The Art of the Boutonniere

When we think of boutonnieres, we invariably think of proms and weddings as these are the two primary occasions on which a man will agree to wear a flower as adornment. Boutonnieres, however, have a long and noble history of wear by men, and there are some modern day stylists who suggest that men should consider wearing boutonnieres more often for an additional dollup of style and panache (Antonio discusses this in his blog on the Art of Manliness).

In the past boutonnieres were worn by both soldiers and statesmen, and some debonair Hollywood stars sported them proudly on their suits as well. Boutonniere is derived from the French word for “buttonhole” and indeed this is where a boutonniere should traditionally be worn. In traditional or high-end suits, the lapel buttonhole will be open and solidly stitched, allowing it to support the weight of the flower. The boutonniere should be worn on the left side, higher than the man’s heart. Traditionally it consists of one primary flower. The flower typically symbolizes the fragility of life, or the beauty of love.


Boutonnieres should be chosen to help unify the couple; for a prom it should coordinate with the corsage and dress of the partner, for a wedding, with the bouquets and dresses of the bride and bridesmaids. The flower should also coordinate with the style and color of the suit being worn.

Classic White Carnation by BunchesDirect



Carnations are the most popular flower for boutonnieres in North America. They are a wonderful choice as they are hearty (and easy on the budget). The most formal color choice is white, with red a close second. Carnations are lighter and work well with most wedding themes. At, carnation bouquets start at only $1.99.



Luxurious Rose by BunchesDirect

Roses are the next favorite choice and make a beautiful statement on a wedding day. For roses, professionally prepared boutonnieres are a safer choice, and you may want to ensure that if you are selecting a heavy or ornate boutonniere, that the suit will support it adequately.

Oath to You by BunchesDirect

You can also select less traditional flowers for more of a statement accent, especially if the bridesmaids have more unique bouquets. There are an array of lovely blooms that will make wonderful and stylish impact on a man’s suit.

Stand Out by BunchesDirect

BunchesDirect has an amazing variety of creative designs for boutonnieres; flowers such as daisies, button mums, gerberas, sunflowers, tulips, or lilies are all excellent potential choices. Click to browse all the designs.

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Whatever you choose for the men of the hour, adding the stylish touch of a boutonniere will be a perfect finishing touch for your wedding or formal event. Boutonnieres can add a very important splash of color to coordinate the overall wedding palette. Guys, wear your boutonniere with pride and panache and you will ensure that you are looking good all day!

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