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post #16 of 29
I personally think horn buttons make a more versatile coat of a lightweight blazer. They aren't so heavy as to pull at 8 or 10oz cloth. I also enjoy the look of leather buttons on blue serge single breasted. And gold buttons, never brass, on double breasted blazers.
post #17 of 29
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I get the sense that most people have blue blazers. From what I have seen I really do not like the look of the brass buttons. Would black be a bad choice.?
post #18 of 29
It would be a rather trendy one-- suitable for guys who wear black shirts and/or turtlenecks, I think. If you want to get the benefits of a blue jacket without brass buttons, maybe go either for MOP buttons (nice on linen or cashmere), or for aged bronze (old coins are a nice touch, if you can find them in the right size).
post #19 of 29
Looking at the blazers I have, I like the silver buttons best with gray trousers. Brass buttons seem to be better with tan trousers. That said, I just bought a DB lightweight blazer with brass buttons and thinking about replacing them with plain silver. What hasn't been discussed is that you can't wear a lightweight "seasonless" blazer (super 100s or the like) with flannel or heavier weight twill trousers. You might think about a mid-weight cashmere-probably can wear these for 9 months of the year unless you're in the south.
post #20 of 29
One button idea I'm considering is to get some of the War Between the States buttons that the reenactors use for the military uniforms. Most of the Confederate States had their own patterns for their troops. Some are pretty interesting - and I would not feel I was infringing upon the honor of any military unit. Price is reasonable, and the buttons will be pretty unique. Another idea, one I've decided I don't want to persue, is to acquire some of the interesting British military unit uniform buttons. Complete sets are in the $20 range. And the patterns are interesting and varied.
post #21 of 29
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One button idea I'm considering is to get some of the War Between the States buttons that the reenactors use for the military uniforms. Most of the Confederate States had their own patterns for their troops. Some are pretty interesting - and I would not feel I was infringing upon the honor of any military unit. Price is reasonable, and the buttons will be pretty unique.
Some of the issues discussed/fought during the civil war haven't been completely resolved yet, I would avoid Civil War memorabilia on clothing. I would not carry current political emblems, or religious emblems on work clothing for the same reason - too divisive to conduct business. Said that... I love the idea of personalizing a blazer with buttons that you fancy or that mean something special to you. A lot better than the manufacturer's crest.
post #22 of 29
My new blue blazer has an unusual button, don't know if they are horn, not black or blue, very nice, very tasteful. I am not a fan of metal buttons on a blazer, makes me feel like the jacket is part of a uniform. I don't worry about anyone thinking it is a suit jacket, their problem entirely...not to be too prissy, but most people just can't dress, I can and I do.
post #23 of 29
The blazer buttons from Waterbury Button Company received favorable reviews on a similar thread on Ask Andy and they are less expensive than the Ben Silver buttons. Here's the site: http://www.waterburybutton.com/user-cg....es&id=8
post #24 of 29
I grew up in the button industry, they make a hefty profit on these, but if brass or silver is your thing they do look nice....
post #25 of 29
Interesting this has come up since I am awaiting a blue blazer I ordered from Chan on the tour last month: Pretty mainstream with most people's ideas here: Two button, side vents, patch pockets and some interesting Holland and Sherry buttons with an enameled crest: gules, three lions passant, or. I just hope that I am at least as satisfied with it as I was with my first Chan order. After poor Jester's misfortune with Chan, I'm kinda worried now.
post #26 of 29
i have a cashmere blazer that's a midnite blue almost indistinguishable from black. much more casually elegant than navy blue. navy blue makes men look like preppies, the gold buttons more so.
post #27 of 29
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navy blue makes men look like preppies, the gold buttons more so.
What's wrong with looking like a preppie? I AM a preppie, dammit.
post #28 of 29
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The blazer buttons from Waterbury Button Company received favorable reviews on a similar thread on Ask Andy and they are less expensive than the Ben Silver buttons. Here's the site: http://www.waterburybutton.com/user-cg....es&id=8
I think the conclusion was that B. Silver buttons were simply rebadged Waterburys. Personally, I see nothing wrong with a button from the Late Unpleasantness. On a blazer no one is going to discern what the emblem is even if they might be overly sensitive to button designs. If someone asks simply say "it's a historical design from 'state X'".
post #29 of 29
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I think the conclusion was that B. Silver buttons were simply rebadged Waterburys. Personally, I see nothing wrong with a button from the Late Unpleasantness. On a blazer no one is going to discern what the emblem is even if they might be overly sensitive to button designs. If someone asks simply say "it's a historical design from 'state X'".
Some of the Waterbury buttons represent military units from the American Revolutionary War. Anyone planning on an excursion to England should probably avoid those also. The range and extent of the Waterbury offerings is pretty amazing. Some of the state emblems / seals are pretty decorative.
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