There once was a time when a boutonniere was de rigueur for the well-dressed man. Reserved these days mostly for weddings, proms and funerals and with roses or carnations being the typical selection, it’s a shame that this charming touch as gone by the wayside.
I was recently playing around with a plat of pansies and thought about how they would spark up a spring jacket. And although I have not worn a boutonniere in many a year I’m thinking about giving it a whirl again – perhaps for a garden party. And why not? It’s a charming and unexpected touch these days. I’m also trying to think outside the traditional box and expand my horizons by donning perhaps a dogwood blossom or lily of the valley. It takes guts to be fine and dandy.
Photos by Joel Woodard