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I Love Your Style: Frida Kahlo

Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use actresses (like Taylor Momsen) or models (like Daisy Lowe) as style inspiration even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists.Which we don’t have. And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!

Facial hair is physically attractive to me in every way. I’ve ended things with a guys who’ve shaved it all off (shallow biotch, I know).  I’ve even made up nicknames for my man-friends based on their beard situations (i.e., Chinstrap).  But one thing’s for damn sure: facial hair is a man’s game until the end.

Well, except for one well-known woman…

Besides Frida Kahlo being known for those tightly wound locks on her head, she’s also known as the only woman with a mustache and unibrow who had men and women lusting after her and her artwork.  Now that’s some kind of sex appeal I will never know.

For the less informed, Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter during the first half of the 20th century.  She’s best known for her (sometimes morbid) self-portraits and being the wife of artist, Diego Rivera, which wasn’t the picture perfect marriage most girl dreams about. And her life wasn’t such a fairy tale either. Frida contracted Polio at a young age, making her right leg look thinner than her left leg; was openly bisexual and was bumpin’ uglies with men and women behind her husband’s back; and was in a serious trolley accident that severely ruined most of her body and kept her in and out of the bed for the majority of her life.  Oh and let’s not forget her mustache/unibrow combo (sorry, I just can’t get over it).

Frida has a tough life – there’s no doubt about that – but despite it all, you never saw her throwin’ on a t-shirt and sweatpants and calling it a night. (Though I’m sure it also helped that they didn’t make hoodies during the 1940’s.) She had something to say, either through her paintings or her clothing, and she wanted people to know it.

Frida had many different elements to her style, from milkmaid braids and flowers, shawls and scarves, chunky jewelry and long, long skirts (to disguise her legs).  It didn’t all mesh together perfectly, but it’s what she liked and it worked.

What I love most about Frida’s personal style is that, despite it all, she really was a lot like the rest of us. She knew what she liked and what she didn’t like about herself and dressed to accentuate the good and camouflage the bad. Got a bigger tummy?  Wear a more flowy top.  Tiny boobs?  Push-up bra.  Deformed leg from Polio? Maxi skirt.  I know you do it. I do it.  Frida did it.  Cleopatra probably did it.  Trends come and go, but dressing so you’re comfortable is one fashion ‘do’ that will last forever.

Dress, Turquoise ring, Silver ring, Shoes, Headband, Scarf

The maxi-dress is something you’d see Frida wear for reasons previously mentioned, but you don’t have to have awkward legs to rock a maxi-dress.  It’s perfect for the end of summer weather, especially if you add the scarf (or shawl, however you prefer it) to warm up the look on the chillier nights.  And if you want to keep the look a little more relaxed and chill (it is the end of summer, after all) a pair of flat sandals are a comfortable alternative to wedges or heels (and I’m just loving the more ethnic vibe!).

As for accessories, the chunky rings work better instead of a big necklace, which would conflict with the scarf (too many neck accessories = no-no).  And when it comes to your hair, if milkmaid braids aren’t your thing, Frida wore flowers too.  A simple headband with a flower attached is just enough to channel Frida and add an extra splash to the overall look.

Now just let me reiterate one last time: tweezers are your friend. A unibrow is not an accessory you want to rock.

"Girls, if boys say something that’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh." -Amy Poehler contact me at: toscanoc@msu.edu or ctoscano620@aol.com!