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Wearing A Lapel Bud

Lapel flowers have taken off, although here at EC we coined them as Lapel Buds (sounds manlier). Why and how you should be wearing one? Let's explore-

One of the first lapel bud wearers (known to our generation), is Indiana Jones. We all remember this big red flower on his lapel getting ready to shoot up the bar, and the only reason we liked it was because...it was Indiana Jones. 

Today they are finally popular. In my opinion it was designer Edward Armah of Butterfly Bowties who successfully brought them back with a more sleek design. The coloring, fabric, backing, and size all play into the modern mans lapel bud. 

You won't find any bud's the same size of Indiana's, his is a little large (his was a real carnation). Most lapel buds now have a diameter of 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches- the size is purely preferential, personally I like the smaller ones.

How are you suppose to wear these? What are they suppose to match? That is the great thing about fashion today, you have many options!

The Back:

There are two ways to attach these to your coat. The button backing and the pin backing. Something you need to be aware of first- do you have an actual button hole on the lapel? Sometimes you will have a seemingly working hole but if you look closer, it's fake- typically cheaper jackets have this. You can try to take a knife and cut your own hole- but I would highly suggest you don't. 

 

The button back is self explanatory, take the button on the lapel bud and put it through the hole. 

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The pin backing is a little trickier, most people are unsure how this works. It's easy though, put it in the lapel hole and bring it back out to the front of the lapel.

Both methods are popular, I personally like the button backing better. The pin continuously gets pushed through the fabric on the lapel, obviously making a hole in the lapel. The hole will close back up when you take it out, and if you need to- hit it with a steamer which will help the fabric fibers close back up. I tested the theory of whether this over time hurts your lapel, it takes awhile but around fifty times if starts to be noticeable where the pin keeps going in and out. So just be careful with this method over time. 

 

How To Match:

Everything in your outfit plays off something else, correct? The same goes for the lapel bud.

Tie plays off of:

  • Shirt
  • Pocket square
  • Socks
  • Lapel bud

Pocket square plays off of:

  • Tie
  • Shirt
  • Socks
  • Lapel bud

Socks play off of:

  • Trouser color
  • Tie
  • Pocket square
  • Lapel bud
  • Shirt
  • Jacket

Lapel Bud plays off of:

  • Tie
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Pocket square
  • Socks

For the more experienced dresser, you can play all of these items off the color wheel- if you don't know I mean when I say that, then you aren't ready to pursue that avenue yet. 


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