The boutonnière: A special accessory for grooms
Let’s be honest: How many of you knew what the flower in the buttonhole, which is usually only worn on very special occasions or by the English high society these days, is called? The boutonnière is a unique accessory for the wedding suit.
In suits off the rack you can often find a buttonhole on the left side of the jacket collar; tailored suits usually also have a loop on the inside. These details on the jacket are intended for a boutonnière. But when is it appropriate to wear a floral arrangement and how do you wear them right? Find out more.
The tradition of wearing a boutonnière in the buttonhole goes back to the time of the French Revolution. At that time, noblemen often wore a red carnation on the way to the scaffold in the buttonhole in order to demonstrate their intrepidity. Later, during the workers’ movement a red flower in the suit jacket was used to identify as a socialist or communist during demonstrations, as flags were not allowed and at the beginning of the 19th century they were finally worn by the “dandies” as an expression for their idleness.
Ever since boutonnières have only been worn by men who want to stand out from the crowd. Famous wearers of the accessories include for example Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Umberto Angeloni and Prince Charles. But also for special celebrations such as weddings boutonnières are often worn. There are a few things you should consider:
- The boutonnière should be discreet and of course go with the bridal bouquet. Also, witnesses and family members can wear a matching boutonnière.
- Suitable flowers for the buttonhole are typically carnations or orchids. During the day usually white flowers are used, in the evening instead red ones.
- True gentlemen avoid attaching them with a safety pin. Make sure to purchase a suit with a loop or let a tailor attach one.
- Obviously fresh cut flowers look best. Wrap the flower with green crepe paper. This keeps them fresh for longer and stabilises.
- A single flower is much more elegant than a posy.
- Plastic flowers are an absolute no-go. If no real flower is at hand, go for natural materials such as wool felt or cotton yarn. But the best solution is of course a real fresh flower.
- Also the tie should harmonise with the boutonnière. Choose a tie in the colour of the flower.
An ideal alternative for the wedding, which harmonises elegantly with the bride and her bridal bouquet.