Fashion Outfits

Outfitting || My Frida Kahlo Dress

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Embroidery has been yet another trend that I avoided until fairly late in the game (see cold-shoulder dresses). But when I spied this dress on Depop, I knew I had to have it. There was just something about it that I loved. And I make no qualms about shopping second-hand. I love it! For one thing, shopping second hand allows me to buy items that I might not otherwise afford. For another, it sometimes allows me to indulge in high-street consumerism without feeling as guilty about it. 

There are loads of other benefits to shopping second hand (besides just the price). Not only is it a fairly “green” way to shop, but you can also sometimes really spot quality in items by seeing how well they’ve held up over time. You can find great brand names and truly unique vintage finds, not to mention that it usually inspires me to either sell or donate some of the old clothing that I don’t ever wear anymore. I’m still waiting for the day that I spot a vintage, unloved quilted Chanel bag in the back of an old vintage store. 

But that’s probably just a fairy tale. 

Anyways, back to this dress. I spotted it and it was brand new, still with its tags attached. It also looked like a modernised version of something that Frida Kahlo might wear so I immediately loved it. It was so many trends in one dress (embroidery, high-low hem) but somehow instead of being turned off by it like I usually am with over trendy pieces, it spoke to me and I knew it had to be mine. 

One summer I TA’ed a drawing and painting class for children and we read them children’s books about artists every lesson. My favourite one being a book called “When Pigasso Met Mootisse”. I highly recommend that one. We also read the kids a book about Frida. 

Some of my favourite Frida facts are :

She could win in tequila drinking challenges against much bigger men. 

She abandoned her career in medicine and decided to take up painting after a near-fatal trolley accident. (She was literally impaled in the accident). Whilst she was immobile recovering, she started self-portraiture using a mirror across her bed. 

She was unapologetic about her bisexuality. 

Her painting, painting Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma) sold for over $8 million. That’s the highest auction price for any work by a Latin American artist.

She was unapologetically herself. 

Basically, there’s no doubt that Frida is an icon. And channeling any bit of her strength and look just puts me in a long line of people who were inspired by Frida. Givenchy, Valentino and Dolce & Gabanna have all had Frida-inspired lines. 

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blazer and white dress
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I’m looking forward to continuing to wear this dress even in the autumn with a pair of thick black tights. 

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Have you jumped on the embroidery bandwagon? 

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  • wow! so nice.. looking good in black jacket with white dress…

  • Maja Harder Thygesen

    Tour shows are so cute for that outfit ! Good choice 🙌
    http://www.majaharder.com

  • It’s super cute!

  • Its lovely! I love a bit of second hand shopping, although I haven’t had a browse on Depop in so long. It always gives me a nudge to sell or donate some things too, which I could definitely do with doing xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • It felt really good having a good clear out! There were certainly a lot of things that I didn’t wear and only kept around hoping they would fit one day / felt guilty having spent money on etc! x

  • That is gorgeous, I love the floral embroidery! xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

  • I adore this dress on you! And … I love Frida Kahlo.

  • I love this dress so so much! You’re so beautiful in it, and I would love if you could shot this outfit with the black thighs in Autumn as you said, I’m sure it’s going to look amazing, this dress is just too pretty!
    Lucie, xx

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

  • Ray

    Nice bohemian dress.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

  • Laura Emilia

    I love this dress, and I can totally see Frida in it! Have you seen the film with Salma Hayek in it? I haven’t watched it for a while but used to LOVE it. The soundtrack is amazing too! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I’ve only seen it once and that was years and years ago – I should definitely watch it again by the sounds of things! xx

  • That’s such a pretty dress

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Gorgeous dress Amanda! Looks fab on you!
    Now I feel really daft, but I don’t know who frida kahlo is?!?
    I’m not really an embroidery girl, I just don’t feel it’s v me, but I love it on this frock on you!
    Holly xxx /// http://www.mrshollycrocker.com
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    • No need to feel daft at all! Frida was a Mexican painter prolific in the 1920/30s who mostly did self-portraits but used a lot of folk art as well. (She’s famous for painting herself with an ever growing unibrow). I grew up in New Mexico so her art was definitely more a part of the cultural conversation there than it would be here in England. xx

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  • You look absolutely beautiful. This dress is just so cute. It suits you perfectly. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  • Emma Fisher

    That dress is so pretty. I can see it being perfect in autumn with a chunky cardigan.
    My friend Toni did a fab portrait of Frida and it was then I started looking into her life – she was an amazing lady wasn’t she!

  • Very cute dress! I agree with your comments about buying second hand. It also allows me to feel less guilty about purchasing something in fast fashion / that is trendy and being cheaper is a bonus too.

    Didn’t know most of the facts about Frida actually! Thanks for sharing

    Nat ◇ dignifiable

  • ” Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”

  • Oooh I love this dress and I love Frida. In fact, this dress demands to be worn with strong eyebrows. You get that Anastasia pomade and you start painting in those eyebrows heavy and fierce and you work that shizz xx

    (also, shoe love, OMG)

    • So these shoes are Moheda clogs – and they are stupidly comfy. You wouldn’t think that a Swedish clog brand would be that comfy but it is. I think I found them somewhere embarrassingly frumpy like Clark’s. I 100% recommend them.

      Also one of the joys of having a fringe is that no one can see your eyebrows. I kid you not that no professional has touched those bad boys in well over a year. It’s basically a jungle. I’ve tweezed the middle but the rest is a free-for-all. Basically, I could grow a thick unibrow.

      He’ll never read the comments and thus won’t die of shame, but my little brother rocked a hard-core unibrow during his early teenage years until my mom and I helped him pluck it one day.

  • Miu

    Such a lovely dress, I’m glad you got it! 😉
    I do not own anything embroidered (or I cannot remember now), because I am also on a self-imposed clothes buying ban.

    Miu