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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.

A Sub-Trope of Improvised Clothes. A Sister Trope to Live Mink Coat (clothes from living animals) and Edible Theme Clothing (clothes from food; may overlap with fruits, vegetables, and/or mushrooms). 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 
  • Alan Ford: Ms. Fanservice Pochita marries in a wedding dress made of palm leaves interlocked and kept together by a belt to form a skirt and cover her breasts.
  • Batman: Poison Ivy is fond of wearing a part or full leaf-based costume.
  • Wonder Woman (2011): 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's revealed to be part of her body.
  • Olivie 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).
  • Rulah, Jungle Goddess: In "The Vampire Garden" in #18, Rulah fights a plant-controlling villainess called the Flower Lady who dresses in a halter top of flowers and a miniskirt of leaves.
  • The Smurfs: Wild Smurf, in the story of the same name, 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.

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  • In Everqueen, that's how Isha is dressed when arriving on Terra.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney Fairies: The fairies wear flower- or leaf-based clothes.
  • Epic (2013): The leaf men 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: Collision Course, Sid makes his girlfriend a bikini made of poison oak. Small wonder they broke up after one date.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Field Guide to Evil: In "The Cobbler's Lot", the three nymphs who seduce Tivadar are wearing only strategically placed wisps of pond vegetation.
  • In House on Bare Mountain, one of the girls arrives at the costume party wearing only a fig leaf as a costume. Granny makes her go upstairs and get changed. She comes back wearing two additional (much smaller) fig leaves on her nipples.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Dryads are often described as wearing clothes that are made of the leaves and bark of the trees they come from.
  • Discworld: Trolls often have living lichens growing on their stony bodies, and fashion-conscious females sometimes deliberately cultivate the more-attractive varieties. Enterprising salesmen have capitalized on this by selling trolls plant food in pretty spray bottles, as described in Unseen Academicals.
  • 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.
  • The Lost Years of Merlin: Rhia is described as wearing clothes made of vines.
  • Peter Pan: The title character wears clothes made out of leaves and tree sap. Most adaptations just dress him in green instead, with or without some leaves for decoration, but the 2003 film follows the book's description.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: Multiple appear in Episode 2, due to the presence of multiple Plant Persons. Thistle wears only a mass of leaves vaguely resembling clothes, Sweetbriar wears a dress of ragged leaves, and Princess Rosalind a cascade of white rose petals fixed together through unclear means.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: 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).
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles: The elves, pixies, and most of the sprites use this as their standard attire.
  • At the end of the children's book A Sweetheart for Valentine the main character Valentine, a giant girl too big for anything else to wear, is outfitted for her wedding in a mix of flowers and vines.
  • Time Warp Trio: 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.
  • Whateley Universe: One of the teachers at Superhero School Whateley Academy, Earth Mother (who had been the counter-culture superheroine Flower Child in her youth), has flowering plants growing from her body; while she does wear clothes, nost of the time they are completely covered by foliage. The specific plants which grow on her reflect her state of mind, so students know not to bother her if they see poison ivy or thorny briars.
    • One student, Fey, is a semi-professional model, and did a photo shoot dressed this way (she wore a body stocking underneath, but it was arranged to looked as if she was wearing only leaves). Getting irritated due to the lengthy shooting session, she began stalking towards the photographer with fury in her eyes. She only stopped short of attacking him when he announced that this was the shot he wanted, which eventually was sold as a poster under the caption "Nature - Beautiful but Fierce".
    • The Canotila, a race of Fae nature spirits found in North America, can only wear natural plant-based clothing, and frequently do this as a result (when they wear anything at all). This becomes awkward for Julie Robinson, a former girlfriend of Pejuta, whose mutation turns her into a Canotila.

    Myths & Religion 
  • 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.
  • Norse Mythology: In German folklore, the clothing of wood/forest sprites is made of spun moss that hangs in ropelike strands from trees.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Brave New World: The Jungler archetype (whose power set involves controlling plants) is depicted as being dressed in leaves.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In early material, the halfling nature deity Sheela Peryroyl is dressed in wildflowers.
    • The 3.5th Edition Arms and Equipment Guide introduces two magical armors that are vegetal in nature (which notably allows druids to use them):
      • The Bondleaf Wrap, a single large leaf from a magical tree that wraps around the body, getting nutriments from it.
      • The Moon-Ivy, a wreathlike choker that grows a flexible bodysuit of ivy around the body overnight, which withers at the end of every day.
    • Races of the Wild compiles various materials favored by elves to make armors, including leafweave, which are forest leaves alchemically treated to make the equivalent of leather, padded, studded leather or hide armors, although much more flexible.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Glaistigs typically wear long, flowing robes, skirts and gowns woven out of leaves.
    • The Green Mother is clad in a tight bodice of leaves and long, trailing skirt of flowering vines, both growing directly from her body.
    • Leaf leshys wear armor made from pinecones and hats and cloaks made from leaves, flowers and fruit rinds, which they fashion themselves. Lichen leshys similarly wear cloaks woven out of their namesake flora.
  • RuneQuest: Elves typically wear clothing made of plant materials like bark or leaves.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • In Gems of War, Dryads "wear" leaves. The text for their card wonders what they do in autumn.
  • Guild Wars 2: The Sylvari are sapient 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.
  • The Forest Echo from Hidden City wears a green gown made entirely of leaves, vines and flowers.
  • League of Legends:
  • Pikmin Bloom: Decor Pikmin found by parks wear vines as a cosmetic.
  • Pokémon: Leavanny makes leaf clothing for small Pokémon it finds. Its pre-evolutions, Sewaddle and Swadloon, clothe themselves in leaves as well.
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens: The Hula Costume is, well, Hula and Luaus-esque, with a headdress made of flowers, a coconut bra, and a red skirt with a trim made of flowers at the hips.
  • Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life has Pui, who wanders around in an outfit made of moss with flowers on the hat according to the seasons. (This is an update from the original game, where he was a scruffy homeless man with flies.)
  • Terraria has another Dryad example. She sells copies of her costume in the game's Halloween season, so players can dress their own characters up in Garden Garments as well.
  • Trials of Mana portrays the Goddess of Mana as wearing a dress made up of leaves and flowers.
  • Warcraft III and World of Warcraft dryads have the lower body of deer, but their upper halves usually wear leafy-looking bras.

  • Dean & Nala + Vinny: Dean loses his shorts while taking a swim in a river. So he doesn't have to go home naked, Vinny and Nala make him a "bonny green kilt" from some leaves they weave together. The kilt doesn't last long before it falls apart.
  • 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 
  • Danny Phantom: After being turned Brainwashed and Crazy by the giant plant/vine ghost Undergrowth, Sam appears dressed in leaves Poison Ivy-style.
  • Herself the Elf:
    • The hemlines of the elves' skirts/dresses are shaped like flower petals. Some are stellate or funnel-form; others are trumpet-shaped.
    • In The Special Magic of Herself the Elf, parts of Creeping Ivy's outfit include leafy short sleeves and a foliaged skirt.
  • Private Snafu: In "A Lecture on Camouflage", Snafu appears wearing only a fig leaf as a demonstration of 'the first man to ever use camouflage'.
  • 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).
  • In The Smurfs (1981) 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.
  • The Smurfs (2021):
    • In "The Makeover", a group of male Smurfs are seen wearing a leaf around their waists while waiting for Vanity and Tailor to come up with new clothes for the Smurfs.
    • In "The Round Up", Jokey wears a pair of leaves around his waist when he accidentally loses his pants.
  • ThunderCats (2011): The Petalars 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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