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Flower Corsages

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Traditionally, flower corsages have been a staple of proms, weddings and Easter gatherings. Affixed to the front of a dress or bound to the wrist, they mark the occasion as deserving of a special touch. However, the use of the corsage is not limited to the few times during the year when we are forced to dress up in our "Sunday best". Many people grew up with this unpleasant association. The flower corsage is now a way to add flair to any outfit, for any occasion.

Flower Corsages Through The Ages

Flowers have always had significance to people of every culture. The origins of the flower corsage go back to Roman times, when brides wore bunches of flowers to ensure fertility, and people believed that flowers could ward off evil spirits. The myth persisted well into medieval times, when corsages or nosegays were handy ways to carry flowers on one's person. They were thought to protect the bearer and disguise odors.

The modern use of the corsage evolved in a way similar to the boutonniere. Knights and their ladies wore each other's colors to signify their attachment. When flower corsages are worn today, they are interpreted as a gift from a man to his mate or companion, telling all around that she is with him for the occasion. Tea roses or orchids set against greens or with a sprig of baby's breath traditionally reflect the delicacy and beauty of women, and the esteem in which they are held.

Dress Up Any Outfit With A Corsage

Flower corsages can be worn on the wrist or as a bracelet, to add charm to any outfit. Even jeans and a T-shirt will look special when paired with a bracelet of delicate bluebells or poppies. Or, you can experiment with exotics such as heliconia or bird of paradise flowers for a more striking effect. Any way you choose to wear your corsage, remember that when flowers are added to your look you can't go wrong.

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