Inspired by Steel Magnolias – Match Made in Seven

May 27, 2020
Inspired by Steel Magnolias - Match Made in Seven, Jolie Moi floral print dress

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!

…rather than attempting to recreate one character’s look I’ve opted for a more vague interpretation

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.

Inspired by Steel Magnolias - Match Made in Seven, Jolie Moi floral print dress

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!)

Inspired by Steel Magnolias - Match Made in Seven, Jolie Moi floral print dress
Inspired by Steel Magnolias - Match Made in Seven, Jolie Moi floral print dress

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.

How would you style an outfit inspired by Steel Magnolias? Have you seen the film?

Inspired by Steel Magnolias - Match Made in Seven, Jolie Moi floral print dress

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Jolie Moi floral print dress
Jolie Moi floral print dress
Inspired by Steel Magnolias - Match Made in Seven, Jolie Moi floral print dress

Jolie Moi dress (old, similar) | Nine West shoes (old, similar) | Mango hat (old, similar) | Moschino sunglasses | Debenhams bag (old, similar)

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Do visit the other ladies in the group to see their Steel Magnolias outfits…including our new member Eva!

Debbie of Debbie Styles Life

Darlene of Aqua Marina Style

Bettye of Fashion Schlub

Anna of Mutton Style

Emma of Style Spash

Eva of  Eva of Costume Take Out

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

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8 responses to “Inspired by Steel Magnolias – Match Made in Seven”

  1. Nancy says:

    Haha, you had the same feelings that I had with this theme! I strugled! But hey, it s a very good dress! A bit retro, love it!

  2. YOu look absolutely stunning in florals! And THANK YOU so much for featuring me!! It made my day!! Please come and link up your posts with me on Fridays- the link starts at noon Eastern time:) Thanks xx

  3. Such a fresh Summer look! YOuknow I love florals! I love the soft baby blue with your hair. The accessories are perfect for the theme, love the straw hat and bag! Its been an age I saw that movie!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  4. emma, pretty dress! i also did not find the characters that inspiring–although I was tempted at one point to channel my darryl hannah with the cute cat eye glasses and a more casual look…but could not escape the feelings of afternoon tea parties in the south…great interpretation! hopefully one day we can have tea together! xo eva

  5. Lizzie says:

    OMG I love this dress so much! I need in my closet like.. right now lol! So gorgeous!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  6. You did a beautiful job, Emma, with your styling. A lovely dress!!

  7. Emma, I think this dress is a perfect representation of Steel Magnolias! I have a dress in the same exact print. Such pretty colors and you have styled it so perfectly.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  8. Ruth-Anne says:

    What a lovely dress! Though I must admit the bag caught my eye. A perfect match for the movie theme. Now I have a craving to curl up with a mint julep and watch it again..and popcorn! love the necklace; is that a locket? Thank you for the inspired theme!
    Ruth-Anne

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