Dressing a la Frida KahloCharee Magazine

Yep, just as the title suggests, I’m talking about actually dressing in Frida Kahlo’s style.I’ve been a long time admirer of the Mexican artist (1907-1954) and not just for her painting but for her extraordinary dress sense, too! Clad in floral embroidery, in a flowing long skirt, draped in a shawl and flowers in her braided hair, her look was exotic! Countless of her self-portraits and photographs have kept this image of her ingrained in peoples’ minds! And while realistically speaking you don’t have wear the full traditional tehuana outfit, it can be fun to take up some inspiration a little here and there.

I remember how a few years back the first time I tried to adapt a bit of her look and failed disastrously! I don’t really want to think about that too much because memory of the faux pas makes me cringe! But hey, we’ve all had our bad dress days, haven’t we? Given the new trends and fresh items on the market that have arrived, though, I feel like it’s a second chance! Let’s hope, I get it right this time!

What signifies the wardrobe of Frida Kahlo, is lots of prints, lots of colours and florals! Long skirts and square shirts are a definite if you want to imitate the typical Frida silhouette. And with a lot of currently emerging trends such as the folklore and floral print trends, it’s not all that hard. In fact a lot of pieces seen at SS14 shows for Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Alberta Ferretti and Missoni, really reminded me of her! Don’t worry if the prints and cuts aren’t strictly Mexican. The idea is to get the flavour of it! Frida Kahlo may have had a difficult life, but she nevertheless had an insatiable passion for it, which reflected in the brightness and vitality in her clothing.

Tops

Much to my delight I found that there are quite a few tops out there that are not all that different from Frida’s! It’s amazing! But there are also a few

1. Diane von Furstenberg Perla top ?268

2. Peter Pilotto Marina stretch-jersey top ?358

3. Carven Bandage Top ?168,58

4. Easton Pearson Take Away Urchin wave & seahorse cotton top ?145

Skirts

Frida was certainly fond of her long skirts, partially to hide her injuries. You can style a maxi skirt with any top whether plain or printed. Incidentally, Frida Kahlo wore different prints together. I was hesitant about wearing longer skirts for a long time myself, but I think it depends on where to! There is right place for the right clothes. Country outings, anyone?

1.Collette by Collette Dinnigan Daisy dots embroidered skirt ?326

2. Prabal Gurung Embroidered lace stripe skirt ?950

3. Peter Pilotto Carla printed skirt ?784

4. Lulu & Co Printed Floral Full Skirt ?431,38

Dresses

Lace, frills, colour prints! It’s all there for a passionate soul! Frida liked long dresses, too! But I was impressed that some of the latest designs actually include over the shoulder wraps, something I’ve seen the painter wear as well! But if you’re not up for maxi dresses, go for something cheerfully bright!

1.Camilla Embellished printed-knit kaftan ?698

2. Michael Van Der Ham Blue Floral Over The Shoulder Wrap Dress ?880,60

3. Collette by Collette Dinnigan St Tropez embroidered shift dress ?426

4. The Row Constance cotton dress ?938

Jewellery

Drop earrings, bracelets and necklaces! Frida enjoyed jewellery. Necklaces with gemstones or drop earrings with feathers may not be identical to my artistic idol, but iconic looks inspire other ideas, so hold that thought!

1. Anton Heunis Green and Blue Gem Necklace ?239,98

2. Aurelie Bidermann Cite D’Or Genuine Feather Earrings ?445,26

3. Ileana Makri Diamond, sapphire & white gold drop earrings  ?6,030

4. Marie Helene de Taillac Multicoloured gem stone and gold bracelet  ?10,690

When you reach out for colours and florals or anything with a bit of bohemia in it, all that kind of gives you a lighthearted feeling about yourself and the world around you! Is it possible to celebrate each day with clothes? All I can say is, clothes really can project how you feel. So if you feel good, why not show it? Have you ever had the feeling like you want to try something just a bit more unusual and/or outlandish?

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