Monday, 18 August 2014

Flower power!


When I was in high school, I always used to get into trouble for wearing flowers in my hair. I'm not talking about huge diamanté clip creations that take up the majority of your head, but a picked flower from the garden that was nestled somewhere in my curls. Sometimes it was a frangipani from the tree outside our lounge window or else it was a daisy from an arrangement in the school foyer (although I distinctly remember getting into trouble for that as it "constitutes as stealing"), but no matter the flower I would always feel just a bit happier about life having some beautiful piece of nature with me.  But of course, because high school was full of restrictive rules and I didn't get along with most of my teachers to begin with, I was soon banned from wearing such 'accessories' as they went against the school rules. And so the wheel of conformity spins on.

So imagine my delight when I saw that the latest trend (especially when it comes to festival fashion) is wearing beautiful floral wreaths and blooms in your hair (or, in some cases, in your beard). Yes, it's not very practical, and yes, it isn't a look that most people can pull off (I have yet to summon up the courage to don a floral crown myself), but I love the fact that nature is being incorporated into fashion in such a whimsical way. It reminds me of five-year-old me sitting in the middle of the garden trying to make daisy chains out of the very few flowers that my mother had succeeded in growing in our garden (green thumbs don't run in the family) ... and then giving up and throwing the flowers in the air as confetti instead (gender stereotypes clearly do)! Love it or hate it, I hope that this trend does at least one thing: that it reminds people to take a moment from all of the concrete and fluorescent lighting to love the world in which we live and to stop and smell the flowers.