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Style Icon: Frida Kahlo

Apparel, Most Wanted, What's Trending  /   /  By Ashley Mariano

Kim Kardashian, the self-proclaimed Selfie Queen, can possibly thank Frida Kahlo for inventing the movement. The Mexican artist was known for her putting herself front and center in her self portraits. Maybe it’s due to this unapologetic intimacy that Kahlo’s raw beauty and colorful paintings have become so iconic.

More than 60 years after her death, Kahlo continues to fascinate art lovers, style devotees, and feminists alike. Although many women pay homage to the artist on Halloween, it’s quite easy to recreate her outfits for your everyday look. Here are a couple of modern interpretations to get you started:

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Look 1: Layer an off-the-shoulder top over a lace maxi dress. Top it off with a floral crown and fringed gladiator sandals for a Frida-inspired festival look.

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Look 2: The brocade wrap jacket offers a different take on Kahlo’s traditional shawl wrap while the floral maxi stays true to her love of colorful flowers. Throw on a few unique accessories like a geo cuff and fringe backpack but keep the shoes neutral to tie everything together.

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Look 3: Although Kahlo usually wore dresses and skirts, her present-day counterparts would love this one-sleeve luxe Valentino jumpsuit. Add a turquoise necklace and floral clutch for a great night-out look.

Be sure to take in some cultural lessons from this style icon at a city near you. The New York Botanical Garden has curated an exhibit on Frida’s love of nature while artist Ishiuchi Miyako has photographed Kahlo’s wardrobe and personal belongings for the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. Both exhibits are now open to the public. And of course there’s no better way to re-imagine Kahlo’s life than a tour at Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.

Can’t visit any of these art shows? View our nature-inspired Frida Kahlo collection or curl up on the couch with a Kahlo book or biopic

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