Welcome to the monthly edition of Match made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme in turn, and that can be anything. A book, music, a color, a movie. Then we each style an outfit based on that theme. The theme for this month is Ode to Iris Apfel. Our stylish friend from the Netherlands, Sonja from Beauty Some, picked this theme. Sonja has a great sense of style and knows how to have fun with fashion, and this pick of theme reflects that.
Today’s post is all about this style and fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Iris is that outlandish style setter who wears oversized glasses and huge necklaces and more bracelets than you can count. When asked how many bracelets were too many, she replied, how long is your arm?
Fashion is just another accessory for someone with great style.
This year, at age 97, she signed with a modeling agency! She’s designed spaces in the White House for nine presidents, all the way up to Clinton. Iris became super famous following a 2005 exhibit at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was named Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection and it made her even more famous!
Besides her outrageous sense of style is her outspoken personality. You get a sense of her just by reading what she says, so I’ve sprinkled her quotes throughout this post just to make you smile. The lady has wisdom!
Last year, she released her first book, an autobiography published by HarperCollins, titled Iris Apfel: Accidental icon. This was followed by the release of her own Barbie doll made in partnership with Mattel.
“I dress for myself…I’m not pretty, and I’ll never be pretty, I’m not trying to be pretty, but it doesn’t matter.
I have something much better. I have style.”
A Tribute to Apfel’s Style
Ok, this month’s challenge is a big one! You’ve got to admire Ms. Apfel and her sense of style, but really, is it for me? Well, you certainly can’t channel her look without the iconic glasses, right? So, I picked these oversized eyeglasses up, just for fun. If you really love them :), you, too, can have a pair! Lol! They do make you feel like an original!
While Iris is big on bold colors and rich fabrics, she does wear quite a bit of black. So, to suit my style, I started with a black background and built on that to come up with a mild and meek version of this fashion queen!
The bright print of this kimono reminds me of her colorful style. While it lacks the rich texture found in many of her pieces, it does mimic her style due to the bright floral pattern and the dramatic scale of the kimono. As for accessories, like necklaces and bracelets, the more the better!
And for shoes? She was all about wearing flats. Mine are from BP and here is a very similar pair of red flats on sale.
My Take on Her Style
I’m really excited to see what my blogging friends come up with and I’m sure you are, too. Take a look to see their interpretations:
Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.
Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/
Sonja of https://www.yustsome.nl/
Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/
Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/
Emma of http://www.style-splash.com/
Nancy of https://www.
I had lots of fun learning more about this interesting lady and I hope you did, too. Even though we can’t fully imitate her style, there is something to be said for dressing any way that makes you feel confident. Without a doubt, accessories do make the look, right?
If you are intrigued about this style-maker and enjoyed reading this ode to Iris Apfel, be sure to check out Iris Apfel on Instagram where her bio reads:
“More is more, and less is a bore.”