Sure Fire Options for Frida Kahlo Inspiration: Thrifty 6
Our Thrifty 6 group is back and the prompt is Frida Kahlo inspiration for an outfit. You only get my look today because the prompt came too late to schedule it with Lesley and my mom.
Yet you’ll get to see the other 5 women in our Thrifty 6 group below to give you more than ample ideas.
Quote of the day: “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” E.E. Cummings
If you aren’t an art lover, then the name Frida Kahlo may not mean anything to you. I’m usually a tad ignorant about artists and their lives, but I actually know something about Frida.
She is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists.
Because Rob & I take a docent tour at our Phoenix Art Museum occasionally, we have learned about the Frida Kahlo artwork that is hanging in our museum. It’s a piece depicting the Suicide of Dorothy Hale and it’s quite controversial. Here is what the art looks like.
The funny thing is I read the book about Dorothy Hale, and there is some speculation that she might not have committed suicide.
Anyways, when you talk about Friday Kahlo inspiration for clothing, you think of 4 things:
1-Bright and colorful
4-Large, statement necklace
Thrifted Outfit: Frida Kahlo Inspiration
Another big style that Frida Kahlo liked to wear was embroidered items…think Mexican inspired. I couldn’t find that in my closet that was secondhand, but instead, I found this bright, floral dress.
It’s made of the lightest material and that makes it very easy to wear for our hot, summer days.
And, the print is flowers, so that fits the Frida Kahlo inspiration perfectly.
The style of this dress is relatively low in the front, so I wore my supportive bralette from Ruby Ribbon which is red and blends in with the colors of the dress (you can see one of the bra straps in the back photo below).
Related post: Speaking of Ruby Ribbon bras, you should check out my article about Comfortable bras
I always check out footwear when we are Thrifting, and this pair is one that I wear a lot. The rose gold is a fabulous warm neutral that goes with so many of my outfit selections. The only drawback is that they don’t have any arch support, so if we are planning on walking much, then I add my adhesive Sole Insoles (found on Amazon).
BTW, I swear by these Sole Insoles and wear them in all of my non-supportive shoes, especially my Converse sneakers.
Related post: How to thrift shoes
Insider tip: If you are somewhat squeamish about secondhand shoes, I think sandals are better because, with the airflow, you don’t have as much chance of foot fungus sticking around.
Accessory Details: Frida Kahlo Inspiration
A true Frida Kahlo inspiration involves flowers in the hair. I accomplished this by using a scarf that had been given to me by a friend because she didn’t wear it. The flower that I pinned to the scarf was made by my mother from leftover material.
Insider tip: You can create this rose shape with a square scarf as seen in this video.
I also included 2 thrifted necklaces layered over each other. If you look closely, you can see the flower pendant on the necklace is the same shape as the earrings.
This bubble gum wrapper purse was found at Goodwill and it says Made In Mexico, so it’s perfect for the Frida Kahlo inspiration look. I piled on more flowers with my bracelet and ring (because are there ever enough flowers?).
How I Really Wore It
It’s no secret that I like to make a statement with my outfits, but even I felt like this would be too much for our trip to the art museum on this day.
You can see how I modified the look as worn on Saturday in my Daily Outfit post.
Yes, we did take a gander at the Frida Kahlo artwork while strolling in the art museum, so I felt very apropos.
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With the Fashion and textile industry being a major contributor to landfills and other environmental pollution, we decided to make it the mission of this little group to focus on second-hand items. Every month we will choose a theme and share our styles with you to hopefully inspire you to shop more preloved and less fast Fashion.
Insider tip: If there aren’t many wonderful secondhand shops near you, then I included a list of online shops that I love at the end of this post.
- Emma of Style Splash
- Grace of Graceful Rags
- Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade
- Jodie (and crew) of Jodie’s Touch of Style
- Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style
- Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge
So check out the other members of the Thrifty 6 and how they interpreted “The high and low of it”
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge
“I wore this same secondhand skirt for our Thrifty Six post, Inspired by Travel, back in September. The style and bold print remind me of something that Frida would have worn. I paired the skirt with this preloved teal kaftan style tunic which I tucked in and then used a gold scarf as a belt. Because Frida was well known for her large drapey scarves, I added this gorgeous thrifted green paisley pashmina. My boots were also a secondhand purchase…$7.50 with my birthday coupon in May for these amazing L’Artiste ankle boots which have very little signs of wear. I have been wanting a pair of boots by L’Artiste for a really long time but have not wanted to spend the money (they retail for about $150-200). Don’t you think they are perfect for an outfit inspired by an artist! I also added a black floral headband because any fan of Frida’s knows of her love for floral headpieces.”
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style
“I must admit that I made it a bit of a costume party from this theme, inspired by Frida Kahlo. I don’t have anything in my closet that would even remotely resemble Frida Kahlo, so getting inspired was pretty hard. Of course, she almost always had her iconic flowers on her head, that’s a no-brainer. And in several pictures, I saw that she often wore pink with red and green. Hence the color combination. She also often had a scarf draped over her shoulders. So I made a true color palette of it. While when I think of Frida Kahlo I would actually find a black outfit more inspired. Because of her hard life and traumatic events and also often the morbid paintings. But black would be too easy! And apparently, she wasn’t put together that way either!”
Emma of Style Splash
“I was introduced to the works and life story of Frida Kahlo during my degree course and have been fascinated with her ever since. I have prints, jewelry, clothing and ornaments featuring her famous face. She often wore flowers in her hair so I upcycled one of Isobel’s old headbands with some artificial flowers and ribbon I’d saved from packaging. It was fiddly but I’m pleased with how it turned out. I bought the Mexican top on Vinted for about £8. The skirt is part of a vintage co-ord that I bought on eBay. My black stretch bracelet is from a charity shop and I made the silver and turquoise ring and bangle. This might be my thriftiest outfit yet!”
Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade
“‘I’m the person I know best…
…that’s why I paint self-portraits.’
A quote from Frida Kahlo, the inspiration behind this month’s T6 post.
She paints herself because she’s alone, I wholeheartedly identify with that…
…solitude is a drug to me; I crave it like primal desire.
Frida and I are alike, creativity blossoms when solitude prevails.
I’m capturing her essence in colour and form, the unmistakable pallet of jewel and primary…
…dominant floral crowning glory and distant, melancholy gaze*…
…her Image in perpetual suspension…”
Grace of Graceful Rags
“I really struggled with this fun theme! I put together a few very Frida-esque outfits before realizing that none of the pieces were thrifted. And as much as I love costumes, I didn’t want to put together a look that I wouldn’t wear in real life. I decided on this beautiful beaded crochet top that was a hand-me-down from my mom’s cousin. One thing that I noticed Frida actually wore a lot of black, and I thought the little beaded flowers fit the theme (plus, she loved showing her boobies, so the sheerness seemed on point!). I paired the outfit with gold face earrings, layered necklaces, and a braided updo complete with little hair rings. Modern Frida!”
Online Thrift Stores
These are the ones I’ve used more than once (except Swap, but it comes highly recommended by a friend)
thredUp—this link gives you $10 (and me in return).
Poshmark — here is the post about how to shop the site.
Uncommon Closet— nonprofit to help women.
Gild the Lily–a local Michigan store that sells online.
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