For centuries, women have incorporated floral motifs into their dress and jewelry to enhance their personal style. However, the flowers you wear can say a lot more than you may realise.
Beyond the appeal of beauty and scent, each bloom has its own cultural symbolism which reflects emotions and traditions, and which may vary according to time period and place.
Here are some of the meanings which have been ascribed through the ages to some of our favorite flowers:
ROSES: ROMANCE AND PASSION
With their gorgeously velvet soft petals and alluring fragrance, it’s unsurprising that roses have been the symbol of romantic love since time immemorial. The red rose represents passionate love, pink roses stand for grace and admiration, while white roses symbolize young love, loyalty and purity. Add a touch of romance to even the most sedate of outfits with rose-inspired jewelry, or embrace the look completely with a flowing dress featuring bold blooms.
DAISIES: FRESHNESS AND JOY
Long associated with youth, freshness and simplicity, daisies are the most joyful of spring flowers. They add a beautifully delicate flourish when embroidered on necklines and skirt hems, and are a playful motif for hair accessories, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
ORCHIDS: EXOTICISM AND LUXURY
Among the most prized of flowers, orchids symbolize luxury, sophistication and the exotic. They come in a diverse range of colors, from shocking fuchsia to deep purple and captivating bright blue, making them a versatile fashion choice.
BOUGAINVILLEA: SUMMER AND ABUNDANCE
For many people, brilliant bursts of hot pink and orange bougainvillea are a welcome symbol of summer holidays, full of sunshine and long, lazy evenings with family and friends. In Greece, these bright flowers are also seen as a metaphor for abundance, hospitality and passion. Embrace the spirit of summer with a bougainvillea-themed scarf or headdress.
POPPIES: PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE
A potent symbol of wartime remembrance in modern culture, poppies are also associated with peace, sleep, and consolation. The ancient Egyptians used poppy motifs to decorate their burial chambers, while, in Greek mythology, the flower was associated with Morpheus, the god of sleep and dreams, and seen as a source of fertility, health and strength. Poppy motifs add an element of elegance and intrigue to your wardrobe.