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Style in one's lapel (the boutonniere)

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Interesting question.

In the past year I've only done it twice. Wore a small, cream-colored tea rose (that I actually bought intentionally/a true boutonniere) and once a gardenia plucked from an orphaned bouquet. But being a gardenia, of course it was short lived.

I have to say it was "too much" for me to think of doing it routinely.
 

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When I can get one easily, I wear a carnation. It's not so easy any more. Very few of the flower shops in Manhattan will sell you a single flower. Most want you to buy the whole bunch. Nice as I think it looks, I am not going to spend $5 or more on a bunch, use one, and throw the rest away.
 

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Originally Posted by merkur
Is there a size rule? I mean surely a rose would be too big and cumbersome I would think. Would it add a touch of elan to pluck a flower like a buttercup from the ground or a flower from someone's garden and use it as a boutonniere?

I honetstly only like the carnation. I prefer a miniature one, but will wear a full size one.
 

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I'm thinking of wearing lapel pins of different designs.

I saw in Men's Ex and example where a silk cuff knot was used as a lapel pin. It's not the two balls on each side type but the ball on one side and thick rectancle on other.
 

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Originally Posted by merkur
Is there a size rule? I mean surely a rose would be too big and cumbersome I would think. Would it add a touch of elan to pluck a flower like a buttercup from the ground or a flower from someone's garden and use it as a boutonniere?

If you are buying a rose made as a proper boutonniere, it will be small and tight. te roses, mostly unopened, will also be small.
 

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Originally Posted by lee_44106
I'm thinking of wearing lapel pins of different designs.

I saw in Men's Ex and example where a silk cuff knot was used as a lapel pin. It's not the two balls on each side type but the ball on one side and thick rectancle on other.


I actually did wear one of my cufflinks in the lapel hole... just on a lark.
 

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I believe that this fellow wore a rose every day.







lefty
 

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I don't do it often, maybe twice a year, and when I do it's a small orchid. Never liked carnations all that much; they feel very Capt. Peacock to me.

~ H
 

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I went through a period where I wore a carnation just about every day. I used to walk past a florist on the way to work. While I didn't want to buy a bunch of mini-carnations every day, the girl who worked there agreed to sell me one for a dollar. Looking back, the flower with a patterned tie and patterned pocket square was over the top, but it was fun at the time.
 

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I enjoy wearing one every once in awhile. I'd probably wear one more often, but I just don't plan my outfits in advance enough to make it to the florist & I really don't like fussing with my outfit once I'm out the door in the morning.

I do find that wearing a flower in my lapel brightens my mood and the mood of those around me. However, there is a certain degree of difficulty inherent in pulling off this look--if you can't do it with supreme confidence, don't even try!
 

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Originally Posted by lee_44106
I'm thinking of wearing lapel pins of different designs.

I saw in Men's Ex and example where a silk cuff knot was used as a lapel pin. It's not the two balls on each side type but the ball on one side and thick rectancle on other.


I do this but the knot is flower petal shaped.
 

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