I’m often asked if I know the correct way to wear a button hole, or to use the correct term; Boutonniere. In short; the slit in the jacket’s lapel should be used to hold the stem of the flower, rather than using pins to secure it. This gives good support and hides the stem which allows the eye to naturally fall on the flower itself.

This also saves stabbing yourself in the finger or ‘accidentally’ lancing the groom’s chin 10 minutes before he’s about to get married. Tears should be running down his face, not his own blood.

In my opinion, the flower should be small, simple and elegant. As Antonio Centino from website ‘The Art of Manliness’ eloquently puts it:

A simple flower worn on the lapel of a jacket is a gesture full of meaning that extends beyond the flower.  Boutonnieres are a symbol of fragile life, of beauty in nature, of love undefined yet captured in a single bloom.

Click on the following link to read Antonio’s excellent article on how to wear a Boutonniere

There’s some great essential bloke reading here such as: ‘the mustache style guide’, ‘how to pick your way out of handcuffs’ and ‘how to break down a door’. Useful information for any groom prior to his big day!

Resources: The Art of Manliness


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