A boutonniere or buttonhole flower is the epitome of elegance in menswear or more simply spoken: the icing on the cake. Superbly dressed gentlemen including royals, politicians and movie 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 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 red carnation makes for a great companion to a tuxedo, tailcoat or overcoat and is a bold contrasting statement. It is a classic boutonniere flower and has been worn by Fred Astaire, The Rat Pack and many other elegant gentleman. 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.