Just when you thought those '90s-era flower clips were the weirdest hair accessory to become a full-on movement, beauty buffs in China have been taking it one step further. In a recent piece by The New York Times highlighting the trend, women from all walks of life in Beijing have been repurposing plants like lavender, sunflowers, and even mushrooms as accesories by affixing them to a hairpin proudly displayed in an antennae-like appearance on their heads. "Bean sprouts are still our most popular item," wholesaler Zeng Wen tells the publication.
Initial attempts at the look were usually done with actual plants, but longer-lasting plastic versions have been springing up at markets for 80 cents a pop, and many expect the plantwear movement to go international. Still, despite the popularity among real women and celebrities alike, no one is completely sure how this trend even became a trend in the first place. "This shows that in China now, we'll try almost anything that we see on the internet," college student Wang Hao tells the Times. "Nobody knows what it means, but we do it anyway."