Despite a brief flirtation with grungy hippie style when I was in high school and college in the 90s, I've never been much for hippie fashions (I prefer the more polished looks of the early 60s), but since childhood I have had a great fondness for one hippie accessory, the flower crown:
Now to be fair, the flower crown made its appearance long before the 1960s. There are plenty of images of gorgeous Edwardian ladies in flower crowns
and 1920s flappers sported them too:
But the look achieved its full glory in the late '60s, and floral band headgear will forever be associated with the optimistic hippies.
And it is a beautiful look, one that takes a little big of courage to wear, but once you take the plunge you'll see its fun and fabulous. I now feel a bit naked with out a flower or a hat on my head.
In honor of the 47th anniversary of 3 Days of Peace, Love, and Music here is my take on the flower child look.
Sometimes a comapnies designs just suit you, and that is how I feel about Bernie Dexter, she clearly shares my love of novelty prints and all of her dresses seem to fit me well. I'm quite short, five feet, and they are never too long on me. I wear a large in Bernie and so far I've tried the Kelly, Paris and Veronique style dresses and all have fit me well.
This dress is in the Paris cut, and initially I was a little nervous that I would find the spaghetti straps and neckline too revealing, but I really like it. It's cut high enough that it doesn't show underarm chub and it stays up well. It reminds me of some of the spaghetti strap styles Marilyn wore.
I like the back too, low but not shockingly so.
This outfit makes me feel a bit child like, like a fairy princess, in the best way possible. No doubt it is the flower crown which I got about two years ago from Chatter Blossom and which is a copy of the 1920s crown worn by Louise Brooks. I couldn't find any woodland animals to commune with so I settled for Fry and Spot.
My Deer Dress-Bernie Dexter (I got mine for a very discounted price from the facebook group, Bernie Dexter collective)
Vintage Flower Crown-Chatter Blossom
1960s Novelty Purse-
1940s Style Canvas Sandals-Remix Vintage Shoes