A boutonniere is the epitome of elegance in menswear or more simply spoken: the icing on the cake. Superbly dressed gentlemen including royals, politicians and silver screen stars such as the Duke of Windsor, Prince Charles, JFK, Douglas Fairbanks, or Fred Astaire wore them with grace and even decades after their death they are still admired for their elegance & taste in dress.
Although particularly popular at weddings, the lapel buttonhole flower is perfectly suitable for daywear in summer & winter with suits, blazers & morning dress as well as in the evening with velvet jacket, tuxedo & tailcoat.
Fresh boutonnieres are beautiful but wilt easily difficult to find. In order to change that, Fort Belvedere developed a number of boutonnieres that are finely crafted by hand to look as authentic as the original. Moreover, it will never wilt and always looks as if it was just freshly cut!
The blue cornflower is a timeless boutonniere classic that goes well with anything from a sport coat, over a morning coat to a tuxedo. It is the perfect size, combined with a vibrant, purplish blue that makes you look very debonair. It was John F. Kennedy's favorite flower and to commemorate him, his late son Jack Jr. wore a blue cornflower boutonniere in the lapel of his midnight blue wedding suit and white piqué waistcoat, along with his groomsmen when he married Carolyn Bessette in 1996, and it is a favorite buttonhole of Prince Charles.
Just keep them in the Fort Belvedere gift box when you are finished wearing it and it will be fine. Also make sure not to bend the wire incessantly to prevent it from breaking apart.
Ideally, your jacket should have a stem keeper. We explained here how you can make one and how a boutonniere should be worn.
If you have any questions, or need help with choosing a boutonniere for yourself or a loved one, please get in touch with us, we are always happy to help you.