Frida a fashion Icon? It’s something that happened organically for Frida Kahlo, her style was a necessity used to hide her imperfections and in the end created the iconic image we know and love today. The heavy structured corsets kept her broken torso in place, while her long Tehuana dresses hid her shortened right leg, and the cherry on top her floral crown that you could say was symbolic to just how delicate she was underneath it all. So how do I embody all that you ask? Take inspiration from Frida as a guide to make her style your own.
Let’s start at the crown, Kahlo is most known for her ribbon entwined braids nestled on top of her head accented with a floral headpiece. To modernize Frida’s look you can wear a rhinestone floral and lace headpiece to represent your feminine but strong side. Maybe you’re inspired by nature, you can wear a more elaborate wreath style headpiece with silk flowers. You can also skip the flowers all together and wear just the ribbon entwined braids to represent the rebel in you.
Frida’s eccentric style embodied creativity and represented the beauty of Mexico that surrounded her, bright bold colors, vibrant prints and handmade textiles. You can use vibrant colors in your outfit to represent Mexico, or unique textiles maybe printed with things that Frida might’ve seen in her daily life, like her pets, the landscape, etc. Another way to re-create your Frida look is by mimicking her silhouette, find a printed maxi dress, or maxi skirt with a patterned top.
Adornment was the key to Frida’s style, to her it represented power, so to finish off your look think chunky jewelry, or unique, traditional, and handmade jewelry like some of the Phoenix Fridas create. You can also add a rebozo (scarf) which Kahlo believed made a woman look more graceful. Last but not least the Unibrow, Frida’s immortalized symbol of nonconformity, top off your look with your own version of the unibrow, thicken your natural brows, paint them a bright bold color with make-up, or maybe rock a pair of bold glitter brows. There is no right or wrong way to interpret Frida’s style into your own as long as you’re having fun and it’s a representation of yourself inspired by the amazing icon.