Thursday 8 December 2016

Flower child

Published 05/06/2010 | 05:00

Silk shirt, €99.95; waistcoat, €69.95; linen trousers, €69.95; Cotton scarf, €39.95; sequin scarf, €39.95; necklaces, €29.95 each, and bracelets, €5.95 each
Silk shirt, €99.95; waistcoat, €69.95; linen trousers, €69.95; Cotton scarf, €39.95; sequin scarf, €39.95; necklaces, €29.95 each, and bracelets, €5.95 each
Enamel earrings, €1.50, Penneys
Top, €19.95; cotton cardigan, €69.95; skirt, €99.95, and neck
Inspired by this utterly beautiful Dior dress, we achieved an affordable tulle equivalent (next picture) for a fraction of the price
Tulle dress, €129.95; scarf, €39.95; headpiece, €54.95, and necklace, from €14.95 laces, €29.95 each
'Soloro' flower shoes, €138, Buffalo, Exchequer Street and Arnotts
Sequin clutch, €51
Black flip-flop with camellia motif, €190, Chanel at Brown Thomas
'Crazy Corsage' bag, €42,

Everything's coming up roses, or, to be more exact, corsages. Years ago, it was traditional for guys to buy floral wrist corsages or pin-on ones for their debs dates, but girls don't need a man in their life to enjoy them now.

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Corsages have become universally popular in the fashion world, and Coco Chanel's favourite bloom, the camellia, is the 'in' floral motif this summer. Coco looked beyond the humble lapel and used decorative flowers on hairbands, earrings and buttons.

This season, if you don't want to buy into floral fabrics, you can still rock the floral theme with these beautiful and hugely affordable accessories.

Starting at €1.50 for enamel-style earrings at Penneys, our budgetary approach includes colourful corsages at Tesco (from €3-€7), great flourishing camellia rings and cute Buffalo shoes with a generous leather corsage decoration.

I love the look of fabric camellias nestling in a rope of pearls -- a perfect addition to the fabulous lace dress from Noa Noa, which is our fashion crush this week. This Danish label is brilliant for making your own because you can add, layer up or mix and match, so items rarely look the same on two women.

Available from Noa Noa at the Westbury Mall, it can also be found in boutiques around the country.

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