Welcome to the latest Match Made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme which can be anything – a book, music, a color, a movie – and then we style an outfit based on that theme. This month it was Debbie’s turn to choose the theme and she really threw us a curve ball with this one. Creating an outfit inspired by Steel Magnolias was no easy feat, especially as I haven’t seen the film!
Obviously the first thing I did was Google Steel Magnolias and look on Pinterest for some ideas, but even that didn’t help much. I probably overthought it way too much and confused myself. To be honest, I didn’t find the characters’ outfits very interesting or inspiring. So, rather than attempting to recreate one character’s look I’ve opted for a more vague interpretation.
After much deliberation, I decided on a very “ladylike” floral print dress with a straw bag and hat, in the hope that this captures the spirit of the film. Steel Magnolias is about a close-knit group of women in a small town in Louisiana, and how they cope with the death of one of their own. A tearjerker by all accounts.
I’ve had this dress for years but have never worn it before. It’s a bit tight on the bust, although thankfully the fabric is a little bit stretchy. As usual with belted dresses, the waistline is too high for me. Maybe a wider belt would look better than the navy one it came with. Annoyingly I couldn’t find the white mules I planned on wearing, so I chose these pink ones instead. (I really need a better system of storing my shoes!)
The bag is actually an old beach bag but it lends a certain rustic touch to the outfit, along with the straw hat. I finished off the look with a simple handmade bracelet, pearl earrings and a really old necklace that I found in my jewellery box.
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