More often than not, men feel limited when it comes to flower designs and accessories for a formal event, such as a wedding, gala, prom, or homecoming. While the most popular go-to flower choice for masculine outfits is the boutonniere, there are endless ways to incorporate your personality and taste into wearable flowers. From new designs and twists on the classics to selecting stems and blooms that speak to your character, men are no longer confined to the traditional one-stem boutonniere. To help you choose the best wearable blooms for your next formal event, the experts at Flora D’ Amore invite you to push the envelope and open your eyes to up-and-coming floral fashion trends.
Traditionally, grooms, groomsmen, ring bearers, parents, grandparents, and godparents are gifted wearable floral designs during special events, such as weddings. These flowers are not only beautiful accessories that enhance the elegance of the special day but are symbolic of the important role these loved ones play in your life. Honoring all the favorite men in your life through flowers is a sweet and significant way to let them know how much they mean to you.
When getting ready to go to prom, homecoming, or other formal dances, it is customary for a guy’s boutonniere or wearable floral design to match their date’s attire and flowers. Even if going stag to a formal dance, it is appropriate for guys to accessorize with fresh flowers and showcase their personality. Secretly, we love going stag to formal events and having more freedom to wear and design something that truly captures your taste and style through unique and colorful wearable floral designs.
Fresh Floral Bow Ties
Kicking it up a notch in terms of creativity, a bow tie made of fresh florals is a fashion trend that is quickly gaining popularity. While fashion designers experiment with different textures and materials for bow ties, from floral prints and velvet paisley to satin fabrics and even wood, it’s no surprise that floral bow ties are making a splash. Whether incorporating berries and greens for a winter event, succulents for a more rustic look, or tiny colorful blooms, fresh floral bow ties are just as bold as they are fun and cute.
Blooming Pocket Squares
If you’re the type of person who loves to match your bow tie with your packet square, we have the perfect look for you. Instead of a fabric pocket square, opt for little blooms lining the top of your jacket pocket. This miniature horizontal arrangement is an exciting twist on the classic boutonniere that is subtle yet impactful. While you can certainly go for the matching floral bow tie and pocket square set, you can also dip your toes in this trend by selecting a blooming pocket square to match a solid-colored fabric tie.
Full Lapel Florals
Go big, or go home with this floral look! Trading in a small boutonniere for a full-lapel floral piece makes the ultimate statement for any special event. Instead of pinning a few small blooms to the lapel, fasten a number of lush blossoms from the top of the lapel to the first button of a suit jacket to create something magnificent. This type of wearable flower design is sure to turn heads and attract marveling eyes all evening.
Leis, Garlands, & Flower Crowns
Flower crowns and garlands are common floral accessories for grooms who opt for destination weddings, such as Hawaii, or are part of cultures where flowers play a significant role in religious ceremonies, such as Hinduism. While the ancient Greeks would wear flower crowns and laurel leaf wreaths to honor the gods, this fashion accessory has evolved over time in many different ways across numerous cultures. For example, it’s not uncommon for a couple in Ukraine to have flower wreaths placed on their heads after exchanging their vows. Nor is it unusual for couples to wear these floral accessories at a boho-style wedding. Throughout the world, flower crowns and garlands stand as symbols of honor, love, celebration, fertility, equality, new beginnings, and good luck.
Bouquets aren’t only for women; men can carry a bouquet of their favorite flowers, too! White roses, protea, muted greenery, and other fall tones look modern, bold, masculine, and classy, especially when presented in a freeform style bouquet. If bright hues and eye-catching blooms are more your style, lean towards a small compact bouquet for a fresh and put-together design. However, nothing is more beautiful than a bouquet that honors who you are and emulates your personality.
Last but certainly not least, if you’re drawn to classic and timeless styles, boutonnieres are tried and true wearable floral designs for men. Traditionally, boutonnieres are small floral arrangements that are pinned on the left lapel of a suit jacket. It’s a small detail that adds a touch of elegance to any formal outfit and is the most common masculine flower accessory. Whether the stems match wedding centerpieces, a bride’s bouquets, a date’s corsages, or simply speak to the wearer, there are all sorts of ways to express oneself through an elegant boutonniere.
While you plan your next formal event, work with the experts at Flora D’ Amore to create the perfect wearable flowers.