fake flattery?
The inspiration for my look comes from a blogger who's style I've always admired. She's a stylist based in ATL. She totally kills it EVERY.TIME becuz she does out of the box looks that's right up my alley. She posted a look n I said OMG, I have similar pants...lemme see if I can dupe the style-yet make it my own.
As you can see Melodie gave a perfect intro to #mixedprints for those who wanna dip their foot in the water. Polka dots is one of my favorite prints and pairing it with grid pants is a no brainer! This is how u pay homage. I "copied" her style yet made it my own with a splash of color. More times than not, you'll always see me toss in a hint of color when I wear black/white combos. The thing when plagiarizing someone's style is..."it's only so long fake thugs can pretend" n while I'm sure it discourages those who share their style only for it to be ripped off; I'd say DONT STOP!! Keep doin u! There is nobody no matter how much they copy with the ability to keep up with what ur doin n how ur doin it. I see how other people copy n do their inspirations no justice. Now some shyt is ka-winky-dink becuz great minds think alike but when it becomes far too often where I see it numerous times-i'm side eyeing the authenticity of the idea.
I am honored when someone pays me a compliment by shouting me out to tag me in whatever I've influenced them with. I share my loves n must haves becuz there's room for all of us to be fab. We can both be seen in the streets or at an event with the same outfit n it wouldn't matter becuz I have my own self of confidence n personality to what I'm wearing that is the cherry on top! I feel there's a certain insecurity one must have to intentionally take someone's creative expression n not give props. Please be sure to follow Melodie for more fashionable lewks. It was quite fun mocking her flair n I look forward to paying more homage to you all who inspire me.