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I Re-Created 5 Celeb Instagram Looks With Things I Already Had In My Closet

by Christina Buff

Hi! I’m Christina, and I’m a clothes hoarder. No, really. I have two closets, a dresser, a trunk, and an armoire overflowing with clothing.

It’s ridiculous, I admit, but I’ve always been into fashion in some way, shape, or form, and I’m a huge advocate for embracing personal style.

While scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across a pair of pants I loved, worn by current country It Girl Kacey Musgraves. She linked to them in her post, so naturally, I clicked. The price casually read $1,495, as if that was an affordable purchase for us mere mortals. My jaw dropped, and I quickly exited the page with a sigh.

I was irritated, but out of my frustration came an idea: I could raid my own closet and try to re-create celebrity looks I love with the massive selection of stuff I already own. Duh. No need to dish out thousands upon thousands in cash.

So I chose five celebrities — some because their style was similar to my own and some just ’cause — and scrolled their social media profiles until I found looks that caught my eye.

What I'm Workin' With

What I'm Workin' With
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Like most people, I don’t have money to blow on extravagant pieces. The bulk of my wardrobe comes from thrift shops, cheap fast-fashion retailers like Forever 21, online retailer PrettyLittleThing, and the menswear department at Walmart (a good pair of scissors can go a long way, y’all). For the most part, I rarely (if ever) spend more than $30 on a single item. This general rule of thumb is essential if you’re trying to expand your wardrobe on a budget.

Look 1: Emma Roberts

Look 1: Emma Roberts

Emma’s look is chic but simple: denim, white tee, animal print trench, and nude shoes. The problem is the cost of such a deceptively simple look. The leopard jacket and jeans alone would run you close to $800, which is about the cost of rent.

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While this is a little more basic than my usual style, I would most definitely wear this out. I tied up a plain white tee, paired it with $25 jeans and nude heels from Target, then threw on an old leopard print jacket from Forever 21. Easy peasy. I have now transformed into Emma Roberts.

Look 2: Chrissy Teigen

Look 2: Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy is the epitome of effortless beauty. While I have no idea where she bought this maxi dress, I’m fairly sure I couldn’t afford it. 

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You have no idea how bizarre celeb Insta photo poses actually are until you try to re-create them. This pose took an embarrassing amount of effort, if I’m being honest. But awkward posing aside, I enjoyed this look. There’s no way I’ll ever look as ~effortlessly~ beautiful as Chrissy Teigen, but this maxi dress from Target that I found in my closet, paired with a bedazzled pair of sandals from PacSun, did make me feel quite feminine and elegant. Plus, a maxi dress is an easy warm-weather outfit that always looks chic! I’d give it a 7/10.

Look 3: Miley Cyrus

Look 3: Miley Cyrus

My, oh Miley. It was tough finding a look of Miley’s that was even in the realm of everyday fashion, but the Nashville icon came through with this denim-on-denim look.

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Denim on denim is a bold choice unless you’re Britney Spears circa 2001 or a country music star, but — not to toot my own horn or anything — I think I pulled this off pretty well. I threw on a pair of $15 shorts from Rainbow, a thrifted denim jacket, and the same white tee I wore for the Emma Roberts look. I liked the outcome, although I felt like I needed a cowboy hat to complete the look. If you’re into the denim-everything trend, I’d advise checking out your local secondhand store. Thrift stores = denim heaven.

Look 4: Kylie Jenner

Look 4: Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner’s looks have become fashion inspo for aspirational younger generations, but while scrolling through her Instagram feed, I noticed something: Her style is incredibly basic. She predominantly wears neutrals, sweatpants, and crop tops. This look was one of the only ones that caught my eye.

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I felt 100% ridiculous posing on a car. For one thing, I own a Mazda, not a Ferrari. For another, it’s unreasonably difficult to sit on top of a black car when the sun is blazing. But I did it for #FASHION. This outfit was closest to my own personal style, besides the pigtails, and I definitely wore it the rest of the day. I replaced the white sneakers with my five-year-old Doc Martens, because I strangely do not own any white sneakers, and chose a $5 black ribbed top from Rainbow and printed harem pants from T.J.Maxx. It might not be an exact match, but it works if you work it.

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Like my Teigen pose, this photo took more tries than I’d like to admit. It’s tough work pretending to be a celebrity. Most turned out something like this.

Look 5: Rihanna

Look 5: Rihanna

Rihanna has a knack for rocking the craziest clothing combinations. She’s the queen of personal style and can pull off things other people only dream of. I scrolled her Instagram and found this little-black-dress look, paired with a sporty jacket and heeled boots. What a combo.

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While I have a ton of black dresses in my closet, I chose this $15 romper (it’s lightweight and pairs well with EVERYTHING) instead. And since I had nothing even resembling Rihanna’s weird sock-boot things, I went with these acid wash denim boots from Forever 21. The jacket is a $5 thrift find from a few years back. While I would never think to combine these three items in my closet, Rihanna is clearly an innovator. Naturally, I ended up loving this look.

Who needs a stylist when you can just scroll through Instagram and raid your own wardrobe?

As it turns out, re-creating celebrity looks is surprisingly easy! All it takes is a deep dive through the depths of one’s closet, a little bit of creativity, and an open mind. Confidence doesn’t hurt either. Re-creating celebrity poses, on the other hand, is unusually difficult, if not utterly impossible. Hard pass.