Monday, August 5, 2019

Pastel Is Our Power Color {with Dalin of Magic ala Mode}

Part of the magic of social media is how it connects you to like-minded people. I’ve discovered hundreds of fashion bloggers and body positive activists online, and I populate my feeds with women who inspire and delight me. But every once in a while, I come across something truly special: a kindred spirit. Dalin of Magic ala Mode lives in NYC and shares my love of pastel kitsch. After following each other for just a few short weeks, we realized we own a lot of the same clothes. And not only that, we love doing a lot of the same things: decorating with abandon, going to art museums and shows, meeting friends for magical treats, and exploring our city’s most fanciful destinations.
We got to talking about our whimsical sensibilities and how pastel is our power color. So we’re teaming up to talk about fierce, feminine fashion and to share our different takes on the shared items from our closets!
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Meet Dalin of Magic ala Mode

Dalin works in television and blogs about plus size fashion and fanciful finds around New York City at There’s a lot of overlap between our closets, but Dalin’s life in NYC demands a street style twist. I love that Dalin will rock a poofy skirt with Converse sneakers. And on the city streets where it’s easier to wear black and blend in, Dalin’s not afraid to stand out and be herself. You can find Dalin on her blog or on Instagram for plenty of pastel kitsch, Kate Spade fan-girling, and out-of-the-box outfit inspiration.

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I’ve always had a whimsical sensibility. As a little girl, I tried to wear my ballet tutus to school and to sleepovers. As a tween, I loved reading fantasy novels. Now, as an adult, I’m reclaiming those early, wondrous parts of myself. And a lot of that is thanks to the blogging community. It’s plus size fashion blogs, body positivity blogs, and colorful lifestyle blogs that inspired me to be myself. And in sharing my own style, life, and travels, I hope I, in turn, can inspire others. I see Dalin doing the exact same thing, and funnily enough, in a lot of the same clothes. And while there’s nothing revolutionary about a tulle skirt, there is something revolutionary about the modern woman who wears one.
Dalin and I both own this Pixilated Tulle Midi Skirt from Anthropologie. It’s feminine and ladylike, but the pixelated flowers are a cheeky nod to the modern digital world. Visit Dalin’s blog to see how she styled it.

Dalin and I aren’t princesses or damsels in distress. We’re female creatives. Career women. Girls on the go. Our femininity is not synonymous with frailty. It takes an especially bold, strong woman to wear a frilly dress and know she can still command a room, negotiate a deal, and make power moves. A person with a bold approach to fashion likely has a bold approach to other facets of their lives. Boldness is required to grasp opportunities and make your voice heard.
Dalin and I own many of the same sweaters, a few in bright neon colors from ELOQUII. Neon colors are bold and unapologetic. And wearing them channels that same fearless energy. 

Pretty dresses and the color pink aren’t everyone’s idea of a power suit. But they’re my idea of a power suit. My clothing is my armor. Not because it helps me blend in or makes me look strong. But because it makes me look like me. And anyone who can be so unapologetically themselves is someone strong, self-assured, and fearless.
Dalin and I both wear these Distressed Pearl Hem Jeans from ELOQUII on heavy rotation. I love that they’re embellished with pearls for a dainty touch, but juxtaposed with distressing for a street style touch. These jeans speak to both of our approaches to fashion: that you can be feminine and tough at the same time.

A lot of women are hesitant to wear certain colors or silhouettes because of how it’ll be perceived. They don’t want to come off too sexy, too submissive, too childish, too whatever. And I get that. But you can’t control how others perceive you. You can only control how you present yourself, and how you do so is up to you. You change stereotypes by turning them on their heads. Feminine fashion isn’t just for princesses if smart, savvy women are wearing it. After all, warriors can wear combat boots and high heels.

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