I Copied This Street Style Outfit Because We Have the Same Haircut

Welcome to Street Style Copycat, a column dedicated to recreating and reimagining outfits that catch our eye(s) and make us consider our own clothes in a new light.

To paraphrase and cite your sources are necessary skills worth honing, both in writing and in getting dressed. This practice takes shape in various forms on Man Repeller: Recently, inspired by a chic man clad in linen pajamas on the corner of Broome Street, I replicated versions of his outfit in three acts. (I may have also dedicated some time to riffing on a very low profile male celebrity’s understated aesthetic this month.) Juliana Salazar recreated five looks captured during fashion week last February, including a dickie-d arrangement conceived by Leandra, and Harling tested six street style looks from winter 2018 to see if she could pull them off—does the Donna Tartt homage, borrowed from Coco Baudelle, render you short of breath, too? Last summer, Harling yielded to the 90s Brad Pitt formula and let it wash over her, to the trumpeting horns of much fanfare; this June, Haley lifted the contours of this outfit straight from Tibi founder Amy Smilovic and made it her own. Lest we forget, Amelia dissected the street style outfit that went viral last July—and Leandra surmised that the neckline of that racerfront top has launched a thousand tasteful cutaway tanks. []

There is something practical about taking cues from street style photos, since they are shown on “real people” in motion (rather than on models, fitted with styling clips where the camera can’t see them), accomplishing basic logistical tasks, getting from point A to point B without a snag. These outfits differ from those on an ecom model or in a magazine’s celebrity feature in the way they demonstrate real-world application—we talk about looks we’ll “steal” once we see previously intimidating elements problem-solved on someone else’s canvas.

And, sure, street style isn’t always duplicable outside of New York’s unordinary and colorful code of conduct, but sometimes these photos reveal a germ of an idea that might unify an outfit previously shelved and deemed not pull-off-able.

This photo from our Pitti Uomo street style slideshow sidled up to Man Repeller dot com just in time: I’d been searching for the best way to wear this rugby-adjacent terrycloth long sleeve from Tombolo Company. My exemplar sports one gold hoop, but I swapped that out with a Repeller White Tiger as a mischievous wink to the jungle cat motif (a natural progression from the ubiquitous leopard print midi skirt). In an effort to echo this outfit, I rediscovered this pair of olive pants that had enjoyed a lengthy sabbatical in my dresser drawer—they are an odd combination of spring/summer weight and fall/winter palette, so I relished the opportunity to take them for an inaugural June spin. The braided belt, modest tote bag, and jaunty hat cinched it all together, and the world will never know whether I took to the streets barefoot that day. It just dawned on me that I probably gravitated toward this photo because my hair is the same length as the person pictured. Hm. I hope my smile is half as infectious as the Tombolo leopard’s.

Below are a series of outfits I’d like to mimic this summer, listed here to hold me accountable or to serve as a jumping off point on a drab day, for when the going gets tough and the sweaters get sweaty. Chief among them: Zoe Kazan’s apron look in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; every Going Out Outfit Chloë Sevigny wears in The Last Days of Disco (though most notably the sequin tube top number); a tie dye T-shirt and jeans á la Garth in Wayne’s World for an August ferry ride; Gillian Jacobs’ combo platter of a Batsheva dress paired with stark white clogs; a homespun approximation of the NBA’s fifth draft pick Darius Garland’s Jerry Lorenzo suit; the Midtown Uniform; Jeff Bridges (age 21) in character on senior skip day in The Last Picture Show; and an ensemble an ounce as suave as this recommendation via the haberdashery Drake’s. How about you?

Photos by Matthew Sperzel and via the author. 

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