Yesterday marked what would've been Frida Kahlo's 110th birthday. Regarded as one of Mexico's most significant artistic figures, Kahlo was applauded for her fearless, unapologetic nature and incredibly personal paintings, often inspired by her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, or her lifelong battle with pain and illness. Kahlo once favored men's clothes, but shortly after her marriage to Rivera, the artist began to incorporate elements of traditional Mexican dress into her wardrobe. While her trademark eyebrows and light facial hair challenged beauty standards, there was one element in Kahlo's style that, frankly, inspired a trend that we know and (still) love today: the flower crown.
The iconic artist was known to take freshly picked flowers, often pink or red petals, and pin or braid them into her hair. Sometimes she weaved fresh blooms between brightly-colored ribbons, while other times she'd opt to wear them alone. Influenced by Mexican tradition, the artist used flowers in both her paintings and fashion to show a sense of pride in her culture.
Now, almost a century later, flower crowns are used for many a celebratory occasion, namely weddings. Instead of fastening a traditional veil into their hair, brides are opting for a gorgeous crown of blooms (they typically match the bouquet's floral arrangement). The finished look is particularly stunning, as the crown stands out against a white or ivory dress. If you want to add this whimsical hairpiece to your bridal look, see below for some of our favorite Kahlo-inspired flower crowns.
If you can't decide between having a sweeping veil or floral headpiece, take a look at these two blushing brides.
Who says a flower crown is only appropriate for the spring or summer?
Sleeves with lace detailing give the headpiece a romantic touch.
Somehow, this bride's flower crown still manages to be a stand-out against her blue wedding dress.
Perfect for fall weddings, add small pieces of fruit to your crown.