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How To Pin a Corsage on a Girl

There's nothing less suave than stabbing your prom date. Learn the right technique to avoid drawing blood.


  • TIP: Always ask the florist for an extra pin, in case you lose one or want the added security of two pins.
  • Step 1: Fluff any flowers that may have become flattened. Congratulations—your evening is already off to a great start!
  • FACT: Corsages go on the right, and boutonnieres go on the left, so when a couple is dancing, the flowers don't get smashed.
  • Step 2: Bring the pin out again, so the point is resting on the dress.
  • Step 3: Push the pin back into the fabric on the other side of the stem, at a slightly downward angle.
  • Step 4: Push the corsage pin into the fabric next to the left side of the stem.
  • Step 5: Bring the pin back through the fabric and through the stem.
  • Step 6: Position the corsage on your date's right side. It should be about 4 inches below her shoulder, and angled so it tilts a bit to her right.

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