Few men wear boutonnieres today. Even if the thought occurs, places to purchase fresh red carnations, the flower of choice for day wear, are hard to find. But there is an alternative.
It is no secret that some of the great American dressers of the late twentieth century - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. comes to mind - wore silk boutonnieres from time to time. And since I cannot even find the seeds I would need to replace the no longer flowering miniature carnations in my flower boxes, I am emulating him. Watered silk is the right size and the right color. It lacks only the scent of a fresh bloom and lasts much longer.
The boutonniere is back.