Here’s a look back at all of this year’s Mary Blair March outfits. I have 15 unique pieces in my wardrobe (nine dresses and six skirts), and I wore them each at least once, for a total of 23 different ensembles this March:
I’m still missing one (and only one, I think) print in some form in my wardrobe. I never did get my hands on the commuters print, and I think I may regret that oversight forever!
I love that I have this print in different styles (on the Aurora dress, the Jenny skirt, and the Natalie swing dress), and also in different colors. Like the planes, this is also fun to accessorize in different ways for totally different looks!
In honor of Mary Blair March, I thought I’d take a look at one of the two most common Mary Blair prints in my wardrobe…the planes print! I have this gorgeous pattern on three different Pinup Girl Clothing items: the Harley dress, the Natalie swing dress, and the Doris skirt:
I love the colors and whimsy of this print, and I really love how many different accessories in multiple shades work with it, making it super easy to create many different looks!
I think my favorite thing about Mary Blair’s artwork is her unorthodox use of color. Not only did she illustrate normal objects in unusual colors, like emerald skies and pink horses, she also paired unexpected colors with great success. This year, I decided to pair two shades of green I normally wouldn’t wear together in her honor, and I’m very pleased with the result…it’s the perfect green overload for St. Patrick’s Day!
Of course I had to add in green accessories, too, including an all green stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles, and my “lucky” green frog brooch from Erstwilder:
How do you like to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day?
There’s still another week to go of Mary Blair March, but as Mary Blair Week winds down, I wanted to share some of the ways I’ve styled my Mary Blair prints so far. This year, I decided to focus on only one outfit for each of the ten Mary Blair pieces in my wardrobe, instead of multiple outfits for each:
I haven’t been able to get as many other people involved in this event as I had hoped, but I have really enjoyed learning more about the life and work of Mary Blair and wearing some of my favorite prints from my wardrobe!
I’ve shared many Mary Blair outfits featuring pieces from Pinup Girl Clothing over the last few years, but I think this outfit might be the one that catches the “Magic of Mary Blair” the best.
Well, one of the things Mary Blair was most known for was her bold and unconventional use of color. One of her credits in movies like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella, as well as the famous “It’s a Small World” attraction created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair (and later adapted at several Disney parks as a ride), was color styling. Her unusual color pairings were ground-breaking for the time, and she is credited with introducing Walt Disney himself to this unique style, as well as modernist art, and he became one of her greatest champions.
Getting back to this outfit…I think the addition of a bold green shrug to a primarily pink dress really reflects the way Mary Blair liked to play with color. The clouds on the dress are done in a similar shade, and pairing it with more of the same color really makes it pop. I often play it safe with over-pieces, sticking with white, black, and neutral denim when it comes to boleros, shrugs, cardigans, and jackets. But for Mary Blair March, going really bold just seems appropriate!
I also added an additional, more subtle pop of color with a blue necklace and bracelet.
It’s an unmistakably bright outfit, which I really hope pays homage to Mary Blair!
How do you embrace the “Magic of Mary Blair” in your outfits?
Time to kick off Mary Blair Week (a week I invented as the high point of Mary Blair March, which is a time to wear all of my favorite Pinup Girl Mary Blair prints and celebrate the life and work of that talented artist!) with a Mary Blair Monday outfit. I’m wearing the yellow train print Jenny skirt because it is the first Mary Blair print I purchased, and was what really introduced me to her art.
I decided to go bold with my Splendette bangle stack:
And while this Erstwilder brooch isn’t a Mary Blair piece, it is whimsical enough to fit right in with the outfit!
I’m looking forward to wearing more great Mary Blair pieces (and seeing the outfits other people put together) all week long!