Studio54-2When you think of flowers to wear, you’re most likely to think of corsages and boutonnières. Well, professional florists can create all kinds of wearable flowers, including headpieces, bracelets, necklaces, rings and anklets.

Floral designers in the Society of American Florists’ last Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition were tasked to create wearable flowers dubbed, “Shake It, Shake It … Show ‘em How We Do It Now,” in the style of the contest’s surprise theme, Studio 54 Revisited. Specifically, contestants designed an original floral jewelry piece to be worn on the upper arm of the fictitious disco queen — with the stipulation that it better be shake proof because she will be shaking her groove thing all night. While evaluating the designs, the judges tried on the floral jewelry pieces and gave them a whirl.

Here is a look at the floral jewelry pieces that scored the highest:

First Place: The principles and elements of floral design are excellently executed in this clever piece showcasing a definable path for the eye to follow, perfect visual and physical balance, and a beautiful unity of materials. Yellow spray roses and yellow poms dot artfully coiled gold wire while gold chains dangle below.

First Place by Jeanne Ha, AIFD, owner of Park Florist in Takoma Park, Md.

First Place by Jeanne Ha, AIFD, owner of Park Florist in Takoma Park, Md.

Second Place: A groovy composite flower — a hand-tailored “flower” created by reassembling detached petals — pops on a gold slap bracelet. Yellow and red petals radiate from a yellow pom center, and wisps of gold wire sizzle with energy.

Second Place by Jacob McCall, AAF, AIFD, FSMD, design director at The Elite Flower in Miami, Fla. Entry sponsored by The Elite Flower

Second Place by Jacob McCall, AAF, AIFD, FSMD, design director at The Elite Flower in Miami, Fla. Entry sponsored by The Elite Flower

Third Place: Yellow spray roses with yellow pom centers anchor each of three flowing gold chains of fluid movement attached to the bottom of a gold wire armband embellished by a single white pearl brooch surrounded by rhinestones.

Third Place by Bob Tucker, FSMD, owner of Miss Daisy's Flowers & Gifts in Leesburg, Fla. Entry sponsored by Florida State Florists' Association

Third Place by Bob Tucker, FSMD, owner of Miss Daisy’s Flowers & Gifts in Leesburg, Fla. Entry sponsored by Florida State Florists’ Association

Flowers are the ultimate accessory, and professional florists are experts at designing flowers. Ask your local florist to create a floral fashion statement custom fit for you.

Which floral jewelry piece do you think the disco queen should wear?

This is the second in a three-part series.

Read the first in the series, “Presentation Bouquets for a Dancing Queen.”

Read the third in the series, “Solid Gold Sympathy Flowers.”