If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I love the pantsuit. Earlier this year, I altered a vintage men’s tux to wear to The Red Party at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum. Because it started out as a men’s suit the jacket was pretty boxy. I wish I had added a little something to make it feel more feminine. I saw this image below on Pinterest and decided the next time I wore my tux I’d add an artsy corsage.

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I wore the tux again for Project Upcycle and I arranged for The Flower Kiosk to make me a corsage. The evening was such a blur that I never took a photo of the corsage. Truth be told I had no time to get ready. I quickly changed into my tux in a supply closet and rushed into the party.

Since then I’ve been thinking how fresh flowers are a sustainable style secret weapon. They can elevate any outfit. The problem is that there is not a lot of inspiration out there for a modern way to wear flowers. If you search Pinterest you’ll either get bridal images that are way too pretty or editorial shots that are gorgeous but highly impractical.

I started doing a little research myself. I bought a flower during my lunch break and wore it in my jacket pocket for the rest of the day. It was nice. It made me smile. 🙂


For Cotillion Bureau‘s Grand Opening, I wore a corsage on my pajama chic outfit.

Me and Elias making it work!

Below is some inspiration I found on Pinterest that is worth sharing. Click over to my Pinterest Board to find the source of the images.

FRESH – How about wearing flowers as earrings. So chic. I think the trick is to experiment and think modern.

CLASSIC – Wear flowers in your hair or behind your ear. It doesn’t need to be for a special occasion. Wear flowers to meet friends for brunch.

Wear a flower as a pin, a choker, or a corsage.

My favorite idea is to just put flowers in your pocket. Easy Peasy. Casual chic.

Coincidentally, I went to the Maine College of Art year-end fashion show on Friday night and one of the graduating designers, Allysun West, sent many of her models down the runway wearing fresh flowers and plants. Go see images on her Instagram page.

Photo by Rebecca Earle

What do you think? Can we start a trend?


6 thoughts on “WEARING FLOWERS

  1. EA May 6, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I love this idea aesthetically; unfortunately, unless purchased from a local gardener, flowers themselves are not very sustainable, traveling great distances with lots of jet fuel and often involving low-wage hardship labor and exposure to various carcinogenic chemicals in the field. I hope your readers will find their flowers in their yards or farmers’ markets, or verify the sourcing at their florist. That would be a win-win!

    • recovergirl May 6, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Good point. Thank you for sharing!!! I was thinking in terms of wearing an outfit you already own and just adding a flower. When you are done wearing the flower it won’t fill up our landfills. Worth mentioning that Humble Bee Flowers in Berwick, Maine offers “ecologically-minded” products.

      • EA May 6, 2018 / 1:27 pm

        Too bad dandelion stalks are so wimpy. 🙂

  2. Tiffany Renee Harmon May 6, 2018 / 11:50 am

    This is such a fun spin on traditional spring florals! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. poisonivydesign May 8, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I LOVE fresh flowers but alas, it’s not always or even often feasible to have them handy when one is getting dressed. I do have a number of lovely soft fabric flower pins, which go well with many of my outfits, especially the bright red poppy looking flower pin made from transparent fabrics with beaded center. Everyone always compliments the bright red flower pinned on anything I am wearing that day. Maybe we should have a make your own flower workshop?

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