Outfit Post: Unif Nevermind Replica

So, I bought a plaid maxi-dress. Do you think I can rock it? It was supposed to rain today, hence why you’ve found me wearing boots and a cardigan in direct sunlight (apologies for the iffy photos). But other than that, this dress has a little more to it than it seems in terms of copyright.

Dress: Karamaloop | Cardigan: Thrifted | Boots: Free People | Necklace: EBay

Strange pixelation is what happens when I don’t wear socks.
Yes, my nails are horrendous.

Okay, so, copyright is very limited within the fashion industry because you can’t copyright a dress style or materials. The retail world has made it’s fortune from cheaper versions of designer clothes (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this!) But I do still feel a bit uncomfortable wearing a dress that is a blatant rip off, specifically of Unif’s Nevermind dress.

It was a bit of a trial. I’ve seen a few outfit posts including that dress but I wasn’t sure if I could pull of the long length. The original was just too expensive considering I knew it’s not something I would even wear weekly! Not to mention, I’m considering altering this one to fit a bit tighter around the waist and hips; it’s a bit too billowy for my liking. I would be far too frightened of ruining the original to alter it.

What are your thoughts? This situation reminds me a bit of Lolita replicas, but is it as serious? Those dresses cost hundreds of dollars to own and are certainly on a far different level in terms of quality than any mainstream, everyday wear. Does this sort of thing happen to typical Goth clothing brands? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone try to rip off Iron Fist or Lip Service before! Would you wear a replica?

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13 Comments

  1. I do like the dress and think that you def pull it off well. I couldn't tell that is any sort of replica (I guess I haven't seen the UNIF dress). Tbh high fashion houses get their inspiration (sometimes they totally ape) from things that people on the street (especially subcultures), and ethnic clothing and so, and I don't really think that replicas are a serious thing at all, unless you use a logo that belongs to another company. The brand-savvy people will go to the brand that they like, anyway.

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    1. I agree completely with this. It's like an endless loop when it comes to high fashion and consumer clothing,

      Besides, who's to say UNIF didn't rip off the design from something they saw in a thrift shop? 🙂

  2. I don't think replicas are a big problem in Goth brands, but seeing as Gothy folk tend to be pretty DIY-savvy, I imagine a lot of people will take inspiration from consumer brands when crafting their own attire. I know I've done so in the past, but only for my own donning. I've never copied a brand's look and then sold my own version. I think that's where it gets iffy sometimes.

  3. there's a good reason why there's no copyright in the fashion industry. what if someone copyrighted a t-shirt? the human body basically has one shape: arms, legs, torso. it'd be crazy to buy one style of dress for 80 years (or until it goes into the public domain!). So who cares if it's a knockoff. I can tell you that UNIF knocked off the countless higher-end brands that have been bringing back the 90s for over half a decade now.

  4. I really like this dress on you, and I like the fact that it's billowy! This is the kind of dress that's got a classic look and fabric. For Unif to claim that its design is entirely original, like it's Alexander McQueen, is a little absurd!

  5. Of course I'd wear a replica!

    Also with Lolita… I am a plus sized girl. I am currently getting back into Lolita (and hopefully won't be judged for that ha ha.)
    So replicas are great! It's hard to find Lolita clothes that fit my bust especially.

    Everyone has their reasons for wearing a replica – the sizing, the price tag, whatever it is – I don't mind replicas.

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