Chlorophyl Clothes
Dressing in living plants.
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You have got to respect anyone who can combine gardening and fashion into a single discipline. Basically, they can turn still living plants into un-wilting clothes that can take on the wear and tear of everyday life without dying or breaking.

Often, this is because plant magic is involved, or obscenely advanced genetic engineering is used. A Plant Person usually straddles the line between both of these justifications. Failing that, enough money can makes this a viable wardrobe option for those willing to burn through their greens. That said, Clorophyl Clothes aren't always as glamorous and gorgeous as the page picture. For instance, the Nature Hero may make a slipshod loincloth out of grubby leaves and vines, and monsters such as trolls may be covered in modesty moss.

This trope is almost Always Female with only rare male exceptions like Peter Pan. It may be because women are Closer to Earth, and dressing them in plants is an easy way to make Mother Nature / Nature Spirit / Dryad /Fairy connotations. Then again, this trope is also a good excuse for Fanservice-y Costume Porn, regardless of gender.

Sub-Trope of Improvised Clothes. See also Petal Power.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

Comic Books
  • Batman villainess Poison Ivy is fond of wearing a part or full leaf based costume.

Film - Western Animation
  • Tinkerbell and the Disney Fairies all wear flower or leaf based clothes.

Literature
  • The Bible: After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness through garments made of fig leaves. God later provided animal skins for them to wear.
  • Rhia of The Lost Years of Merlin is described to be wearing clothes made of vines.
  • In the book Ivy And The Meanstalk, Princess Ivy is brought to her friend's wedding wearing a cumbersome dress made entirely of live flowers, which hurts to walk in and attracts a lot of insects. The bride specifically chose it for her.
  • Trolls in Discworld'' often have living lichens growing on their stony bodies, and fashion-conscious females sometimes cultivate the more-attractive varieties deliberately.
  • Dryads in The Chronicles of Narnia are often described as wearing clothes that are made of the leaves and bark of the trees they come from.

Tabletop Games
  • In early Dungeons & Dragons material the halfling nature deity Sheela Peryroyl is dressed in wildflowers.
  • Magic: The Gathering has several Dryads dress this way. Special mention goes to Rushwood Dryad and Shanodin Dryads, the latter of whom combines it Petal Power into a floating cloud of foliage.
  • In the tabletop role-playing game Brave New World, the Jungler archetype (whose power set involves controlling plants) is depicted as being dressed in leaves.

Video Games
  • Being a classic Plant Person, Zyra from League of Legends is an example.
  • The Sylvari in Guild Wars 2 are sentient human-like plants. All of their buildings and racial specific equipment is made of leaves, wood, and flowers. The clothes do come separate though, as other races can equip Sylvari produced weaponry and clothing.
  • Warcraft III and World of Warcraft dryads have the lower body of deer, but their upper halves usually wear leafy looking bras.
  • Terraria has another Dryad example.

Western Animation
  • The Petalars in Thundercats 2011 dress like this, though it may actually be part of their body, being plant people.

Real Life
  • An artist called Rene Walker Soloman makes grass suits, but with grass seed and adhesive and water and an old suit instead of advanced technology, magic, or the patience of a saint.

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