Ok so here is our latest blog, and it’s all about buttons. You’re probably thinking this is all very easy, there’s the button… there’s the hole… done. However there is definitely an element of knowledge behind buttons, read on and see what I mean!
So why do we never do up the bottom button?
Since the early 20th century, buttons on suit jackets, from 1-6 have been buttoned to suit the personality of the wearer. There really wasn’t any form of rules on buttoning at all, that is of course until King Edward VII.
King Edward VII started a trend that has stuck till this very day, leaving the bottom button of your suit jacket undone. A large appetite, and I suppose partially the fact that he could afford to eat as much as he wanted, meant that he got to quite a significant waist size! He grew and grew to the point where he was unable to button up his lower button. As to not offend the King, those closest to him began to do the same thing. Due to the fact that England had such an influence across the globe, the trend spread and spread until it now, where it is a surprise to see a gentleman wearing his lower button done up! With the worldwide spread of King Edward VII’s trend, suits today are tailored to ensure a perfect fit with the bottom button open.
How to button, with so many buttons?
Ok so this is definitely the most straight-forward, use the button When standing, and unbutton when seated. There really isn’t anything to worry about other than that. Here’s an example of a one-button suit:
Done with one, on with two, also very easy and simple! Whilst your slipping your 2 button jacket on, as your standing infront of the mirror doing your final preening, just try buttoning both the buttons and you’ll notice that the suit doesn’t sit as well as without it done. The top button is to be buttoned, leaving the bottom one undone. This also helps to provide more movement in the suit and cause less damage whilst stretching to the other side of the desk.
Here’s another example of a two-button suit:
With three button jackets you’re somewhat spoilt for choice, and by spoilt I mean you have 2… yes 2 choices! You can either button the top two or simply button the centre button, of course still leaving the bottom unfastened.
On suits with a flat lapel as opposed to a rolled one, I personally would advise to button up the top 2 buttons.
If however, you’ve managed to seek out the rarity that is, the rolled lapel, possibly you’re off to a wedding or more formal occasion, please, whatever you do, don’t try to button the top button. Due to the soft roll in the lapel, it will make the suit look creased and completely unnatural!
Double-breasted suits, one of Prince Charles favourites. Fasten every button as Prince Charles does, or have the bottom undone.
One thing to bare in mind with a double breasted suit is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re seated or standing, you keep all the buttons done up all the time. If you undo the front of a double-breasted suit, all the excess fabric looks sloppy and very untidy.
Remember: All suits (other than double-breasted) should always remain buttoned until your seated, and of course refastened when standing again.
What do you prefer, one, two, or three buttons? At least now you know how to button your suit jacket properly!
I’m sure we’ll be back very soon with some more blogs to educate you further and further in prestige suiting.