I totally used Single White Female as a verb yesterday: as in, “I single white female-d the owner of my Pure Barre studio when I went to purchase the exact same top she was wearing.”
Jill wore a white tank top the other day that was so perfect, and I was pretty sure I needed it. I didn’t get a chance to talk to her after class, but I knew from afar that it was Wilt – sheesh…how sad is it that I can tell a designer/brand from the cut/style? although to be fair, Wilt is pretty easy to recognize – and that I was sure I could find it at LastCall. Anyway I had a $10 off one item over $20 coupon that’s expiring in few days, so I hurried over there and snatched it up (the white one) for $22 because it was an extra 30% off. Even before I went and bought the tank, I knew I was single white female-ing her, and kind of felt weird about it. But really didn’t, because you guys do it to me all the time 😉
Anyway, here’s my question: have you ever blatantly copied someone’s look – either exact items, or similar ones? Do you ask first? Have you noticed that people do this to you? How do you feel about it?
I know there are mixed opinions on this and it can be sort of a sensitive subject, but I honestly don’t see why. I am always flattered when people ask me where I got something (and always go into WAAAAY too much detail about it!) – I want them to have it also if they love it. As for copying an entire look, I think that’s fine also. I draw the line at copying my hairstyle though, that’s just creepy 😉
*if you’re not familiar with the movie Single White Female, WATCH IT. It’s not great, but not as bad as Splice (DO NOT WATCH SPLICE). But basically, it starts with one character copying the other’s wardrobe and ends with said character trying to kill the one whose wardrobe she copied; as if that wasn’t bad enough. Harsh. And where the term “single white female” comes from. Although I’m not sure any one else uses it but me…do they?