Flower fastener on the back of the lapel

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  1. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I love how Oxxford suits have the flower fastener on the back of the lapel, so that you can put a decorative flower through the button hole -- it is so much more elegant than simply pinning the stem to the front of the lapel.

    I was wondering whether one could simply add this feature to a suit for a negligible price. It seems like you could, right?
     
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    bestmastertailor Well-Known Member

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    A very simple $10.00 alteration......a 7/8" thread loop is made using buttonhole silk sewn 5/8" from the buttonhole (parallel to the buttonhole if a notch lapel or perpendicular if a peak lapel). The buttonhole must be opend if it is not already.
     
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    Kai Senior member

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    The flower loop is a nice touch. Some of my suits have this feature.

    A question:

    Who out there actually wears flowers in their lapel?

    Last time I did it was my Senior prom. I don't think I've ever seen a man in a suit with a flower in his buttonhole. Why not? My wife raises roses, so we have lots of beautiful fresh roses during the season. Would it be appropriate to wear a rose in my lapel? If so, when, and in what context?
     
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    Phil Senior member

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    you can wear a flower in your lapel in just about any context. The issue really is whether or not the person donning the flower has the confidence and panache to carry it off. Ive never worn one (other than as a groomsman, etc.), but I imagine you would get any number of looks from strangers and snickers from your friends. However, I would also imagine the fairer sex would appreciate the effort, and thats pretty much the point now isnt it?
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Unless you a person on considerable stature *and* have great personal charisma and style (e.g. the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau,) don't do it outside of formal events. For most guys, it's just trying too hard - the meshback of the suited class.
     
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    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I ask because I'm going to be a groom -- of course wearing a flower. Between pinning the flower on the lapel and gracefully having it put through the buttonhole and fastened with the fastener, I think the latter will be an impressive touch. And I bet my wife will not notice it until she compares our wedding pictures with those of acquaintances. But, perhaps someday it will be appreciated.
     
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    dose anyone have a picture of what this looks like??
     
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    Here is what it would look like: Image is from The Boutonniere: Style in One's Lapel, Umberto Angeloni, Rizzoli, 2000, p. 51. [​IMG]
     
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    LabelKing Senior member

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    Hercule Poiret played by David Suchet always dons a miniature sterling vase in which a flower is inserted. Essentially a lapel pin.

    But boutonnieres are a very fine touch. I believe carnations to be the flower that is conventionally worn.

    Oscar Wilde wore a dyed green carnation.
     
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    Here is a what they would look like: Image is from The Boutonniere: Style in One's Lapel, Umberto Angeloni, Rizzoli, 2000, p. 53. [​IMG] Teo
     
  12. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    One would have to be quite the fancy-pants, dandy to wear a flower. I couldn't imagine anyone I know pulling this off when not at a formal event.
     
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    I know some people who wear this sort of thing on a daily basis. Yes, a veritable dandy.
     
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    One would have to be quite the fancy-pants, dandy to wear a flower. I couldn't imagine anyone I know pulling this off when not at a formal event.
    I know some people who wear this sort of thing on a daily basis. Yes, a veritable dandy.
    Are you serious? They go to work like this, or just dress like this casually? I couldn't think of many professions outside a flower salesmen or wedding planner that wearing a flower would be deemed appropriate.
     
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    I do believe it's more of a casual, everyday thing. If one worked as a professor, et al it wouldn't seem too unusual.

    Some people on this forum seem to don suits everyday. Naturlaut, and Thracozaag strikes me as the two who does most. And probably that Jun of the Japanese shoe site.
     

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