The Flourishing of Floral Patterns
Floral patterns have seen some highs and lows throughout the past century. Before it was popular in clothing styles, floral patterns (representing flowers, vines, or other foliage) were often used as wallpaper in houses, especially those built in the 1800s – many of them so ugly they’re sanity-shaking. If you read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, you’ll see the detrimental effects of ugly wallpaper first-hand.
Then, over time, floral patterns moved from the wall to quilts and clothing. Much like the ugly wall paper, some floral patterns were quite hideous. The sixties and seventies flaunted mainly vibrant, overly large flowers of unnatural hues. Some patterns though, turned out to be pretty fashionable, and as we reach an era where styles from the sixties and seventies have been recycled into our current style, many of those resilient fashions have returned.
While some of the more exuberantly colorful and obnoxiously flowery patterns are usually geared towards middle-aged and older ladies (especially those with a green thumb), other floral patterns are much more jejune and simply pretty. Light, earthy, and pastel colored floral patterns are often delicate, elegant, and exquisitely feminine.
Abstractly painted flowers are also very appealing. Over the past three years or so, I’ve noticed more and more floral patterns in mainstream clothing stores geared towards young women, found in the likes of Forever21, Top Shop, and H&M. I, myself, have cultivated quite the collection of floral shirts, tunics, and dresses. To amplify the airiness and joviality of flowers, the fabric for most floral patterns is often very light and airy, making floral patterns an effective choice for hot summer attire.
So go ahead, grab a flowery tunic, and don’t let your allergies scare you off. Floral patterns are an excellent way to flaunt your femininity in a stylish, flirty way.
Written By: Mary B.