what's exactly is a replica? is it when one brand tries to mimic another's pieces? i'm fairly new at all of this, so i'm doing as much research as i can before i start to buy my own outfits and stuff.
A replica is when someone makes an exact copy of a brand’s pieces. Usually it’s not done by a reputable brand but rather by independent makers and general bootleggers. To give an example, this is Angelic Pretty’s Sugary Carnival which was extremely popular for a few years:
And here is a replica made by a TaoBao shop called Dream of Lolita which makes replicas almost exclusively:
Here’s a piece that you can read about them for more information.