There are few accessories that arouse more ardor than the flower crown, decorative headpieces whose history in mythology and art can be traced back to ancient civilizations. Confession: For a beauty editor, I am profoundly unexperimental with my hair. But there is one area in which I'm up for a bit of experimentation, and that's the hair crown. Though once reserved for bohemian brides, they're now for everyone.
Floral crowns take me back to being a child and strewing all manner of fat blooms through to tiny daisies in my curly locks. They're also one of the prettiest, easiest accessories to wear with your winter apparel right now. Hear me out: What looks better than a wreath of flowers taking center stage next to a pared-down ensemble of oversize sweater, jeans, and boots. Swoon.
The language of flowers
Flower-obsessed Victorians encoded messages in their floral headbands: The language of flowers (and herbs) was a well-known form of communication, with each carrying its specific own meaning. Worn by notables throughout the ages—from Marie Antoinette to Frida Kahlo and most recently Lana Del Rey—wreaths have been donned by women as subversive hints of their identification with empowering social movements and free-spiritedness.
Your perfect crown
Beauty's trends are multifaceted, but embellishment speaks to the artist in all of us. So, too, has the way in which we dress been turned on its head, and the lines between day and evening apparel becoming ever more blurred. Pieces traditionally categorized as "festival" or "niche" are now readily being worn 24-7.
To find a crown that's quintessentially you, consider two factors: Your personal style and the magic that you're trying to create. If you're more of an ethereal spirit, try a wreath of tiny white flowers, maybe intertwined with acorns and lush emerald greenery. Or how about a punchy crown; one in an array of bright, bold colors. Then, tie it all together with a lipstick color that matches one of the flowers in your crown—perhaps a pop of fire-engine red or magenta pink.
Blossoms that sparkle like real jewels? Hell yeah!
A DIY floral crown
1. Measure your head. The easiest way to do this is with a piece of string.
2. Select your greens and flowers. You’ll want to start your crown with a layer of pretty greenery that covers the wire, which will act as the base of your crown. Once you have your greenery, you’ll tape it to the crown with your floral tape.
3. To attach each flower to the crown, make sure the flower stems are at least 3 inches long (you can cut off excess stems with scissors or wire cutters), and, using floral tape, tape the stem to the crown. Just like for the greenery, you’ll want to wrap the tape around the stem about four to five times to make sure it stays.
4. As you finish, bend over a length of the wire to create a "hook" at each end of the wire to hold the circlet.
A sprinkling of snow on your head also adds the perfect touch—promise.