What type of flower for New Year's?

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  1. dorian

    dorian Senior member

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    Hello again, fellows...

    Which type of flower would one suggest for a New Year's Eve party? To be more clear... I will be wearing a navy, sharp and high peaked lapel suit, and some variation of blue tie and pink or blue shirt.

    Any suggestions most appreciated, of course, especially so since the evening may have an amorous aspect.

    Yours,

    Dorian. Of the Picture.
     


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    ernest Senior member

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    cactus
     


  3. dorian

    dorian Senior member

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    Ah yes, Ernest, sharing in the spirit, I see....


    Um, actually, Ernest, a cactus - should the lady in question be there - is not such a repulsive idea...

    Any others, though...?
     


  4. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I see Ernest's English lessons are coming along well...
     


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    Fabienne Senior member

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    Hopefully you can find a flower in your area that won't fade as quickly as the portrait did.

    In Tahiti, men and women wear tiare flowers (gardenia taitensis), and they last seemingly forever. The scent is heaven.

    If you could go for scent or for looks, which one would you go for?
     


  6. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    Hey, haven't see you post in a while.

    I knew someday I'd have to break out "The Boutonniere: Style in One's Lapel," so I guess that is today. I'm guessing you have a longer buttonhole in the handstitched lapel, and possibly a flower-loop to secure the flower? The British-made RLPL had a great lapel buttonhole, as do oxxford-- strangely, however, the authors of the book (Brioni) don't make the buttonhole to accomodate much of a flower.

    You've got a lot of choices, although I've always wanted to wear a purple one (bluebonnet hydrangea or delphinium), but one of the coolest choices might be ixia, which if you can find it, looks like it has a reddish tint in the middle of a white flower. Also check for a black lily, or if red is your thing the red sweet william.

    FINALLY got my money's worth out of this damned book-- knew it would come in handy.
     


  7. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    No question. Pink carnation.
     


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    [No question. Pink carnation. ]

    At all costs, avoid the carnation.
     


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    I like orchids.

    Although cacti do sprout some fairly pleasinf flowers.
     


  10. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I love carnations. Red is my first choice, white second, pink third.
     


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    I dont agree. I view carnations as cheap and unappealing. Almost as bad as that babysbreath stuff mixed in with roses.
     


  12. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    The carnation has been the classic since at least the 1920s. It is cheap ($2 at most for a single flower) but it doesn't look cheap. It looks vivid and dramatic.
     


  13. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    I was kind of kidding about the carnation. Here in the US, it is all too often associated with powder blue tuxes and ruffled shirts.

    I think in Europe it is a different story entirely. Visually, I think a carnation could be quite striking with the right suit.
     


  14. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Here in the US, I don't think even one man in 1,000 wears a boutenierre unless he is a groom or a groomsman.  So I don't think the carnation has the connotation you suggest.  If it has any at all, it has a whiff of "old times" about it.  It used to be a standard accessory for the well dressed gent.  Look at those Apparel Arts drawings, or old photos.  Nowadays, people think of old movie lines, e.g., "How will I know you?" "I'll be wearing a red carnation."  Or else maybe they think of Gleason.  But I think it looks sharp.

    Other flowers look too elaborate or overdone.  The point is to look like you just happened by a florist on the way to work, offhandedly stuck carnation in your buttonhole, and tossed a silver dollar to the florist as you strolled away.
     


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    Carnations have to be of a fairly moderate size without any of that superfluous stuff, i.e. sprigs, leaves, etc. that prom-goers, and other persons of ill fashions sport.

    Corsages are ugly as well.
     


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