Garden Garment

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 make this a viable wardrobe option for those willing to burn through their greens. Garden Garments aren't always as glamorous and gorgeous as the page picture though. 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 to reinforce that women are Closer to Earth by dressing them in plants 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.

A Sub-Trope of Improvised Clothes. A Sister Trope to Live Mink Coat (clothes from living animals). See also Petal Power.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The "Wood" Clow Card Spirit in Cardcaptor Sakura is dressed in leaves.
  • In the desert island arc of Love Hina, Naru, Shinobu and Nyamo are wearing bikinis made of leaves.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies all wear flower or leaf based clothes.
  • Similarly, the Leaf Men from EPIC wear leaf uniforms. Or else the Leaf Men are themselves partially composed of leaves. Queen Tara's dress is composed of a leaf for the bodice and a large pink-and-white vine flower for the skirt, with smaller leaves made into shoes.

    Literature 
  • The Bible: After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness through garments made of fig leaves (if you know what fig leaves look like, the symbolism is kind of obvious). God later provided animal skins for them to wear.
  • The title character in the Romanian fairy tale The Flower Queen's Daughter wears a dress woven out of flowers.
  • 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. (Enterprising salesmen have capitalized on this by selling trolls plant food in pretty spray bottles, as described in Unseen Academicals.)
  • 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.
  • The elves, pixies, and most of the sprites from The Spiderwick Chronicles use this as their standard attire.
  • In the Time Warp Trio book about cavemen, the Trio arrive in the past immediately notice is that they're naked. Well, almost—Fred still has his baseball hat and Sam has his Nerd Glasses; all Joe got to keep was a straw he was using for a magic trick. They tried to take a bunch of modern stuff back with them this time, and apparently The Book decided that you Can't Take Anything With You if you're gonna be a twerp about it. While Fred just wants to hide behind a bush until they can go home, Sam grabs some large leaves and vines and makes the three some pants.
  • In The Penultimate Peril, the Baudelaire siblings are working as concierges at a hotel. At one point, Klaus is summoned to the rooftop pool, where Esme Squalor is wearing a bikini composed of five cabbage leaves (three in the front and two in the back).

    Tabletop Games 
  • In early Dungeons & Dragons material the halfling nature deity Sheela Peryroyl is dressed in wildflowers.
  • 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 
  • League of Legends:
  • 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. Their undergarments, however, appear to be appendages grown out of their bodies.
  • 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.
  • Leavanny, the Nurturing Pokémon, makes leaf clothing for small Pokémon it finds. Its pre-evolutions, Sewaddle and Swadloon, clothe themselves in leaves as well.

    Western Animation 
  • The Petalars in ThunderCats (2011) dress like this, though it may actually be part of their body, being plant people.
  • Wakfu has Amalia, a Sadida (their world's plant summoners) that wears a skirt made out of leaves. Other Sadidas seen in the show also wear similarly leafy clothing. This includes the men, who wear leafy loincloths and grow bushy green beards that make them resemble trees.

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