Petal power: Add a corsage to your outfit to look blooming marvellous


Petal power: Add a corsage to your outfit to look blooming marvellous

Petal power: Add a corsage to your outfit to look blooming marvellous

2:07 AM on 26th May 2011

With Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom, there’s no better time to exhibit some petal power.

Models on the Marc Jacobs spring/summer catwalk were all adorned with flowers, D&G put them on their prairie girl wedges, and Halston had a garden’s worth sprouting from models’ heads.

And if you need further persuasion, Keira Knightley looked blooming marvellous on the cover of Vogue in a faux carnation from VV Rouleaux.

Marc Jacobs Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2011In full bloom: A model in the Marc Jacobs spring/summer collection with a flower in her hair, left, while corsages have been wore in jackets for decades

In full bloom: A model in the Marc Jacobs spring/summer collection with a flower in her hair, left, while corsages have been wore in jackets for decades

At weddings in Ancient Greece ladies attached flowers to clothes to wardoff evil spirits.

Today, silk blooms are just as chic as real ones — and last an awful lot longer.

So come on, don’t be a wallflower.

Remember the old adage, ‘less is more’. A large corsage worn at the neck is heavy and can affect the fabric underneath. No one wants a droopy neckline.
Pin a corsage or two to the front of your handbag for a subtle nod to the trend.
For a high fashion statement, avoid washed out pastels that scream wedding reception. Think lurid reds, burnished orange or gaudy yellows when picking your corsage.

Organza and velvet rose, 69, vvrouleaux.comVintage linen, 18.50, notonthe highstreet.comAqua organza, 29, debenhams.comHibiscus clip, 15, Marks & Spencer