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 starts 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 look as if it was just freshly cut!
Carnations are large, sturdy flowers that often are too large for a boutonniere. Hence, skilled florists assembled petals to a smaller one but as you can imagine, that's a very delicate creation, and so Fort Belvedere decided to offer miniature carnations. A purple carnation in your lapel buttonhole works great with purple ties and is popular with wedding parties. If combined with a bold jacket, it is a great flower for dandies who look for that special accessory that separates your outfit from the others. Hence, it is pretty much a staple and should be an integral part of your boutonniere collection.
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.