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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 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.

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A Sub-Trope of Improvised Clothes. A Sister Trope to Live Mink Coat (clothes from living animals). See also Petal Power. Contrast with Clothing Appendage, which covers cases where a Plant Person grows "clothes" from its own body; the boundary between that trope and this one can occasionally get blurry.


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    Comic Books 
  • Batman villainess Poison Ivy is fond of wearing a part or full leaf based costume.
  • In the Belgian comic Olivier Rameau, when Colombe Tiredaile goes for a swim, all she wears is a pair of flowers over her nipples and another over her crotch (identical to the flower in her hair, in fact).
  • Wild Smurf in the titular story of the same name from The Smurfs starts off wearing a Smurf hat made of leaves and a bush covering his male parts. Near the end of the story, Gargamel disguises himself by dressing himself with a hollow tree stump that covers his male parts.
  • Wonder Woman: The New 52 version of Demeter appears to be wearing a dress made out of plant material. When Ares tears a hole through her it is revealed to be part of her body.

    Films — Animation 
  • Tinker Bell and all the fairies, in the Disney Fairies franchise, 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.
  • In Ice Age 5: Collision Course, Sid makes his girlfriend a bikini made of poison oak. Small wonder they broke up after one date.

    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 and immediately notice that they're naked, save for Fred keeping his baseball hat and Sam's Nerd Glasses. 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 fashions the three some rudimentary clothing out of large leaves.
  • 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 lettuce 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.
  • In Gems of War, Dryads "wear" leaves. The text for their card wonders what they do in autumn.
  • In Faery: Legends of Avalon, this is common attire for a lot of faeries. Since they're small, they usually don't need many leaves.

    Web Comics 
  • Goblins: Tempts Fate spends several adventures wearing little more than a loincloth made of grass and moss, as a result of a trap in a previous dungeon which forced him to leave behind most of his clothing and armor to escape.

    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.
  • Samurai Jack: Ashi makes a dress and shoes out of leaves as part of her Good Costume Switch (her previous outfit was a Spy Catsuit made from ash that had bonded to her skin; scrubbing it off had left her completely naked).
  • Danny Phantom: After being turned Brainwashed and Crazy by the giant plant/vine ghost Undergrowth, Sam appears dressed in leaves Poison Ivy-style.
  • In The Smurfs episode "The Incredible Shrinking Wizard", when Gargamel grows back to his original size after being stuck in Smurf size for a good portion of the episode, he covers his male parts with a bush that he carries around with him as he chases after Azrael.

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