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, sport coats & 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 to look as authentic as the original. Moreover, it will never wilt and always looks as if it was just freshly cut!
Carnations are very classic boutonniere flowers especially for black tie and white tie events, but combined with a dark suit, they look just as stunning. Likewise, a carnation makes for a great companion to an overcoat. This carnation is carefully crafted from hand dyed silk. Therefore the bottom of the petals have a hint of purple, just like a real carnation. Overall, nobody will spot the difference once it is on your lapel. While the most common carnations are red or white, pink is likewise classic but usually worn by more stylish individuals who want to add a personal note to their outfit. If this pink carnation is too large for your tastes, we also offer a smaller version of the same flower here.
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.