Boutonniere On A Suit

Outfit – Boutonniere

Occasionally, I like to wear a boutonniere with my outfits, especially when it is warm outside and the sun is shining. Sometimes, these lapel flowers are also referred to as buttonhole flowers. Lately, I have come across a selection of silk or knitted boutonnières / buttonholes and some of them even had a magnet. This way you can wear a boutonniere even if you do not have a buttonhole or just a sham buttonhole on your lapel. While it is great to see more of those little accessories, I personally preferred a real flower until I created some silk boutonnières myself that look just like real flowers.

Boutonniere Lapel Vase

Boutonniere Lapel Vase

Oftentimes, grooms wear gigantic boutonnières, which are pinned to the lapel with a safety pin. This looks pretty odd and over the top to me. Instead, a smaller flower, or a smaller boutonniere made from only the petals of a larger flower look infinitely better because they are are elegant without overwhelming the rest of the outfit.

Instead of pinning the boutonniere to the lapel, you can either put it through the lapel buttonhole or use a lapel vase.

Boutonniere Lapel Vase

Boutonniere Lapel Vase

In the first case, there should be at least one little loop at the backside of your lapel. Most Ready to Wear garments do not have such a loop. However, it is very easy to add such a loop. Anybody who can sew on a button should be able to master this task. Next week, I will write a separate article about how to sew on a boutonniere loop.

If you prefer a  visible lapel vase, then you do not need a loop in the back . If you do not like this look, you should consider a hidden lapel vase which is located behind the lapel. This is ideal if you have a long day ahead of you, and wish to keep your flower from wilting. Unfortunately, these vases are hard to find nowadays. Maybe this vase would do the job. A budget alternative could be small, glass cologne bottles or empty and slightly modified fountain pen ink cartridges. In any case you should have at least one loop (better two) in the back of your lapel in order to keep the vase safely in place

In this outfit, I only had a simple carnation put through the buttonhole and a loop.


Shirt: Light blue, cotton, 2 button cuff (made by  Sinsicalchi)

Tie: Bold yellow and blue stripes, unlined, pure silk (made by personality, Milano)

Boutonnière: Small pale yellow carnation

Belt: Dark brown calf leather (no name)

Suit: Fresco suit, pure wool in a light, slightly mottled grey – made by A. Caraceni (Mario Caraceni)

Pocket Square: Silk pocket square in light blue with blue and yellow paisley pattern (made by Ascot)

Shoes: Dark brown, deer skin suede  Derby shoes (made by St. Crispin)

Socks: Over the calf socks, gray argyle pattern, cotton (made by Burlington)

The pictures were taken at the end of a very warm day, and so it is not in the best shape anymore. As I knew it would be hot that day, I decided to go with a fresco suit. A little yellow carnation seemed to be the right accessory to me. Other than that, the detail work of this suit is great, as you can see, for example, in the picture of the pants pocket.

Please do not hold back with any comments, thoughts, or criticism. I look forward to hearing from you!

If you want to learn more about the boutonniere, I recommend reading Umberto Angeloni’s book – The Boutonniere: Style in One’s Lapel
The picture of the lapel vase was taken by Anthony Jordan.
13 replies
  1. StephenDixon says:

    I am looking for a spacific design of a tie.I have a pic of the hanky that came with it to get an idea of the tie its self.the other one was lost and I cannot find a replacement.

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