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Frill Seeker: Flower bombing your wardrobe

 I love spring because it’s a time where flowers bloom, the weather gets nicer, and the Sacramento and Davis communities come alive! From the Sacramento Music Festival to UC Davis’ Picnic Day and Whole Earth festival, there are so many outdoor events to attend! I became inspired by all the blooming flowers and channeled one of my favorite brands, Free People, when making these hippie headbands.

I made these headbands with large, exaggerated flowers, because I am a sucker for making a statement when I’m going out. I bought these faux flowers at a local dollar store, Thrift Town and the Yolo SPCA thrift store, because I wanted a rainbow of color to sit on my head. After collecting an assortment of flowers, I decided to create a headband and a halo to show two ways to wear flowers on your head for the upcoming spring festivities.

In order to create a halo structure, I bought some extra wire covered with green plastic from the dollar store. Measure the wire around your head, cut it to the correct length and glue the ends together, creating a halo structure. Let it dry for a few hours, unless you have a glue gun that allows quick drying so you can speed up the process!

Once your halo is dry, lay out flowers around the halo structure you’ve created to make sure it looks how you like it before you glue it all down. I alternated between large and small flowers when laying out my headbands. Then one by one (you should go in sequence of how they’re laid out), glue them down with a hot glue gun, let it set, and ta da! Once my headband was fully dry, I tried it on and added smaller accent flowers to fill in the gaps where I wanted to add more pizazz.

To make a headband is just as simple. I bought a thick headband that had openings in it so it would be easy to glue to flowers to it. I followed the exact same process with setting the flowers as I did with the halo tutorial, but I decided to thread the flowers in place as well, since it was more difficult to get the flowers to lay how I wanted, but this isn’t necessary. I was also experimenting with the layout.

Now you can wear your headband with a crop top and high-waisted bottoms or a tank and a skirt this spring to play up your feminine vibe. I was channeling a look for the upcoming Sacramento Music Festival. Whenever there is a special event, that’s my cue to go bold. I decided to wear a vibrant crop top and black high-waisted shorts (that are studded on the left back pocket) with a light cardigan that helps finish off this girly grunge look. Festivals are all about showing off some skin under the spring sun — don’t be afraid to dress in something daring, like Betsey Johnson Aztec-printed wedges!

I decided to channel an outfit perfect for the Easter holiday or a more conservative occasion with the flower halo. I wore a cream floral beaded tank with a red body-conscious miniskirt. I wanted to contrast my neutral-colored top with red because it is such an “in your face” color to give the perfect color-blocked look for spring. I finished it off with a pair of Aldo flats with cutout detailing and fringe. I love the fringe detail on it; they remind me of men’s dress shoes, but feminine and much more convenient to slide your feet in and out of. You could also go with neutral wedges if you want to dress it up, or huaraches are an alternative to wearing flats.

I hope this tutorial and outfits inspire you for your spring shenanigans. Remember to keep your accessories simple, since you want to keep the focus of your outfit on your headbands that you worked so hard to put together! 

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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