Channel your inner 70s boho goddess with the floral crown trend that’s spreading to every Hamptons gathering this summer. Coachella may be long gone, but Hamptonites and East Enders—rejoice! Whether you’re hosting a wedding, pool party, barbecue or a chic get-together with friends and family to celebrate your summer oasis, owner and lead designer of B Floral, Bronwen Smith, spoke to Pulse about how and why to add flower power to the pow-wow or any ensemble.
As lead designer, Smith gets the scoop on the aesthetic of the gathering beforehand. “We like to incorporate color schemes, and clients’ likes and dislikes when it comes to texture, shape and overall design.” Be sure to have a solid theme, color scheme and know what you like and don’t—have preferences, this way you’ll get a headdress that speaks to your style. Browse Pinterest or the B Floral website for inspiration.
Choose Your Bloom
Again, theme is an important element in the decision making process. “If you’re looking to create tropical floral crowns, we’d suggest using orchids in bright colors like purples, yellows and oranges.” Choose colors you like that go with your theme and from there, choose the flower type. For example, if you’re “throwing a Boho-themed event, eucalyptus provides a rustic feel along with a lovely and soothing scent. The addition of berries such as hypericum allows for contrasting texture.”
Dare To Be Different
Boho and flower crowns go together like ice cream and cones, but they don’t always have to scream b-o-h-o. “When consulting with clients who want to be ‘different’ we suggest a more modern and streamlined look. Nothing says ‘sophistication’ like clean lines and bright vibrant colors.” Also, incorporating flower crowns to your party ensemble should be an interactive and personalized experience, so Smith suggests customizing your own headpiece day-of for individual flare.
If you and other party-goers already have a perfectly busy patterned tunic or sundress on and want a more subtle touch, Smith said that despite flower crowns being on trend, delicate flower accessories could be the perfect topper. “Some clients will opt for a few blooms wired to a bobby pin to create a delicate and festive hair accessory.”
A flower crown queen is incomplete without her flora king, and “headpieces of just greenery, with an ancient Greek feel to get men in the spirit” work perfect for men who don’t want to completely indulge in colorful, blossoming headwear. “Also, a floral boutonniere is the perfect option for male guests who want a less feminine accessory. Florals in dark hues speak to a masculine aesthetic that will highlight any button-down shirt or suit. For the perfect boutonniere, structured varieties such as calla lilies and orchids are key.”
Still not down for a flower crown? Flower necklaces are a thing now, too. “It is a simple yet stylish way to highlight any guest’s outfit.” Personalize the greens and florets used to make the chain, and “a single, large bloom can be used as a focal point or add a number of small flowers for a delicate vibe.”
Be green, literally and figuratively. Refrain from throwing away your new accessory after your shindig; hang the crown upside down and let it dry out in a cool spot away from humidity. “We love to use our dried flower crowns as decor throughout our homes—regardless of the season.”
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