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 and are difficult to find. In order to change that, Fort Belvedere developed a number of boutonnieres that are finely crafted by hand appear as authentic as the original. Moreover, it will never wilt and always looks as if it was just freshly cut!
The White Gardenia is a classic boutonniere that is often the favorite flower for formal attire such as black tie, white tie, stroller suits or morning coats. It is slightly larger in size than our cornflower, and it works best with dark lapels. While the real flower is heavy and difficult to put on, the genuine reproduction by Fort Belvedere is easily wearable and will never wilt.
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 scarf for yourself or a loved one, please get in touch with us, we are always happy to help you.