1/30Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, Vogue, March 2016
While adorning one’s cranium with an olive wreath signified Olympic accomplishments in ancient Greece, it’s difficult to say what exactly wearing a flower crown means in 2017. Is it a reaction to the artificiality of our technological age? A nostalgic nod to the natural looks of 1960s bohemians? Perhaps it has to do with the ethereal transience of flowers, or maybe it simply feels good to wear something that feels so feminine and regal. Whatever the reason, flower crowns have had a surprisingly long run since the trend first sprouted a few years back—and now, they’re so ubiquitous as to be cliché. This Coachella, consider an alternative headpiece instead—a way to look festive, yet stand out from the crowd.
Take a cue from Rihanna and try a blush pink Fenty lace-appliqué headscarf. Or if you’re into millennial pink—and the idea of anonymity—Asos’s faux hair wig will make you feel like your most daring alter ego. Headbands and clips are always practical choices for desert heat, but that doesn’t mean they have to be understated: Cult Gaia’s bunny ears and Lowie’s pom-pom headband are both whimsical and pragmatic. Whichever headpiece you choose, all offer one distinct advantage over the flower crown: They won’t wilt.
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