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Photography by Lisa Staff + Styled by Bailey Gilliam
Flowers have long inspired fashion. After all, they symbolize beauty and bring a certain brightness and positivity to any look. Peonies first appeared on Chinese floral silk during the Tang Dynasty about 2,000 years ago. In the 15th century men wore floral lace around the neck to embellish the edges of their attire. In the 18th century many European printed cotton dresses had twisting stems and bright colored flower patterns. Smaller blossom designs such as daisies, carnations and roses became popular in the 1790s. Indian Chintz, a woodblock printed textile that features repeated flowers, was brought in by British and Dutch merchants from India to Europe. The historical impact of flowers has a rich history that goes on and on. But today all that matters is that there is a wide array of floral prints and designs out there to make our daily lives a little more upbeat and our looks a little bolder. These pieces were chosen from local stores and boutiques and can be added easily to your wardrobe.
A special thanks to Eyeland Optique for providing sunglasses for all looks. To see the latest trends and advances in frames, visit its store in the Fresh Market Shoppes on William Hilton Parkway or go to eyelandoptique.com.