Every once in a while I hear, “He doesn’t want to wear a boutonniere. Too girly.” Seriously. I makes me want to laugh when someone says wearing a flower will make their man less manly. All I can think about is Cary Grant. He was the epitome of suave manliness, urbane class and cutting wit. And yes, he was often seen wearing a boutonniere.
Wearing a flower on one’s lapel has long been considered the finishing touch to a man’s ensemble. Rarely are they worn today except on rare occasions. Formal dances and weddings are the only times most men’s jacket will sport a boutonniere. Too bad. Cary made it look so good.
For more information on the history and lore of the boutonniere check out this wonderful book: The Boutonniere- Style in One’s Lapel