Style Trial: Flower garlands

If personal style blogs are to be believed, a lot of women spent a large part of last summer prancing around the woods with giant flower garlands on their heads.

The trouble with this, of course, is that personal style blogs possibly AREN’T a great indication of what people who AREN’T bloggers are actually wearing. We saw dozens of photos of bloggers apparently wearing this look in day-to-day life, for instance, but we’ve yet to see someone standing in line at the post office, or wandering around the supermarket looking like an extra from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This begs the question: are people actually wearing flower garlands? IS there a way to make this look work outside of a summer festival, say… or a woodland glade?

models wearing flower garlands

Flower garlands at ASOS

We ask this question for two reasons. The first is just plain curiosity. We think this is a really pretty, summery look, both on the models shown above, and on the various bloggers we’ve seen wearing it, but a garland is a pretty ostentatious kind of accessory, and we just don’t think it seems like the kind of thing you could wear without attracting a huge amount of negative attention. In the environs of the Fashion Police HQ, for instance (Which is, admittedly, probably not representative of the style-conscious world in general), passers-by would crack up with laughter if you were to try to walk down the street with a crown of flowers on your head. At the aforementioned summer festival, however, it might look a whole lot more natural and wearable.

Oh, and the second reason we want to know what you think of flower garlands? They’re making a comeback for summer 2013, so you can expect to see a lot more of them: in magazines, and at sites like ASOS.com, at least. Do you want to see more of them in your own closet, though? Tell us…

What do you think of flower garlands? Would you wear one?

11 Comments

  • April 9, 2013

    Desiree

    What do I think of flower garlands?
    They give me magical powers to soar through boring daily tasks like standing in a post office queue, do the groceries, the school run, medical appointments, blah, blah, blah.
    Would you wear one?
    Yes and I do, nearly everyday :).

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  • April 9, 2013

    lizvocal

    These are one of these things that are sold at festivals, and only look right at festivals. While you are there, you think, oh pretty! When you get home, you think, WTH am I going to do with that?

    That said, I am a big believer in the “who cares what you think?” philosophy of dressing, so if you can soar through your day with fake flowers in your hair, unmoved by the weird looks, more power to you.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Anna

    I would love to prance around like a hippy flower child, but I’m not attending Woodstock and it’s not the late 60’s/early 70’s.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Leah

    You can definitely get away with the more delicate/muted ones in public, considering jeweled/flowered/bowed headbands, hair clips, and embellished hats have been in style and widely worn since, like, forever. I personally don’t own one, but I’m not big on accessories as a rule.

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  • April 10, 2013

    maddy

    no, i would not wear one in public.
    this is that type of thing that looks nice in staged photos, with models and all, but on a real person doing day to day activities it looks dumb. guess you will blend in with the scenery if you were on a tropical island or at some hippy festival.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Ada

    I made one for myself and wear it ocasionally. Flowers were too big and I want to make another one in darker colors with smaller flowers. However I’m a dancer, I’ve worn them to dance/arts events, to host my own shows and stuff like that. Also people already give me funny looks because of the way I dress (I live in a small city in Mexico) so I couldn’t care less.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Claudia

    I do not even consider to wear them because my face is starting to get lined, and flowers + wrinkles = ? I think I would look as if the local asylum gave me a holiday.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Raluca

    I don’t think I’d have the guts to wear them in everyday life, maybe one with smaller flowers for a “photoshoot” for my blog 🙂 – which totally proves your point. I think my main objection to them is that the flowers are fake, they kinda remind me of those horrible plastic flowers in vases.

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  • April 12, 2013

    Kota

    Flower garland? No. Single flower behind the ear? YES!

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  • April 13, 2013

    Leandrea

    Not my style – too big and in the way. Also fake flowers often don’t look very good. As accessories go, I much prefer cameo earrings, a bright scarf, a cloche hat, or a watch on a chain.

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  • April 14, 2013

    Katja

    I have a couple of them, they’re pretty so I wear them. It’s the same logic I apply to everything I wear. I actually get more smiles than rude stares from strangers while wearing them, so that’s just nice.

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