They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but flowers are mine! I love the delicacy and femininity that florals bring whether it’s inside your home or Floral print has now become a wardrobe staple, most times when you think of printed fabrics – floral ends up in the mix. This botanical pattern comes in variations of colors, textures, and styles, plus most of us probably have at least one floral top, dress, or bottoms in our closet.
Flowers are a universal symbol of femininity which kind of makes sense since women typically love floral arrangements, hence the boost in these sales on Valentine’s day and of course on Mother’s Day. The origin of floral fabrics can be traced back to Asia, primarily in China and Japan where flowers were used in intricate embroidered designs or seen on the ever popular, kimonos. In the US, the disco era showed an increase in floral patterns splashed across jumpsuits, dresses, and even men’s tops. Now floral designs can be seen in resort wear (for example Hawaiian shirts) and on the runway of many Fashion shows worldwide – but if your passport is up just visiting your nearest mall and you’ll find garments and accessories that are inspired by botanical patterns.
If you know me, you know I love facts! So, here are some of my favorite random floral facts:
It is predicted this year alone that 69% of those who celebrate Mother’s Day will purchase flowers, spending an estimated $2.6 billion dollars.
My favorite flowers are Orchids, Daisies, Gardenias, and Lilies.
There are 400,000 species of flowering plants in the world.
Broccoli is considered to be a flower.
In the 17th century, Holland Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold. The flower was a symbol of life, love, and immortality.
Ancient Egyptians considered the lotus to be a sacred flower and were used in burial rituals. In China, it represented purity and was an important symbol in Buddhism.
Orchids do not need soil to grow – their nutrients are obtained from the air.
Many thought this outfit was a dress, but it’s actually two separate pieces. I paired a floral top that I purchased from a boutique in NY – so beautiful and delicate with a 1950’s inspired midi full skirt from Express. Since the top is somewhat neutral minus the splashes of floral print and due to the fact that I didn’t want to take away the attention from my top – I went with a neutral toned colored heel. This is the perfect combination for Mother’s Day weekend!
Top: Boutique in NYC
Shoes: Dillard’s (Antonio Melani)
Jewelry – Aldos