The boutonnière - a fresh-cut flower worn on one's lapel - is one of the most outrageous style statements a traditiontal-minded male can make. As such, it is probably only a question of time before a certain droopy-eared Lord will make the plunge.
(John Steed sporting a boutonnière)
But when, like Lord Bassington-Bassington, one moves in circles where even a jacket can be seen as a bit excessive (and let's not even mention His Lordship's penchant for bow ties...) it can be a bit daunting to show up sporting a boutonnière. One needs some way to practice, to ease into it.
So thank Heavens for The Knottery, a Canadian company that produces beautiful felt flowers for one's lapel. The flowers are as beautiful as any boutonnière, but the discreet fabric and size makes them less ostentatious.
Being a sucker for the classics, Lord Bassington-Bassington went for the red rose version. A solid neofolk pick, we'd say. But with a price of just 8 US dollars for such a beautiful, hand-made item, there probably isn't really any excuse for getting other colours as well.
But this is when the challenges start. How do you match these flowers to your pocket hankies?
Lord Bassington-Bassington would like to tip his hat to some rather amazing French brothers for bringing these flowers to his attention.